Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

The harms of government hacking, and some suggested controls (Access Now)

This is another very good, clear explanation of some of the issues around government-sanctioned, usually secret interference with the internet. Well worth watching. In justifications for these ‘interferences‘ (that’s the legal term) with our privacy and other human rights – like freedom of opinion and expression – much is made of the ‘threats’ that we […]

Recommended: Stephanie Rodgers on Rawshark’s latest intervention

This afternoon the whistleblower who fed Nicky Hager much of the material which formed the basis of Hager’s book Dirty Politics broke his/her self-imposed silence to shed some more light on the activities of Jordan Williams. Currently Jordan Williams is defending his reputation by suing Colin Craig for [allegedly] defamatory remarks Craig made about Williams. The twitter […]

Why does Jordan Williams expose himself to so much loathing, contempt and ridicule?

Lawsuits are always risky. There’s a term for it: ‘Litigation risk’. As a person with a law degree, Jordan Williams should know that. The boy-wonder with a penchant for deceit first caught my eye as the ‘front’ (as in, public face) of the grubby and dubious anti-MMP campaign ‘Vote for Change’. I wrote about that […]

Auckland Law Revue strikes again

Nice. Gotta love ’em. – P

Michelle Obama’s full speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention

What an astonishing person Michelle Obama is. – P

Will Congress listen?

On arrogance and credulity

I’ve had cause to think about privacy issues recently, and situations where people and organisations can fairly be said to have ‘interfered’ with someone’s privacy (well, mine, in fact, but that’s a story for later). Today I stumbled across a 2012 non-apology letter from then Social Development Minister Paula Bennett who faced an adverse finding […]

The toxic mental effects of being in power too long

President Barack Obama tells Jerry Seinfeld ‘world leaders’ who’ve been in power too long lose their judgement. Interesting that he would say that, eh? Seinfeld says, meaningfully, “Privilege is toxic.” Yep. I’ve had cause to think that in regard to certain unpickings in New Zealand politics, recently.   See the exchange in context in this […]

Strange fixations. What Judith Collins told the Chisholm Inquiry – Part 2

To recap: We’re working our way through a tranche of witness transcripts and other evidence which was part of the proceedings of the Chisholm inquiry. Previous posts on this topic have been: The Judith Collins Chisholm inquiry: Who was actually on trial?   What the Chisholm inquiry revealed about managing the media narrative   ‘Taking […]

The oily old gang is getting together again

Amusing that after this John Palino (a) thought he might stand for Auckland mayor again, (b) thought he would be able to brush off the unanswered questions about the last election, (c) is apparently working with the Dirty Politics gang of smear artists. If there’s some Simon Lusk-esque ‘humiliation’ going on, so far it’s John Palino […]

What Judith Collins told the Chisholm inquiry – part 1

Let’s be perfectly clear about it – Judith Collins was fighting for her political life at the Chisholm inquiry into  ‘Allegations regarding the Honourble Judith Collins and a former Director of the Serious Fraud Office’. That a serving Justice minister should be forced to resign (she says she offered, but let’s face it, that’s what John Key telephoned her […]

‘Taking one for the team’ (The tl;dr version of Slater Jnr at the Chisholm inquiry)

This is a photo (right) of Cameron Slater arriving at the Wellington venue for one of the inquiries into his involvement in a conspiracy sparked by the revelations of Nicky Hager’s book Dirty Politics. Over several hours on 24 October 2014, Chisholm inquiry records show, Slater Jnr comprehensively walked back from claims and assertions he […]

[Source documents] Judith Collins Lester Chisholm Inquiry evidence

As mentioned in The Judith Collins Chisholm inquiry: Who was actually on trial?, the following documents (except ‘Lester Chisholm Inquiry Report’) were released under an Official Information Act request. They are the redacted witness transcripts and evidence presented to the inquiry, as well as Lester Chisholm’s final report. Note: There is a total of 60 […]

What the Chisholm inquiry revealed about managing the media narrative

Photographer Chris Gorman caught this image (above) of two of the Dirty PR conspirators putting on a brave face after the Chisholm inquiry report was published. NZ Herald journalist David Fisher referred to the report’s finding of an “extreme campaign against the former SFO boss Adam Feeley carried out by Slater and Odgers” in “a […]

State agency abusing its powers?

This doesn’t happen every day. (Update – Transcript of Speaker’s ruling: Maritime NZ Referred to Privileges Committee [PDF 56kb] – Parliament today.) I remember the last time this Standing Order was breached. TVNZ was held to have taken action to ‘disadvantage’ its employee Ian Fraser in response to his testimony to a select commmittee. This […]