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Hard News: Of course it's about the book

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  • webweaver,

    Kevin Moar: I just called Unity Books (having visited earlier this afternoon on a hunt for the book).

    They told me that the book won't be available anywhere until Monday because (quote) "Whitcoulls have asked Craig Potton Publishers not to release the booka anywhere in the country until Monday so that no other bookstore gets the book before Whitcoulls"

    If that's really true, I certainly know where I won't be buying the book on Monday.

    Cr@p!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 329 posts Report Reply

  • James Doleman,

    If Clark can stop grinning long enough she can now pop up on the evening news with her sternest face on and announce that she has asked the auditor general and the police to investigate these very serious claims.

    Perhaps also new legislation to ensure such a thing never happens again.

    Cut National off at the knees.

    They nearly got away with it too, if it hadn't been for those pesky kids and that scooby, scooby doo!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Young,

    I have a suggestion for Part II of Paul Goldsmith's Brash hagiography: "The Donald: From Don Juan to Don Gone"
    (in Three Easy Steps Off the Plank.)

    Craig Y.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 354 posts Report Reply

  • Kevin Moar,

    "Whitcoulls have asked Craig Potton Publishers not to release the booka anywhere in the country until Monday so that no other bookstore gets the book before Whitcoulls"

    By monday nobody will need to buy the book!

    Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Compie,

    Malcolm just like CIA was never in central america eh?

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Bol,

    Oh to be a fly on the wall at the Caucus meeting on Monday. Interesting that Judith Collins has put her name forward as a possible Deputy Leader. Did she know how that Gerry Brownlee was up to his neck in this?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Malcolm 141,

    Compie - yep, looks suspicious. Certainly leaves Brash's credibility in tatters. Demostrates fraud? I don't think so.

    Since Nov 2006 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    " Who reckons "Liarbour" won't be such a funny joke any more?"

    Well I reckon it's only just become funny.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2073 posts Report Reply

  • TroyHoward,

    there once was a politician called Brash
    who got into bed with rightwing wackos who had cash
    in the end he didn't use protection
    and got a nasty Hagar infection
    and now all of National will develop the rash.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 78 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    They nearly got away with it too, if it hadn't been for those pesky kids and that scooby, scooby doo

    Aagh.. but who played Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and the Scoobmeister in this version.

    This is such fun :-)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • webweaver,

    Malcom said:

    Paul: what election fraud? None of these plans were ever implemented as part of the election campaign.

    Isn't that rather the point?

    The Election advertising rules - summary clearly states that Non-broadcast advertising promoting party vote or attacking party or candidate must be authorised by the Party secretary and

    Authorisation must be in writing. In addition, the advertisement when broadcast or published must state the name and business or residential address of the person directing it to be published. A Post Office box or website address is insufficient.

    It's also classed as a Party expense which must be notified according to the rules and must not exceed the amount allowed by law.

    Election expenses and returns

    Since this was clearly not the case with the Brethren pamphlets, and the whole thing was done in secret in order to circumvent the rules (well, it was supposed to be a secret), I would say it's pretty clear that not only was it part of the plan, it was part of a fraudulent and illegal plan.

    Ooopsie!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 329 posts Report Reply

  • David Cormack,

    Aagh.. but who played Fred, Velma, Daphne, Shaggy and the Scoobmeister in this version

    Helen's definitely Daphne.

    She's the hot 1.

    Suburbia, Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 216 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    James Dolman wrote:
    If Clark can stop grinning long enough she can now pop up on the evening news with her sternest face on and announce that she has asked the auditor general and the police to investigate these very serious claims.

    Um, yeah... and watch her get tres lemon-lipped when asked when her new-found confidence in Kevin Brady and Nicky Hagar kicked in? (Not that anyone's going to dare say any such thing, but I can dream.) Sorry, but I do hope Labour seriously over-plays the faux outrage, as Cullen has been over the last couple of days regarding National's GST bill.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11614 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Savidge,

    Gerry must be a porky Shaggy...

    Somewhere near Wellington… • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Rowe,

    To paraphrase Idiot Savant, Labour just needs to sit back and pass the popcorn.

    Lake Roxburgh, Central Ot… • Since Nov 2006 • 556 posts Report Reply

  • Compie,

    Speaking of National's GST bill.

    Can someone please give me National's accountant name, I have an impending GST bill that I can be arsed paying, he seems to have great ideas. Don't pay it?

    Bugger me, my grandad didn't pay tax once they tried to throw him in jail.

    Next time mr GST comes knocking, my line will be "see my accountant c/- national party"

    Thoughts craig?

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • James Doleman,

    Thats exactly the point here Craig, we have accusations winging around I would think even National party supporters will want to get to the bottom of it.

    I wonder if, after the investigation, you all will still be nominating the Auditor General as man of the year? iirc he has rather a fundamentalist view on election funding law.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • stever@cs.waikato.ac.nz,

    Does this mean that next time anyone from National tries to leave the country they'll be stopped at the border?

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2006 • 47 posts Report Reply

  • Peter Martin,

    Oooh no. Labour needs to keep its foot on Nationals throat...certainly for long enough that others can get a hold....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 184 posts Report Reply

  • Tony Kennedy,

    Murray McC as Scrappy Doo, Velma though is a hard casting for the Nat Party, Judith C at a stretch

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 218 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Bol,

    Now that you mention it, Bill English does bear a startling resemblance to Fred...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Compie,

    Stange scenario.

    this actually keeps Labour in power come 2008.

    Who will vote against Labour come 2011 when the All Blacks have just won the world cup in the brand spanking new Waterfront stadium that is the envy of the world.

    Is if true National won't be in power till 2014, that just can't be true.

    just pulling your rag Craig

    Dunedin/Vancouver • Since Nov 2006 • 114 posts Report Reply

  • James Doleman,

    Don Brash as the seemingly kindly old caretaker who is in fact the evil man behind the whole scheme.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 13 posts Report Reply

  • Kevin Moar,

    And so its true. The book can't be sold until Monday.

    With a new Borders opening, I think I've done my last shopping at Whitcoulls.

    At least there's the media coverage all weekend, which means there's little incentive to actually buy and read the book for oneself.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • stever@cs.waikato.ac.nz,

    So this is probably a conspiracy by Whitcoulls (which rich person owns them??) to stop Hagar making money...

    Hamilton • Since Nov 2006 • 47 posts Report Reply

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