Did Ira suggest a specific amount or range to MSD, as a "reward"?
Good story Keith.
Since I started to receive press releases direct from PR companies a couple of years ago I've been amazed at how many of them end up in print, but more disturbingly how high the proportion of stories are that are PR-generated rather than research generated.
Russell: My point is that if Minister and MPs say things in stupid ways, they will get criticised for it. If they say them in intelligent ways they will not.
Annette's comment was incredibly stupid for someone of her experience.
As I said at the time, a smart Minister can refer to stuff such as seasonal variations. But Annette King did a blunder probably as bad as Melissa Lee's in pushing a possible linkage too far. Annette actually said:
"They are not easy to address issues unless we ban Christmas and January." And she says this at he scene of a gang shooting!
And bringing the full moon into it was just bizarre. Annette's defence was it was something the Police told her - just as that was Melissa's defence to her stupid crime linkage. The difference is Annette was not a brand new MP, but a vastly experienced Minister.
I pinged both Annette for her stupid comments, and Melissa when she did the same. They both repeated something a Police officer had said, without applying common sense.
Actually it was National under Jim Bolger that ditched that MBEs and replaced them with MNZMs etc.
All Labour did was change the top two classes of the NZ Order of Merit from titular to non titular - which was reversed this year.
I don't even recall the swear word in An Adagio Christmas, and while there was a subtle sensual overtone to parts of it, there was nothing at all x-rated, r-rated or even pg-rated.
Kids will love the show. It is loads of fun.
You overlook the crucial element of dates.
Helen Clark announced she would legislate to overturn the Court of Appeal decision a mere 72 hours after it was made public.
That is the panic I was referring to. They should have just appealed. If Clark had announced an appeal, then all the other frothing would never have occurred, and the Privy Council may well have decided things differently.
Emma: No. People are responsible for their own words. I do not see all the comments made. There are simply far too many. If someone complains to me about a comment, I'll look at it and consider demerits, which lead to a suspension. I will sometimes do it proactively also, but again do not see all comments. I normally only check a thread out a couple of times before moving on.
Emma. I try to be consistent with the demerits policy. The idea is that it tells people when they step over the line, and an incentive not to keep doing so. Last time I checked I have handed out demerits on several hundred occasions to around 100 different people. Most respond to it - 20 or so have carried on and been suspended.
Well yes Eddie I did, when the posts Danyl linked to actually had me defending Clark mainly. I defended her right to speed as it so happens.
And I don't know how I could have gone any softer on Chris Carter. Three times I said I thought his motivations was good. And the HoS Editorial also found his actions unwise.
He did not just go as support person to Winnie. He has been meeting Government officials and issuing press releases. That is not what someone there purely as a support person does.
I ask people to be fair and consider what Clark would have done if a Nat MP had done what Carter did. Remember she tended to label Opposition MPs who were ever critical of the Govt overseas as "treasonous".