Jock Anderson

When vigilante Witch-Hunters cross the line

By Jock Anderson

On-line vigilante witch-hunting dredged a new low this month when so-called ?pop culture? website The Spinoff named a man accused of historic sexual harassment but who had not been charged.

The man immediately lost his job as a radio station host and in followup stories was named in the mainstream media, which also reported that the police wanted anyone with valuable information to come forward.

The man was forced to issue a statement in which he said the allegations published by The Spinoff were ? among other things ? untrue, defamatory, horrible, stressful and distressing for himself and his family.

Spinoff television editor, and former film projectionist, Alex Casey and Duncan Grieve, a New Zealand Herald television reviewer and publisher of The Spinoff, put together a series of sexual allegations made by numerous women.

The women claimed the behaviour happened primarily when they were under age.

The Spinoff named the man throughout the story but changed all the women?s names to protect their identities. How noble to take such moral high ground?

Why name him but not them?

Regardless of whether the story contained any corroborating or independent evidence to support the women?s allegations ? which it didn?t – those responsible took it on themselves to be policemen, prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner. ? Read more »

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 »

INCITE: Politics – March edition out now

This month’s?INCITE: Politics?examines closely the problems currently besetting the Labour party and attempts to look at solutions for them.

We start off as usual with our exclusive polling from David Farrar’s Curia. David Farrar is the best pollster in New Zealand and is becoming as recognised for his polling as Nate Silver in the US. Once again his polling shows Andrew Little is in big trouble with him continuing his net approval ratings in the negatives, some 20-plus points behind John Key. ? Read more »

INCITE: Politics March edition due shortly

INCITE

Simon and I have compiled a bumper INCITE: Politics this month.

We are just completing the final polling andeverything else is edited and ready to go. We await the numbers.

Our focus has been on what it will take for Labour to rebuild. We have columns from both Simon and myself as well as a column from Phil Quin. Formerly one of Labour’s best advisors, Quin has been all but essentially sidelined from the party for daring to have opinions.

We also have columns from Willie Jackson, David Garrett, Jock Anderson and, of course, our exclusive polling on net approval ratings of the leaders. Has Andrew Little improved? What has happened with John Key’s approvals? ? Read more »

INCITE: Politics Summer Edition released

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Our latest edition of INCITE: Politics has been released. It will be in subscribers’ inboxes as you read this.

In this month?s edition we have contributions from Chris Trotter, Don Brash, David Farrar and Jock Anderson, as well as the usual contributions from Simon Lusk and myself.

  • Chris Trotter asks a very hard question
  • David Farrar provides some long-term predictions
  • Don Brash investigates Auckland?s affordable housing issue
  • Jock Anderson discusses a very interesting case before the courts

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Summer Edition of INCITE: Politics almost ready

INCITE

We are just putting the final touches to the Summer Edition of INCITE: Politics.

Our designer and proofer was enjoying a much-earned holiday this weekend but it should be ready for delivery later tonight or tomorrow morning.

In this month?s edition we have contributions from Chris Trotter, Don Brash, David Farrar and Jock Anderson, as well as the usual contributions from Simon Lusk and myself.

  • Chris Trotter asks a very hard question
  • David Farrar provides some long-term predictions
  • Don Brash investigates Auckland’s affordable housing issue
  • Jock Anderson discusses a very interesting case before the courts

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Summer Edition of “INCITE: Politics” nearly completed

INCITE

We are just finalising copy for the Summer Edition of INCITE: Politics and it will be ready shortly for dissemination to subscribers.

In this month’s edition we have contributions from Chris Trotter, Don Brash, David Farrar and Jock Anderson, as well as the usual contributions from Simon Lusk and myself.

We will also be looking at potential leadership options, what Labour can do about their dead wood and John Key’s not-so-secret strategy that is bleeding resources and support from Labour. ? Read more »

The Huddle at 1740

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I’m on ZB with?Larry Williams to do?The Huddle with?Jock Anderson

Planned?topics include:

  • No surprise for the first topic: ?Colin Craig’s press conference. ?I personally doubt we’ll get to the other topics, as I can give first hand reporting from the conference as well as the information I hold for Whaleoil, of course. ?But if we do get past that, then:
  • The PPTA are blocking a teacher student from completing his degree because he?s worked at a Charter school.
  • Len?s being limp wristed with the POAL over the way the consent for their wharf extension was granted. ??Clearly the court has said that the consent should not have been given without public notification ? that would make the consent null and void I would have thought.
    Instead Len?s now saying they?re going to have a chat

You can listen online via iHeartRadio and normal?methods.

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The Huddle at 1740

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It’s Monday and I’m on ZB with?Larry Williams to do?The Huddle with?Jock Anderson

Our topics will be:

  • First up we?ll cover off the ongoing siege in Sydney. Who knows where it will be at by the time we get to talk on the wireless?.but PLENTY to discuss.
  • NZ First now taking the Labour party?s free GP visits for seniors. Sounds like Winston making a play to continue his troughing till well after he retires from parliament.
  • Issues Labour?s not sticking with. It?s dropping Maryan Street?s euthanasia bill. Not sure that?s a wise move.

You can listen online via iHeartRadio and normal?methods.

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The Huddle

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Last night?Susan Wood sat?in for?Larry Williams to do?The Huddle with Jock Anderson?and myself.

Our topics were:

  • Labour Leadership race
  • Parliament swearing in, but grumbles about allegiance to the Queen rather than Te Tiriti
  • Australia has backed off its anti-burqa law

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