Jonathan Milne

Journalist doesn’t know how politics works

Jonathan Milne is usually better than this, but he is displaying a distinct lack of knowledge?about how politics actually works. His is an academic, rather than a realistic view.

As a senior member of the Media party he goes on a major rant about the quality of our politicians, deciding that they are a pack of ratbags, especially Todd McClay

He’ll be gone soon ? it seems likely he’ll quit the race before the voters throw him out. McClay too has a short and uncelebrated political career left ahead of him with few friends left willing to protect him in the National Party hierarchy.

There is one major problem with this analysis, and one dopey?journalists often make. ? Read more »

Happy birthday Labour, here’s a kick in the nuts from the SST

Jonathan Milne is brutal in today’s Sunday Star-Times:

At 100, like many centenarians, this country’s Labour Party is looking wobbly and?confused? ? much like?its befuddled?counterparts in Australia and Britain.

When one celebrates one’s 100th birthday, it is customary to do it with some fanfare, not to mention the obligatory telegram from the Queen.

This week, the New Zealand Labour Party celebrates its 100th birthday. You’d barely know it.?They’re really not trumpeting it.

Among the socialists and unionists, radicals and moderates that met in Wellington at the start of July 1916 were some who would go on to become great leaders, most notably Michael Joseph Savage and Peter Fraser.

These were men of conviction: One of the principles that united these activists in 1916 was opposition to the First World War, and Fraser held so strongly to these principles that, later that year, he was sentenced to a year’s jail for sedition.

Savage is widely credited as the father of the welfare state; his mild bespectacled image still looks down from framed photos hanging above some New Zealand mantelpieces.

Where are these leaders of conviction today? Perhaps the reason the centenary celebrations are so muted is that Labour has nobody who can credibly stand in those shoes. Andrew Little is the party’s fourth leader since the party lost the 2008 election; each leader has shown progressively less willingness or ability to enunciate what it is that distinguishes the Labour Party of 2016.

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The wooliest thinking I’ve seen for a long time

I think Jonathan Milne was rushing late on Saturday night, because his editorial is what my old sergeant major used to describe as a ‘shower of shit’.

He is trying to leap on the gun-ban bandwagon. However, he makes contradictory claims and gets basically nowhere. Obviously no one proofed it either as there are sentences that make no sense at all. Mind you, the whole editorial makes no sense.

Ours is a farming?nation. Many kids grow up shooting rabbits with a .22 rifle.

No rabbit, however, is big enough to justify the guns that police find, more and more often, usually in drug raids. Military-style assault rifles, AK47s and?M16s like those found in a meth lab in Takanini this week.

Personally, I can’t think of many reasons to own a MSSA. I used to, but I grew up. I can see a legitimate sporting purpose for them, however, with 3-Gun Matches as stipulated in international competitions. But what this fool is really trying to say is that we should only have .22 rifles. Clearly Jonathan Milne is not a shooter or a hunter. If he were, he wouldn’t?want to see a deer shot with a .22…or, more accurately, annoyed with a .22.

Police confiscated 975 firearms in 2010/11;?they seized 1504?last year.

Gangsters and drug-dealers?will not, on the most part, have gun licences. But, by hook or by crook, they get their?guns from those who do ??and there is a quarter of a million of us Kiwis licensed to own a gun.

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The wrong-headed righteousness of Jonathan Milne

Jonathan Milne is the editor of the Sunday Star-Times and his editorial today under his name is just ridiculous.

He like the other media luvvies jumping to the defence?of Heather du Plessis-Allan misses the point and gets things utterly wrong.

I run short of adjectives to apply to Gun City owner David Tipple. This week, his store sold a .22 rifle to?Story?journalist Heather du Plessis-Allan, seemingly without even a modicum of basic checks. As part of an undercover sting, she used a fake name, a fake gun licence number and a fake police officer’s name to find out whether it was as easy to obtain a mail-order rifle as the Police Association claimed. Such a journalistic exercise is ethical and legimate, when the public interest is high.

And the immediate response from police, in tightening the rules around buying firearms, confirmed a very real issue of public safety.

But Tipple’s intemperate response was to turn the blame for his store’s dangerous failings on the journalist who blew the whistle, threatening to mount a private prosecution. This is hypocritical coming from a man who’s done jail time in the US for breaches of gun laws.

Tipple, in his inability to recognise his store’s critical errors, is plain delusional.

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Who is the real 15th Leader of the Labour party?

Jonathan Milne revealed that there was a little corner of the Labour party website where there was a profile of Shane Jones as the 15th leader of the Labour party.

Here is the screen shot, but at the time of writing it was still there.


There is also a page for Grant Robertson! Apparently he too is the 15th leader of the Labour party as well.? Read more »

Right man in the wrong party

Jonathan Milne has taken a drive down the motorway away from the cloisters offices of the Herald on Sunday to interview Shane Jones.

What he comes away with is an admission that for all these years Shane Jones was a man living inside the wrong party.

The seeds of Jones’ decision?to quit were sown two years ago. In mid-2012, then-Labour leader David Shearer stood him down while the Auditor-General investigated why Jones, as associate immigration minister five years before, had granted citizenship to Labour Party donor Bill Liu.

“I was highly pissed off about that,” Jones says. “That had a bloody visceral effect on me, actually, more than the credit card episode. I’ve never really fully admitted how much that jolted me.”

Jones was isolated from his Labour colleagues and felt he had few friends. “And Winston [Peters] came and found me and said, ‘you come with me’. If there was ever a point at a deeply personal level that I really respected Winston’s toughness, it was then.

“He was basically taking me under his wing to go through that ordeal. That counted for a lot. I’m quite a deep person in my own way, although I’ve got a big mouth. So I never forgot that.”

Ahhh the wily old fox Winston Peters, saw an opportunity. I wonder if anything will come of this?

Jones returned to Labour’s front bench in March last year, and a month later got the call that Parekura Horomia, the kaumatua of the Labour caucus, was on his deathbed.

He headed down to the East Coast, where Horomia was waiting in the front room of his small farmhouse in Mangatuna, Tolaga Bay. It was an intimate moment, as Horomia handed over leadership of Labour’s Maori caucus to Jones.

They spoke in Maori. Horomia said it was time for him to okioki – to rest. Jones replied: “Kia kaha chief, mo te iwi.”

It was, in part, out of a sense of duty to Horomia that Jones put his hand up for leader three months later. There were those who believed he could pull it off.

Indeed, still buried on the Labour Party website is a page prepared for the eventuality of a Jones victory. “Shane Jones is the 15th leader of the Labour Party, and the next Prime Minister of New Zealand,” it proclaims, boldly and prematurely.

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Dotcom boasts of owning another MP as well as the Mana party

I'm coming to steal your democracy

I’m coming to steal your democracy

Kim Dotcom continues to cut a swathe through NZ politics splashing the cash while still leaving his former staff and creditors unpaid.

He is now boasting how he owns a sitting MP and is in discussions with several more. This despite revelations of his illegal employment practices and slave wage.

Jonathan Milne at the Herald on Sunday writes:

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom claims he has signed up one sitting MP to join his new party before the election and is talking to three more – a poaching raid unprecedented in New Zealand politics.

He refuses to disclose the identity of the MP, saying it will be revealed once the Internet Party is registered and has chosen all its candidates, probably in June.

His revelation came in an exclusive interview with the?Herald on Sunday?yesterday.

Dotcom said he was also in talks with Mana Party leader Hone Harawira to unite their two parties under one umbrella, enabling the Internet Party to ride into Parliament on the coat-tails of the Te Tai Tokerau electorate MP.

The two leaders and their party bosses, Vikram Kumar and Gerard Hehir, met on February 28 at a house on Auckland’s North Shore.

The Mana Party executive will this week consider a merger proposal. Mana would bring one or two electorates, the Internet Party would bring a more broadly-based party vote and $1 million-plus in campaign funding.? Read more »

I wonder if the media and left-wing blogs will express outrage over this revelation

In Jono Milne’s Herald on Sunday story about bloggers he drops this little bomb.

On the other side, Bradbury says he regularly talks to Labour leader David Cunliffe, and his goal this year is to see Cunliffe elected Prime Minister.

Bradbury leans forward on his elbows at the cafe table: “The old rules are gone,” he grins. “This election is going to be incredibly vicious.”

Perhaps the headline should have been,?as Pete George suggested, “Blogger linked to David Cunliffe declares campaign is going to be “incredibly vicious”.

Martyn Bradbury is fast becoming a political whore.

He has worked for pay for the MANA party, and worked for pay for the Internet party. Now he seems to be very closely aligned to David Cunliffe…in his ear even.? Read more »

Nice try Jono, but you got some things dreadfully wrong [UPDATED]

On Tuesday I spent a good portion of the afternoon with Jono Milne, so he could write an article about bloggers.

He had his recorder going the whole time so I am a little perplexed at this little manufactured bit near the end about a so-called Joyce/Collins battle.

National Party campaign chairman Steven Joyce says only that all politicians “talk to their own support base” to motivate them and get them helping out – but even Joyce, the Prime Minister’s right-hand man, rejects much of what is published on Whale Oil.

For instance, Slater has been backing Judith Collins over Joyce in the battle to succeed Key as leader – but, claims Joyce, there is no battle. “There’s an example of where he’s wrong. That’s a figment of Cameron’s fertile imagination.”

Joyce argues that just as the partisan bloggers laid down a challenge to the old model of news, they are now both being challenged by social media.

I never said there was a battle, and I never have. In fact while Jono was enjoying the glass of iced water at my house I specifically said to him that there was no battle, that it was a media invention. He should check the recording.

I also said that if there was a battle then I’d know about it because I’d be right in the middle carving it up, spreading the blood and guts around. I love a good donnybrook and unfortunately there are few to be had right now. There are certainly no leadership spats going on except in the minds of ill-informed, mischievous journalists.

So it appears that Jono Milne has made shit up with that little bit. Jono should check his recording. It is not my fertile imagination at question here, rather it is the media, and in this case Jono Milne’s.? Read more »

Another Herald PR Job for Dotcom

The ever accommodating Herald (on Sunday) has sent Jonathan Milne to take one for the team


Irked Dotcom takes a swipe at Key

[notice: ?full article reproduced for the purpose of critical review]

Internet mogul Kim Dotcom has bitterly criticised Prime Minister John Key, after he was forced to postpone the launch of his political party and cancel a birthday party for more than 10,000 guests.

In an exclusive interview, Dotcom told the?Herald on Sunday?of his plans for the huge birthday party set for tomorrow night.

More than 25,000 people had registered for tickets (though the venue, Auckland’s Vector Arena, has capacity for only 12,000). “The Party Party was to be a four-hour show leading up to my 40th birthday,” he said, “starting with a 30-minute live set to perform six songs from my upcoming GoodTimes album.

“At midnight I would have celebrated my 40th birthday with a full Vector Arena. We asked everyone to dress in white for the laser and light show, including black lights which would have made everybody glow in the dark.”

Now Dotcom will launch his album and his new music download site, Baboom, tomorrow, as planned, with an extensive advertising campaign on radio and on the back of more than 100 buses.

But the launch of the Internet Party – his tilt at political power – has been postponed until February 20.

His birthday party has been cancelled. “I was sick to my stomach for two days. I could not eat or sleep. It feels so bad to let so many people down. I decided to have no birthday party at all this year. Instead we are going to celebrate the birthday of our son, Kimmo, at the beach. We share the same birthday and he will be 5 years old on January 21.”

Dotcom has ‘bitterly criticised Prime Minister John Key”.


Next follows a PR statement with dates and events as to what Dotcom plans to do rolling out his music, his real birthday party, and the party (without the party).

I mean, seriously? ? Read more »