Posts by Paul Williams

  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    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. I reckon this will event will be quickly forgotten though I agree, the pub quiz name is very good.

    I’m not a fan of Hooten’s but my impression from his pieces in NBR and comments on Nat Rad is that he has consistently been critical of Key and Collins

    His comments on Monday were particularly unequivocal. I used to always think Matthew had a long-grame with every comment he made (and he possibly does) but I also got the clear impression he though important conventions were being broken at present and that mattered beyond his loyalties to National (which, he also made clear, were for policies to the right of where Key was navigating).

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    From the Harold. Pam offered to resign, wasn't accepted

    Good outcome I reckon.

    Corkery had a moment, she was likely baited, and though I don't entirely agree with her position (on KDC), I suspect her judgment of the individual in question was spot on. Then again, I've always though Gower a bit of a prat and yet his flying visit to Oravida was brilliant stuff...

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    That they have speakers seen as part of the launch, yes, but should KDC be the only part of the launch, I think not.It's the media who wants to make it only about him. JMO

    Sofie, I don't agree (and appreciate you did understand my less than clear point in the earlier post).

    I think if KDC is going to throw meat around at political rallies, he's got to expect he'll attract media attention. If he does want the discussion about policy, best not talk about hacking credit rating systems. That said, I still think Corkery's response was reasonable.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Richard Aston,

    Coming in late here but I admired Pam Corkery for speaking her mind in no uncertain terms. Yeah yeah we are all meant to be professional , well mannered and .. tidy but sometimes you just have to call shit what it is.

    Likewise and delivered with the kudos only an individual with her experience could pull off frankly.

    He's not a candidate. He doesn't owe you anything. When will you glove puppets of Cameron Slater just piss off?""

    This part is more problematic for me. It was at their Party launch. He's formally engaged in the Party. He's making pretty bold assertions. He mightn't want to comment, but does the media have every reason to seek comment from him.

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming, in reply to Danyl Mclauchlan,

    If Corkery did do that on purpose to get the lead spot on the news then she’s an idiot. National couldn’t have asked for anything better than a reminder to wavering centre voters that the alternative to Key – dirty politics or not – is a government propped up by a bunch of nutty, angry activists.

    Danyl, this scanned, to me, like something a Labour Party activist circa 1999 or an Alliance one circa 2002 might have said... Corkery's no idiot in my experience either.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Perhaps Geoff can keep an eye peeled for the campus book burning, and track down the Hamilton bookstore that had one hell of a good day. Doesn't look like anyone at the Waikato Times could be arsed.

    The Hamilton seats used to always go with the government, I think that may have changed somewhat, but it is interesting that the Times has given this demonstrably crap story such prominence.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    The fact that this place works as it does is a matter of active moderation, almost all of which is done by me. You're a great bunch, but I've had to remonstrate a lot more than usual.

    I visit a lot less often than I used to for various reasons, but was in fact hoping I would visit and comment more in the next four weeks assuming it would be one of the few places informed, strong-minded people would enagage in meaningful discussions. I'm sure it will be in absolute and relative terms. I get that Hager's book and related events are incendiary and hence discussion is equally intense.

    This deserves a wide readership - get it out there amongst the journalists

    Thanks for the heads-up, I used to check his blog regularly but had missed this piece.

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  • Hard News: Labour's Fiscal Plan:…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I thought Parker was excellent this morning, Joyce got flustered and resorted to muttering disconsolately in the background...

    I'll have to listen to it because when I occassionally check out recent Question Times I generally think he fails to make meaningful points in preference for technical matters that don't cut through (and he's taking airtime from other Labour shadow spokespeople who are more effective in that forum)

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Claire Curran's been responsible for a few to many mistakes for my liking. Shane Jones too, but he's a least gone.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    Yeah, cos political corruption, the destruction wrought by gambling addiction, paying teachers and our kids' education* are just minor things. Not at all important.

    Nailed it. The affected laziness around process may well be his legacy and, living in Sydney, it's very very easy to see where it leads. The NSW government, regardless of party, is seriously compromised by political scandal and rort.

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