Posts by Paul Williams

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest,

    National will probably win a third term this month, but there is a huge taint in all this. There is simply too much here for it all to just melt away -- and it won't, if for no other reason than that we need to find ways for what has already been revealed to not happen again.

    Isn't it a bit early to call the election? I see the polls this morning and appreciate why, but there's almost three weeks left in which a lot can happen. Regardless, post-election, I entirely agree with you that this shit has to be cleaned up as a matter or urgency. That said, I can't quite imagine what changes - rules and regulations in the Cabinet Manual presumably - could mitigate against this kind of maladministration when the PM can simply refuse to see it.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Yes, in the latest dump. An error of judgment indeed. If true. Which is something we need to keep in mind.

    For mine, Ms Pagani's history was sufficient to not prefer her relative to many other longstanding members.. This just helps me rationalise my prejudice.

    I think the Paganis may be regular hunting partners of the Lusk/Williams nexus. Also Nash. Obviously people can be mates with whomever but really

    I can't generate that level of equanimity.

    FWIW, I find Hooton a more credible in all this, 'cause I know what he believes... Then again, I was surprised by Mora's/RNZ's subtle bias so perhaps I'm up for the Pollyanna award?

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    As side note, the claim that Josie Pagani had been hunting with Slater um… surprised me.

    I'm not overly fond of Pagani's approach, but, yeah, that's a remarkable error of judgment. Presumably this is in the latest dump as I've not seen media mention of it yet?

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to nzlemming,

    She may have been dumped as a distraction, but she's toast now.

    It's not Collins anymore, it's systemic favouritism and rort equating to maladministration. Key's management of his Cabinet appears to follow the Lange playbook.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to CJM,

    I missed this - thanks. It does tend to confirm Tom's point of bias. Perhaps I was being naive.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    From failing to acknowledge John Bishop as a hard right activist it is a ethically lazy short step to using Farrar and Slater as a news source, and we now know that leads directly to collusion and collaboration with National's two tier PR agenda.

    Tom, firstly, I don't listen to Mora often so can't argue the issue of his 'balance' or his approach specifically. I also agree that it's reasonable to conflate choices over panelists with the issue of sources more generally. I don't know of Bishop but know of the Taxpayers union and agree, they're shell-entity that should be avoided in preference for legit organisations (although that's a little fraught I suspect). All that said, I'd be interested to know the view of commenters here from the media as I suspect one of the problems is finding competent 'talent' without bias (and though I think little of the far right, excluding them isn't an option).

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    But Mora's on-going refusal to do so with his panel guests - in an election campaign no less - is disgraceful, and the sort of nod nod wink wink enabling of sneaky right wing political agendas that ends up with the complicit cooperation with Slater that has got the Herald's journalists into trouble.

    It's rare for RNZ to be accused of being right-wing... However, doesn't Scott Yorke regularly appear on this show too? He's open about his political persuasions.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to stephen clover,

    Hah!... I was just reminiscing with someone about those heady days. Fun times :)

    There's always the movie too. A near unique election experience. Poor Mark Thomas, the first ever MMP victim. Pity. Though he wasn't the candidate I wanted to win, he was/is a thoroughly decent bloke who'd have been a good addition to Parliament.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to nzlemming,

    Whaledump Update:
    Today’s target is Katherine Rich
    [edit] seems to be more about Carrick Graham than Katherine Rich, who seems tangential to the emails, though implicated.

    Reading the Stuff item on this, Graham and Simich and Brewer sound like the kind of dickheads who never quite managed to leave student politics behind... sadly, there appears to be a market for undergraduate petty conspiracy.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Entirely agreed. I can calibrate the views expressed here without people declaring their voting record.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2229 posts Report Reply

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