Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Paul Williams,

    There’s John Ansell, who despite being associated forever with Brash’s 2005 debacle is almost inevitably tagged as an “advertising guru”.

    Still? I can’t track it closely but hasn’t he disappeared into a puff of conspiracy of late… didn’t the Rotary, even, decide he was best avoided?

    I'd only just featured him as a denizen of the political trash heap when he popped up like Candyman.

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

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    “personal statement from Matthew Hooten”
    ahem – Hooton
    “personal statement from Matthew Hooton”
    in the interests of posterity…

    I think my confusion might have arisen from a false memory of an imaginary one-hit wonder.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    whereas over here its bankers and property developers. We really are a bunch of sad fucks eh?

    There's John Ansell, who despite being associated forever with Brash's 2005 debacle is almost inevitably tagged as an "advertising guru".

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I do find it hard to believe that Williamson wrote that for Singleton’s agency

    Williamson's been a regular guest over the years on Singo's various TV shows. While their contrived celebrity roast type of banter sticks in my craw, it seems to go over just fine in a culture where admen are household names like nowhere else. Singo, Mo & Jo, Siimon Reynolds with the extra i....

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I actually quite like that song. It is about “Mateship” the whole “standing by your mate” thing doesn’t strike me as homoerotic, some of my best mates are women and I value friendship above all else and I do like a good singalong. ;-)

    An old friend of mine, now living in retirement in the Blue Mountains, used to clean the John Singleton ad agency in Hunters Hill back in his student days. Singletons had a number of beer and similarly blokey accounts, and cultivated a stable of 'creatives' who reflected that vibe.

    One of these worthies would often be working late, and took pleasure in mocking my cleaner friend, calling him 'Maynard', due to his fancied resemblance to a beatnikish sitcom character of that era.

    One evening he boasted to Maynard of how he'd recently 'scored' when 'up the Cross'. This 'really beautiful chick' had performed enthusiastic oral sex on him in his car, but wasn't keen for anything else. What did Maynard reckon about that?
    "That wasn't a chick", said Maynard. "That wasn't a chick, that was a queen".

    The guy turned pale, then moved into you're joking, right? mode, before settling on what the hell would you know. But as my friend told it, "He never called me Maynard after that".

    So yeah, while Williamson's ditty might strike a grubby mind such as mine as homoerotic, there's no way a straight up & down shop like Singo's would commission anything with that kind of intent.

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to Michael Meyers,

    The economy thing annoys me. ...
    I’m not saying that National have handled the economy badly but it feels like any muppet could’ve take the NZ economy out of recession following global financial crisis.

    Hooton et al will quote figures when it suits, but the persistent mantra, whether it's him, Boag, or Odgers, is lower taxes. The orthodoxy seems to be straight from the "deficits don't matter" 90s Bush era. Bugger the debt, it's lower taxes, and the sacrosanct nature of the grammar zone.

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Hooton

    Thank you.

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to Michael Meyers,

    So if a right-leaning voter such at Matthew Hooten were to defect from National, where’s he going to go? He’s not likely to cross the fence to Labour or the Greens, is he?

    When Mark Sainsbury asked Hooten why he'd be voting National despite his having just clobbered Michelle Boag with his insistence that Key was corrupt, Hooten went all hand on heart about it coming down to the economy.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Ah Craig, blue to the core….

    I wouldn't wish that blokily homoerotic dirge on anyone. Especially as it was specifically written as hold music for the odious John Singleton's ad agency.

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Hooten shooten What a dickwad.

    Hooten. Yeah right. The fan dance on Mandela’s coffin guy.

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