I think I need a lie-down.
I am now over it , Jones is gone , whatever
yes, and how come we can all do a better job of this stuff than those who are paid to?
Good question Sacha , Cunliffe's chief press sec is his cousin Simon who while having a background as various deputy editors has no experience of politics and is considered a complete bunny.
The lack of a strong comms team in Labour is all too clear .
I look forward to an election season with less slagging of Labour's likely coalition partners, and to the return of the very talented Kelvin Davis to parliament. I believe Northland Maori and the rest of us have gained, not lost.
Shane Jones is an impressive orator no doubt and could win any dick swinging contest but was it mana or hubris?
+1 for a gardening blog ... me too
I tend to pile lawn clippings under citrus, too. They don’t like root competition, and it’s a regular addition of nutrients that you’ve got to put somewhere anyway. Maybe 5cm deep spread right out to the drip line, which is the rough extent of the roots.
Me too Ben, lawn clippings are a fantastic mulch, put on fresh they seem to burn off the weeds - except kikuyu of course.
The only decent crop it has had was in 2011 when the sewerage failures meant three males were peeing around it for months.
That's how I restored a failing lemon tree , lemon trees it seems just loved to be pissed on. Same for orchids.
We all just think the media is anti-whicheverside-we’re-on
But News reporters are meant to be balanced, well according to Brian Edwards. Deeper in his blog he says
But we have laws in this country about reporting in news and current affairs programmes. In those programmes journalists are required to be balanced in their reporting and analysis. The rules for TVNZ and TV3 are quite different from the rules for Fox News for example. Comment must also be clearly distinguished from straight news.
Is that true that we have laws requiring news journalists to be balanced?
I find it difficult to understand how a newsroom that contains John Campbell (who has become a very good journalist) and the team that supports him, can also contain Mr Gower. It strikes me as odd.
It’s part of a burning question: are polls intended to reflect public opinion, or influence it?
Bloody good question Deep Red.
It seems to me that in this election more than any other the media is playing a much bigger role in "shaping" perceptions. The recent nazisification of Kim.Com was a classic case of media as propaganda attack dogs.
It concerns me how much Poll result influence the marginally motivated voters or those on the fence, people like to back winners.
Key: “I can tell you I was bought”
No. Freudian slip