The Dim-Post

July 21, 2016

Daily conspiracy

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 9:06 am

Does anyone else get the feeling that this Dom-Post story about a leaked email from a former Wellington Council transport adviser disgusted with the council’s handling of the cycle way has been super-carefully parsed and quoted by the newspaper that crusaded against the cycle-way? If anyone has a complete version of the email I’d be glad to post it.


  1. To be fair to the dom post they have had a number of sensible editorials about it. But agree their coverage has been 0/10. I hope someone gives you the full text of the email, I’d love to see it.

    Comment by SG — July 21, 2016 @ 9:09 am

  2. Like a yet another pro Blairite Guardian story accusing anyone who supports Jeremy Corbyn of being a bullying entryist Trotskyist anti-semite, It doesn’t pass the smell test…

    Comment by Sanctuary — July 21, 2016 @ 9:45 am

  3. IIRC Matt Stewart wrote most of the articles on it. References on Twitter to a “lycra reich” make one a bit skeptical of his neutrality.

    Comment by Stephen J — July 21, 2016 @ 9:50 am

  4. (sorry, didn’t realise tweets would embed — see the whole thread that spins off the first one.)

    Comment by Stephen J — July 21, 2016 @ 9:50 am

  5. What an idiot.

    Comment by danylmc — July 21, 2016 @ 9:53 am

  6. I’d like to see the whole e-mail too, no surprises that Paul Eagle spins himself as somehow separate from the toxicity rather than one of it’s primary generators

    Comment by Simon — July 21, 2016 @ 10:08 am

  7. I don’t believe anything the Compost says about cycling these days.

    Comment by Hamish — July 21, 2016 @ 10:36 am

  8. Funny that those who read the Guardian cant separate its columnists from its news storys. The place being especially opinion heavy as its still considered a badge of honour to ‘write for the Guardian’.

    Comment by ghostwhowalksnz — July 21, 2016 @ 11:02 am

  9. My suspicion is the staffer was probably calling out the right wing side of the council–Paul Eagle, Nicola Young, Jo Coughlan and co have been fighting hard against the development of cycleways in Wellington. Bit of judicious editing and a quote from Eagle and viola it becomes a stick to bash Celia with.

    Expect more of this in the run up to the election.

    Comment by Hamish — July 21, 2016 @ 11:02 am

  10. The article definitely reads that way. Having said that, the ‘toxic culture at WCC’ statement is pretty much true, throughout the organisation… Shame we can’t elect a new CEO.

    Comment by Auto_immune — July 21, 2016 @ 11:21 am

  11. If anyone feels the inclination, the person who reportedly wrote the email apparently has a Twitter presence, and so could be asked if the DomPost’s article is representative.

    Whether he’d want to get tangled up in this might be another thing. I don’t know about others, but to me it seems a bit out there for the DomPost to be naming him as an author of a leaked internal email when his identity doesn’t add much to the story. It looks as if RNZ has already been trying to track him down.

    Comment by izogi — July 21, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

  12. A councillor at WCC a few years ago bitterly bemoaned to me how they were handed 100s of pages to read before council meetings. The readings were not available electronically and could not be searched, or copied and given to assistants to read. Thus there was a constant struggle to try to find what significant issues were being smuggled through by staff who knew that councillors couldn’t hope to digest all that they had before them. There is certainly no love lost between councillors and senior staff whose relationship is adversarial at best.

    Comment by Stephen J — July 21, 2016 @ 9:41 pm

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