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Hard News: Of course it's about the book

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  • Clarke,

    The striking thing about the commentary around the blogosphere is how un-upset the world seems about Brash's departure. It seems even the effort of mustering crocodile tears is too much.

    And I think that Key at least has a chance of being a forward-looking leader. Brash's problem is that he was too much of an economic and political dinosaur - he's the last relic of the Douglas/Richardson era. It's time we put rationalism-at-all-costs economics and divisive posturing behind us. Key at least opens up the opportunity for this to happen.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 78 posts Report Reply

  • Danyl Mclauchlan,

    Presumably one of the Sunday papers will break the injunction and publish summaries of the books contents - so the rest of us hoi-polloi only have a few days to wait . . .

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 895 posts Report Reply

  • sagenz,

    Dr Brash would have made a brilliant, truly liberal Prime Minister. He had different ideas from the socialists about how best to achieve economic growth. But it is clear that New Zealand has missed an opportunity to get back on the right track.

    Even in his resignation speech he was defending the right of Hager to publish. Can any of you in your wildest dreams imagine Clark saying the same. Thought not.

    Dr Brash is a man of honour. I only hope that John Key can measure up and the people of New Zealand will not believe the lies that labour will inevitably spin about him.

    uk • Since Nov 2006 • 128 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Presumably one of the Sunday papers will break the injunction and publish summaries of the book's contents

    Word on NatRad this morning is that it'll be cleared by, er, lunchtime ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    I'm going to take the bait you so obviously put out, and take exception to your second-to-last sentence. There's many truly awesome things to do in Wellington, no one need be socially deprieved down here!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 723 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Young,

    Incidentally, though, the Exclusive Brethren have just resurfaced in Victoria, according to this morning's Melbourne Age, which I've just emailed to Russki and sundry others...

    Craig Y:

    http://www.theage.com.au

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 367 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Jo - I assumed it was a typo - that Damian has spent his time here being socially depraved.

    :)

    I mean, did you read what he's planning to do with rashers of bacon?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Richard Griffin, then me, on The Panel yesterday. (Hat-tip: Bomber)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Grant Robertson,

    just listened to Griffin- very interesting. makes the point even more that Key would be mad to keep Brash as Finance spokesperson (let alone any other portfolio of substance- detail not being a strong point for the Dr). I think there is a general underestimation of the significance of Brash's ego in this shamozzle

    real test for Key- the deal has obviously been done to put him in, but unless he keeps English close, ie in Finance, the trouble will start.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Wain,

    Joanna & Andrew, you can paper over the Wellington vs Auckland bit all you want - sure there's lots to do! better bars I'd say while the restaurants are as good (the music scene's better up north) - but the thing is, Auckland's got the weather too.

    Wellington weather just sucks. you're all in denial about that down there... and hey, I'm a South Islander!

    go the Welly rugby teams though. HURRICAAAAAANES!!!

    on another note, why is John Campbell the only interviewer who can admit to reading Hager's book while the injunction remains in force - Russell? I don't get that.

    Since Nov 2006 • 135 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Hey Richard, nothing to do with Wellington vs Auckland, it's all about taking the cheap shots! Jo can tell us which bars have them too.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Macdougall,

    Even in his resignation speech he was defending the right of Hager to publish. Can any of you in your wildest dreams imagine Clark saying the same. Thought not. Dr Brash is a man of honour.

    Lucky our politics isn't quite as bad as Italy yet, where uomo d’onore means something quite different...

    Since Nov 2006 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Joanna,

    Jo can tell us which bars have them too.

    That's true, I can. But to stop with the self-promotion and to get back on topic, I'm also wondering why it is that John Campbell has these special powers of injuction-fighting. Can someone explain it?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 723 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    I see the injunction is lifted

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/story.cfm?c_id=1&ObjectID=10412275

    ...does that mean the book will be on sale today? Would love to have some weekend reading.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8305 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    on another note, why is John Campbell the only interviewer who can admit to reading Hager's book while the injunction remains in force - Russell? I don't get that.

    He got a copy, or a manuscript, well before the injunction was granted. No one can own up to having received a copy of the book after the injunction, because that could be a breach of the injunction (even though the book isn't specifically named, it contains some of the, ahem, "stolen" emails).

    Interestingly, I believe the NZ Herald has a copy (probably legitmately obtained before the injunction) - and it won't let the Herald on Sunday look at it!

    But anyway: NEWSFLASH!! The injunction was lifted about 10 minutes ago. 3 News should be good tonight ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • hamishm,

    I'm also wondering why it is that John Campbell has these special powers of injuction-fighting

    If they got a copy before the injunction would he be able to read it but after the injunction, not be able to talk about it. But then why was only JC given a copy, TVNZ hadn't read it, which is why Brash wouldn't talk to them.
    Hagar and corngate and Campbell in the famous "little creep" interview?

    Since Nov 2006 • 345 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    100% win for Hager:

    However the conclusion has been reluctantly reached by the plaintiff that in order to be able to procure the book and to respond to its contents, as he is being asked to do by journalists, it would be necessary for the plaintiff to seek to have the interim injunction orders lifted.

    http://img.scoop.co.nz/media/pdfs/0611/brashmemo.pdf

    and

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0611/S00477.htm

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    Such is the world of leaks and sources I guess Hamish...__everyone__ has an agenda to serve...

    And for interest to be sustained, it all has to be terribly murky...

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    <paraphrase>I lifted the injunction because I care about Nikky's book</paraphrase> - yeah, right. Not because the Party refused to finance it now he's not leader? Or because his legal team told him it would be money down the drain as the media would eventually win?

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 1768 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Oh, and I'd be grateful for a report if anyone finds copies for sale in Auckland ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Martin,

    The game is afoot.......

    What fun!

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 184 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    First story hits the wires.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18512 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Dawn Tuffery,

    The thought of frantic media immediately getting their fastest readers on the staff to sit down, speed through the book and collate the salient points fastest in order to get the story to the internet first is entertaining. I presume the other staff get to rally around them and chant 'Read! Read!" in the manner of a sculling competition.

    It probably doesn't quite happen like that, but I like the idea.

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2006 • 5 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    I presume the other staff get to rally around them and chant 'Read! Read!" in the manner of a sculling competition.

    But not so speedy that they can't still provide a nice wry turn of phrase:

    Students of election spending law, ethics and politics will quickly identify the problems inherent in this email.

    Someone should buy those guys a beer tonight.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

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