Media watch – Thursday

31 May 2018

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  1. sorethumb

     /  May 31, 2018

    Economist Magazine daily dispatch. Ignores Tommy Robinson “a case can be made for open borders” – video on migration.

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    • Gezza

       /  May 31, 2018

      10 months for Tommy Robinson seems manifestly excessive. But what the hell was he thinking? Going out and making a live video for his Facebook page naming the assholes appearing in Court lfor rape and grooming and thus allowing the Justice system and the public to see him as prejudicing their right to a fair trial?

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      • Trevors_elbow

         /  May 31, 2018

        He was reading the names of the BBC website I understand Gezza….

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        • Gezza

           /  May 31, 2018

          I don’t understand – do you mean he was reading their names OFF the BBC website?

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          • Gezza

             /  May 31, 2018

            If he was, Trev, that’s even more staggering that the Court gave him 10 months. Smacks of judicial revenge.

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      • David

         /  May 31, 2018

        “But what the hell was he thinking?”

        The BBC televised live the raid on Cliff Richard’s house with full cooperation of the Police. No one got arrested.

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    • Gezza

       /  May 31, 2018

      I think this video, posted previously by sorethumb, and the Q&A session that followed it, are worth a watch for anyone wanting to know who Tommy Robinson is, what he talks about that’s so controversial in the UK, & why

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      • Gezza

         /  May 31, 2018

        Here’s the Q&A.

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        • phantom snowflake

           /  May 31, 2018

          He has the “High-and-Tight” Haircut favoured by many White Supremacists. So I have to ask: Hipster? Or Hitler?

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          • PartisanZ

             /  May 31, 2018

            Oh Jeez, do I have to watch it?

            Can someone who has watched it just tell me … Is he a Lobster-Brain or not?

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            • Gezza

               /  May 31, 2018

              No. You don’t have to watch it. He’s far from being a lobster brain. Possibly you might get a reading of the man from the 30 minute Q&A, but I couldn’t figure the guy out from Wikipedia or Google searched news items. Too confusing & once over lightly. I didn’t intend to watch the whole first video, but once I put the time aside I was glad I did, because I could see where he’s coming from & I sympathise with his campaign.

  2. Griff

     /  May 31, 2018

    What a great time to ban local oil exploration

    May 31, 2018 7:00am by David Farrar
    David Farrar there is no ban on oil exploration in NZ.
    There will be no new permits issued however there are plenty of existing prospects open for exploration.
    When you have to produce blatant spin AKA bullshite to maintain your ideology you make you, your blog and your politics look like dribbling idiocy to rational observers.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 31, 2018

      So the Greens were celebrating for nothing?

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      • Gezza

         /  May 31, 2018

        Well, no, Al, they are justified in seeing & celebrating it as a partial win. Continuing to issue new permits would have been a loss for them. Allowing drilling and exploration to continue for existing permits is a partial loss for them, doubtless.

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      • PartisanZ

         /  May 31, 2018

        It’s a REAL nothing … and its a SPIN win!

        Politically that’s cause for celebration … because its nearly *the fuck* all politicians ever celebrate …

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  3. duperez

     /  May 31, 2018

    The polling in Northcote is obviously causing some concern. Another spiel from there today:

    “But it would come at a terrible cost. Families will be destroyed by their policies as more violent crims are let out early to rape, bash and kill more New Zealanders.”

    Whether it’s dribbling idiocy to rational observers doesn’t matter. The appeal isn’t made to rational observers but to the rabid and lunatics to spread any messages.

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    • Gezza

       /  May 31, 2018

      Who was it that said the bit in quotes?

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    • Gezza

       /  May 31, 2018

      Well, to be fair dupers – even if he is the Head of National’s Admiration Society & their Water Boy – you should really quote his whole commentary for proper context:

      From a partisan point of view I should be pleased. Government MPs are so out of touch with the average New Zealander on these issues that their moves will significantly increase their chances of losing the next election.

      But it would come at a terrible cost. Families will be destroyed by their policies as more violent crims are let out early to rape, bash and kill more New Zealanders.

      As much as the political side of me would like to see them repeal the laws and suffer the electoral consequences, the price is too high too pay. We need to stop these law changes. The type of crime they’re referring to could include the November 2011 murder of teenager Christie Marceau by Ashkay Chand while he was on bail.

      At the time of the fatal stabbing, Chand was on bail charged with kidnapping and threatening to rape Ms Marceau just months earlier. He later pleaded guilty to those charges and received a three-year sentence.

      Far too many crimes are still being committed by those on bail or parole.

      The three strikes law has actually seen reoffending rates drop for those convicted of a first strike. The answer to over crowded prisons is not to let violent criminals with a high risk of reoffending out early. The answer is to reduce the reoffending rate.

      Those comments are not unreasonable. How many non-National voters do you think would be reading Farrar’s blog & letting any of the short little polemics he posts there influence them to change their vote? 🤔

      If you are anything to go by, could I suggest – from bugger-all to none? 😐

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      • duperez

         /  May 31, 2018

        How many? None at all. It’s all part of creating the mood and rousing the team. They’re the ones to carry the message to where they live and work their lives.

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    • PDB

       /  May 31, 2018

      dupz: “The upping of the ante with mindless anti-Government threads suggests the polling in Northcote is not going well.”

      I think you’ll find the govt is not going well dupz hence Farrar has lots to write about.

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  4. Joe Bloggs

     /  May 31, 2018

    Does that sound like Melania?

    I can’t put my tiny orange finger on it… but the weird grammar & syntax, the exclamation mark, hyperbolic, defensive, attacks the media…

    It almost sounds like The Donmeister has hacked his wife’s Twitter account to try and explain away her absence….

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  5. Patzcuaro

     /  June 1, 2018

    A good headline at Reuters “” Barr Brawl”

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