3: it’s about now presumably that Collins (and hopefully Key) is busily recognising that metadata is actually kinda intrinsically related to the content it describes, and that its collection and use for investigative purposes is actually something to be concerned about
A wry observation
Since the results of cisgenesis is indistinguishable from conventional cross-breeding (but takes a fraction of the time), why does the Green Party oppose all GMOs ?
Are prisoners allowed to write for newspapers?
Well, they're not allowed to vote, so does that make them impartial ?
If we were better than that, surely the MSM would stop interviewing the PM until he actually bothered to acknowledge that he has read...
Fixed it for you.
I too would love to hear John Key asked "Why haven't you read the book ?", and when he trots out the "left-wing conspiracy theorist" line, they can retort "But it is backed up with evidence, so how can you so blithely dismiss it ?".
It seems blatantly obvious to me that the reason John Key cannot ask his people about the accusations, is because John Key already knows all about them, and is trying to protect his loyal "servants".
... or the changed story of just giving his official title.
FFS. Tracy Watkins opinion piece on Stuff this morning :
It may not matter that National cannot be directly linked with most of the more sordid revelations...
But they are directly linked - that is why it's such a big deal.
... but it’s really nice not to be presumed to be a lying bad faith partisan hack
Except that, unfortunately, that is the impression that you are giving.
If you would like to dispell that impression, you could try agreeing that Laila Harre was not impugning the Electroral Commission, but was actually questioning whether Judith Collins was fit to be the Minister overseeing it.
I haven't seen anything much about the "Roast-buster-esque" behaviour exposed by Nicky's book, as shown here.
I hope this is followed up, as the NZ public's disgust at the Roast Busters was heartening, and it'd be good to see it applied to the appalling behaviour of these people in the National Party.
For those who haven't read it, I thoroughly recommend the article by Andrew Geddis about the book at pundit.
Better to think about it another way. If you don’t vote, then everyone who does vote makes up parliament for you. So effectively your vote will be split 40-something % National, 30ish% Labour, 12ish%Greens, etc.
That is a brilliant way to think about not voting. Props.