John Key broke Whaleoil


Our detractors have said for some time that, ever since Dirty Politics, Whaleoil has been a spent force.  An irrelevance.  Especially since John Key gave us the cold shoulder.

We know better, but we’ve been keeping our heads down.  Not much point painting a target on your back with another election on the way, is there Ira?

What we have noticed, that apart from a healthy amount of base visitors that loyally come to our blog every day, is that when something happens in politics, the public know that Whaleoil is the place to go. Read more »

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Face of the Day


I’ve never told anyone this.

When John Key won in 2008, I sent him an email.

I had never emailed anyone in politics before.  Nor sent a letter.  Nor written to the Editor of any newspaper.  It was altogether a remarkably odd thing for me to.    Read more »

Word of the day

The word for today is…

circumspect (adj) –  Heedful of circumstances and potential consequences; prudent.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Early 15th century, from Latin circumspectus “deliberate, guarded, well-considered,” past participle of circumspicere “look around, take heed,” from circum- “around”+ specere “to look”.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 5

5Her feet go down to death; her steps lead straight to the grave.

Monday nightCap

The Paradox of Diversity


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Guess who the mystery person using the 3 clues. Include in your comments how the clues relate to the mystery person

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