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Labour’s own Dirty Politics scam busted, Josh Forman and Annette King need to explain [UPDATED]

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Josh Forman

A while ago I was contacted by Josh Forman, who works for a state sector organisation closely linked to CERA and the EQC, for coaching as a blogger.

He wanted to set up a reasoned voice on the left, I thought this sounded like a good idea at the time.

I did however have some suspicions about his integrity and certainly his previous brushes with the law made me wary.

From the start he seemed in a hurry to get somewhere and was always looking for dirt on National MPs in order to make a name for himself.

He certainly wanted to attack John Key.

In his correspondence with me, he certainly outlined who inside Labour he was working with and he claimed a strong working relationship with Annette King. If you check their Twitter conversations they are certainly very friendly.

On Monday night there was a lot of chatter about the leak of the IGIS report into the SIS and the Prime Ministers Office.

He was emailing me asking questions about it. ¬† Read more »

Auditor General slams Local Government on infrastructure investment

I have been rabbiting on for a while now that Local Government is broken and among the rot exists significant issues with the way that Councils have managed their books. Core to the issue has been the manifest failure of Councils to adequately perform specific functions and duties that are required of them by the Local Government Act, but particularly where it concerns the management of infrastructure. Councils have for years ignored maintenance of infrastructure in the ground and in doing so has deferred the maintenance costs for future generations.

Now Auditor General Lyn Provost has come forward with a fairly blunt warning about the perilous state of Local Government infrastructure stating that without sharpened management and financial commitment by Councils failure of services is guaranteed.

Ironically, there has been a tendency to under-spend on infrastructure. Expenditure has historically come in waves, but since 1986 there has been a significant tapering off of expenditure. “Some local authorities will face real difficulties in managing decline and in ensuring that their assets are the right size for their needs. They might hope that capital investment will reinvigorate growth & prevent further decline ‚Äď but it may be only hope.‚ÄĚ Said Ms Provost. “These spending trends raise questions about local government asset planning, depreciation practices and capital expenditure management”.

And she is quoting a $7 billion funding gap by 2022 if Councils continue to spend less fixing the services they should maintain as priority. Read more »

Are you a NZ politician? Do you have the stones to do what needs to be done?

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I received this e-mail recently. It raises a very good point.

Message: Message for SB. You’re so, SO absolutely right about the
muslim issue. I’m NOT a poster, though I have been reading WO for a
couple of years, and esp since Cam’s series in Israel, have become a
serious student of ‘the problem’. The UK is just about finished, as is
much of Europe, and most people here are oblivious to the threat. I
think we must find a political or influential figure who will start
the ball rolling and rally what is no less than the defence of western
civilisation, because otherwise (like the Roman empire) it will be
gobbled up and destroyed by this monster, in this case, Islam. What a
world to leave for our children and grandchildren! Any idea how we can
go about this? Any candidates for the role?

Is there a politician out there who will protect New Zealand? It will require them to pop their head above the parapet and to as Cameron says, ” Cop a flogging ” in the media. Look at how Cameron has personally had the MSM ‘ Gunning for him ‘ with his views that run counter to theirs. It will take a very brave politician indeed to point out the obvious but un popular view that we already have underway a serious threat to democracy and our way of life.

Anyone who tells the truth, who points out what is happening in other Western countries will be accused of racism and worse.

The only thing this Politician can be sure of is that they will have the support of this Blog and will get a fair hearing and balanced reporting  from Freed.

Is there anyone out there?

Anyone?

 

 

Goff gives Inspector-General Gwyn the ‘middle finger'; is Gwyn going to let him?

via Twitter / NewstalkZB

via Twitter / NewstalkZB

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I might be the ‘most toxic blogger in the land’ but I can’t be ignored

Apparently, according to the Dominion Post¬†editorial writer I have a new title. The “most toxic blogger in the land“.

The report says Jason Ede, a special adviser in John Key’s office, told Slater – the most toxic blogger in the land – about the SIS report on Goff and even prepared a draft blog for him about it.

Why do work when there are others who will do it for you.

I did a review of Question time and the Urgent debate and searched for my name.

Q1: Mentioned 13 times by Russel Norman.

Q3: Mentioned 8 times by Andrew Little. The site mentioned once.

Q5: Mentioned by Phil Goff 10 times.

Q7: Mentioned 4 times, not by Winston Peters I might add but by Megan Woods. ¬† Read more »

A sane media opinion on the SIS report

The Press editorial takes a considered stance on the SIS inquiry report.

They clearly read the report unlike the editor of the former newspaper of record.

The report, which was officially released yesterday, was commissioned after wild allegations surrounding the release by the SIS of information about a briefing its director had given to then leader of the Opposition Phil Goff on supposed Israeli spies in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake of February 22. Goff denied being told anything and Tucker felt his integrity had been impugned.

Gwyn found, however, that Tucker, in defending himself, had provided an account of the briefing that was “objectively” misleading, by omissions and failure to provide context. The Prime Minister was also misled by the information Tucker provided. When public discussion about the matter blew up, Tucker failed to correct the situation.

Tucker’s errors were undoubtedly serious. He was not as measured and objective as he was required to be. These failures compromised the service’s obligation to appear politically neutral and the service has formally apologised for them, both to Goff and to the Prime Minister.

But contrary to much of the public debate on the matter, Gwyn found no partisan political motive on the part of the SIS or its director. Tucker’s faults were errors of judgment, no more. She also found that no SIS member had improperly leaked information to the blogger Cameron Slater or colluded with him.

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This is way better than Banksy

Banksy is the liberal thinkers graffiti artist, but in Bulgaria he is just meh…this is how they roll:

Ignat Ignev / Wikicommons Figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of a Soviet Army monument were previously transformed into superheroes in Sofia, Bulgaria

Ignat Ignev / Wikicommons
Figures of Soviet soldiers at the base of a Soviet Army monument were previously transformed into superheroes in Sofia, Bulgaria

Russia is demanding that Bulgaria try harder to¬†prevent vandalism of¬†Soviet monuments, after yet another monument to¬†Soviet troops in¬†Sofia was spray-painted, ITAR-Tass reported. ¬† Read more »

The House Today #nzqt

Question time/Questions for oral answer starts at 2 pm today.

Questions to Ministers

  1. TODD MULLER to the Minister of Finance: What reports has he received about the latest trends in savings levels by New Zealand households?
  2. ANDREW LITTLE to the Prime Minister: Does he stand by his statement that parts of the Gwyn Report are “highly contested”; if so, which parts are contested and by whom?
  3. NUK KORAKO to the Minister for Social Housing: What progress is Housing New Zealand making on rebuilding and repairing properties damaged in the Christchurch earthquakes?
  4. Dr MEGAN WOODS to the Prime Minister: Does he agree with Judith Collins that Cameron Slater “manufactured a story and he wanted to believe it” and the findings of the Chisholm Inquiry that Cameron Slater is “prone to exaggeration”?
  5. BARBARA KURIGER to the Minister of Health: What reports has he received on progress on the National Health Targets? Read more »

Chisholm Report: The Lies and Smears of Fran O’Sullivan Part II

Following on from Part I is examination of Fran O’Sullivan’s now infamously silly second column about witnesses yet to even be interviewed¬†titled “We need to know who tried to fit up SFO Boss”¬†where she writes:

I believe he could start by requiring Odgers, Graham and Slater to say just who paid them for apparently trying to fit up Feeley.

And why they obliged.

Here is what Justice Chisholm said – Mark Hotchin did not pay for anyone to “fit up Feeley”:

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Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin