Media watch – Monday

22 April 2019

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  1. David

     /  22nd April 2019

    I like to read the Stuff opinion pieces mostly for their awfulness, Damien Grant and Stacey Kirk are very good Henry Cooke occasionally notwithstanding, and Jane Bowron is steeped in right on woke nonsense but she has a passable piece this morning.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/opinion/112157454/you-need-popularity-to-become-a-leader-but-it-can-be-bad-for-leadership

    Her key point for me is a growing chorus of commentators look at Ardern and conclude she would be far happier and more suited to heading up an NGO or heading a UN department. I have a fondness for Ardern but she is pretty useless running the day to day business of government and the longer she stays the more unpopular she will become which personally I would rather not witness. She should leave when she is on top, she would be phenomenal heading the UN childrens thing.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  22nd April 2019

      I can’t see her running anything at the UN, she hasn’t the strength. People there need more than she has, I think. Organisational skills would be essential.

      She was a bad choice for PM and should have stayed an MP.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  22nd April 2019

    Sir Michael Cullen eats sour grapes:
    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12224277

    We won. You lost. Eat that.

    • Kimbo

       /  22nd April 2019

      Yep. There’s something about Michael Cullen, like Hilary Clinton that makes them naturally unlikeable people. And while all politicians have some degree of Messiah-complex, hence they have the drive to rise to a position where they determine and even impose their solutions on others. But both Cullen and Clinton have massive blind spots about the real reasons for their failures, and how others perceive them, hence their almost Infantile egocentrism.

      Others cut from the same cloth may have included Gough Whitlam. And his successor Malcolm Fraser. And Kevin Rudd. And maybe Malcolm Turnbull. Lots of Aussies!

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  22nd April 2019

        Well spotted, Kimbo. There’s some kind of core nastiness in those politicians.

        • Kimbo

           /  22nd April 2019

          I don’t think nastiness is Cullen’s main perceived personality flaw. Instead it is haughtiness.

          I realise you likely consider Cullen’s personal motivation and politics misanthropic. I’m reluctant to label Cullen “nasty”, as some of his statements seem to be likely misinterpreted by his detractors. I think his alleged quip in his maiden parliamentary speech that he was going to use the education he got at Christ’s College to tax the rich Canterbury farmers who funded his scholarship is kinda amusing. Like George W Bush saying he was in the company of the the “haves” and the “have mores”, or John Lennon inviting those in the posh seats to rattle their jewellery. Sometimes jokes at the expense of the wealthy are just that – jokes, not declarations of class warfare.

          And Cullen’s “rich pricks” comment was directed at John Key, not in the first instance due to his wealth, but because, from Cullen’s perspective Key had rightly utilised state assistance to climb out of poverty, but then wanted to kick that same ladder out for others. But it has been hung as an albatross around Cullen’s neck ever since. Which, like Hilary Clinton’s “deplorables” description, a more insightful and self-aware politician would have avoided in the first place.

          Anyway, arguably Norman Kirk shared those politics of Cullen, yet he was a hugely loved and personally admired personality- despite “dark” aspects that were unknown or overlooked by the public.

          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  22nd April 2019

            I don’t agree, Kimbo. I think you can be haughty without being nasty but I detect a Cullen desire to hurt others.

            • Kimbo

               /  22nd April 2019

              Fair enough. Might I enquire what it is impirically that you detect that leads you to that conclusion? Jealousy, bitterness and/or a lack of empathy?

              And just out of interest, did you detect the same thing in, say, Helen Clark?

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  22nd April 2019

              No, not at all in Clark. Cullen gives me the feeling he harbours a deep resentment for some childhood hurt.

    • Blazer

       /  22nd April 2019

      nice wrap up by Cullen…easily NZ’s best finance minister of the modern era.

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  22nd April 2019

        You delivered a brace of b.s. there, B.

    • So Bridges has a sense of humour – or someone helped him out. Quite clever regardless.

  3. MaureenW

     /  22nd April 2019

    Katie Hopkins takes a swipe at Jacinda Ardern. Another way of looking at things….

    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12224324

    • Kimbo

       /  22nd April 2019

      Yep. Others on this site have elsewhere have criticised Stefan Molyneux today. But in context and in contrast to Katie Hopkins’ self-serving vomit to try and engender publicity on the back of an awful tragedy, Molyneux looks like a decent human being.

      I mean, did Hopkins not notice that the majority of the Catholics who were slaughtered…are brown, Asian and therefore not in her chosen demographic of good potential UK immigrants. Then again, why the f$@* am I bothering to pick holes in the pitch of Katie Hopkins?!

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  22nd April 2019

        Someone who shoves a sausage up her bum and runs naked down the street like that is probably not in her right mind, Kimbo.

        She seems to be frantic for people to notice her, not realising that she’s not even fish and chip paper now.

  4. Zedd

     /  22nd April 2019

    I see that a Ukranian comedian (who played the part of ‘Mr Pres.’) is set to take on the role, for real.. in a Landslide !

    Echos of the movie: Brewster’s millions; the ‘none of the above party’

    If a USA ‘reality TV hack’ can get into the white house.. anything is possible (politically) !??

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  22nd April 2019

      Like the parties on Monty Python ?

      I believe that someone who was standing here changed their name to the one which ended something like Ftang-Ftang-Biscuit Barrel-Smith a day or two before the election some years ago, which meant that all the papers had to be scrapped and new ones printed. A rule to prevent this was made for future reference.