Media watch – Sunday

3 December 2017

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  1. chrism56

     /  December 3, 2017

    See the former paper of record is all shocked at what Todd Barclay has done:
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11951474
    I look forward to the companion piece on Meteria, but I suspect that will be a long time coming, and then as a sob story.

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 3, 2017

      Orhhh … and I was so looking forward to discussing Todd …

  2. Blazer

     /  December 3, 2017

    just ‘National style’…’after Barclay announced he would not stand for re-election, former Prime Minister Bill English said he would “carry out his usual duties and represent his community”…….don’t get envious now.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 3, 2017

      Electorate MPs are funded to represent and assist their constituents via their electorate staff and offices and that is often regarded as the most useful and rewarding thing they do.

      • Blazer

         /  December 3, 2017

        well I guess Italy’s a nice place..to do it..from!

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  December 3, 2017

          Barclay, the former MP for Clutha-Southland, left New Zealand on September 19 – just 4 days before the election. – ODT

          So he worked until he was no longer an MP. Your apology forthcoming, B?
          Nah, didn’t think so.

          • Blazer

             /  December 3, 2017

            digest this and then you can apologise…’The former National MP announced in June he would not stand again after the “phone tapping” scandal – but under Parliament’s rules he still receives his salary until December 23.

            That means Barclay will have pocketed a total of $80,000 of taxpayer money, before tax, over six months.’

    • PartisanZ

       /  December 3, 2017

      She clearly states she’s not a journalist Alan. Her CV [at the end] says she’s “a freelance writer and part-time opinion columnist”. Has she fudged that? Cue to attack?

      Saritha Pabhu [a name not likely to inspire ‘listening skills’ in many here] “I expect from journalists objective, honest, fair-minded presentation, and analysis of all the facts available in any situation without taking sides” …… WHAT!!!??? Hello! Lady, its the second decade of the 21st Century! We’re 40-odd years into neoliberalism FFS.

      ” … what is happening is bad … when the media self-divide into rabidly partisan camps, citizens suffer and democracy suffers. When Sean Hannity says “journalism has died in America,” I agree with him.

      A beautifully reserved piece of sarcasm there, made all the more caustic by its “journalistic” delivery. “When someone as biased as Sean Hannity – “noted for promoting a number of falsehoods and conspiracy theories” [Wiki] – says “journalism has died” I agree with him”.

      Journalism hasn’t died; it’s sold-out, just like democracy. If politics has been bought by big business, and journalism itself is big business, why would we think journalism hasn’t sold itself to politics and even bigger business? Hence I feel quite comfortable calling Garner, Tame and most other ‘journos’ “media whores” …

    • Blazer

       /  December 3, 2017

      another example of Nationals much vaunted claim to be the most transparent Govt…ever.

  3. PartisanZ

     /  December 3, 2017

    Shane Jones has an uncouth way about him, hasn’t he?

    ‘Shane Jones’ Working For Your Country scheme aims to get young people off the couch’ – NZ Herald. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11952429

    “” … the ne’er-do-well nephs will be required to take those jobs,” Jones told the Herald. “If they are unwilling, then I will spend every thinking and waking moment ensuring they do not fall back on the dole and be permitted to do jack, while the rest of us are out there working.”

    Jones stressed that his preference of removing welfare entitlement still needed to be endorsed by Cabinet.”

    Of course, there’s very little hard evidence the ‘nephs’ are actually on the couch to begin with, unlike National’s ‘Boot Camp’ mentality where there was very clear negative outcome evidence … yet National promoted it after previously saying their policies were “evidence-based” …

    Jones is like this coalition government’s ‘Trump’ really, isn’t he? The Rightie trapped in a Centre-Left Coalition. In the photo he seems to be making Jacinda laugh though …

    Thankfully Labour have seen reason, or Union pressure, and decamped to an “at least the minimum wage” position. The alternative was a UN Human Rights claim I guess?

    So we’ve got “tree planting, riparian planting [and] regional railway development” so far. That’s … whose trees? Whose farms? Our infrastructure.

    I encourage people to get their business plans in to Jones. Value-added food. The Arts. Cultural & Heritage tourism. Hemp seeds, oil and fibre. Hempcrete. Cannabis hikareti for when the substance is re-legalized. Any alternatives to tobacco. I know dried banana leaf works a treat.

    The great thing is, judging from Jones’s style, you won’t have to go into great detail. Some slap-up verbosity and a few derogatory comments about your own whanau should seal the deal.

    • Corky

       /  December 3, 2017

      You beat me to the punch, Parti. Jones had signed his political death warrant.

      All grist for the mill.The mill of doom.

      • PartisanZ

         /  December 3, 2017

        I’m inclined to agree Corky, but I think he’ll be saved by “at least the minimum wage”. Plenty of political capital to be squeezed, bashed, kicked, punched, sworn at and insulted from that one …

        What’s gonna be really interesting is the NZFirst succession plan, now they’ve cut loose their Far Rightie faction – the Kym Koloni, KFL, Hobson’s Pledge, Alan Titford crowd – and appointed a Lefty Professor of Political Science as Chief of Staff …

        Shane Jones just doesn’t fit into the picture coming into focus here: The kind of political party that might eventually merge with TOP?

        NZ First simply don’t have a charismatic potential leader waiting in the wings. Jones is standing on the trapdoor with a noose called “his own petard” tied around his ankles …

  4. PartisanZ

     /  December 3, 2017

    Interesting opinion piece by Paul Little in the Herald about Chronic Excuse Syndrome …

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11948488

    “Society will be vastly more pleasant and productive when honesty and a sense of responsibility are restored to their previous status as attitudes you could expect to encounter on a daily basis”.

    Holy F*^K mate, that’s gonna take one MAJOR REVAMP of ‘society’!!!