Psych 101: If there are no consequences for your behaviour, why stop? Dirty politics works, and will therefore continue.
Because National wanted to give Scott Simpson something to do? Preferably something that does not involve being interviewed on Morning Report.
So ... police apologise to "screaming left wing conspiracy theorist" who should "get lost" (both quotes courtesy of John Key, when he was Prime Minister).
One of those 'law and order' stories that National might not be highlighting.
Thanks for that, Russell.
I’ve always loved the respect he showed to the people he met on his travels
This, very much. Not "me, me", but "them, them". Many people on television today could learn from him.
Desperately sad news this morning.
It's not even necessary to go to Kiwiblog (and I'd rather not), the wisdom of Stuff comments will serve.
The phrase "err on the side of caution" is a recurring line - so reasonable, so responsible, and so much easier than getting information.
It's worth remembering that Gluckman was appointed by John Key to be the PM's science adviser, a post Key himself created soon after taking office ...
"This appointment delivers on the Government's goal of including science at the heart of our decision-making. ... This role is one of vital importance that demands not only a high level of science expertise, but also the utmost integrity to fairly represent the state of science knowledge."
Somehow Paula didn't get the memo. And judging by National's approach to opposition, including their private members' bills, the memo has now been shredded.
When I lived in Epsom I used to resent these people coming into our community. Some of them had been involved in crime and other anti-social behaviour, even spending time in jail. They took advantage of the taxpayer and had little regard for the rest of society.
But the National government needed them, so the ACT MPs moved in anyway.
I'm commenting here before Ardern speaks in Parliament, but I'll happily bet that one change will be very welcome: the Prime Minister's speech won't be the horror-comedy that John Key delivered on Budget day every year. It was an infantile rant that he turned into a ritual. And imagine for a moment if Ardern DID behave like that. No "blokey banter" free pass for her ... she'd be "shrill". "Hysterical", even.
Today's news (and "comment") on Clarke Gayford is a text book example of how and why dirty politics works.
For "balance", various media report not only on the squashing of the lie, but on the PM's response to it. Which (for "balance", of course!) must then be critiqued.
Imagine that happening in the reporting of court cases. "So, how did the victim of the unprovoked assault respond after the guilty verdict for her assailant? Well, let's give her 5 out of 10 for her response, because we're balanced!"
So the dirt works, because our media let it work.
Tomorrow: Herald reports on the NZ Lunar Science Conference: a noisy guy in a funny hat said the moon was made of cheese, and everyone else pointed out that it's not. So, Kiwis divided, again!