Politics

Someone is very very worried.

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New Zealanders are a very generous lot. On charity sites such as Givealittle we help many different people and worthwhile causes.

It appears that many, many, New Zealanders thought that Independently wealthy Nicky Hager was one such worthwhile cause. The fact that he has made around $500,000 from his sales of the book ‘Dirty Politics’ doesn’t seem to affect their desire to help him financially.

I can’t help but wonder if two or three of the donations were rather large. I suspect there are two or three people in New Zealand who are rather concerned that if Rawshark is identified that the trail will lead back to them and their organisations.

Lets face it. If Hager expects us to trust him to read Cam’s stolen e-mails and only use what is in the Public Interest in order to make himself a not inconsequential chunk of change then SURELY he can trust the NZ Police to not reveal any information that they have to read in the search for information about the hacker Rawshark? Methinks the so called journalist protests too much. I suspect he has finally  realised that he was a pawn in a well planned and well executed Political hit. The people who used him knew how to reel him in and which buttons to push while keeping him ignorant of their agenda and who was really behind it all.

If he doesn’t fight the Police and the truth is finally revealed, his career and reputation will be destroyed in a spectacular fashion. In fact it will be so spectacular that I expect that it will be worthy of being made into a movie. Imagine… a book about dirty politics written by the pawn of a group of Black Op political operatives on a political mission to take down an extremely effective Political Operative on the other side of the Political spectrum. They use Dirty and criminal politics to frame him as being Dirty Politically in league with the government of the day.It was a plan so cunning you could pin a tail on it at call it a weasel!

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Face of the day

A loyal dog waits.

A loyal dog waits. -Source: AP Photo

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Their noses glumly peek out from under the fence as Nathan Cirillo’s dogs await the return of their master, unaware that he will never being coming home.

The 24-year-old Canadian soldier and single father was gunned down outside the National War Memorial in Ottawa yesterday.

24 hours later and his forlorn dogs have been pictured peering under the fences at his family’s Ontario home.

Cirillo was a devoted animal lover and regularly posted photos with his pets on Instagram.

Friends also described how he had recently discovered an abandoned, starving puppy, which he brought back to health before finding it a home.

“Found him a pretty home, hope he has a good life,” Cirillo wrote of the puppy just a month ago.

Cirillo, who was killed as he stood guard outside the war memorial, also leaves behind six-year-old son Marcus.

Cirillo was bringing up the boy alone, with help from his mother, after the boy’s mother was no longer in the picture.

“He stepped up. Definitely admirable.” Cirillo’s former girlfriend Randi Lotsberg told The Star.

“I feel so bad right now for his kid. Now his son doesn’t have a dad.”

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Oh, and now TVNZ are running Andrew Little’s union campaign – verbatim!

Another media driven National hit piece.  This time on behalf of Andrew Little the unions.

Following on from the story earlier today how Mediaworks are making the government look bad on purpose, here is an example of a press release, followed by promoting ONE labour leader constestant’s web site, and absolutely not declaration of the source, balancing comment or any attempt at making it look anything except a paid-for piece… or at least a personal favour?

In the interest of critiquing, let’s have a look at it in total:

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A fine bromance, with no kisses…

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Read in movie-voice-over-guy voice

They BOTH wanted to be speaker…

Jonathan Coleman happy with our Ebola preparedness as the world counts its 10,000th patient

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a meeting of 20 government agencies to discuss New Zealand’s response to the threat of Ebola, reflected a “high level of preparedness” within the Government.

The Inter-Agency Pandemic Group includes police and the ministries of Defence, Civil Defence Emergency Management, Foreign Affairs and Trade and Primary Industries.

The group met in Wellington today – a yearly meeting, but with attention squarely focused on Ebola, Coleman said.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has already killed over 4500 people, mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, since it emerged 10 months ago. Experts have said the world could face 10,000 new cases a week in two months if authorities don’t take stronger steps to fight the deadly virus.

Cases have since been confirmed in the United States and parts of Europe.

Coleman said the risk of the infectious disease reaching New Zealand was remote, but New Zealand had to be prepared for the worst.

Actually, at this stage  I think the risk of Ebola reaching New Zealand is a certainty,  The disease is still spreading in an expansionary fashion.   Read more »

NZ Media just can’t let the government have a good story

I’ve taken a screenshot of this, to make the point

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Great news story for the government, right?   Now, let’s see how Mediaworks puts the boot in.   Read more »

List MP Kevin Hague plays #dirtypolitics

You’ll know I’m no fan of List MPs, and while all of the Green Taliban fall into that camp, there’s a few that stand out as particularly sanctimonious scumbags.

Take yesterday’s Question #10 by Kevin Hague asking about conflicts of interest and whether the Food and Grocery Council’s CEO Katherine Rich should be a member of the Health Promotion Agency.

Health Minister Jonathan Coleman batted him away saying ‘Katherine Rich is a person of the very highest integrity and that her conduct as a member of the HPA has been excellent’.

Looks like the Green Taliban are going to try and run attacks against the Nats using stolen emails and play more #dirtypolitcs. Good.

Next time Kevin Hague wants to have a crack and call for investigation, maybe the Government should ask what conflicts Kevin Hague has.

You see Kevin Hague has been a frequent target for health lobbyists, particularly those Fizz2030 activists troughers from Otago University. They even went as far as bestowing on him the title ’Hon’.

Maybe Government MPs could ask Hague about who is advising the Greens on their ‘obesity reduction’ policy. The one where he wants controls on price, availability and marketing on the likes of fizzy drinks, chocolate and even breakfast cereals.   Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

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Guest post: Labour’s governance issues

I have written before about the lack of understanding in the art and practice of good governance within the New Zealand Labour party.  It surprises me at their limited practice of good governance when, within Parliament, the rules of Governance as developed by Erskine May and Roberts Rules are the controlling factors in their day to day life.

We currently have four Labour MPs aiming to be what they are calling the “Leader of the Party”. I had always believed that the Party was lead by the Party President, not the Leader of the Parliamentary wing.

But that aside, as I have already written on the topic, I want to address the latest faux pas being committed by the four aspiring leaders.  They are all stating that they will promote this or that policy as leader.  That they will change policy or make new policy etc.

From the true Governance perspective policy is not made by the Chairman of the Board, but by the Board itself. And the Board of the Party is not the Caucus but the Labour Party Council.   Read more »

5 Things about the US media that they don’t want you to know and NZ media are similarly in trouble

Do you trust the news media?  Do you believe that the information that they are giving you is true and accurate?  If you answered yes to either of those questions, that places you in a steadily shrinking minority.

Well, if you’re here, you are probably part of the steadily growing majority.

#1 The level of trust in the U.S. news media is at an all-time low.

According to a Gallup survey that was conducted last month, only 40 percent of all Americans have a “great deal/fair amount” of confidence in the mass media.  That ties the lowest level that Gallup has ever recorded.

I think in New Zealand this number probably isn’t quite that bad.  But the trend is there.  Time for Freed. Read more »

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