Media watch – Sunday

12 November 2017


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  1. Patzcuaro

     /  November 12, 2017
  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  November 12, 2017

    This lady has some interesting opinions that didn’t come out of joirnalism school:

  3. Blazer

     /  November 12, 2017

    Trotter defines National voters…’ National voters see politics as a purely instrumental activity: the means by which their interests and aspirations are secured and encouraged. Most of them are well aware of the fact that this can only be achieved at the expense of the less prosperous half of the New Zealand population – and most of them are quite okay with that. In their eyes, the poor and the marginalised have only themselves to blame for the multiple misfortunes which assail them. If you’re a loser in this society, it’s obviously because you haven’t tried hard enough to win!’

    • Gezza

       /  November 12, 2017

      That’s too jaundiced a viewpoint imo, although typically Trotter.

      I don’t believe all National voters believe that their interests and aspirations can only be achieved at the expense of the less prosperous half of the New Zealand population. But I do think most are pretty indifferent to it where it does happen.

      The second part – that they believe the poor & marginalised have only themselves to blame for their misfortunes I’d go along with, but there is also an element of truth in that in many cases. That’s why I was pleased to hear in the Speech From The Throne that Labour intends to keep Whanau Ora as the idea of targetting wrap around services at dysfunctional families seemed to me to be a good idea, better than just throwing more money at the problem individuals.

  4. Zedd

     /  November 12, 2017

    I just watched Q+A on TV1, they had an interview about the ‘Chinese political influence’ increasingly being seen in NZ: Changing influences.

    1) the Chinese TV channels (freeview 28-29) are increasingly including political content from China, when originally they were about Chinese-Kiwis & their community in NZ. These channels are introducing ‘political agendas’ into the local dialogue, directly from CCTV (Chinese Govt. TV)

    2) donations to Political parties (esp. Natz) are being ‘drip fed’ so as to, now be shown as ‘Anon.’ instead of being larger donations that have to be registered.

    3) what is really going on behind the scenes, with 2 MPs ?
    one of whom has been identified as a ‘previous member’ of the Chinese communist party & worked at a “spy school’. Hushed up by the previous PM ?

    All this & more…. interesting !

    • Corky

       /  November 12, 2017

      Lucky you aren’t a Righty, Zedd. I always get abuse for commenting on China’s increasing influence in the West. Like FSF, we need to awake from our slumber and realise our arrogant western perceptions of the world aren’t shared by most of the world.

      • Zedd

         /  November 12, 2017

        Officially the Chinese Govt. are ‘Communist’ but, they are now challenging USA for the biggest ‘Capitalist’ economy. Trade is a major issue, but is our reliance on China, being used to draw us into a ‘closer Political alliance’ too.
        The reality being NZ is in the Asia-Pacific region.. closer geographically to our ‘traditional’ partners (in the West); USA, EU, Canada, UK etc.
        I ‘jokingly’ said I had heard Akld is possibly, about to be renamed ‘New Beijing’.. maybe closer than most think ?? 😦

  5. I’ve read lots of comment about why Winston Peters lodged his lawsuit against National Party MPs and media BEFORE the election, but no comment from lawyers, about legal procedure, or from Winston as to the why of the timing. Has he been asked?