Posts by Russell Brown

  • Speaker: On the upland road, in reply to simon g,

    Sean Hughes of the Financial Markets Authority was interviewed by Kathryn Ryan. He came across as a conscientious public servant, who had been hounded out of his job. It made me more angry than anything else I've heard in this whole business.

    I've written some more on this.

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  • Speaker: On the upland road,

    But we also have to ask how media and bloggers, (disclosure: I’m an occasional blogger) should be required to make clear their allegiances and their motivations, to prevent, or at least shine a light on, their abuse of others. Some of the core allegations of Dirty Politicsare that bloggers were presenting others’ copy as their own, often because they were being paid to.

    Political blogs don’t have to be balanced, we all understand that. But perhaps we need to find a way to make them subject to at least a basic level of transparency and fairness as the media are, as recently proposed by the Law Commission.

    David Slack and I discussed this yesterday on Firstline. Most of it really is just behaving decently: don't run anything under your own name that you haven't written, declare your interests, don't be a hateful bully.

    You don't need to join OMSA or anything else to conduct yourself ethically.

    I would have joined the overarching regulator proposed by the Law Commission -- and duly smacked down by Judith Collins -- but I don't think OMSA is actually the right body.

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

    I’ve been phoned to do a poll by Curia, David Farrar’s company so probably on behalf of National. The question that I found interesting was being asked to give scores to party leaders, with a list of Norman/Peters/Key/Cunliffe/English.

    It included English? Interesting! Anything else you can recall?

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    Not at all Paul. I made it public on Facebook so fair game for anyone in a sense, although disappointed the PM appeared to bring it up in his press conference – just a little higher profile than I expected! – which is why I did a brief press statement on it.

    Best wishes with it, Matthew.

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to James George,

    Everyone seems to accept that the Maori Party are firmly tucked into National’s back pocket come hell or high water. Is this a solidly based perception or would continuing revelations unglue them from their colonial masters?

    The Native Affairs polls -- which consistently show that Maori electorate voters would strongly prefer the Maori Party to go with Labour if there is a choice will presumably not be lost on them.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Once again Winston is able to take advantage of events to raise his profile and attractiveness to voters http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10450053/Peters-bottom-line
    We need the inquiry he’s demanding.

    I tend to think this is quite significant. The highly evasive Peters has put down a bottom line that seems very likely to guide his choices after the election. Labour would be delighted to organise a Royal Commission and National would not want a bar of such a thing. It would be a massive dead rat to swallow.

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to Greg Dawson,

    Agreed, the fb leaks are a new front unsupported by Hagers book – need someone to tell us whether we can just ignore all the fb ones as forgeries, or if it really is as bad as they make it out.

    No – this is a very widespread misconception. The conversation is quoted in Hager’s book, on page 46. It’s noted as “Cameron Slater, Facebook messaging to and from Judith Collins, 11 September 2011.”

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought,

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    And as if on cue, Labour has asked the police to investigate various matters.

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    __I am ignorant of the law, but I would have thought that if there was anyone with the resources and legal authority to require the logs from the third party in this (Facebook) for a conversation at a known time and date, it would be the Inspector General of the SIS investigating the leaking of classified documents. In fact, if everyone denies everything, I would say this is a logical step in a thorough investigation.__

    Good God, David, are you taking the piss? These are strange days indeed, but Public Address is the last place on Earth I expected to read that. Be very careful what you wish for…

    Agreed. The idea of extraordinary powers being deployed to identify leakers is not good for democracy. But remember, Peter Dunne resigned his ministerial post last year because he refused to fully cooperate with the inquiry into the leaking of the Kitteridge report on the GCSB. The inquiry had already identified emails between him and Andrea Vance -- the metadata -- which Dunne refused to hand over.

    The head of the inquiry, David Henry, also tried to get access to Fairfax reporter Andrea Vance's phone records -- thank goodness for Parliamentary Services' refusal to play ball -- and she was surveilled within Parliament. So it's not like there hasn't already been serious overreach.

    The SFO and FMA matters covered in Matt Nippert's story are different. That looks like a deliberate attempt to undermine law enforcement agencies for the benefit of a paying client -- with a little frosting of witness intimidation and misuse of evidence.

    That's criminal behaviour and I would be surprised and disappointed if there wasn't a criminal investigation. That investigation should have, and should use, powers to obtain evidence in private communications.

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  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought,

    The Herald's Business editor Liam Dann writes this morning:

    It is odd to have to make a declaration but given the intense focus of the past few weeks it is worth noting that, to the best of my knowledge, the Business Herald has never traded information or sourced stories from Cameron Slater, Cathy Odgers or Carrick Graham.

    We've consciously avoided this stuff and tried to chart a path through the finance company fallout as diligently as the lawyers will allow.

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