Posts by Richard Aston

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

    I kinda expect to see IMP as a bit contentious too.

    Yeah IMP is kinda Impish . I like that too .
    When Hone is pissed off he says " I am pissed off" not I am displeased or other polite fluff

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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    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. She was right those reporters were trying to mine a piece of National PR spin - KimdotCom the evil one etc and completely missing the point.

    ""You puffed-up little s**t," she said. "He doesn't want to. He said three times, 'I don't want to give you an interview.' He's not a candidate. He doesn't owe you anything. When will you glove puppets of Cameron Slater just piss off?""

    Brilliant !

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Roger Lacey,

    I’m just so glad that this stuff was leaked to Nicky Hager and not Winston Peters.

    Good point Roger , mind you Winston seems to like big wads of paper in wine boxes, maybe he would not know what to do with all the digital files.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Grant McDougall,

    If he grows a pair and demotes here, he then runs the risk of her spitting the dummy and attempting to replace him sooner or later

    Intriguing dynamic here , why does Key seem so reluctant to throw Collins to the dogs? He's had more reasons to do that with Collins than he did with Williamson.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Hacker comes forward

    Ok so the evil hacker kim.dot.com diversion is a dead duck what will be next ?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    It was satisfying to hear a proper grilling….

    Yeah that was so satisfying to hear Guyon going hard trying to nail Key down.
    I had been wondering if Espiner was a national apologist but this interview gave me hope.
    Did it actually reveal anything new? Not sure and maybe the full frontal "yes or no" approach will never actually reveal anything.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to william blake,

    Richard, yes my moral compass points to having a free and healthy fourth estate. if the PM is pre determining his response to a unknown written critique rather than a thoughtful and balanced response to the actual information, we do have a disconnect in this vital process.

    William you are a gentleman and a scholar .
    I may have been tempted to use much dirtier language to describe the circus of political manipulations before us but that would be to join them.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    50 cent gang

    Oh shit now my paranoia is up

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

    The actual aim is the overthrow of democracy, and it’s replacement with a plutocracy with a charade of democracy.

    Are we there yet Tom?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to william blake,

    Key should know the contents of Nicky’s critique and act or react accordingly, not ‘be in damage controll’. Manipulation and subsequent suppression of the media is antithetical to a healthy democracy, it is an ugly and anachronistic part of right wing politics.

    But William you are projecting your own moral compass onto Key. If everything in Hager's book is true then why are we so troubled that Key is using damage control and spin techniques to defend him and his party.

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