Audrey Young

Is Audrey Young still embarrassed?

Audrey Young professed that she felt embarrassed by the Prime Minister, when she really should be embarrassed by working for the NZ Herald.

John Armstrong has also provided some more embarrassment for Audrey Young, he has declared that ponytail-gate is over.

Anyone under the impression that John Key had it coming to him in Parliament yesterday – and deservedly so – must be sorely disappointed by what happened. Or rather did not happen.

Those angered by the Prime Minister’s pestering of Auckland waitress Amanda Bailey may well feel they have been short-changed by Opposition parties who yesterday opted not to stretch Key on the parliamentary rack in what was the first opportunity since his return from overseas.

It is not uncommon for predictions that some trouble-struck minister or MP is going to suffer the latter-day equivalent of being hung, drawn and quartered once his or her problem hits the parliamentary fan to turn out to be totally misplaced. All the ingredients for a major stoush may be present, only for things to fall flat in the House.

That was the case yesterday. But it was no accident. The Opposition parties seemed to be going through the motions – when they could be bothered to put any kind of heat on the Prime Minister which, at most, was only lukewarm.

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Dirty Media – Today Audrey Young Should Be Embarrassed To Be a Staffer at The Herald

Yesterday Audrey Young wrote under the cloak of NZ Herald sanctimony that she was embarrassed John Key was Prime Minister. I wonder what she is thinking today of her employer.

It turns out that today’s story in the NZ Herald was a sting under the close watch and approval of Shayne Currie (and outgoing Editor Tim Murphy who is still in the building).

I have warned of this behaviour emerging as standard at the NZ Herald with the recent appointment of Dirty Politics insider Fran O’Sullivan as a former tool of the ninth floor to now born-again centre left scorned woman.  O’Sullivan only last week announced from the lofty heights of her self-appointed throne that we need a more “adult” media.

I have to hand it to Shayne Currie, nothing in Dirty Politics was as downright evil and sneaky as this hit job on someone who didn’t want their story to be run using his own staff. He went ahead in full knowledge of what happened.  There can be no throwing of his staffer under the bus for this incident no matter how much his left wing luvvies try.  It is Currie’s responsibility as to what goes in the paper.

Nicky Hager will not be happy.  He expects more from media he omitted to mention in Dirty Politics.  Oh that’s right, he is currently collaborating with the NZ Herald as he thinks he has them all eating from the palm of his filthy little hands.

In the meantime Audrey goes from yesterday’s sanctimony back to her gin and pulling a pay check from an embarrassing employer.

And I am betting the planned and deliberate deceit from the NZ Herald machine is now far worse for this woman than a little pull of her ponytail.

Last poll of year is a bit boring but Audrey Young manages some weapons grade spin on behalf of Labour

The Herald’s last poll of the year is real margin of error stuff.

Labour is up a bit, so is National, NZ First and Greens down a bit…otherwise it is a bit meh.

It didn’t stop Audrey Young spinning this as a massive lift in labour’s fortunes despite them still being under 30%.

Labour’s popularity has jumped three percentage points in the first political poll since Andrew Little took over the leadership and the first major poll since the September 20 election.

But National’s support has also risen, while support for the Greens and New Zealand First has declined.

Labour is on 28.9 per cent, a rise of three points from 25.9 per cent in the Herald-DigiPoll survey conducted in the last week of the election campaign.

Its party vote in the election of 25.13 per cent was close to the poll result, so it can safely be said the party has had a lift.

Mr Little was elected on November 18 after the resignation of David Cunliffe.

National’s support rose 2.2 points, from 48.2 to 50.4 per cent in the poll, conducted in the second and third weeks of December.

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So, now the politicians wake up to our security issues

Martin Place gunman Sheik Man Haron Monis

Martin Place gunman Sheik Man Haron Monis

The politicians seem to have woken up to the problems facing New Zealand in the face of Islamic terrorism.

As the Police wrap up the scene in Martin Place Sydney after a nutter Muslim cleric from Iran who was on bail as accessory to murder held hostages at gunpoint they are now coming forward show their support behind recent legislation.

The MP who chaired the anti-terrorist legislation rushed through Parliament last week, Mike Mitchell, says the bill was “100 per cent” justified.

And he said he had had messages yesterday thanking him for the bill in light of the Sydney hostage crisis.

“It becomes a lot more real for people when it’s three hours across the ditch.”

Labour leader Andrew Little, who also supported the new powers, said the sorts of risks the law dealt with “are real”.

Mr Mitchell, a former security specialist who ran a company in the Middle East for 10 years, said New Zealand was not immune.

“We don’t have some sort of magic inoculation that means we couldn’t be exposed to some sort of extremist actions here.”

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Audrey Young has been at the Kool-Aid too

It looks like dear old Audrey Young has been drinking the Kool-Aid too.

She writes about whether or not Matt McCarten is going to be able to save Labour.

The answer is easy, it is no, for two reasons…one is he won’t be in place for long and second is he isn’t what his legend makes him out to be.

Undeterred by the obvious Audrey Young attempts to ignore it all.

An extraordinary thing happened in the Labour Party last week.

It went largely uncommented upon because extraordinary things happening in Labour are not unusual at the moment.

The party has been utterly entranced by new leader Andrew Little, who almost did not get back into Parliament at all after the election. It’s the stuff of fantasy, Little rightly muses.

But so, too, was his appointment of Matt McCarten as his permanent chief of staff.

It is the same Matt McCarten who spent a lot of his Machiavellian years if not trying to destroy Labour then at least trying to supplant it on the left with the breakaway Alliance. He was also the key adviser to a leader who took the party to its worst result in 92 years.   Read more »

Comment of the Day

From yesterday’s Back Chat.

George shows his wisdom:

How the NZ Herald reported the Labour Caucus support for the four leadership contenders.
“Support amongst Labour MPs for the party leadership has Grant Robinson just ahead of David Parker with 11 and 9 supporters respectively and both were some way ahead of Nanaia Mahuta and Andrew Little with 6 supporters each”.
How it should have been reported.
66% of the Labour Caucus don’t want Robertson, 72% don’t want Parker, 81% don’t want Mahuta and 81% don’t want Little.

Which is totally true.

The bottom line is this for Labour…they are rooted, their caucus highly factionalised and at war with each other and the party is similarly fractured.

All a new leader will do is add a very thin veneer to the crumbling facade of a party that seems it won’t make it to its centenary.

The whole article from Audrey Young read as a space filler for the paper after an advertiser cancelled a spot.

Basically it can be summed up as a summary of mediocre and less than talented troughers all trying and failing to get a majority in caucus.  But with the picture placement it certainly looks like we know where the Herald stands on the leadership debate. They had a lovely photo of two young vibrant socialists who look to have been untroubled in their lives by pesky things like having to have had a real job. Read more »

Herald spins up latest poll, but Nats can still govern alone despite left wing smears

Last night Audrey Young spun up a dramatic fall in John Key’s popularity despite him still at an all time high.

Travel and Lifestyle blogger David Farrar in a rare political post explains just how silly the Herald were with their prognostications.

This morning they release the latest poll and National can still govern alone but that didn’t stop them talking about a big fall.

Never mind the previous poll was way too high.

National has taken a hit in the first poll since Nicky Hager’s Dirty Politics was released but the Greens, not Labour, are the big winners so far.

Labour, in fact, has dropped a little – 1.3 points to 25.2 per cent – although leader David Cunliffe’s popularity has risen.

The Greens have jumped 3.8 points to 13.7 per cent which would give them 18 MPs, boosting their numbers by four. National has fallen by 4.9 points to 50 per cent.

There has been a marked fall in the numbers who think the country is heading in the right direction, down from 57 to 51.1 per cent. National would still be able to govern alone based on this poll, whether or not its current support partners, the Maori Party, Act and United Future, were returned.

New Zealand First polls just under the 5 per cent threshold at 4.7 per cent and would not be returned to Parliament on this poll result, although several recent polls have the party just over it.

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Audrey Young on a Bronx Charter School

While in NYC covering the Prime Minister’s visit NZ Herald Journalist Audrey Young took time to visit the Bronx Charter School for Excellence.

Very insightful. The information that the teacher unions and all of those who like to blame the kids will hate is:

“The reputation of the Bronx is that it is low performing, it’s not great education standards. We don’t believe that,” she said.

“We believe that with very committed people, with enough resources and everyone working together with all the stakeholders, that you can be anything you want to be and that’s what we’ve proven here.”


“Expectation, confidence and attitude that you can deliver. I don’t think any teacher goes into the classroom saying they want a kid to fail. I think what happens is that you don’t know how to get a child to learn, then it is very difficult to look at yourself and say ‘I’m the reason why’.   Read more »

White House visits – Compare and Contrast

Two visits to the White house, different presidents, different Prime Ministers.

The left wing didn’t think Helen Clark was sucking up when she went:

Helen Clark and George W. Bush on 21 March 2007

Helen Clark and George W. Bush on 21 March 2007

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Another bumper sticker “trust us” policy

It is emerging that like all other policies announced by labour so far it is yet another bumper sticker policy slogan with no thinking or depth beneath it.

Labour’s capital gains tax policy is still in the same form as it was last election. Nothing more deep policy-wise has been revealed other than their “trust us” promise to implement a tax based on the recommendations of a so far anonymous working group.

Their electricity policy is the same…and now their immigration policy is being revealed as nothing more than an anti-immigrant slogan-fest.

Audrey Young attempts to drill down and finds that she can;t as none of the critical thinking or policy work has been done.

Labour leader David Cunliffe wants to cut the level of immigration but won’t say by how much. He said Labour did not have enough information to put a target on it.

“I think current levels are too high and they should be managed to a moderate sustainable level using the tools available to Government,” he said.     Read more »