Karl du Fresne on Bryan Bruce’s latest hit job

On Tuesday night Bryan Bruce released a new documentary.

It hasn’t gone down well, mainly because it destroyed the union narrative that our education isn’t as world-class as they’d like us believe. The luvvies are upset too because normally they’d be singing from the rooftops about his findings. The problem is that Bruce’s narrative has taken away many of the claims from the unions and actually, despite it not being the intent, promoted why it is that charter schools are so popular.

Paid mouthpiece website The Spinoff’s Duncan Grieve had a crack at it, and has been attacked for daring to speak the unspeakable..

Karl du Fresne also has some commentary:

I forced myself to watch the Bryan Bruce documentary about New Zealand education on TV3 last night. Past experience told me not to expect an even-handed assessment of the issues, but the optimist in me hoped that Bruce might offer some insights into where our education system has gone wrong. Faint chance.

If there’s a word that describes Bruce’s broadcasting style, it’s tendentious – in other words, calculated to promote a particular cause.

Viewers might have learned something worthwhile had he approached his subject with an open mind, but no. He clearly started out with a fixed goal in mind. Bruce doesn’t like choice, doesn’t like competition and doesn’t like individualism. He despises Treasury and the disruptive neo-liberal reforms it has championed since the 1980s.

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I would have eased them out the door with my boot

The precious luvvies who have been given the arse-card from Mediaworks are having a sook at the corporate shill site of Duncan Grieve, The Spin Off.

Their parent publication, The NZ Herald gleefully helps put the boot in by quoting bitter old hag Pip Keane right at the start of their article.

The former executive producer on axed TV3 show Campbell Live has revealed the “shitty” parting gift given to host John Campbell on his last day.

According to Pip Keane, all she and Campbell received on their final day at the network was “identical, shitty bunches of flowers”.

That’s not all: in a report on The Spinoff about terrible leaving gifts, Keane says the flowers were bought for a group of five staff who were leaving that day – but only four bunches were ordered.

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Whaleoil General Debate

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Face of the day


SWNS Elizabeth Eaton, a former university lecturer who spent 30 years hoarding thousands of documents

Today’s face of the day, Elizabeth Eaton makes me feel organised even though I am a terribly lazy housekeeper.Elizabeth is a hoarder but thankfully recognised that she had a problem and asked for help.

A former university lecturer’s hoarding became so bad her belongings began spilling out of her letterbox.Elizabeth Eaton, 59, spent 30 years collecting thousands of books, lecture notes and exam papers.But the academic has finally decided to seek help with her obsessive behaviour and roped in cleaning specialists.

The experts have already cleared more than three skips worth of rubbish from her three-bed semi in London after she struggled to move around her cluttered rooms.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

eldritch (adj) –  Strange or unearthly; eerie.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “Hideous, ghastly, weird,” circa 1500, of uncertain origin; apparently somehow from elf.

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 25

1These are more proverbs of Solomon, collected by the advisers of King Hezekiah of Judah.

Wednesday nightCap

Via the Tipline

Rod Serling


Today’s Trivia


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?

Yikes. Men who like their meat well-done are twice as likely to get prostate cancer. (Source)

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