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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Neil,

    suggests National didn't do it as there was no advantage.

    That's what Bennett is claiming today, sure. But not what Richard Harman said in the post I linked to above:

    National is now going to target Winston Peters and NZ First in the hope of winning one or two per cent of his vote back off him.
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    Also fuelling National's strategy is polling it has which shows the Greens on around three per cent and Gareth Morgan’s Opportunities Party on two per cent.
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    The strategy then is clear; to try and boost National's vote --- thought to be in the mid-40s – by two per cent or so, and then to rely on a high wasted vote from the Greens, TOP plus ACT to reduce the percentage it needs to get half the seats in Parliament.
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    If the wasted vote is much the same as the last election, then National probably needs another two or three per cent to win a majority of the seats.

    Gee, who to believe? We know there does not actually need to be any truth in an accusation to shift some votes. It's the vibe, your honour.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Neil,

    If it was National then they would have known that there was no real issue.

    They may have been aiming for a modest publicity-driven voting change as Richard Harman suggests, which has nothing much to do with the truth these days.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    There is nothing in the 'no surprises' policy about passing information to a party staffer like the PM's chief of staff. No defense for Tolley on that front.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Alfie,

    and the deputy PM didn't bother to mention it to Bill?

    Was always part of the #dirtypolitics two-track approach - so the PM can make heartfelt statements of concern, winning voters over with his firm moral compass.

    National Party leader Bill English said, whoever was to blame, the privacy breach was a concern. "These are personal details of people's lives and people expect them to be treated confidentially."

    Real question is which of them told Nat campaign manager and long-standing power behind the throne, Mr Joyce?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Where did the recent leak about Winston's pension come from, you ask?

    The Ministry of Social Development told its minister Anne Tolley on August 15 under the "no surprises" policy that it had met NZ First leader Winston Peters about his superannuation payments. The Prime Minister's office has confirmed English's chief of staff Wayne Eagleson was then told by Tolley's office. A spokesperson said Eagleson did not tell English or others in the office.
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    Tolley would not be interviewed, but a spokeswoman said she denied the overpayment had been leaked from anyone in her office.

    MSD and IRD have less obvious motivations to leak this themselves. I guess that leaves Eagleson (who was in charge of the #dirtypolitics apparatus before the last election so the PM was kept at arms length)?

    Gee, who knew bad behaviour might persist without any actual consequences for it?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Warming up for…, in reply to Alan Perrott,

    Magnificent talent all round. Victoria Kelly's glorious orchestration. Finns popping up all over the show on various instruments. Never imagined a backing choir with James Milne, Don McGlashan and Sean Donnelly in it either.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Rich, I was referring to this statement:

    I don't understand a party employing hired guns whose underlying allegiance is to a very different party.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    How so?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Senior Green staffers resign.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Low-quality language on immigration, in reply to Farmer Green,

    they think they are missing out on something that ought to be theirs by right

    cos that is what all the older folk they hear from claim is so.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19415 posts Report Reply

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