Toby Manhire

A challenge to Toby Manhire

Labour and Green did come together once

Labour and Green did come together once


Toby Manhire is a pundit who talks a good game. Unfortunately he is so divorced from reality that he does not seem to understand the basics of politics. A classic example is his suggestion that the Greens and Labour run a joint campaign. Read more »


Proof that Key is swayed by Social Media and the Media Party

The “underdog” of Red Peak has emerged at the eleventh hour in the race to become the nation’s next flag – and columnist Toby Manhire might be one of the men to thank.

Prime Minister John Key announced today the Government would pick up legislation to add Aaron Dustin’s Red Peak design as a fifth option in the referendum.

The remarkable u-turn comes after a wave of public support for the design, amounting to more than 50,000 signatures on a petition.

Columnist Toby Manhire was the first to write about Red Peak in the mainstream media, after seeing a heartfelt blog post about the flag from Rowan Simpson titled “Dear John”.

Manhire told the Herald today the decision to include Red Peak has rescued what was a “laughable” process.

But the design would still be an underdog despite the late public support and blogs backing it, he said.

Imagine someone saying something “heartfelt” on Facebook about euthanasia, and a journalist picks up the plight and starts driving an on-line petition for 50,000 votes.

Can we expect to have an urgent debate to change the law? ? If not, why not? ? ?Why didn’t this happen with Lecretia Seales for example? ? I’ll tell you why – Manhire didn’t care enough about that issue to whip it into a frenzy. Read more »

Spark and Whaleoil are now seeing each other behind Tiso and Manhire’s backs

by Pete


Nothing useful came from it other than the Twitter terrorist seeing clearly that another corporate will bend to their pressure. ? We still have the phones. ?We still use Spark. ?Spark still deals with us. ?Good heavens, Spark is between a rock and a hard place. ?If they dump us, we will go feral. ?If they dump on the terrorists, they will go feral. ?It’s ridiculous. Read more »


Toby Manhire says John Campbell’s style is irreplaceable.

When news broke six weeks ago that Campbell Live was on the chopping block the response was genuinely astonishing. This wasn’t just your garden-variety social media outrage – huge numbers of people were properly pissed off, they took it personally.

I felt a bit sorry, even, for MediaWorks bosses, who found themselves copping heaps of flak. Some of it they deserve (and yesterday’s announcement, two minutes before Bill English began reading the Budget, was cynical and unbecoming), but at least as much would have been better hurled at politicians from both major parties who had allowed public service television to become all but extinct.

Oh come on…the media hate politicians doing the Friday dump…and when it suits them they use it themselves.

John Campbell’s mix of acuity, tenacity and integrity is irreplaceable. His work in leading campaigns on school lunches, in disaster relief, and especially in remaining tirelessly focused on Christchurch, when most outside the region had stopped paying much attention, adds up to a formidable legacy.

It is hard to overstate how keenly he’ll be missed by colleagues, too: everyone from those in the mailroom through to senior journalists at TV3 speaks glowingly about Campbell’s willingness to stop and talk, to mentor the next generation of bushy-tailed reporters.

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Nobody throws their mates under the bus like the left

On Friday Rachel Glucina broke the news that Phil Kitchin, the former premier investigative journalist at Fairfax, was working for Paula Bennett now.

My word haven’t the left and media luvvies turned on him.

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Toby Manhire wants us to follow in Denmark and Sweden’s footsteps.

Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Toby Manhire is such a person. Rather than do what Churchill did when he joined England in the fight against Nazism he thinks that a more gutsy decision would be to increase our immigration, thereby bringing into our democratic country the very ideology that John Key wants us to oppose.

Sweden and Denmark increased their immigration and look what happened.

Woe to anyone in Sweden who dissents from the orthodox view that welcoming large numbers of indigent peoples from such countries as Iraq, Syria, and Somalia is anything but a fine and noble idea. Even to argue that permitting about 1 percent of the existing population to emigrate annually from an alien civilization renders one politically, socially, and even legally beyond the pale. (I know a journalist threatened with arrest for mild dissent on this issue.) Stating that there exists a Swedish culture worth preserving meets with puzzlement. And yet, the realities of immigration are apparent for all to see: welfare dependency, violent bigotry against Christians and Jews, and a wide range of social pathologies from unemployment to politically motivated rape. Accordingly, ever-increasing numbers of Swedes find themselves ? despite known hazards ? opting out of the consensus and worrying about their country?s cultural suicide.

All this is part, say critics, of a decade-long transformation in Denmark’s approach to immigration and integration, under pressure from the populist Danish People’s party, the DPP… Denmark’s Muslim population are the party’s particular focus. There are many Muslims, it says, who are unwilling to integrate and hostile to “Danish values” such as free speech.

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Braunias has a new book, and I’m in it, but the cheap bastard never sent me one

Steve Braunias is a good bastard, for a pinko scumbag I really like the guy.

I’ve probably ruined his lefty credentials now, but hey…who cares.

The other night he launched his book called?Madmen: Inside the weirdest election campaign ever.

I had to laugh at the name of his publisher, Steve obviously got his inspiration for the name from my good friend Brian Edwards.

God knows where you can buy the book, but if you track it down enjoy the read…the cheap bastard didn’t even send me one despite the fact I’m in it!

I emailed Braunias too…which he loosely outlined in a blog post.Madmen

Following last night’s wildly successful book launch at the Auckland Central Library for Madmen: Inside the Weirdest Election Campaign Ever – 100 people in attendance, including Cactus Kate, Guyon Espiner, a homeless man in a top hat, Ant Timpson, Shayne Carter, two elderly people in advanced stages of dementia, Deborah Hill-Cone, Karl Puschmann, a man who?displayed a dozen pieces of paper which he had thrown coffee onto, waited til the stains dried, and presented them as art, Gary Steel, Shayne Currie, Toby Manhire, Miriamo Kamo and her adorable three-year-old daughter, etc? – I came home to find an email from Whale Oil.

Actually, just to correct Steve and look for Nicky Hager, Cactus Kate?went along. ?Braunias confronted her at the entrance?and said he didn’t invite her to which she replied “we often get what we don’t ask for” and proceed to sashay in the door to find the bar. ?Nicky was nowhere in sight.

That is when all hell broke loose. ?? Read more »

Oh the outrage! John Key told a lame joke about a filthy pedo

The left wing are all enraged because John Key told a joke about the scumbag pedo who has fled the country to Chile and now on to Brazil.

Prime Minister John Key made a joke about fugitive Phillip John Smith, saying he would let Chile’s President know she may not want to “invite [him] round for lunch”.

Smith, who was jailed for life for murder and child abuse in 1996, flew to Chile using a passport obtained in his birth name – Phillip Traynor – while on temporary release from prison.

Chilean authorities have confirmed that Smith then took a flight to Brazil, but Mr Key was unaware of this when he made reference to the killer while at a press conference in Beijing yesterday.

He laughed as he told reporters he would alert Chilean President Michelle Bachelet about Smith when they meet at the Apec summit today.

“I’ll just let her know there’s someone who could be out there from New Zealand that you may not want to invite round for lunch.”

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Herald and Bryce Edwards manufacturing news again

Bryce Edwards is always one of the first to climb into me…on almost anything, like most sanctimonious commentators he should perhaps remove the log from his own eyes.

Here he was two nights ago begging for bloggers to write hit pieces against the National party.

So there wasn’t any copy for him to use on his chosen topic so he went out and begged for it…to create the impression that there was over confidence and arrogance amongst National. He had nothing..and so begged for copy. And so his dutiful obedient left wing followers all piled in to help him with his column.



Bryce Edwards was then able to announce his column yesterday..which was on guess what? ?? Read more »