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Hard News: Moving right along?

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  • martinb,

    Ok ok- common expression as in ” A mullet is a lesser crime than socks and sandels"…but ask that the expression be removed and replaced with “this isn’t even as big a deal as”

    seconded?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • martinb, in reply to Katita,

    yeh think this is more false equivalency.

    It’s ok to snigger at a name privately- but Henry’s BS was a state broadcaster denigrating a representative of a race, in a fairly insulting, degrading and bizarre manner, in a country where there is already a lot of racism against this race.

    Yeh- I’m interested in how the name of a boyo from the valleys came to be the moniker of this young lady from Hong Kong…

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 203 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Goodness Gracious.

    There's a lot of prima facie defamatory content included in that statement... if there is a VRWC, it fraying more than a little.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Paul Williams,

    if there is a VRWC, it fraying more than a little.

    I so get the feeling that this production hasn't even reached the intermission.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi,

    As someone with a name that many with a Niu Zilun ecksunt can turn into an Enochian invocation, I feel a certain amount of sympathy for Mr Wewege. Not the emotional manipulation, lying, arrogance, venality or stupidity, mind; but the name thing must be an irritant on top of everything else.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    The scope of the review has been announced.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Easterbrook, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The scope of the review has been announced.

    Wow. There's some serious mouth-frothing going on in the comments thread under that NBR story.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 262 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    That's a pretty broad scope, particularly the 'any other issues', certainly enough to resolve the matter one way or the other.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    It's going to take 4 weeks. This issue will be well in bed by then.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10633 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    For those with strong stomachs and a robust sense of irony, here's Stephen Cook's account of how he and Slater were just honest dudes trying to break a scandal.

    In other news, Cook has just told Duncan Garner he offered Chuang $100,000 to star in a porn movie.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Mark Easterbrook,

    Wow. There’s some serious mouth-frothing going on in the comments thread under that NBR story.

    NBR has some very weird commenters. Sometimes it makes Kiwiblog comments look constructive.

    It might also be noted that some of those commenters are pretty much making stuff up out of thin air.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I believe the offer of a porn role was mentioned in the Herald yesterday too. But the figure he quotes...anyone with even a passing familiarity of the economics of the porn industry in Auckland (ahem) realises that figure is ludicrous. Either Cook is exaggerating for effect, or he really has no idea what he's doing.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to BenWilson,

    It’s going to take 4 weeks. This issue will be well in bed by then

    This timeframe, one that seems a little long to me, ensures it won't be sadly.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    For those with strong stomachs and a robust sense of irony, here’s Stephen Cook’s account of how he and Slater were just honest dudes trying to break a scandal.

    Dear gods, no wonder Truth is no more.

    Luigi can see my point, but suggests I put a story out there anyway. “We were thinking of an American-style smear campaign, smoke and mirrors,” he says to me.

    “Just put it out there and see if it gets picked up,” he adds.

    Bevan likes the idea and thinks it might work.

    I don’t and let them know there’s no way I or Cam Slater would ever be involved in something like that.

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Very interesting column by Richard Harman setting the affair in the context of National’s infighting:

    It is abundantly clear from what we have seen as we have poured our way through literally hundreds of text and Facebook messages and pictures, and talked to the participants that the Slater group genuinely believe what Cameron said on “The Nation” on Saturday discussing the future of Auckland politics.

    “Auckland politics is the same as where any politics is, in that it’s a dirty disgusting despicable game, and it involves dirty disgusting despicable people at all levels,” he said.

    “And to have this high and mighty belief that New Zealand politics is clean, it isn’t.”

    That should be enough to send a shiver through the Beehive.

    Simply the National Party now has a group of its supporters who give every appearance of going rogue.

    Maybe that’s why one source has suggested to us that it was actually a National MP who first led to Len Brown being tipped off the week before the Council election that a major sex scandal was going to break.

    Other sources tell us that senior Nats who are in the loop have been tipping associates of the Mayor off as to what might come next.

    You get the picture from Michelle Boag this weekend on “Q+A”.

    “Whatever was going on with John Palino and the Slaters is nothing to do with the National Party.”

    If people like Michelle Boag have decided that Cameron Slater is toxic — and she probably concluded that a while ago, the next question will be whether his supporters in Parliament, particularly Judith Collins and Maurice Williamson also decide to put some distance between themselves and him.

    If they do, that will be a signal that the Tamaki Mafia have taken a big hit.

    If they don’t then National’s civil war in Auckland will continue to smoulder away in the background ready to flare at any moment that Whaleoil decides.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    I know, right?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    Personally, I think Mr Luigi Squeegee deserves all the ridicule heaped upon him.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2537 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Very interesting column by Richard Harman setting the affair in the context of National’s infighting:

    Ooh, Slater's put up a comment already saying Harman's got it completely wrong. Now who would I believe?...

    Dammit, I have to go to a meeting tonight! My popcorn will get cold!

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to nzlemming,

    Ooh, Slater’s put up a comment already saying Harman’s got it completely wrong. Now who would I believe?…

    The fact that Price is associated with Nikki Kaye makes me more inclined to see him as basically sensible, but I think he's been working his angle pretty hard behind the scenes. Exactly where the fissure lies, I wouldn't know, but it's certainly been made more significant by all this.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22754 posts Report Reply

  • Stephen Judd, in reply to Andre Alessi,

    Offering someone $100k for something and paying them $100k are two quite different things.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3122 posts Report Reply

  • John Quinn,

    While I shouldn't knock my old craft too much, I was amused by the comment from pre-internet British poet, Basil Bunting that journalists were "turd-bakers" in a recent review about his life. Bunting had strong hatreds for many things and I doubt that bloggers would have been spared a choice word or three.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 15 posts Report Reply

  • Martin Brown,

    Key quote: accidental or sly? I reckon accidental, because I don't think he's that quick.

    Asked if he expected to hear from Brown should the mayor decide to resign, Key added: "My guess, if that ever happens, [is] he would drop me a text or give me a call."

    Auckland • Since Mar 2013 • 136 posts Report Reply

  • Andre Alessi, in reply to Stephen Judd,

    Offering someone $100k for something and paying them $100k are two quite different things.

    Very true. He wouldn't be the first "filmmaker" in this town to offer someone "a share of the profits" on a film that will never make its production costs back.

    Devonport, New Zealand • Since Nov 2006 • 864 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to Martin Brown,

    Might be but his reaction seems predictable and I don't think the PM has much to gain from being involved in this matter even for laughs.

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2273 posts Report Reply

  • Lilith __, in reply to Russell Brown,

    we have poured our way through literally hundreds of text and Facebook messages and pictures

    Pored! It's "pore over" not "pour over". Pet peeve.

    Dunedin • Since Jul 2010 • 3887 posts Report Reply

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