This morning I was on Radio Live with Mark Sainsbury to discuss my upcoming boxing match with Jesse Ryder.
I will be talking with Garner at 1545 Â about this on Radio Live.
My political winners and losers of the year.
1. JOHN KEY
For all the obvious reasons. He is still the PM and he is still widely popular according to the polls. He had the kitchen sink thrown at him and he almost won the election outright. He’ll have to watch it doesn’t go to his head.
2. ANDREW LITTLE
Couldn’t win a fight in a kindergarten but ends the year on top. His caucus didn’t want him, his party didn’t want him, his electorate didn’t want him. Yet he ends the year looking strong and competent as Labour’s new leader.
3. KELVIN DAVIS
He beat Hone Harawira and therefore beat Kim Dotcom – do I have to say anymore?
4. SUE BRADFORD
She knew Dotcom and Harawira were in an unholy alliance and she put her principles before it all. She called it right – she has values and principles that are beyond reproach whether you agree with her politics or not.
5. CAM SLATER – WHALEOIL.
Yes he’s a dirt-bag, muck-raking, scum-bag attack blogger, but he likes it that way. He doesn’t play by any rule book yet he’s been judged a journalist by the courts. Despite having his dirty laundry aired for the world to see he remains talked about, his blog gets more hits than ever, he breaks stories and the PM returns his texts. Oh and he wins mainstream media awards.
Willie and Ali will host Cam on their show on Radio Live between 1 and 3 pm today. Â UPDATE : only between 1 and 2, sorry
Kim Dotcom seems to think he can run an election via Twitter Â Read more »
John Drinnan, usually renowned for interviewing his keyboard has actually made a good point in his column yesterday.
It has been intriguing to see the reasoned response of opinion-makers to the Kill the Prime Minister song, and compare it with the witch-hunt against John Tamihere, which led to the broadcaster being sacked from RadioLive.
In this latest case, there have been questions about taxpayer support for the band @Peace, though this was unreasonable since the NZ On Air support was for the band, not the song. There was some chiding over the sexual references to the Prime Minister’s daughter, Steffi Key, and the obligatory cries of FFS. But overall, it was a sane response.
This was in marked contrast to the media storm that blew up over Tamihere, with the left approaching advertisers to withdraw from RadioLive and attacking Tamihere, Willie Jackson and anyone who dared suggest there were freedom of speech issues involved.
That issue came down to whether Tamihere asked the wrong questions of an unnamed young girl who called in to his and Jackson’s radio show over the Roastbusters allegations. While this person – Amy – has disappeared from sight, it appears that she was actually known to the broadcasters. Â Â Read more »
Sean Plunket writes:
I have an apology to make to 3 News Political Editor Patrick Gower.
On Friday, I suggested Patrick knew about the Nicky Hager book in advance, and in particular the material relating to Judith Collins.
Patrick was tricked into coming on-air under false pretences. I then questioned him about this live on air without having any evidence whatsoever to support the claims. These claims were based on comments from listeners that I did not check and I have since discovered there is no basis for the claims. Read more »
From the Tipline:
Kim just issued a legal letter to Radio Live over Wayne’s interview
Shaun [Plunket] just read a bit out.
Basically trying to gag the media.
Don’t talk to Wayne they say.
…and so the pressure mounts.
Does show that Tempero is one of Kim Dotcom’s biggest thorns. Â Every time he speaks up, it generates more legal action from Kim Dotcom to try and stop him.
Mon, 18 Aug 2014
WAYNE TEMPERO INTERVIEW: KIM DOTCOM’S FORMER BODYGUARD SKEPTICAL OF POLITICAL MOTIVES
Sean Plunket speaks with former bodyguard of Kim Dotcom Wayne Tempero, about his time with Dotcom and his views on Kimâ€™s motivation for starting The Internet Party.
In a telling interview, Tempero says he used to respect Dotcom, but has since changed his opinions of him after seeing him buy himself favours, along with his way into New Zealand politics.
“His motives are to save himself and have nothing to do with politics in New Zealand,” says Tempero of his former employer.
Wayne agreed to come on the program this morning to have a discussion, I would thank him for doing so and I would welcome him to the program now..
Sean: â€śWayne very good morning to youâ€ť
Wayne: â€śGood Morningâ€ť
Sean: â€śWayne can you first tell me, I just want to go background, you are, a body guard right? How long have you been doing that?â€ť
Wayne: When I heard that music, I laughed because itâ€™s pretty common knowledge I looked after Whitney Huston for a while when I was working for the Royal family of Brunei, she was a very hard woman to look after, I tell ya, itâ€™s not like the movie. Pardon?
Sean: oh so the movie was partly factual?
Wayne: Yeah yeah can be, some of it , the funny part I remember that when I went to pick her up in LA, in one of the private jets, she came up the stairs and she knew who I was because she had been told we would be meeting her there, and she had a bit of a smiley face, and she said you donâ€™t look like a body guard and it was a play on the film I have never forgotten it, but she was a hard client to look after.
Sean: Alright Wayne, now how long have you been in this business?
Wayne: 24 years
Sean: and before that?
Wayne, Um before that, I was in Dunedin umm, like a lot of Dunedin people, when I learned, I went to the freezing works, Burnside freezing works, Â I was on the kill floor when in those days you made an awful lot of money and you were probably making moirĂ© than doctors actually and I learnt my trade, what I did was umm I learnt with a guy Â called Jeff Todd in Dunedin and heâ€™s the master hand to hand combat instructor for the worlds special forces believe it or not and he still lives in Dunedin and I was lucky enough to train with Jeff for over 15 years before I took the opportunity with him to do contracts overseas and got into this profession. Â Read more »
Sean Plunket sticking the knife into Red Radio (yesterday on his show)…over political bias.
He doesn’t pull any punches.
Thereâ€™s one major and terminal problem withÂ Kim Dotcomâ€™s Internet Party: he canâ€™t be the leader.
He can only be the shadowy, backroom figure that pulls the strings. He will do that. And that will turn off some voters.
The other thing that should, and will, turn people off is thatÂ he collects Nazi memorabilia. He should be treated the same as any other political leader found draped in the Nazi flag: they would be crucified.
If it was David Cunliffe or Peter Dunne or, in the past, Don Brash or Rodney Hide et al, they would be forced to resign. They would be shamed and sent packing. Dotcom should not be seen as any different. Why treat him as special?
I agree New Zealand needs better internet, but does it take an “internet party” to get us there? This party is a sham and a side-show feeding Kim Dotcomâ€™s vast wealth and ego â€“ not to mention his desperate ambitions to stay in New Zealand, rather than rot in some American jail.
I’m just glad not all of the main stream media are fooled by the glitz and glamour of the Dotcom media show. Â Read more »