Judith Collins

Giovanni Tiso’s fondness for “Grandpa” Stalin

A reader emails about Giovanni Tiso’s affectionate tweet about Josef Stalin.


Thought you might be interested in this – something I saw a couple of weeks back on Twitter, but was waiting for a friend of mine to get back to me about before I fired it your way.

Basically, twitter’s self-appointed adjudicator of self-righteousness, Giovani Tiso, made a joke about referring to Stalin as “grandpa” in a thread about photos of politicians when they were younger.

I thought it was a little off colour joke to make given Stalin’s brutality, but to check I wasn’t being hypersensitive, I flicked it on to a friend of mine on Twitter whose family is Russian to see what he made of it and asked if he could jot down his reaction. I thought his reply hit the nail on the head:

“Its bloody disgusting to joke affectionately about Stalin being grandpa. Would Mr Tiso be happy if anyone else making a similar joke about Hitler, Pol Pot or some other genocidal maniac from the 20th century? He’d be the first to kick up a big stink about how inappropriate it was.    Read more »

Filthy Catholic priest pedo scumbag set to be extradited…finally!

Bernard McGrath, enjoying the food court while awaiting a decision on his extradition to face 252 charges for sexual offending against boys

Bernard McGrath, pedo priest

Bernard McGrath can finally be named.

He is the filthy pedo scumbag who has been fighting his extradition to Australia where he is facing 250 charges of interfering with boys while a Catholic priest.

A High Court judge has rejected the bid by former Catholic brother Bernard Kevin McGrath to overturn the Minister of Justice’s decision to grant his extradition to Australia to face sex charges.

Justice Cameron Mander’s decision was issued at the Christchurch High Court today, two weeks after he spent half a day hearing submissions on the judicial review of the decision by former Justice Minister Judith Collins.

Australia is seeking the extradition of McGrath, 65, to face 252 child sex abuse charges there.

Justice Mander said today: “I conclude that the Minister made no reviewable error in making her decision that McGrath be surrendered to the Commonwealth of Australia. The application for review is declined.”

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Sorry seems to be the hardest word

Demanding politicians apologise can get rather cringeworthy at times, they can wind up being almost like the apology Father Jack Hackett gave to Bishop Brennan.

But Labour is focussing now on the fact that the only apology, such as it was, issued by John Key last year was to me.

Why they OIA’d that is beyond me…what a waste of time.

John Key delivered just a solitary written apology in 2014, ironically to one of New Zealand’s most controversial political figures.

According to Key “to the best of my recollection”, the prime minister wrote just one letter of apology this year, parliamentary questions asked by the Labour Party show.

Perhaps ironically, that single apology was delivered to Cameron Slater, the WhaleOil blogger who largely supports National but has brought much controversy upon the Government.   Read more »

Phillip Smith is like the Kim Dotcom of the Corrections Department

Turns out he’s quite angry that his plan didn’t work out, and now he “vil destroy anee boh dee”…

Convicted murderer and paedophile Phillip John Smith claims he paid $7000 to a “corrupt” prison officer at Auckland’s Paremoremo Prison to help him get a passport for his escape and other benefits.

Smith, 40, fled Auckland on a flight to Chile on November 6 just hours after getting out of Waikato’s Spring Hill Prison on temporary release. He left the country using a passport issued in his birth-name, Phillip Traynor.

He is currently being held in Auckland Prison at Paremoremo.

via Stuff

via Stuff

The Department of Corrections said tonight it is taking Smith’s claim about a prison guard seriously.

Smith, appeared in Auckland District Court yesterday via videolink, on charges of escaping custody and of gaining a passport by supplying a misleading particular.

It is alleged that he claimed to be living at a lower North Island address when he was actually in prison.

Tonight, he provided a media release via his lawyer, Tony Ellis, elaborating on how he allegedly got the passport.

He claims he met a prison officer in 2011 “who indicated that he was corrupt by offering me movies on a USB stick to watch on my TV.”

In the statement Smith claims he was aided by a “corrupt” prison officer.

Oh bugger… no… Read more »

My good friend Brian Edwards and I agree again

It's all about quality not Sex appeal says unattractive Blogger Giovanni Tiso

Giovanni Tiso

That’s what happens when you’re friends.

Media commentator Brian Edwards says the content of Ms Collins’ column – “defending the working man” struck him as interesting, but doesn’t understand the outrage against it.

“Why should she not write a column? She’s on gardening leave at the moment or in rehab, however you want to put it. She needs something to do. I don’t have a problem with it.”

But some are calling for a boycott of the paper. Read more »

What would you do if the Leader of the Opposition called you a sociopath on television?

This morning Andrew Little called me a sociopath on TVNZ.

Labour leader Andrew Little says Prime Minister John Key has an “unhealthy relationship” with Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater.

Mr Slater has been in the thick of National Party ructions either side of the election. He was a key player in Judith Collins resignation as Justice Minister, while his communications with Mr Key last week forced the Prime Minister into an embarrassing backtrack in Parliament.

Speaking on TV ONE’s Breakfast this morning, Mr Little questioned Mr Key’s judgement in not ending the relationship.

“Cameron Slater is a difficult personality, I think it’s probably not too fine a point to say he’s a sociopath,” Mr Little said.

“He’s not a person any responsible politician should be associated with, but the Prime Minister seems to have this unhealthy relationship.”

Perhaps Andrew Little should shut his gob….after all there was quite a considerable effort on my part to help several of his MPs across the line…and it was ok then for them to have an “unhealthy relationship” with me.

But what should I do readers?    Read more »

Chaos & Mayhem is never going to stop

Carrick Graham, "gunning for" his opponents

Carrick Graham, “gunning for” his opponents

My mate Carrick Graham has broken his silence and spoken to the Herald on Sunday about Chaos & Mayhem.

You might note that Chaos And Mayhem spells CAM. I’ll even break my policy of not linking to the Herald.

The PR supremo whose employment of attack bloggers was exposed in Dirty Politics says his unconventional media strategies are here to stay.

A defiant Carrick Graham broke his silence over Dirty Politics, which led to the resignation, and exoneration this week, of Judith Collins over allegations she had undermined former SFO boss Adam Feeley.

An inquiry found Graham played third fiddle in the attacks on Feeley, behind his “out-of-control” cohorts Cameron Slater and Cathy Odgers.

But Graham told the Herald on Sunday this week he was simply trying to turn the tide of overwhelmingly negative coverage against his client Mark Hotchin, former Hanover boss.

And he dismissed concerns raised by the Public Relations Institute of New Zealand about the questionable ethics of his radical tactics.

“I don’t think it surprises anyone that when they read the paper in the morning or watch the news, there is someone pushing an agenda somewhere.

Whether it’s PR people, MPs, officials, or even the media themselves.

“I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubbles by pretending that the world is black and white. Some people don’t communicate very well, and the tide turns against them, and that’s where I come in.”

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Who else is big business going to back Fran?

Poor bitter old Ms. O’Sullivan, she has gone from defaming me and Cactus Kate to treating us like Voldemort in her latest column.

Now she is just spraying poop everywhere like a mad old bint. Not for her to discuss the slamming of her and her employers in the Chisholm report…oh no…instead she comes up with a crazy conspiracy theory that big business has gone cold on John Key because he talks to bloggers.

Who has she been consulting? The payroll clerk at Fonterra, or the person she sends invoices to at the Business Initiative?

Key needs to reflect. The Herald’s Mood of the Boardroom Election survey of CEOs found that 62 per cent felt “Brand Key” had been damaged by the Nicky Hager revelations, 66 per cent believed it exposed an unhealthy relationship between politicians and bloggers and 76 per cent of those surveyed raised issues of political probity concerning Judith Collins.

They wanted him to learn the lessons from the Dirty Politics scandal.

Really? Sounds like those business leaders need a remedial lesson in politics…did any of them notice the result of the election? Did Fran?

Dirty Politics won the election for John Key, not the other way around.   Read more »

Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?

There are a great many conspiracy theories out there, the latest one being that I have something over John Key and Judith Collins.

It is being pushed hard by various nutters on the left-wing. It is hilarious to read the comments at places like The Daily blog, where special kinds of political retards reside and comment, same with The Standard.

But why do people believe these conspiracy theories?

Do people really believe such conspiracy theories? They do, and in disturbingly high numbers, according to recent empirical research collected by University of Miami political scientists Joseph E. Uscinski and Joseph M. Parent and presented in their 2014 book American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford University Press). About a third of Americans, for example, believe the “birther” conspiracy theory that Obama is a foreigner. About as many believe that 9/11 was an “inside job” by the Bush administration.

The idea that such beliefs are held only by a bunch of nerdy white guys living in their parents’ basements is a myth. Surveys by Uscinski and Parent show that believers in conspiracies “cut across gender, age, race, income, political affiliation, educational level, and occupational status.” People on both the political left and right, for example, believe in conspiracies roughly equally, although each finds different cabals. Liberals are more likely to suspect that media sources and political parties are pawns of rich capitalists and corporations, whereas conservatives tend to believe that academics and liberal elites control these same institutions. GMO conspiracy theories are embraced primarily by those on the left (who accuse, for example, Monsanto of conspiring to destroy small farmers), whereas climate change conspiracy theories are endorsed primarily by those on the right (who inculpate, for example, academic climate scientists for manipulating data to destroy the American economy).

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Face of the day

Rachael ' Serious ' Smalley

Rachel ‘ Serious ‘ Smalley

Rachel Smalley says it’s not OK.

What is she talking about?

Domestic violence?

Islamic Extremism?

That murdering Pedophile being returned to us from Brazil?

Nope, none of the above.

She, as a ‘ serious, ‘ journalist has decided that Cameron (a Journalist ) should not communicate with the PM by text and that the PM should not be communicating by text with him. Why? Well her reasoning is outlined in an article filled with defamation. Every accusation she makes against Cam is defamatory and a smear. No doubt she is secure in the knowledge that if Nicky Hager can get way with unproven allegations  after using a Journalist’s stolen correspondence, then so can she.

She revels in her freedom of speech and says what ever nasty unproven things that she likes about Cameron. He, however in her opinion does not have that same right. If he attacks someones character then that is toxic behaviour and he should be stopped but it is quite OK for her to say things like….

…the country’s most ruthless blogger, the man who stops at nothing to attack, undermine or manipulate anyone who opposes the National Party

vile revelations that came out about Slater and the frightening ways with which he tried to shut people down, people who opposed the National Party or people who were critical of it

Of course ‘ serious ‘ journalists should be free to talk about about Cameron Slater all that they like. They are allowed to talk to him, interview him, text him, get stories off him and write about him because Cameron Slater is money in the bank. Cameron Slater sells dead tree media and Cameron Slater ups readership, viewership. listenership and ratings. Let’s face it no matter what adjectives you use to describe him he has the readership, he has the influence and maddeningly ,unlike ‘ serious ‘ journalist Smalley he has access to the PM’s ear although John Key will probably now throw him under the bus like he did Judith Collins. Key is nothing if not pragmatic. He will do whatever it takes to shut down attacks from the Media on himself or his government.

The Labour party’s Andrew Little is fortunate that the MSM are not interested in Left Wing Blogger Josh Forman and his Blog Slightly Left of Centre. If they were they could attack him for his Deputies close relationship with him. They could ask Annette for a copy of her texts to Josh and ask when she was last in contact with him. They could find out who leaked the e-mail between him and Cameron to Annette so that it could be used to try to frame questions to John Key in the house.They could do a little research and discover that Josh lost his job this week for leaking information to the Labour Party.

In fact it has all the ingredients for a great scandal but there is only one problem with this tale of Dirty Politics, it doesn’t suit their agenda.

The Standard have gone so far as to state that Josh Forman and his Blog are actually both Cameron Slater. I really don’t know where Cameron finds the time. Just being him is enough work but being Josh and writing a whole other Blog as well, that’s just CRAZY talk but that is The Standard for you.

I am sure that Josh Forman right now, is wishing that he was, just a figment of Cameron’s imagination. He thought he was so clever trying to Trojan horse, New Zealand’s most popular Blogger.

Nothing personal Josh, it’s just politics, under the bus you go.

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