The Dim-Post

August 7, 2014

Gonna be a long six weeks

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 2:33 pm

Labour announced their health policy today, and the Greens launched a huge transport policy – but the big political story dominating twitter today and the current lead political story on the Herald web-site is:

Internet-Mana ‘sinking to such a low’

An Internet-Mana Party video clip of a frenzied crowd cheering on Kim Dotcom and chanting “f*** John Key” is a terrible look and an embarrassment to Internet Party leader Laila Harre, an expert in political marketing says.

The video, taken during the recent IMP Party Party series in Christchurch, shows Kim Dotcom addressing a crowd of students.

“Are you ready for a revolution? Are you ready to take down the Government? Are you ready to extradite John Key?” he asks the crowd.

They then break into loud chants of “f*** John Key”.

Yesterday was Key baiting Laila Harre by alleging that Dotcom was her ‘sugar daddy’. Tomorrow or the next day it’ll be something else . . .


  1. This post in Overheard in the Newsroom (on Facebook) seems appropriate:
    “These politicians are like kids in the back seat! ‘He’s touching me! She’s looking at me!’ I just want to pull over the car and yell, ‘Stoppppp!'”

    Comment by Ataahua — August 7, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

  2. Maybe it will be:

    Students feel stupid after watching the movie “The Wave”

    but I doubt it

    Comment by Grant — August 7, 2014 @ 2:49 pm

  3. You can save time on this nonsense by playing the guessing game. Expect to score nine out of ten, minimum.

    e.g. when a story starts with “an expert in political marketing says …”, you immediately know it’s going to be Claire Robinson on speed dial, and you need read no further. As an expert in media analysis (a.k.a the bleedin’ obvious), I am happy for the Herald to quote me on that.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — August 7, 2014 @ 2:52 pm

  4. Farrar has certainly gone troppo over it. And I love the way Claire Robinson is such an expert on what New Zealanders think. She is a complete toss-pot.

    Comment by Sanctuary — August 7, 2014 @ 2:53 pm

  5. I’m sure people will work out a reason this is Labour’s fault rather than the media’s.

    On the other hand, well done Brendan Manning and Isaac Davison for asking Labour and Greens for comment on Labour and Green policy, rather than Key.

    Comment by pete — August 7, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

  6. If you want coverage of policy ignore the MSM and head over to kiwiblog and it’s ilk, political coverage in the MSM is non existent. I was over the election months ago after watching week in week out of the Sunday shows which talked about nothing but who would do deals with who and what was your bottom line. Shut up already.

    Comment by David — August 7, 2014 @ 3:29 pm

  7. Public transport in Auckland CBD involves driving a car as close as possible to there CBD where you can park all day for free and then catching the train or bus for the last bit into the city.

    Seeing as Auckland City have attempted to gut CBD parking to force people onto public transport Wise King Russel could instead spend the $10 billion on massive car parks in the suburbs that border the CBD.

    Comment by Simon — August 7, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

  8. Thanks for the learned contribution Simon. Now run along, David Seymour’s pamphlets won’t deliver themselves you know.

    Comment by Sanctuary — August 7, 2014 @ 3:39 pm

  9. “Sugar Daddy” eh?

    The Prime Minister could also start referring to proxy National candidates David Seymour and Peter Dunne as his “rent boys”, and the fundraising Key does for the Maori Party and ACT as Key giving those coalition partners a helping “reach around” in the hope that he can achieve a coalition government or “happy ending” as it is now known in the politics trade.

    Improvising policy on the hoof, or “scat play” as Key terms it is of course a reference to freeform jazz and has been happening entirely to much this campaign. It leads to Key having a lack of proper preparation – being forced to “ride bareback” in response to media questioning as this is known by the PM, in reference to it’s risky and unprepared nature.

    This is why Key finds himself attracted to coalition partners who are “submissives” who eagerly swallow Key’s National policy without gagging

    When Key is out and about “cruising for action” [meeting voters at public events] he also frequently enjoys “fisting” the opposition [criticising Labour/Green policies], especially if Key is lucky enough to meet voters he describes as “thick, hung and uncut” [people who normally don’t follow politics, have been unable to make a decision either way or voters whose demographic specifically matches those National are targetting].

    Comment by Oh Busby — August 7, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

  10. Sexual metaphor (coalition partners getting into bed with each other, honeymoon is over, etc) has a long history in politics and political reporting. Laila’s indignation is hollow.

    Comment by Phil — August 7, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

  11. Ahh, the disconnect of the right wing. You just gotta love it.

    Please oh please can you make an even bigger deal over how howwably howwable this video is and how utterly SHAMEFUL the youth focussed internet party is behind it.

    I am sure a video of young people chanting “F&*k john key” enthusiastically will be very damaging for them…

    Comment by Peter Tenby — August 7, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

  12. Is Colin Craig Christine;s Sugar Daddy?

    Comment by xianmac — August 7, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

  13. DPF’s latest post: “Greens declare jihad on all roads”. Something tells me Steven Joyce thinks he is on a roll.

    It is going to be a long six weeks.

    Comment by Sanctuary — August 7, 2014 @ 5:49 pm

  14. “If you want coverage of policy ignore the MSM and head over to kiwiblog”


    Comment by kalvarnsen — August 7, 2014 @ 6:43 pm

  15. While I agree with your sentiment, kalvarsen, sadly David at 6 may be right. Where else have you seen analysis? The problem is that most “analysis” is often superficial. Take, for example, the manufactured furor over the sale of the big North Island farm to Pengxin, the Chinese company. Oh shock! Oh horror! Some one or some company from outside New Zealand wants to buy land here in New Zealand. What about the shock and horror over all of the other sales (with the exception of the celebrities, who make the news because of those purchases) that have occurred, under governments of any stripe? Yep – none. It really is because the company was Chinese, and thus obvious and a target for some latent xenophobia. And yet those overseas buyers are planning to put improvements and investment into that big farm that the current owners don’t want to do. Who wins and who loses if the sale gets blocked because of the racism of the Labour Party stance? And let’s be clear – they would not be making a peep if it were an Australian company, or likely even if it were English or Canadian.

    Comment by David in Chch — August 7, 2014 @ 6:54 pm

  16. “Labour announced their health policy today,” Whut? Not exactly a health policy, more a crude fudge to entrench a primary care funding system that’s already badly broken, but which neither major party dares to mess with. And $60 million is a rounding error in the context of a $14 billion annual health budget – it sounds like a lot, but it’s irrelevant. And not a peep from Annette King about the 12,000 health workers about to go on strike. Pathetic.

    Comment by Dr Foster — August 7, 2014 @ 7:21 pm

  17. Dont forget the top ten selfies

    Comment by max — August 7, 2014 @ 8:18 pm

  18. Speaking of policy-free zones, the Greens’ transport policy launch didn’t get a mention that I could notice on TV3 news tonight. Poor handling of an issues that so many Aucklanders in particular like to moan about…

    Comment by Glen — August 7, 2014 @ 8:35 pm

  19. It might not be an issue that should be part of the election coverage but an autocrat whipping up vindictive rage at an individual at a political rally is newsworthy.

    Comment by NeilM — August 8, 2014 @ 12:26 am

  20. Dr. Foster – two things:
    1. That was just the first element of Labour’s health policy. The rest is being announced on Sunday.
    2. Annette King has put out a press release on the DHB strikes.

    Comment by James D — August 8, 2014 @ 7:06 am

  21. @NeilM — August 8, 2014 @ 12:26 am – Apparently you don’t know what an autocrat is. N00b mistake.

    Comment by Sanctuary — August 8, 2014 @ 7:35 am

  22. All those saying this is just how young people are these days, what with rap etc, are mostly twice their age.

    Using it as a party as is what I think is troubling,

    Comment by NeilM — August 8, 2014 @ 8:51 am

  23. Neil, I have watched you post for years and years and seriously, does your back ache from carrying so much water for this government? Are your tear ducts as dry as the sahara from tears shed concern trolling 24/7. Sometimes I wonder if you are Pete George’s bastard love child. Seriously.

    Comment by jonocarpenter — August 8, 2014 @ 11:12 am

  24. I’ve pretty much given up on the NZ Herald. Their front page stories are ‘tabloid’ almost every day. Gaza? Wassat? Election or policy? Not on our front pages. No sir!. If we want anything resembling credible media coverage we are going to have do it (and / or fund it) ourselves.

    Comment by Steve W — August 9, 2014 @ 6:00 pm

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