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  1. High Flying Duck

     /  June 13, 2018

    Wow – this is pretty scathing from a journo on the left:

    “Why it’s getting hard to see Ardern’s government lasting past 2020
    Danyl Mclauchlan

    Some ministers are already displaying the election-losing arrogance that it took National’s Cabinet three terms to achieve. The PM’s parental leave is a risk – but also an opportunity.

    Few members of Ardern’s caucus have any Cabinet experience; most ministers from the Clark administration were purged during the bitter factional warfare that marked Labour’s time in opposition. Nor did many of the current ministers distinguish themselves as effective opposition MPs. Far from winning power by presenting a competent alternative government they’ve lucked into it by a sequence of random, dumb accidents: Key’s resignation; Turei’s speech; Little’s resignation; Jacindamania; Winston’s choice.

    There’s an old political adage that you only need four or five strong, competent ministers to run the country; it’s not clear Ardern has that many to work with. And yet despite, or perhaps because of this, some ministers are already displaying the election-losing arrogance that it took National’s cabinet three terms – and three election victories – to build up to.

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/politics/13-06-2018/why-its-getting-hard-to-see-arderns-government-lasting-past-2020/#.WyAs0U1i2XE.twitter

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 13, 2018

      Accidentally posted here – should have been in media watch…

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  2. Blazer

     /  June 13, 2018

    a journo on the left!!
    surely you…jest.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 13, 2018

      Danyl (and the Spinoff in general) is about as left as you can go? Surely you can’t disagree with that?

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      • Blazer

         /  June 13, 2018

        I think the Spinoff is fairly neutral…depends what you compare it with..I guess.

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  June 13, 2018

          I guess it depends on who you read on the site too. The owner is a right winger or centrist, but the content is “liberal”:

          “Seventeen hours after Greive launched the crowd-funding campaign, they hit their financial target. As we went to print they had upped the goal to $25,000.

          Right now, every left-leaning, media-savvy, university-educated hipster you know (and probably their baby-boomer parents) are reading The Spinoff. The website is the rising star of New Zealand journalism: smart and stylish, the toast of Twitter, hitting the strong, provocative and often feminist notes readers would appear to lap up. This is no bedroom blog. The site now employs 13 people.”

          The Spinoff presents itself as a progressive, questioning, often humorous voice, and at times it can resemble a hyper-liberal fishbowl. That’s another irony – Greive has been known to hold markedly right-wing views – “I’ve never voted for the Government that didn’t win” – but working with the young team at The Spinoff has influenced his outlook: “I guess it made me feel like we are in a much more challenging environment than perhaps I’d been privy to, prior.” He now describes his position as “centrist”.

          https://www.stuff.co.nz/entertainment/83588346/duncan-greive-and-the-rise-of-the-spinoff

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          • Griff

             /  June 13, 2018

            I guess it depends on who you read on the site too. The owner is a right winger or centrist, but the content is “liberal”:

            The country is liberal hence liberal is centralist.
            American style God addled conservatism could not make the 5% needed to get a seat in government here . Even the late conservative party wound back its links to Christianity to increase its appeal in our secular nation. If you stand at the hustings with a bible in your hand you are laughed at in NZ.

            From RWNJ fringe position every single mainstream media outlet is going to look left.
            Most days on the standard you can see complaints that media is too far right.

            If your news source is fringe echo chambers you end up thinking fringe is mainstream.
            Hence the fuax news, brietbart ,American thinkers followers shared delusion as to the position of the NZ overton window.

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            • High Flying Duck

               /  June 13, 2018

              Lovely rant there Griff, but Spinoff are left leaning (not rabidly so), but certainly more left than mainstream.
              Danyl Mclauchlan is very leftward.
              I enjoy the site though – interesting and informative.

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