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Campaign John Armstrong (Herald): National careful not to name NZ First as spendthrifts Rachel Smalley (Newstalk ZB): Election 2014 like a James Bond plot Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Press Leaders Debate 2014 David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Will Labour abolish three strikes for repeat serious offenders? Newswire: Panel backs Cunliffe's warning Nevil Gibson (NBR): Election 2014: How to make sense of spending promises (paywalled) Stephanie Rodgers (The Standard): 60 tweeps to follow this election Dave Clarkson (Stuff): Man admits defacing National Party billboards Mike Hosking (Newstalk ZB): The irony of National's housing policy David Farrar (Kiwiblog): The Maori Party list Martyn Bradbury (Daily... Continue reading
Posted 2 days ago at liberation
Campaign Michael Fox (Stuff): Kids question candidates Talia Shadwell (Stuff): Song threatens to kill Key Vernon Small (Stuff): Labour sees chink in Nats armour Vernon Small (Stuff): Campaign switches to housing, tax cuts TVNZ: The Campaign Trail: Leaders hit the streets Stacey Kirk (Stuff): John Key takes campaign to the West Coast Benedict Collins (Radio NZ): Tax policies divide voters Radio NZ: PM stops short of compulsory history TV3: 'The hacker becomes the heroine' - Trotter Gayathiri Ganeshan (MCDP): A Policy A Day: Disestablish the IPCA Dominion Post: Editorial: Bid to shift focus from mud to policy Isaac Davison (Herald):... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at liberation
Dirty Politics John Armstrong (Herald): PM resolves to harpoon 'Whalegate' Aimee Gulliver (Stuff): Dotcom 'preparing legal action' against blogger Martyn Bradbury (Daily Blog): Why the Secret Intelligence Service feeding Cameron Slater information is so very, very, very serious Laura McQuillan (Newstalk ZB): Peters calls for top-level inquiry into Hager allegations Campbell Gibson (NBR): Councillor stands by PR veteran targeted by Hager (paywalled) Joshua Drummond (Stuff): PM's nice-guy image gone forever Toby Manhire (Guardian): The whale that swallowed New Zealand's election campaign Dene Mackenzie (ODT): Hager's book continues to haunt The Press: Editorial: Time to commit to clean politics Sarah Robson... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at liberation
Dirty Politics David Fisher (Herald): Hacker releases more of Slater's conversations Andrea Vance (Stuff): Whaledump releases more Slater documents Stuff: No laws broken over website hacks: Key Adam Bennett (Herald): Judith Collins: Resignation reports a hoax Stuff: Fake Judith Collins resignation shocks Simon Wong (TV3): Dirty Politics: Investigation into Slater’s OIA request Andrea Vance (Stuff): SIS handover to Slater probed No Right Turn: The gift that keeps on giving Paul Casserly (Herald): Dirty undies aired on TV John Armstrong (Herald): Key's switch a necessary part of regaining control Brian Rudman (Herald): It's only dirty politics when someone else does it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at liberation
Dirty Politics Gordon Campbell (Scoop): On no more Mr Nice Guy Chris Trotter (Stuff): Dirty politics - is there any other kind? Vernon Small (Stuff): I wouldn't leak to blogger: English David Fisher (Herald): 'Teapot Tapes' cop to look at Slater complaint Adam Bennett (Herald): Calls for Collins to resign over Dirty Politics row Herald: Revealed: Slater's messages with former prostitute David Fisher (Herald): How the Whaledump hacker came forward Aimee Gulliver (Stuff): Response to Dirty Politics 'surreal' - lawyer David Farrar (Kiwiblog): Some changes for Kiwiblog Andrew Geddis (Pundit): In defence of Kiwiblog Rob Salmond (Polity): I blog, and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at liberation
Dirty Politics Patrick Gower (TV3): Collins gave job to Whale Oil tipster Vernon Small (Stuff): No PM involvement Brook Sabin (TV3): 'Whaledump' account to leak more documents Ben Uffindell (The Civilian): John Key not concerned about Hager allegations that Judith Collins killed a man Adam Bennett (Herald): Hacker dump: Emails released Steven Price (Media Law): Did Nicky Hager “make stuff up”? Simon Wong (TV3): Key dogged by Dirty Politics Matthew Hooton (NBR): John Key's story doesn't add up (paywalled) Rob Hosking (NBR): Cunliffe 'welcome' to keep talking about Nicky Hager book, says Key (paywalled) Newstalk ZB: Key not worried by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at liberation
An ongoing list of some of the more interesting tweets about #DirtyPolitics. To be updated. Dirty Politics @DirtyPoliticsNZ · 2h Just in case you missed it - #DirtyPolitics is on @amazon and ready for your e-perusing pleasure. #hagerbook McCluskey @myscoundreljack · 2h I've finished my copy of Dirty Politics. I will need to reflect on it for a while. Helen Kelly @helenkellyCTU · 2h And @nzherald I sure you are investigating Glucina's role in all this? John Drinnan @Zagzigger · 2h Dirty politics been around long time - but dirtier now. imo Hagar did service for taking it outside the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at liberation
Nicky Hager and Dirty Politics Vernon Small (Stuff): Dirt-digging at heart of dirty politics David Fisher (Herald): Slater ready with slew of complaints Adam Bennett (Herald): Dirty Politics: 'That's fine' - Key relaxed on hack by spin doctor Sophie Ryan (Herald): Dirty Politics: Hager considers releasing material ODT: Editorial – No-one clean in 'dirty politics' Brent Edwards (Radio NZ): Powerplay Kate Gudsell (Radio NZ): Judith Collins under more pressure Tracy Watkins (Stuff): Boom as first grenade hits Stuff: Key stands by Judith Collins, staffer as threats fly Bernard Orsman (Herald): 'Dirty Politics' book's claims over Brown affair The Press: Editorial:... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2014 at liberation
This is a sample of some of the more interesting tweets about the controversy over the Internet Mana video, Join the Revolution – Change the Government. The most recent tweets are first. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2014 at liberation
Here's a selection of tweets about the current dispute between Labour and Mana in the Te Tai Tokerau electorate battle between Hone Harawira and Kelvin Davis. Most recent tweets are at the top. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2014 at liberation
Below is a list of the various satirical and parody Twitter accounts relating to New Zealand politics. What accounts are missing? Which are the best? Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at liberation
This is a collection of various tweets relating to TVNZ's decision to use Mike Hosking as the moderator of the election campaign leaders' debates, and David Cunliffe's potential boycott of the debates. As usual, the most recent tweets are first. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2014 at liberation
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Here's a collection of various images relating to Colin Craig's Conservative Party - mostly a mixture of official advertising and cartoons. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2014 at liberation
This is a collection of interesting and insightful tweets relating to the release of official SIS and Immigration NZ files relating to Kim Dotcom. The most recent are first. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2014 at liberation
The majority view seems to be that David Cunliffe’s apology on Friday for ‘being a man’ was a mistake. Guest blogger Geoffrey Miller takes a contrary view and argues that the apology was a very deliberate and calculated risk. Here are his three reasons why Cunliffe’s apology might have been a smart move. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jul 6, 2014 at liberation
This is a collection of some interesting and insightful tweets about New Zealand's Malaysian diplomat controversy involving the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Murray McCully. The most recent tweets are first, and more will be added. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jul 2, 2014 at liberation
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Here a selection of cartoons and images showing how the media has portrayed Johh Key's trip to the USA, and some related foreign policy issues. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2014 at liberation
A sample of some interesting tweets. Most recent first. To be updated. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at liberation
In 2014 there is a huge murkiness about how politicians and political parties raise and spend their money. Numerous recent scandals highlight the problems of transparency about money and politics in New Zealand. The various donations and relationships of Donghua Liu have been particularly illuminating about the problem. And although some of these scandals relate to historical transactions, they are still relevant to the 2014 situation, and the public should continue to be vigilant about the relationship between money and politicians. The Electoral Act, in particular, appears to still be wholely inadequate for providing a proper picture of how and where parties raise and spend their money. So below are a few quick thoughts about the current situation. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2014 at liberation
In Geoffrey Miller’s first guest blog post on the Internet Party he looked at Three reasons why the Internet Party might be successful. Here, he looks at three reasons why it might not be. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at liberation
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The Internet Party has a funder, a leader and now a shortlist of 22 enthusiastic prospective candidates who are seeking a place on the party’s inaugural list. But how likely is the party to succeed? In the following two posts, guest blogger Geoffrey Miller looks at three reasons why the Internet Party may succeed – and three reasons it might not. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2014 at liberation
This is a small selection of some of the more interesting tweets about the guilty verdict announced today in the John Banks court case. The most recent tweets are first. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jun 5, 2014 at liberation
Below is a selection of tweets relating to Labour's dilemma about electoral deals, and about abolishing the MMP 5% exemption for parties that win an electorate. As usual, the most recent tweets are first [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2014 at liberation
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This is a collection of recent images (cartoons and photos) related to the Internet Mana Party, and Laila Harre. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2014 at liberation
This is a selection of interesting and insightful tweets responding to breaking news about Laila Harre being the new Internet Party Leader. As usual, the most recent tweets are first. Will be updated. [Read more below] Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2014 at liberation