A few interesting stories waiting for me when I sat down to eat lunch:
Arrests have been made in the police investigation into an Auckland super city voting scam, just days before voting closes.
Dozens of police have been looking at whether voters from North Island centres have been falsely enrolled to addresses in Papatoetoe in Auckland.
The arrests come after the Registrar of Electors removed more than 300 enrolments after finding people did not live at the addresses in the Papatoetoe ward.
Labour Party president Andrew Little has told Radio New Zealand that at least one person arrested has links to the Labour Party.
Disgusting by itself, but it also gives the opposition latitude to cast doubt on other Labour victories in the SuperCity election. Imbeciles.
Cabinet has approved changes to the name suppression legislation. It’s now harder to get and penalties for breaching it are more severe. So right wing-bloggers who breach name suppression by revealing the identities of child victims, for example, will now face harsher punishment.
TVNZ has suspended Paul Henry for two weeks. I’m not a fancy PR expert like Andi Brotherston but it seems like delaying tactics are almost always the best option when a scandal explodes in your face. Investigations, enquiries, suspensions . . . anything that just defuses the intensity of the debate seems to be the way to go.
The Nobel Prize in Medicine has been awarded to fertility researcher Robert Edwards for his work on in vitro fertilisation. I always try to memorise the name and accomplishments of the recipient of the medicine laureate so that when I get trapped in a conversation in which I’m ridiculed for not knowing about some rugby player or TV actor I can demand to know if anyone in the group knows who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine this year. Amazing I stayed single for so long.
Also, only a few more days before we find out which super-obscure untranslated European poet the Nobel committee has plucked from obscurity and named the Literature laureate!