Phil Goff

Another NewstalkZB staffer goes feral

There seems to be a cancer eating away at NewstalkZB…one of a lack of courage too, because Rachel Smalley and ¬†now James Robins are both giving me a good ¬†kicking.

You have to wonder if an edict has gone out from NZME.

But neither of them have the courage to say these sorts of things to my face…like many in the media they are spineless cowards.

James Robins goes on a defamatory rant…it really is quite funny. Dallas Gurney will be loving the ratings and traffic that a stoush¬†with me brings.

The Labour Party‚Äôs new leader Andrew Little may believe that the Prime Minister should ‚Äústand up, take responsibility‚Ķapologise‚ÄĚ and ‚Äúmove on‚ÄĚ. But there‚Äôs little chance of turning away from an ever-increasing barrage of evidence against the Government‚Äôs deeply disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions.

Inspector General Cheryl Gwyn‚Äôs inquiry sought to uncover allegations made against Warren Tucker (former head of the Security Intelligence Service), staffers in the Prime Minister‚Äôs office (like black-ops man Jason Ede), and Cameron Slater (a ‚Äútoxic‚ÄĚ hatemonger and terminal ‚Äúreprobate‚ÄĚ blogger) prior to the 2011 Election.

What¬†disgusting, disturbing, and treacherous actions….this is politics you numpty.

As for calling me a toxic hatemonger, have you been swallowing the seed of Martyn Martin Bradbury? I bet Larry Williams and Leighton Smith don’t agree with you…or even your own boss.

Then-Labour leader Phil Goff, mistakenly convinced that he hadn’t received an intelligence briefing about the actions of a few Israelis after the Christchurch earthquake, found himself under attack not during Question Time or from his enemies during a media stand-up but from the fly-blown pages of a deranged blog.

Released on Tuesday, Gwyn‚Äôs report entirely confirms (as if Nicky Hager‚Äôs claims needed more affirmation) that Slater received a tip-off about Goff‚Äôs folly, was coached through making an OIA request by Key‚Äôs staffer Jason Ede, received his politically-damaging treasure in record time thanks to Tucker‚Äôs inability to stay ‚Äúpolitically neutral‚ÄĚ, and proceeded to lambast the Labour Party alongside the Government who gleefully kept their hands ‚Äėclean‚Äô of the entire affair.

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Andrew Little caught in a lie in the first week of the job ‚Äď and it‚Äôs on record

Phil Goff says he didn’t leak it, then he did, then he didn’t really…so what is the real story?

On Radio NZ on 26 November ‚Äď Phil Goff sticks to calls for PM to resign.

Goff gets very aggressive and slippery when pushed.

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As you can hear for yourself he¬†references something he reportedly said the day previously ‚Äúon radio”, but this interview was used extensively by 3 News as the basis of the story.

Goff confesses he briefed Andrew Little and Chris Hipkins, as well as telling journalists about the content of the report.¬† Read more »

Moira quits, time for Tim to go, and Matt should pack his bags too

Election losses demand accountability, and when the election loss is as bad as Labour’s heads need to roll.
David Cunliffe has gone. Now Moira Coatesworth has gone.

Moira Coatsworth has resigned as President of the Labour Party and will stand down in mid-December.

Ms Coatsworth confirmed she had formally resigned and the party would elect a new President by postal ballot in mid-February to work with Andrew Little on making any changes required after the party’s post-election review.

She had earlier said she did not expect to stay on as President after holding the position for 3.5 years – working with four different leaders in quick succession – Phil Goff, David Shearer, David Cunliffe and Andrew Little.

Names which have been mentioned as possible contenders include Porirua Mayor Nick Leggett and academic Nigel Haworth, Labour’s current policy director. Mr Leggett has previously expressed an interest, but his enthusiasm has reportedly waned. ¬†¬† Read more »

Labour’s own Dirty Politics scam busted, Josh Forman and Annette King need to explain [UPDATED]

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Josh Forman

A while ago I was contacted by Josh Forman, who works for a state sector organisation closely linked to CERA and the EQC, for coaching as a blogger.

He wanted to set up a reasoned voice on the left, I thought this sounded like a good idea at the time.

I did however have some suspicions about his integrity and certainly his previous brushes with the law made me wary.

From the start he seemed in a hurry to get somewhere and was always looking for dirt on National MPs in order to make a name for himself.

He certainly wanted to attack John Key.

In his correspondence with me, he certainly outlined who inside Labour he was working with and he claimed a strong working relationship with Annette King. If you check their Twitter conversations they are certainly very friendly.

On Monday night there was a lot of chatter about the leak of the IGIS report into the SIS and the Prime Ministers Office.

He was emailing me asking questions about it. ¬† Read more »

Goff gives Inspector-General Gwyn the ‘middle finger'; is Gwyn going to let him?

via Twitter / NewstalkZB

via Twitter / NewstalkZB

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I might be the ‘most toxic blogger in the land’ but I can’t be ignored

Apparently, according to the Dominion Post¬†editorial writer I have a new title. The “most toxic blogger in the land“.

The report says Jason Ede, a special adviser in John Key’s office, told Slater – the most toxic blogger in the land – about the SIS report on Goff and even prepared a draft blog for him about it.

Why do work when there are others who will do it for you.

I did a review of Question time and the Urgent debate and searched for my name.

Q1: Mentioned 13 times by Russel Norman.

Q3: Mentioned 8 times by Andrew Little. The site mentioned once.

Q5: Mentioned by Phil Goff 10 times.

Q7: Mentioned 4 times, not by Winston Peters I might add but by Megan Woods. ¬† Read more »

A sane media opinion on the SIS report

The Press editorial takes a considered stance on the SIS inquiry report.

They clearly read the report unlike the editor of the former newspaper of record.

The report, which was officially released yesterday, was commissioned after wild allegations surrounding the release by the SIS of information about a briefing its director had given to then leader of the Opposition Phil Goff on supposed Israeli spies in the aftermath of the Christchurch earthquake of February 22. Goff denied being told anything and Tucker felt his integrity had been impugned.

Gwyn found, however, that Tucker, in defending himself, had provided an account of the briefing that was “objectively” misleading, by omissions and failure to provide context. The Prime Minister was also misled by the information Tucker provided. When public discussion about the matter blew up, Tucker failed to correct the situation.

Tucker’s errors were undoubtedly serious. He was not as measured and objective as he was required to be. These failures compromised the service’s obligation to appear politically neutral and the service has formally apologised for them, both to Goff and to the Prime Minister.

But contrary to much of the public debate on the matter, Gwyn found no partisan political motive on the part of the SIS or its director. Tucker’s faults were errors of judgment, no more. She also found that no SIS member had improperly leaked information to the blogger Cameron Slater or colluded with him.

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So who leaked the SIS report?

Well, the report has been released, and it was leaked to media the day before.

So who did it and have they broken the law.

The question of breaking the law is an easy one…yes, whoever leaked the report broke the law. I know this because the day before the report was released I received a letter from the Inspector-general outlining the embargo and law that pertained to it and told me in no uncertain terms what would happen should I leak details of the report.

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So that makes the law very clear.

Now we come to who could have leaked the information that the media ran with the day before the report was released.

This is where I think the leaker made a strategic and tactical error.

The number of people privy tot he report details was incredibly small. Worse than that the numbers of copies that were in existence was even smaller.

When I was offered a chance to review the draft report I was only able to read it in a secure location, and under supervision from an authorised person. Once I had read the report then all copies and all pieces of paper were removed from my possession.

I can’t imagine it would have been any different for almost everyone else in the¬†inquiry, except the politicians who seem to have rules for themselves that places them above everyone else. ¬† Read more »

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Good on John Key for telling Goff to naff off over apology

Regular readers will know that I’m not one for the current epidemic of drop kicks on twitter being outraged and demanding apologies.

It seems John Key is like me in that respect and has basically said Phil Goff isn’t going to get one from him.

Prime Minister John Key says he will not offer an apology to Labour’s Phil Goff and is defending his office against any claims of wrongdoing over the involvement in the OIA request by Whaleoil blogger Cam Slater to SIS head Warren Tucker.

A report on Dirty Politics allegations released this morning found former SIS director Warren Tucker failed to take adequate steps to maintain the spy agency’s political neutrality.

Speaking soon after the report’s release this morning, Mr Key said the Inspector General’s report had cleared his office of any wrongdoing and no apology was necessary.

“The report makes it absolutely crystal clear that my office did nothing that was either unprofessional or breached any of the requirements on them.”

He also countered Labour’s accusations he was using SIS information for political purposes, accusing Labour of leaking selected parts of the Inspector General’s report to the media yesterday in advance of its release. ¬†¬† Read more »

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