Media watch – Friday

2 November 2018

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  1. Still no explanation on Whale Oil about what has happened. There have been no posts or comments from Slater for three days now. SB (spanishbride) was also absent for two days but reappeared yesterday, referring to ‘Cam’ as if nothing has changed.

    There is no curiosity shown by any commenters. Some of them must have at least noticed the absences, and some will know what has happened. Especially given them being all over the Jami-Lee Ross brouhaha including feeding the media with details there is a curious and sudden silence now.

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    • Gezza

       /  November 2, 2018

      There is no curiosity shown by any commenters.
      I imagine quite a good number of them are the type who are frequently not really even aware of where they are in space and time.

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    • Ironically at WO: The word for today is…

      coup de foudre (noun) – A sudden and amazing action or event.

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      • Corky

         /  November 2, 2018

        That was something that definitely happened for National with the Sroubrek affair.

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      • Griff.

         /  November 2, 2018

        WO?
        The word for today is…
        Coup de grace
        noun, plural coups de grâce [kooduh grahs] /kudə ˈgrɑs/. French.

        a death blow, especially one delivered mercifully to end suffering.

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    • Loki

       /  November 2, 2018

      Yes, but no.
      Earlier whispers of a big event are probably the usual over dramatisation that followers of our hero are familiar with.
      As he was retweeting stories on twitter at 6.30 this morning I suspect it is a recurrence of the minor issue he had a year ago.
      Pretty good timing to talk up a crisis, what with the impending financial Armageddon.

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  2. This is interesting alongside the current spotlight on deportation:

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    • Gezza

       /  November 2, 2018

      Because these things are not appropriately the preserve of the Courts and both officials and appeal tribunals must operate with parameters set by changeable policy and law. An unfettered overriding discretion by the Minister of Immigration, sparingly used, is actually useful and has led to many worthwhile cases being approved which have puzzlingly failed during the immigration processing and appeal processes yet cry out for an exemption because they are so special. These need to be balanced against the many cases which are referred to the Minister which don’t.

      One cock up by a new Minister badly served by officials in the information gathering and assessment process should not remove this discretion from the MoI, in my opinion. The worthy decisions of our very our learned judges are subject to several layers of appeals, recognising that even they cock it up all the time.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  November 2, 2018

        To put it more succinctly, because the Minister (and Govt) makes the rules and is responsible for (hopefully) exceptional cases in which the rules haven’t worked.

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    • Ray

       /  November 2, 2018

      Union hack kicks for touch, calls for yet another review.
      Hardly surprising but the Spinoff article hanging him with his own Twitter thoughts (slightly out of context) is a classic .

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  5. Summer could have some influence as well.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  November 2, 2018

      Freezing cold wild wind but hot when the sun comes out. Spring weather I guess. Hard to decide what to wear or do.

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      • Blazer

         /  November 2, 2018

        wear your mankini and a panama hat for the day…and get the safari suit drycleaned for…evening.

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  6. B-Rad

     /  November 2, 2018

    I see Winston Peters is back as the MP for Northland according to the NZ Herald

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12153168

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  7. High Flying Duck

     /  November 2, 2018

    I think this should give us all hope for Parliament being the forum to solve all our problems:

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  8. Ray

     /  November 2, 2018

    I must have dropped out and a woken on April 1
    “Mishap means child poverty rates wiped”
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12152641
    The headline is not accurate rather the figures seem to not have given the vibe required as they suggest child poverty fell under the evil National Govt and that just can’t be right according to the current Governments reading of the entrails.
    Forget the figures it’s the vibe that counts is the present policy.

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