Media watch – Sunday

2 September 2018

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  1. It’s funny what comes up in searches for other things.

    Nope, fortunately despite the title this post is definitely is not about the tediously infamous Pete George

    Pete George would have to be New Zealand’s most obsessive blogger since Dad4Justice stopped haunting every blog that he wasn’t banned at. He is conservative who considers that he is in the centre of politics, but his tag cloud indicates that he has a strong right lean. Because he attacks the left and especially the left blogs at every available opportunity, we easily dwarf his tags for National in his tag cloud. I am so glad that this political fool isn’t in Auckland.

    http://thestandard.org.nz/dirty-politics-in-dunedin/

    Spanish Bride and others have complained that I post too much about them at WO, and not because I’m ‘a conservative’ with a ‘strong right lean’.

    Political activists tend to get pissy and seem to assume you must be the opposite of them when they are criticised or held to account.

    I think my political preferences are a lot closer to lprent (who claims to be more centre than left) than to Slater.

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  2. sorethumb

     /  September 2, 2018

    Whats happening in Chemnitz?
    Mob violence stuns Germany, revealing deep fault lines over migration
    https://edition.cnn.com/2018/09/01/europe/germany-chemnitz-shubert-intl/index.html
    Nothing
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/world
    Nothing on Google News NZ (unless you search).

    Reuters
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-protests/far-right-anti-fascist-protests-end-peacefully-in-german-city-idUSKCN1LH3IJ

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    • Gezza

       /  September 2, 2018

      Covered on several aljaz tv news bulletins. Reasonably neutral, altho you’d expect them to be anti this lot.

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  3. sorethumb

     /  September 2, 2018

    Govt invests in raising awareness of NZ wars
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/assets/news_crops/64448/eight_col_Nanaia_Mahuta_%281%29_2018_8_7.jpg?1535834568
    https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/365475/govt-invests-in-raising-awareness-of-nz-wars
    It’s like, it’s like, it’s like…. “remember when you went through that intersection and hit me side on in 1969″…. “Let’s make a National Day of it!”

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      • sorethumb

         /  September 2, 2018

        Looks better with the image of Australia

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        • Gezza

           /  September 2, 2018

          I think it’s a good idea to teach NZ history. Our history includes the New Zealand Wars. Most people would have found Belich’s documentary series very interesting and learnt stuff.

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          • sorethumb

             /  September 2, 2018

            I saw a bit on TV. Given the cultural politics can we expect balance?

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            • Gezza

               /  September 2, 2018

              It was an excellent series. Very well balanced & researched. I found it unmissable at the time. Diarised it to make sure I didn’t miss a single episode (no on demand service back then).

            • sorethumb

               /  September 2, 2018

              “Belich’s documentaries highlight behaviour of the nincompoop variety, whilst potraying Maori as almost always making decisions that were admirable and strategically sound. And Fergus Clunie sees early missionary actions as being designed, not to give Maori the benefit of European technology in such areas as food production and house construction, but solely to make Maori dependent on the technology with a view to advancing the process of colonisation and parting them from their land.
              It is true, as Belich remarks, that all the encounters referred to in each of these books result from European intrusions into a previously discreet indigenous culture; and that consequently, from a post-colonial perspective, Maori in the eighteenth and nineteenth century can be seen as always occupying the moral high ground, just as Moriori do in the context of their experience of colonisation. But it is also true, as Mikaere points out, that Maori too sometimes acted precipitately, unwisely, injudiciously; and that Maori historical narratives about themselves are as replete with fools and clowns and villains as they are with heroes and heroines.”
              http://www.sof.org.nz/origins.htm

            • Gezza

               /  September 2, 2018

              That’s an overly negative assessment in my view, basically this series looked in some depth at the war, the locations, and the strategies of both sides, and was more complimentary to Maori than was previously normal. Nothing like this series had been done by another historian. If another one does one and gives their perspective, I’d enjoy watching that too.

            • sorethumb

               /  September 2, 2018

              What is behind this other than Pakeha should feel shame and embarrassment and guilt?

            • Gezza

               /  September 2, 2018

              Fuck are you on about?

  4. The Spinoff often seems to have an odd approach to things.

    I’m not sure if this is trying to be clever, or edgy, or what.

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  5. Corky

     /  September 2, 2018

    The Hydster deals to National. If I was them I would listen..NOW!

    https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2018/09/rodney-hide-on-nationals-lack-of-princples/

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  September 2, 2018

      He’s right. Bridges doesn’t have the “vision thing” let alone the ability to articulate or implement it. Nats’ only chance is Labour spiralling down its own black hole of incompetence quickly enough to be dumped in 2020. No wonder business confidence is plummeting. Options are continued moderate degredation or a fast descent followed by slightly more benign incompetence.

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      • Gezza

         /  September 2, 2018

        He’s missing the other point: that National doesn’t have anyone who stands out as looking like a credible replacement for Bridges and when I think about their last leadership contest, the one Bridges (incredibly) won – none of the other contenders looked like a PM-in-waiting either.

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        • sorethumb

           /  September 2, 2018

          National has hooked it’s fortunes to immigration and the development industry. It has therefore spent it’s fortune (so to speak). It can appeal to the wealthy (and ethnic Chinese) but that is it.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  September 2, 2018

          Maybe he’s not in a position to know what talent is in the ranks but the worry is his view that the party leadership is too sclerotic to act.

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          • robertguyton

             /  September 2, 2018

            “The National Party is sleepwalking to electoral defeat. Its big problem is its smug belief that it didn’t lose the last election but rather had it stolen from it.

            The failure to acknowledge the loss has meant the normal mea culpa and back-to-basics introspection has not occurred. End quote:

            This is true. We know it to be true because the president hasn’t even convened a review of the election. Of the two campaign chairs, one has quit parliament and the other is mired in a court case. Old tuskers are sitting tight hoping for the wheels to fall off the government trolley so they can slip back behind the seats of government limos. That’s why MPs like Nick Smith, Gerry Brownlee and David Carter haven’t quit.

            There has been no rejuvenation. The party remains tired and listless and now without the talent and experience that made it electable or the power that made it relevant.”

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            • Corky

               /  September 2, 2018

              I would suggest the Left not become to smug either. The reality is if National can wake up in time, they can fix their problems rather quickly.

              Not so with Labour. A dearth of talent. An inability to rein in spending. Trying to be all things to all socialists and having to endure a backlash from workers who realise Labour aren’t taking them to the promised land.
              All of these things cannot be fixed in my opinion. Definitely not before the next election anyway.

  6. Alan Wilkinson

     /  September 2, 2018

    Liam Dann likes supping with busimess and political fat cats:
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12115755

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    • Blazer

       /  September 2, 2018

      no evidence of this…’The buttoned-up pinstripe suits and ostentatious behaviour has all but gone. A greater level of regulatory oversight and government oversight of market behaviour has been begrudgingly accepted.’

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  September 2, 2018

        Maybe I missed it but I don’t recall him reporting on the garb and behaviour when it did exist so it may all be just journalistic licence and entertainment passing as analysis.

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