Posts by Danyl Mclauchlan

  • Hard News: Media Take: The creeping…,

    Fisher gave a speech to around a hundred public officials in Wellington last week, in which he traced a change that he believes took hold in the last term of the Clark government and has created an environment dominated by media management, obstruction and political interference.

    Legend has it the break-through was made by a senior staffer in Cullen's office who figured out they could completely ignore all OIA requests with no consequence whatsoever.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 902 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought,

    Darren Hughes was the electorate MP… for Otaki

    He was but he lost that seat and by the time of his resignation he was a list MP. He is mentioned in Slater's correspondence with, I think, Aaron Bhatnager, but there's no hint of any set-up, just very explicit details of Hughes' behavior which were totally unacceptable for an MP.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 902 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    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.

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

    It’s nice that Odgers isn’t going to write a column any more. But it is so weird that she was asked. The Herald already have a bunch of libertarian/ACT cheerleaders writing copy for them. They’ve got Bob Jones and Rodney Hide and Damien Grant.

    Politically these people are represented by a party currently on 0.1% in the polls. In the last few by-elections ACT have been beaten by Aotearoa Legalise Cannabis. No one takes these people seriously EXCEPT the New Zealand Herald, whose first instinct when they’re looking for a right-wing columnist is to find another hateful, deranged libertarian headcase.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 902 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Weirdly, most of the correspondence seems to be Facebook chats, which I can't quite see how would possibly be hacked using a DDOS attack on the WhaleOil site.

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square,

    Seems like a dream set-up for Internet/Mana. There are zero votes to be won from that electorate and good media coverage to be won by getting thrown out for failing to observe an utterly pointless rule like not mentioning the PM's name.

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  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    It’s a curious that ACT feel the need to say anything at all to the electorate when the party will be gifted Epsom at the very least

    They're on 0.6% in the polls and Whyte needs about 1.2% to get into Parliament.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 902 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sphere of influence,

    She’s misled Parliament. There’s no way around it. Ministers who do that are customarily sacked.

    I'm guessing the line is 'The Cabinet Office has already looked into that allegation and completely cleared the Minister of any wrongdoing.'

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  • Hard News: To be expected,

    Steady on. No one was asking John Key whether he wanted to campaign jointly with Colin Craig, were they?

    No, I am aware of that thanks. But National doesn't have a large potential coalition partner who just asked them to campaign with them so I used the Conservatives as an analogy.

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  • Hard News: To be expected,

    Mr Cunliffe told the Herald tonight he envisaged that Labour would try to negotiate a formal coalition agreement with the Greens after the election,

    “The Labour Party will be the core of the incoming Government working co-operatively with the Green Party who are our longstanding friends.

    That’s not the same thing at all. If the press goes to John Key and asks him if he’ll give the Conservative Party a seat this election he won’t say, ‘No. We’ll talk to them after the election. My job is to maximise the National vote.’ He’ll say. ‘We haven’t made any decisions either way yet.’ Maybe it’ll be a smart thing to do six weeks out from the election. But maybe it won’t. He’s keeping his options open because he has no idea what’s going to happen and because he’s smart and likes winning elections.

    Labour doesn’t know what the election campaign will look like either! Six weeks out from the election it might be a good idea to campaign in tandem with the Greens - just as it was for them to team up with the Alliance during the 1999 campaign - at which point it would have been helpful to have had three months of preliminary discussions. Sure, it might also look like a terrible idea, but now they don’t get to choose. And they risk losing soft-Labour voters to the Greens.

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