Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    And an even bigger part of it is the Electoral Commission is there not to be “fair” but to apply the law, even if it’s a bit of a flustercluck, in the world as it is.

    To be fair the the Commission, its main job is running free and fair elections, which it seems to do very well. Assessing, satire and speech, not so much.

    And the fact that its only power if it suspects infringing material is to pass the matter on to the police is seems less than ideal. If Jono and Ben are an indication, the police will busy themselves with more important things until the six-month time limit expires. But speech is chilled in the interim.

    As others have noted, we should be grateful to Watson for doing what the Commission stubbornly refuses to do -- seeking the view of the courts.

    Any one seriously want to suggest there would be a different reaction if the track was called Silent T rather than Planet Key? Seriously?

    Who'd bother, right now? But if Cunliffe had been PM for six years, long enough to make a bunch of unpopular decisions and piss people off, it's not unlikely someone would write an unhappy song about him.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    If you unpack it, there’s no credible connection between these things (thus no campaign), and not much you could credibly call a ‘smear’. If we don’t unpack it, it becomes a central part of the election narrative.

    Yes. The usual suspects were very keen yesterday to link 'Kill the PM' to Kim Dotcom. The fact that Tom Scott has frequently expressed his contempt for Dotcom was no impediment.

    They must have been unable to believe their luck when Tom gave them exactly what they needed yesterday.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to nzlemming,

    I’m not sure if Ebony were left or right, but “Big Norm” was hardly complimentary to Norman Kirk PM (even if he did wish them luck).

    My memory is that the song was very much seen as affectionate.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Any takers on that? I still can’t find any evidence of the Commission rattling any cages on the Right. Could it be they are clean as the proverbial whistle or is their boss glowering in their direction?.

    Part of it may be that there are hardly any right-wing musicians and artists and those who are aren't currently movement to anger.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Paul Williams,

    I think she’s a terrible choice for their press secretary for any of IMP. They’re going to have some wacky moments with the characters that they’ve got there and the background of the parties and their union.

    I’m not so sure. She’s close to many of the candidates, she’s well known in the media, she understands politics better than most having been an MP.

    It might be useful to point out again that Pam is Harre's press sec only. My Internet Party press releases come from John Mitchell and there'ssomeone else looking after the other candidates.

    Re Kyle's point -- and here I am defending the Internet Party again -- the candidates I know are good, together people who don't need minding. Compared to the Conservative, NZ First and Act lists, they're not really likely to be problematic. I'd pick Sykes and Minto to be more likely to blow up if they made Parliament.

    But I'm hearing that there are some strains in the marriage-of-convenince, especially around policy and branding.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    Mike Hosking’s characterisation of the Internet-Mana launch is, as you might expect, a work of blithering idiocy from a man who wasn’t there and doesn’t care.

    He’s pretty much 100% party talking points at the moment. Incredible.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to chris,

    Kia ora!

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  • Speaker: Why I'm standing in Ilam, in reply to Deborah,

    Comprehensive Labour policies for Christchurch all available here:

    Shame Rino Tirikatene didn’t have a better grasp on all that in Monday night’s Native Affairs debate.

    Mind you, none of the candidates really impressed. Te Tai Tonga is a vast electorate with hugely varying needs and I wonder whether the system is serving those voters very well.

    But Jodi Ihaka’s report did give a peek into a largely untold story – Maori in post-earthquake Christchurch.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to BenWilson,

    It does seem rather like an electoral advertisement.

    It wasn't solicited as such. I asked readers for guest posts, particularly about electorate battles.

    What’s crazy is not that you should be required to carry the promoter statement, but that practically every opinion piece in the Herald shouldn’t have to.

    Well, yeah.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…,

    God grief. Graeme Edgeler has helpfully advised me that on the basis of discussions he's had with the Electoral Commission, this morning's guest post by James Dann about why he's standing in Ilam should carry a promoter statement, as if it were an electoral advertisement.

    The same would not, however, apply if James' post were to be published as a newspaper column. This is strange.

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