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Shock for Andrew Little in latest INCITE|Curia poll

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In our latest edition of INCITE: Politics which will be released today there is a catastrophic result for Andrew Little in our monthly INCITE|Curia polling.

Exclusive to us Curia looks again at how New Zealanders think our political leaders are doing. This is the only public poll in New Zealand that reports on approval of party leaders.

We asked 1,000 New Zealanders “Do you approve or disapprove of the way John Key/Andrew Little is handling his job as Prime Minister/Leader of the Opposition?”

And the results are devastating. Andrew Little has slumped 12 points while John Key has increased slightly by 1%.

It is clear that last months results were a ‘dead cat’ bounce and Andrew Little is now back under the pump for his lack of performance.

Full details are only available to subscribers.   Read more »

The ends justifies the means for the left-wing

The left-wing are all over the “Panama Papers”, like white on rice.

They were all over Nicky Hager’s illegal use of my private correspondence.

Both cases involved criminal hackers illegally obtaining private documentation and then shopping that to left-wing activists who laundered the documents, published them and claimed public interest…all as a result of a crime.

But dial back on the personalities and the politics and put what has happened in a different context.

Let’s say a group of criminal defense lawyers kept a database of their confidential conversations with their clients.  That would include clients charged with murder, robbery, DUI, drug abuse, and so on.  In turn, a hacker would break into that database and post the information from those conversations on Wikileaks.  Of course a lot of those conversations would appear to be incriminating because — let’s face it — most of the people who require defense attorneys on criminal charges are in fact guilty.  When asked why the hack was committed, the hacker would say “Most of those people are guilty.  I want to make sure they do not escape punishment.”

How many of us would approve of that behavior?  Keep in mind the hacker is spreading the information not only to prosecutors but to the entire world, and outside of any process sanctioned by the rule of law.  The hacker is not backed by the serving of any criminal charges or judge-served warrants.

Yet somehow many of us approve when the victims are wealthy and higher status, as is the case with the Panama Papers.  Furthermore most of those individuals probably did nothing illegal, but rather they were trying to minimize their tax burden through (mostly) legal shell corporations.  Admittedly, very often the underlying tax laws should be changed, just as we should repeal the deduction for mortgage interest too.  But in the meantime we are not justified in stealing information about those people, even if some of them are evil and powerful, as is indeed the case for homeowners too.

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Crazy Colin rides again

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Colin Craig really doesn’t like having the truth told about him. He has decided to sue me for publishing an excerpt of his poemThe Two of Me” that he sent to Rachel MacGregor.

Colin Craig has tabled legal papers seeking more than $13,000 from blogger Cameron Slater for publishing the former politician’s romantic poetry on his blog.

Craig, who identifies himself as a secret songwriter, poet and fiction author, says he wants to set the record straight after suffering humiliation when his poem The Two Of Me was published on the Whaleoil site last year.

In a statement of claim provided by Slater, the former Conservative Party leader states only two copies existed of the poem. One Craig kept stored in his “personal literary archive”, the other was owned by his former press secretary, Rachel MacGregor.

Jordan Williams, the executive director of the Taxpayers Union, is named as a second defendant.

“Mr Craig has elected to forego publishing his creative writing for consumption by the public in order to, amongst other reasons, preserve his privacy,” the document states.

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Mediaworks partners with Whaleoil to create a new, independent news organisation

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MediaWorks Holdings Limited (“MWL”) and Whaleoil have announced the formation of a joint venture to launch a new media brand providing a fresh perspective on news and views. Following on from secret meetings in December 2014 this joint venture has been more than a year in the making.

MediaWorks|Whaleoil will establish a standalone newsroom to deliver fresh and innovative news-casting using all digital formats. Initially focused on news, politics, analysis and commentary, the organisation will benefit from the combined capabilities of two of New Zealand’s leading media brands.

Mediaworks access to unique global content and expertise in news gathering will be complemented by Whaleoil’s unique media presence as New Zealand’s hardest hitting political journalist with an in-depth understanding of New Zealand news audience preferences. The new company will also extend the current MWL news brands including Scout, building a deeper connection between brands, advertisers and audiences.

MediaWorks|Whaleoil will leverage the unmatched promotional platform of MWL’s TV, Radio and Digital assets, which include many of the most well-known and most effective news commentary in New Zealand, and have a combined reach of 3.8 million people (97% of the population).   Read more »

Addressing Media party spin and lies

Some commenters have mentioned the hatchet job done last night on John Palino.

Reports I’ve had from the press conference say that Rebecca Wright and David Fisher were an absolute disgrace, playing up, shouting down John Palino and generally being disruptive. Video exists of these performances. Someone wondered whether the both of them had done some dirty lines of coke just prior because of the way they acted.

Commenters have also echoed the calls of media for John Palino to come clean on his “involvement” in Len Brown’s affair, which is just plain silly…they are attacking a man who had nothing to do with anything and expecting him to “come clean” and stop denying. They are actually asking him to lie, because you can’t come clean about something you had no knowledge of.

Some weeks before the election I was aware of something untoward regarding Bevan Chuang and Len Brown. Over a few weeks I managed to establish with Bevan Chuang that it involved some lewd text messages. I was shown a couple, but I thought they were nothing.

Prior to the election I had a speaking engagement at a conference in Singapore and used that trip to also visit my brother in Dubai. I was sitting on the tarmac at Auckland airport when I received a flurry of text messages from Bevan Chuang. She wanted to know if I was going to do anything with her story. Stephen Cook had been talking to her and his assessment to me was that there was no story. I agreed. A couple of dirty text messages were nothing. And, as Bevan Chuang wasn’t prepared to say anything else, I basically told her to piss off as there was no story and I was going overseas in any case.

That was the last I heard about it until a couple of days before the election was due to close when Bevan suddenly wanted to talk some more. There was more, but it wasn’t until the Sunday after the election that Stephen Cook sat down with her and got the full story of the sordid affair…and the affidavit.

At no time did I discuss the story with my father…anyone who knows us knows that we aren’t that close…and don’t actually talk that often. I’ve always considered that Dad was too gentlemanly to really get into politics. I had argued with him my entire life about matching nasty Labour Party tactics with the same venom. He, in fact, has been used to send messages to me from gutless politicians to tell me to pull my head in. They were always met with the same answer…if they’ve got something to say then they can call me directly.    Read more »

February INCITE: Politics due shortly

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Final edits are underway and our bumper February edition  of INCITE: Politics will shortly be on its way to your inbox.

This month we have some new contributors, plus the first INCITE/Curia poll of the year. Who is up? Who is down? And what are the implications of their numbers for their parties?

We also continue to look at potential leadership candidates across the parties and ask our 10 questions of David Seymour.

Following on from Lynton Crosby’s lecture about political truisms we look at how that applies to Labour, especially with regard to leadership and economic competence.   Read more »

Turns out the car wash story is real

It turns out the car wash story is real and because of Andrew Little’s telling it a former union man is made to look a fool.

An embarrassed former union organiser has come forward to verify Andrew Little’s yarn about a man who opened his car door in a carwash to lower his aerial – and got himself and the vehicle drenched.

The Labour leader used the tale in his State of the Nation speech on Sunday to make a point about the future of the economy – “the machine’s started, there’s nothing we can do to stop it, it’s coming towards us and we’ve got to decide what to do about it.”

He made a point of saying it was all true, and that as a union boss he had received “an incredible insurance claim form to sign off”.   Read more »

Labour’s dirty politics being organised out of Leader’s Office

Matthew Hooton tweeted last night:

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He’s been leaked an email sent by Matt McCarten, arranging for two insane, embittered, extreme left-wing lunatics to speak with Labour’s caucus.

Here is the content of McCarten’s email.   Read more »

INCITE: Politics launching 15th, pre-order now

I am pleased to announce the launch of a new premium report called INCITE: Politics. Pre-orders are being taken from today ahead of the first edition which will be released 15 December.

This is a new initiative and we will be producing a monthly insiders report on politics in New Zealand.

I have commissioned exclusive polling information and will be adding comprehensive analysis and political insight from across the political spectrum.

This is an exclusive report. None of the information contained in INCITE: Politics will be available either on this blog or in any other publication.

We have also secured commentary from insiders across the political spectrum and the first MP we are featuring will surprise some.

The report will be delivered on the 15th of each month and will be forward looking…it is time for a change in our political discourse. Instead of focussing on what has happened we will attempt to look at what is going to happen.

The next two years will be exciting politically with the local body elections and the general election. Subscribe Now  to INCITE: Politics and be amongst the best informed in New Zealand on politics, policy and insider knowledge.

If you thought it was bizarre that Mr X was Colin Craig wait until you read this

Colin Craig (both of them) with the interviewer and Mr X

Colin Craig (both of them) with the interviewer and Mr X   Photo/NZ Herald

When Colin Craig held his press conference and announced that he was suing me for defamation and had also printed a pamphlet and sent it to every household in New Zealand, I saw there was something familiar in the pamphlet.

He had used one of my photos. Initially I thought it was a Getty Image but I checked with them and they confirmed that it wasn’t one of their images, but was one of the five images their photographer took that I own the rights to exclusively. Colin Craig had taken one of my photos, edited it in the background then used it twice in his defamatory pamphlet to attack me. He never asked for permission, nor would it have been given.

So I invoiced him for it. It is my intellectual property and I own all the rights to it. He can’t use my property to attack me.

His response was to tell me to nick off and to threaten me to drop my claims or he would charge me for ‘using’ his poem “The Two of Me“. Understandably I thought he was crazy even suggesting that.

I didn’t think he could be any more crazy but yesterday he went full retard and actually did bill me for ‘use’ of his poem…a poem he has previously said that I fabricated. Well that little falsehood is well and truly busted.

I replied to Colin Craig and copied in media who have now picked it up.

Stacey Kirk at Fairfax covers the story best.

Colin Craig appears to have admitted a poem allegedly written for his former press-secretary Rachel MacGregor, is one of his original works.

He is now attempting to invoice WhaleOil blogger Cameron Slater $15,000 for it, after Slater published the leaked poem on his site.

In the latest twist of a drawn-out series of events, Craig is also demanding Slater retract the blog post, and “provide written apology to me for using my work without permission”.

The poem, called Two of Me, spoke of how there could be two of the author; “that would be one for all the others and one of me, for you”.    Read more »