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THe Picture of Dorian Key…

Taking Cam for a walk…

Bringing in an old dog like Jim Bolger to defend the National government in its time of need…

A former National Party logo
A former National Party logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger mid ...
English: Former Prime Minister Jim Bolger mid press conference at the release of Kiwirail, where the crown is paying over $600 million to Toll Holdings to buy back all the tracks, assets and debts. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
God Almighty!! The National Party is really running scared to have to get 79 year old Jim Bolger away from his bowling club to speak up for the National Government‘s alleged economic success, and a blatant attack against Kim Dotcom. Treasury has also been instructed to put out an economic report allegedly to counteract the Hagar book, ‘Dirty Politics’. Quite frankly he is out of touch with the current political and economic situation. He then went a tirade against David Cunliffe and overtly praised the treaty settlements process. I wonder how much this cost the National Party in its election campaign; people like Jim Bolger don’t do things for nothing, especially when you consider that Jenny Shipley stabbed him in the proverbial back after a palace coup?

Goodbye cruel world…

Morning report: John key interview…

Key’s mandate…

Key lashes out at Hagar book claims…

A former National Party logo

A former National Party logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: John Key, leader of the New Zealand N...

English: John Key, leader of the New Zealand National Party Македонски: Џон Ки, лидер на Новозеландската национална партија. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

English: Nicky Hager New Zealand author and in...

English: Nicky Hager New Zealand author and investigative journalist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicky_Hager (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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14 Aug 2014 15:31
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Prime Minister John Key is taking a hard line against Nicky Hager and his book Dirty Politics, saying it’s just a bunch of baseless allegations.

 

New Zealand Parliament

New Zealand Parliament

Prime Minister John Key has dismissed Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics as “a bunch of baseless allegations”.

Mr Key says the National Party does everything above board and the alleged smear campaigns against political opponents have nothing to do with his office.

The prime minister took a hard line against Hager when he faced the media for the first time since the book was launched on Wednesday.

“The National Party is doing everything above board and it’s totally fine,” he said.

“Mr Hager is making claims he can’t back up and they’re not factually correct.”

Mr Key says it’s Mr Hager who is playing dirty politics.

“I think New Zealanders will see this for what it is – dirty politics from the left.”

Hager’s book alleges Mr Key’s office was involved in covert smear campaigns run by right-wing blogger Cameron Slater.

The allegations are based on hundreds of emails which show contact between Slater and Beehive staffer Jason Ede.

Mr Key says Slater is a shock jock who spends half his time attacking the National Party.

“You should see what he says about the National Party president… that’s the way it is and a certain percentage of the public are interested in that sort of thing.”

Mr Key says he has had little direct contact with Slater.

“I think it’s really important to understand it’s got nothing to do with us or to do with my office.”

Opposition parties say the allegations are serious, and the Greens are going to lay complaints with the police.

Labour leader David Cunliffe says the book reveals “a very nasty turn in New Zealand politics” and NZ First leader Winston Peters has compared it with the Watergate scandal.

THE ALLEGATIONS IN THE BOOK INCLUDE:

* The PM’s office used its knowledge of secret SIS documents to tip off Slater to attack the Labour leader in the 2011 election campaign

* Mr Ede drafted Official Information Act requests that were passed on to Slater

* Political strategist Simon Lusk was also involved on many of the plans that were laid

* Justice Minister Judith Collins emailed Slater an account of Labour’s Trevor Mallard making a fool of himself

* Slater boasted Mr Key had called him after the blogger was attacked over his comments about a West Coast man killed in a road crash.

WHAT THEY HAVE TO SAY:

* “Nicky Hager has been drawing pictures, drawing dots, thinks that he’s got a picture of a conspiracy, but he’s actually got a bunch of squiggly lines, it’s something a four-year-old at kindergarten would draw” – Whale Oil blogger Cameron Slater

* “Funnily enough it’s exactly what it says on the cover: it is a dirty politics book” – National’s Steven Joyce

* We’ve had a gutsful of this kind of politics and think New Zealanders have too” – Labour leader David Cunliffe

* “I think this is an over-hyped, under-delivered book from a left-wing conspiracy theorist five weeks before an election” – Justice Minister Judith Collins

* “Sadly for the prime minister it goes to his office in the same way it went to Nixon’s office during the Watergate scandal” – NZ First leader Winston Peters

* “Nicky Hager has discovered that politicians talk to the media. I feel I should confess that I too am guilty” – ACT leader Jamie Whyte

* “This (information) shines a light on something which otherwise might have been secret for the rest of time and the public has a total right to know this” – author Nicky Hager.

 

http://www.3news.co.nz/Opinion-Key-must-clean-up-his-dirty-office/tabid/1382/articleID/356795/Default.aspx.

 

http://www.radiolive.co.nz/Cameron-Slater-claims-Nicky-Hager-used-hacked-emails-from-Kim-Dotcom-to-write-new-book-Dirty-Politics/tabid/506/articleID/52141/Default.aspx

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The Nicky Hagar book – Dirty politics. How Attack politics is poisoning New Zealand’s political environment.

The Nicky Hager Book – Dirty Politics. How Attack politics is poisoning New Zealand’s political environment

How will Patrick Gower, Brook Sabin, Sean Plunkett, ZB, Mike Hosking, David Farrar, Breakfast TVNZ, Duncan Garner etc etc etc justify using this far right hate speech merchant as a source any longer?

Working for Whale Oil

The press gallery and most commentators got it wrong, the book is not about the Snowden revelations, it is about Key, senior National Party staff and includes leaked emails between Cameron Slater and the National Party. It will include dirty tactics and Wellington insiders.

I am enjoying how frightened the Press Gallery look now, how on earth with the right wing media justify using Cameron Slater as a source now?

How will Patrick Gower, Brook Sabin, Sean Plunkett, ZB, Mike Hosking, David Farrar, Breakfast TVNZ, Duncan Garner etc etc etc justify using this far right hate speech merchant as a source any longer?

* During the 2011 election campaign Slater obtained a database of the Labour Party’s members, e-mails and donations, and gleefully attacked the party. What no one knew is that Key’s dirty tricks person, Ede, had helped throughout, including searching inside the Labour Party computers and helping Slater plan the subsequent attacks on Labour. Ede’s office was just two doors from John Key’s and presumably he was using his Ministerial Services computer (Chapter 2).

* In the same election campaign, the prime minister’s office used its knowledge of secret SIS documents to tip off Slater and arrange an attack on the Labour leader (Chapter 3).

* Ede drafted official information act requests for Slater to use in other attacks, for instance against Ministry of Foreign Affairs staff who were in conflict with the government (Chapter 3).

* When the Labour Party leadership race was on last year and getting good publicity, Ede got National Party research staff to prepare an attack on David Cunliffe and other contenders’ policies that was published on David Farrar’s Kiwiblog website the following day (Chapter 9).

* The more the National Government has used Slater, the closer that Key himself has got to the attack blogger. For instance, when most New Zealanders were appalled by Slater’s offensive comments about the West Coast man who died in the car crash, his closest associates rallied to support him. One of those who phoned him and commiserated at that time, according to Slater’s account of the conversation, was John Key (Chapter 12).

 

I will have a review asap.

PS – Can we start calling this SlaterGate?

PPS – I don’t think this will be the only time Nicky will step forward before the election.

– See more at:

 http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2014/08/13/the-nicky-hager-book-dirty-politics-how-attack-politics-is-poisoning-new-zealands-political-environment/#sthash.dMHgo1U1.4WM5mtvw.dpuf

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/252070/hager-accuses-national-party-of-dirty-tricks

Hagar ‘s new book claims Key had links with blogger Cameron Slater…

Shocking allegations have been made of connections between Prime Minister John Key‘s office and right wing blogger Cameron Slater.

The accusations come in the just-released book called Dirty Politics by investigative journalist Nicky Hager.

“Throughout Key’s time as prime minister, his staff and notably senior adviser Jason Ede have been assisting and coordinating persistent personal attacks and dirty tricks against his political opponents,” Hager says.

He says the book is based upon a large number of internal communications between the National-aligned blogger Slater and a network of National Party figures.

“The documents are very revealing about Slater and his collaborators, including much that is shocking and distasteful. But, much more important, the documents also cover politicians and Beehive staff, showing the highly coordinated National Party attack politics used year after year throughout Key’s prime ministership.

“Readers can see the inside story of issues they have seen in the news, now revealed in the participant’s own words.

Mr Hager said that the leaks seem to have come from when Slater had his website crashed in January this year after comments he made about a West Coast man who died in a car crash (he said the ‘feral’ had done the world a favour). Mr Hager had no part in obtaining the materials.

“What I got was thousands and thousands of communications between Cam Slater and his network of National Party collaborators. What they showed for a start will not be surprising which is an astonishingly cynical and ugly view of the way they do politics. You are not going to believe what you read and how bloody awful it is,” Mr Slater said aty the launch of the book at a Wellington book store.

The book also draws on information provided by some National Party sources…

English: John Key, leader of the New Zealand N...

English: John Key, leader of the New Zealand National Party Македонски: Џон Ки, лидер на Новозеландската национална партија. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

National government’s policy is too weak to maintain waterways…

 

 

The Government says communities decide which waterways they wish to improve and which to degrade. Photo / Graeme Hughes

By Gareth Morgan, Geoff Simmons

The Morgan Foundation recently reviewed the Government’s fresh water policy with a panel of 16 eminent experts. Our objective was to see if the policies announced would actually deliver the goal the Government declared it wants to meet. They won’t.

Overall, the Government argues that their policy will “protect and improve the water quality that we all care so much about”.

In our view the policies announced will not be enough to constrain, let alone halt, degradation of waterways until they hit the rather lax bottom lines the Government has stipulated.

This conclusion is based on the science from the 16 eminent experts, most of whom were involved in the Government’s own policy development process.

Instead, the sponsor of any new development (such as a dairy conversion) that could reduce the quality of a waterway should have to demonstrate that it will either:

*Not degrade the waterway;

*Offset any degradation by making improvements elsewhere;

*Provide an economic benefit to the community worth the degradation of the river.

In summary, the issue is one of process.

The Government says communities decide which waterways they wish to improve and which to degrade so long as “over the region” quality is maintained or improved. They can’t degrade below wadeability.

We say every waterway should be maintained or improved, with swimability as the aspiration and developers present the case to degrade for community approval.

Gareth Morgan and Geoff Simmons are from the Morgan Foundation.

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11307317