Media watch – Saturday

16 September 2017


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  1. chrism56

     /  September 16, 2017

    The wheels are falling off the Labour campaign when even Ms Marvelly calls them out for lacking information (but in a caring kind of way)

  2. chrism56

     /  September 16, 2017

    And John Armstrong in his article has his kicker
    “It should also be a big and timely lesson for Labour’s leader in the art of the possible. And that substance is exponentially more important than mere style.”
    Ouch – The stardust is vanishing.

    • PDB

       /  September 16, 2017

      Annette King gets all precious;

      • Matthew is actually being a bit harsh – but on Sarah Palin. She was actually mayor of a small town, then state governor before she was thrust into national politics – while Jacinda has done what?

    • chrism56

       /  September 16, 2017

      Brian Edwards on his blog agrees with John Armstrong’s article. That is definitely a change in view.

  3. chrism56

     /  September 16, 2017

    And Duncan Garner even calls it start dust
    “But Captain Jacinda forgot to ask the next question. In an attempt to look bold, strong and different the captain fluffed it. The Captain’s Call become the Captain’s Fall. In her first big call, she failed. Jacinda became Taxinda, and she’s just learned a harsh lesson: Don’t believe the hype, heat and stardust, look at risk. And get rid of it. Ardern may have got in early enough to limit the damage. But it still raises serious questions about her judgment. Robertson doesn’t come out smelling of Botanic Garden roses either.”

  4. I watched some of the debate on ‘The Nation’ this morning; L Upston (Corrections minister) saying ‘Yes we have the lock up figures correct..’ (paraphrased) with over 10,400 inmates & rising; amongst the highest in world per capita (similar to our shocking illegal drug arrest stats). She said there are looking at increasing the number by 500 beds & potentially higher, perhaps building more prisons ?
    It currently costs >$100k/year to keep someone in prison. She said about 12%+ are ‘recidivist drug offenders’.BUT if you add all the ‘associated offences’ (robberies, assaults etc.) im guessing it makes up a much higher percentage. In many other OECD countries they are seeing their ‘drug related’ crime stats decrease with the implementation of Drug reforms.. BUT this lot have stated ‘NO further reforms, whilst they are in power’.
    Just proves that they support a regressive draconian prohibition industry, with a focus on; Arrest & prosecute, rather than Educate & health care.. ie Harm reduction.
    Their strategy is a total failure & yet the persist with it.. WHY Minister, what are you not telling us ?