Posts by Andre Alessi

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    The guy who runs the Ruminator blog says that when he was a civil servant he was pressured to respond to Slater’s OIO request ASAP

    I'm disturbed but not surprised by that. Government departments game the OIA process all the time, and it's clearly not something being driven by the overworked and underpaid public servants who put their names to the emails.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Asked about the suggestions that Labour’s records of the incursions pointed to his own offices, Mr Key said: “I don’t think that’s right. It’s nothing to do with our office.”

    Mr Slater and a National Party Headquarters staffer were able to gain access to Labour’s records because of a security flaw on the party’s website.

    Mr Key suggested that even if Mr Ede had accessed the records, “of course it would be fine to go and do that” because they were unprotected.

    Asked if he stood by Mr Ede, Mr Key responded: “Yeah absolutely.”

    Mr Ede left Mr Key’s office this year and is now working at National Party headquarters on its re-election campaign.

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11309076

    I know I’m normally a fairly cynical person, but jfc that’s shocking even to me.

    No mention of the prisoner transfer stuff on Stuff or the NZ Herald, do we think Collins has had the lawyers out already?

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Michael Meyers,

    On a different note, I’m a little surprised by how few actual denials I’m seeing today. Even Mr Slater’s denials aren’t really denying much of anything.

    I suspect that's because the official response hasn't been terribly coordinated. One moment they're insisting this is a terrible breach of privacy and an outrageous crime, and the next they're suggesting there's no emails at all, only "allegations". I think we'll see firmer denials tomorrow, when they figure out which approach is more likely to convince supporters.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    The Herald's main coverage on their website is "PM's office: Book's claims 'unfounded'", the second story listed after a feel good human interest piece. Have to go quite far down the page to find another piece, but the opinion and politics sections have a fair few pieces.

    Stuff only has one article visible, in the rather neglected politics section.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    But I require slightly more evidence than the burblings of someone like Slater, who I’ve long considered an incurable fantasist.

    The claims come from "correspondence between Cameron Slater and one of Key’s senior staffers" to quote Danyl's post.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Danyl Mclauchlan,

    I'm guessing here with very little concrete evidence, but I would assume Slater hired someone(s) to come to his place and provide tech support during/after the attack. It's unlikely he does his own tech support. That opens up additional avenues as to how information was accessed.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Auckland's future: Keep calm,…,

    I’m honestly confused about how Orsman’s column was published. I mean, I know it fits a narrative, but surely some fact checking would have been in order? My impression is that Orsman is generally pretty good, so I don’t understand what happened here.

    ETA: I see I should have asked Google before posting.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Ides of Epsom, in reply to DeepRed,

    Which one? Finance/Insurance/Real Estate? Oil? Military? Police?

    Telecommunications. IT geek libertarians and financial climber/grasper salesfolk.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Ides of Epsom, in reply to BenWilson,

    It most certainly can and does cause massive disharmony in families that have differing political opinions – to anyone that values harmony, they either don’t discuss it, or just adopt the family attitude.

    Interestingly, I think something that does tend to impact voters' views of what their vote is worth is the impact of policies on family members' workplaces. My sister has started working as a social worker in South Auckland, and at the family dinner last night I was pleasantly surprised to find that the stories she was bringing home* had converted most of the rest of the family (including our parents) from "agnostic-to-apathetic" to "raving social justice warriors". I know that most people in my industry lean right/libertarian, so it's nice to have a family environment that backs me up.

    *-Note that the stories themselves weren't nearly as pleasant as the change in political conviction.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Digital Natives,

    Guyon Espiner appears to know something, if his angle in the interview with Vikram this morning is anything to go by. The "Does this person have any interest in Māori issues?" questions would never get asked otherwise (although I'd like to see that question become commonplace.)

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 862 posts Report Reply

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