Media watch – Thursday

20 July 2017

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21 Comments

    • Missy

       /  July 20, 2017

      Oh dear, not sure I like the word Momentum being used in connection with Labour, such negative connotations of the far left anti semite bullies.

  1. Missy

     /  July 20, 2017

    • sorethumb

       /  July 20, 2017

      Hoskings says high house prices are “a sign of success”. Tourism is “our biggest pie” and “we aren’t doing a thing wrong” (ignoring the miserable pieces of pie).

    • Nobody I know would. The man is worse than a joke. He makes Trump look Churchillian

      • Gezza

         /  July 20, 2017

        Maybe he’s reptilian? Reminds me.🤔 I’ve still gotta watch his speech. 😬
        I’ll do that now. 👍🏼 Lawn’s still too wet to mow. 😕

  2. Kevin

     /  July 20, 2017

    I see #IamMetiria is going gangbusters. Never knew there were so many DPB fraudsters in New Zealand!

  3. sorethumb

     /  July 20, 2017

    June 2015 saw the launch of a new phase in Bannon and Trump’s relationship that would eventually land both men in the White House and the culmination of a long period of intellectual collaboration in creating the Trump campaign’s nationalist-populist bent.

    Bannon, according to Green, followed up Boyle’s interview by arranging Trump’s celebrated trip to the U.S.-Mexico border. “Then [Bannon] got busy arranging a surreal visit Trump would make to the U.S.–Mexico border a few weeks hence, one that would further affix his anti-immigrant identity at the center of his presidential campaign,” Green writes.

    Despite Green’s unfortunate use of the term “anti-immigrant” to describe the opposition to millions of illegal aliens entering and remaining in the United States that proved to be centrally important to Trump’s campaign, the account in his book confirms Breitbart News’s coverage as an early and essential means by which the campaign took on its nationalist-populist flavor.
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/18/joshua-green-book-breitbart-key-to-trumps-anti-establishment-magic-from-very-start/

    Brietbart gave a voice to white Americans concerned about immigration when the supposed benefits didn’t fit the official narrative.
    Here we have…. not Kiwiblog? not… I can’t think of anything that counters the narrative while getting a wide coverage.

  4. I watched Backbenches last evening.. again the issue of cannabis/’marijuana’ was raised by Wallace.. have you ever tried it ?:
    Faafoi said ‘one puff, once’ (to a barrage of boos)
    Bishop grunted ‘yes’ under his breath
    J Logie said ‘YES’
    Dunne said ‘yes’ has admitted it, many times

    BUT when they were asked if they support personal use, law reform;
    Faafoi said ‘NO’ he had seen a couple of people have negative effects (obviously thinks all users have similar reactions ?)
    Bishop said ‘NO !’ waffling about ‘not enough evidence it will be better than status quo’ (ignoring all the other OECD countries EVIDENCE, Canada, USA EU etc.)
    J Logie said ‘Yes as per Greens updated policy’
    Dunne said ‘Yes under same rules as Psychoactive substance act’ (that was designed to legalise synthetics, BUT not raw cannabis)

    Methinks the body language of them.. made it clear.. two are more concerned about upsetting their voters/lobbyists ? than actually looking beyond the FAILED Drug WAR.

    btw; Bishop accepted the Drug War is a failure, but refused to concede that regulation/decrim. was a better option.. 😦

    • Mefrostate

       /  July 20, 2017

      National, the party of personal responsibility, individual freedom and choice, and limited government

      Except when it comes to nasty marijuana.

      Feel free to fuck yourself up on ciggies and booze though.

    • duperez

       /  July 20, 2017

      MPs more concerned about upsetting their voters/lobbyists? Our system is predicated on that. The funny thing is seeing any held up for their staunch principles hypocritically operating totally against those principles because they know sticking to them would upset their electorate and see their political demise.

      • Its interesting that only a few MPs have publically said “NO” to ‘have to ever tried it !’ some have ducked the question though

        the more that actually admit it.. the merrier & maybe reform 2017 will be a reality

    • Gezza

       /  July 20, 2017

      I’ve come round to supporting legalisation, Zedd. But there is still this to consider:

      • Kevin

         /  July 20, 2017

        Isn’t driving while under the influence of a psychoactive substance already illegal?

        • Gezza

           /  July 20, 2017

          Yeah I think so. I had a prang cos I was wasted.

    • Kevin

       /  July 20, 2017

      “Dunne said ‘Yes under same rules as Psychoactive substance act’ (that was designed to legalise synthetics, BUT not raw cannabis)”

      If that’s not proof that Dunne has been reading my posts on this subject (here and other blogs) I don’t know what is. 😉

  5. PDB

     /  July 20, 2017

    The great Labour ‘magic house building’ programme continues………good luck with keeping the house cost below $500,000 in Queenstown.

    “Labour is pledging to build 1000 affordable houses in Queenstown over the next decade as part of its KiwiBuild policy to build and on-sell 100,000 homes over the next 10 years.
    The houses would cost up to $500,000, leader Andrew Little said.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/94932348/labour-promises-1000-affordable-homes-in-queenstown-over-10-years

  6. duperez

     /  July 20, 2017

    I wonder what the defence counsel found so concerning in the judge’s comments that he didn’t want the the public to know them?

    “The judge suppressed much of her own comments, at the request of defence counsel James Rapley, but the details of the case can be reported.”

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/news/94932599/christchurch-lawyer-steven-rollo-convicted-of-meth-possession