Josie Pagani

Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

The format of the Cauldron may be different today, mostly because instead of commenting on political stories, I am the political story.   At this stage, it is expected that I will solo with Larry for the first half of the show.  Then I step back, and the rest of the team can comment on matters without me getting in the way.

This is the likely format, but it can still change.  I’ll try and get Pete to update asap this if that’s the case.

 

Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio )

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Josie Pagani: Stop spinning tonight’s debate

I’m not sure attempts to spin expectations around tonight’s leaders’ debate are credible.

Take the people saying ‘all David Cunliffe has to do is draw’. Unfortunately, last year David Cunliffe’s supporters in the leadership contest argued he should lead the party because of his superior debating skills.

Here’s Martyn Bradbury from the Daily Blog in the NZ Herald in June of this year:

“Cunliffe’s performance in the debates and on the campaign trail will be one of the most convincing components of a Labour-led win.”

Martyn Bradbury no less.  Wow.

David Cunliffe was widely praised for his skills as an effective debater and his presence on TV.

A Standard blogger talked him up as ‘Labour’s best performer’

“…. in the House and on television: just the tough, well-prepared and clear speaker that is needed to front against John Key in the next election.

More recently, when polls started to drop, the spin was, ‘Don’t worry, just wait for the debates. That’s when Labour will turn the polls around.’

Well, one thing is sure:  It’s all on David Cunliffe tonight.  Because the polls need to stop plummeting before they can be turned around.

Here’s Brian Edwards, a David Cunliffe supporter, in 2013:

“Cunliffe may or may not be nice, but he is hugely experienced, has an in-depth understanding of policy, conveys confidence and authority, handles the media superbly and can make mincemeat of anyone on the other side of the House.”

My good friend Brian has stopped writing of late.  I must dig up one of his last posts again – it was a great piece of comedy, although I’m not sure he meant it that way at the time.

Stop spinning. Just let the debate run. We know John Key is a formidable debater – he performed strongly in 2008 and 2011. There will be two quality and skilled debaters on stage. The job is not to find a ‘winner.’ Its for voters to learn more about how they want their country governed.

 

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The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

As Cam is still in Israel and not back until Friday, he is not going to feature on the Cauldron today


I am not on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Jordan Williams on The Cauldron.

 

Topics today may include

1)  John Key, the OIA request and… me

2) National Party housing policy

3) The Dotcom and Corkery show at the Internet Mana party launch

4) Labour cancelling policies to fit with Prefu limitations

5) Dirty Politics – will the polls reflect this?

 

Cam (not) on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio – with all but Josie expected in-studio)

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It’s a question that needs asking: Can you trust John Key?

paganiJosie Pagani writes

As never before, John Key is making us feel he can’t be trusted.

He can’t be trusted to run the economy.

He can’t be trusted to tell the truth about how the SIS was used, three years ago, to attack Phil Goff.

He can’t be trusted to be the nice guy, when his office was giving preferential treatment to right-wing blogger Cameron Slater to smear National’s rivals. Read more »

The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

As Cam is in Israel right now, he is not going to feature on the Cauldron today


 

I am not on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Jordan WIlliams on The Cauldron.

 

Topics today may include

1)  Polls, polls, more polls

2) Green policy to eliminate child poverty

3) Labour’s policy on making alcolhol more expensive and put the age back at 20

 

Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio – with all THREE expected in studio)

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB – [UPDATED]

[UPDATE]
ZB tell me Cam is not going to feature on the Cauldron today. Cam told me he is. Apart from the foibles of trying to run a media organisation from my bedroom and control a Type-A personality that’s now probably in a Kava induced coma, let’s all get together and see what is actually going to happen – Pete


 

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

I will be calling in from Fiji, so there will be little point watching me on Studio Cam.  Perhaps just use this charming photo with my The Edge death stare instead:

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Topics today may include

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Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio – but a little pointless today)

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

Topics today may include

1) Labour’s Youth Policy, as announced by Grant Robertson today (wot, not Jacinda?)

2) Christine Rankin in Epsom

3) Laila Harre in Helensville

4) Sale of Lochinver to those pesky Chinamen

5) Tim Groser eats the wrong fish, even though it was on the menu

6) Roy Morgan Polls… the latest one, what’s up with that?

 

Cam on Cam (studio webcam, includes audio)

You can listen online via iHeartRadio  or tune in though usual methods.

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Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB [UPDATED]

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

Josie will be in the studio with Larry and myself today, so click on the “Cam and Josie on Cam” link below so you too can see her recoiling at every vile suggestion that comes from my extreme vile right wing mouth!

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Topics today may include (will there be enough time?)

1)  One News/Colmar Brunton Poll

2) Nick Smith v Fish & Game – did he strongarm them?

3) Labour whining about Mike Hosking as debate moderator

4) Which electorate deals will John Key announce on the back of yesterday’s party list?

5) Green Party to outlaw oil

6) “Holiday Highway” gets consent to proceed

7) Auckland’s 2nd harbour crossing might be fast tracked under National

8) Labour wants to give councils the power to tax beds, toilets or anything else Read more »

Josie Pagani on Labour’s woes

Last night on The Cauldron, Josie Pagani elucidated precisely what it was that is costing Labour this election.

She has written a post about it and what Labour must do to arrest the sinking polls.

First, stop blaming the media.

The problem isn’t ‘right wing framing’. There isn’t a media conspiracy to get a third term National government. When you fall behind everyone airs their favourite explanation and negatives get repeated and amplified. It’s the job of politicians, not media, to inspire a change in the story.

There is also no point blaming whoever went public at the weekend to criticise David Cunliffe for going on holiday. It was poor discipline, but poor discipline is not the main reason the party is 30 points behind National.

Politics isn’t fair. Even if  the media is sometimes unfair (such as when the Herald went too far with unsubstantiated claims of undeclared donations from Donghua Liu), one of the things the public are judging is how you behave under pressure. Stop complaining.

Unfortunately for Josie the Donghua Liu donations weren’t unsubstantiated. I suspect there is more to play out on that. She is right though in the folly of blaming the media, but they just can;t help themselves.

David Cunliffe just yesterday was claiming smears and media beat ups, and his loyal mouth piece and donation launderer Greg Presland was on the Standard claiming a smear about his visit and cozy lunch with NZ’s Rolf Harris.

Stop saying the polls are close. It reminds voters that Labour aims to lead a bloc in which it might not be all that dominant and which could include the toxic Dotcom party. Tortuous explanations about the Left Bloc v the Right Bloc sound cynical, as if you don’t care about winning support of people.

Distance Labour from Dotcom. One reason for Labour’s poor polling is people just want to get rid of Dotcom and somehow he has become Labour’s problem now. Only because he is an enemy of our enemy.  Labour should only ever say of Dotcom, “he shouldn’t be in the country and National should not have let him in. We want him and his party nowhere near government.”

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Larry’s Back!!! (Cam on The Cauldron at 16:00 on Newstalk ZB)

I am on The Cauldron again at 1600.

Join Larry Williams, Josie Pagani, Barry Soper and some guy called Cam Slater on The Cauldron.

Topics today may include:

1)  Most recent political poll results

2) Colin Craig’s “bottom line”: Binding Citizen Initiated Referenda

3) The fallout of Cunliffe’s holiday

4) NZ First policy announcements; GST and Law and Order

5) Kim Dotcom’s promised political “nuclear bomb”

6) Independent Police Complaints Authority clears police over Dotcom spying

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