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Labour leader coup…

… are we there yet?!


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Still no signs of coup from Labour camp…

No helicopters circling the Beehive with red Labour flags fluttering…

No ultimatum from rank and file army of members to Leader Shearer to step down or face a blistering attack by volley of stern emails…

One gets the distinct impression that there’s some game-playing here;

  • playing political  silly buggers
  • and playing  Duncan Garner like a fiddle

Perhaps this should serve as a lesson here for the media.

1. Report the news

2. Don’t try to pre-empt it.

In the final analysis, this wasn’t really journalism. It was playing oneupmanship with your media competitors. And it’s not enlightening the public one iota.

If one wants an example of  fine journalism, Campbell Live tonight (10 July) on the machinations behind the GCSB Bill was the best I’ve seen for many, many years,


Campbell live GCSB 10 July 2013


Click to view


This is what journalism used to be like.



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  1. 10 July 2013 at 10:58 pm

    Been in contact with Garner myself, until he got peed off with me and curtailed contact.

  2. 11 July 2013 at 3:37 pm

    Totally agree with you about Campbell Live last night Frank….took a long time coming back a wonderfully presented piece of journalism as it should be. Great to see no attempt made at putting anything in the way of ‘bias’ just straight out here are the facts we leave it to you to connect the dots like we have.

    On Duncan Garner – he’s an odd character that one – plays fast and loose with people too much for my liking.

  3. Deborah Kean
    11 July 2013 at 6:47 pm

    Ever since November 2011, the media have wanted us all to believe that we Labour party members hate Shearer and want rid. Well, we don’t! (At least I don’t… ) 🙂

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