We’re throwing a party: Whaleoil’s “Decade of Dirt”


(They say “Dirty Politics” like it’s a bad thing!)

As you may have gathered, Wednesday June 10th marks our tenth birthday.  Cameron Slater will have been blogging for ten years on that very day.

It’s a celebration.  Love him or hate him, you can’t ignore him.   John Key is the latest to give it go, and I can assure you it won’t help him at all.

So much has happened over the last ten years.   What on earth should we do to celebrate this millstone milestone?

So we sat down, and had a think.  And we thought:  politicians come and go, and we praise them and rip them apart.  But if there has been once constant pain in the butt through the last ten years who loathes Whaleoil as much as we loathe him, it has to be Winston Peters.

So we decided to ask him to MC our Decade of Dirt event for us.    And guess what he said?

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Wednesday nightCap

Baby steps. But the future is looking bright

People are awesome


Today’s Trivia

via wikipedia.org

via wikipedia.org



Welcome to Daily Trivia. There is a game to play here. The photo above relates to one of the items below. The first reader to correctly tell us in the comments what item the photo belongs to, and why, gets bragging rights. Sometimes they are obvious, other times the obvious answer is the decoy. Can you figure it out tonight?


The worldview of students today is so distorted that this year a global survey put George W Bush as more evil than Stalin, Lenin, Or Genghis Kahn. He came in fourth, just behind Hitler, bin Laden, and Saddam Hussein. (source)


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Daily dose of Awww (or is it Ewww?)


Why are you driving in my country, Germany Boy?


Daily Roundup

My good friend John Key has decided to go for the killer blow


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New Zealand’s Silliest Local Government Spending, Ctd

Thanks to all the readers who have nominated different councils for really stupid spending. Even when you expect councils to do a lot of seriously stupid things it is always surprising just how stupid councils can be. They waste a lot of time and ratepayers’ money on exceptionally dodgy things.

First up for a nomination is the Nelson City Council and Mayor Rachel Reese.

Nelson seems to have a had a really bad run of dud local body politicians, even though the voters threw out former Mayor and ratbag Aldo Miccio. Aldo Miccio was a repeat nominee for New Zealand’s Dodgiest Local Body Politician back in 2013.

Now the cash strapped Nelson council has decided that it needs to compete with private business and run a pet crematorium, according to commenter Red Eye.

Nelson City Council competes with rate paying private business. Not sure why?

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Dirty Politics journo? I think not

Giovanni Tiso is a hateful little troll and a Twitter terrorist.

He is having a bash at Heather du Plessis-Allan

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The “Decade of Whaleoil” series: Two Helens

Decade of Whaleoil

Decade of Whaleoil

June 10 2015 marks the day Whaleoil has been publishing for ten years.   I can’t account for the earlier weeks and months, but there haven’t been any days without content for close to a decade, that’s for sure.  I thought it might be fun to go back through the videos and relive some interesting moments in politics.

I’m sorry to do this to you, but looking back does involve looking back on Helen Clark.
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