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Radio NZ: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams – 3 March 2014

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– Politics on Nine To Noon –

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– Monday 3 March 2014 –

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– Kathryn Ryan, with Matthew Hooton & Mike Williams –

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Today on Politics on Nine To Noon,

Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams discuss the recent political polls.

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Click to Listen: Politics with Matthew Hooton and Mike Williams (22′ 38″ )

  • ACT, ACT’s conference, Jamie Whyte,
  • Labour Party, 2014 election, Matt McCarten,
  • David Cunliffe, secret trust,
  • Tony Ryall, health portfolio,
  • Labour candidate-selection,
  • Paid Parental Leave,
  • John Key-Helen Clark

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TV3 journo shows his true colours?

3 March 2014 7 comments

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Patrick Gower and Nick Smith

 

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From an interview in the NZ Herald,

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4. How often do you drink with politicians?

Hardly ever. I think those days of journos drinking with the politicians are long gone. Either that or the politicians don’t want a bar of me – so it’s probably a bit of both actually…

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Really, Patrick? You look very chummy with National MP, Nick Smith. Is that you “keeping a professional distance” from politicians?

Which may explain Gower’s botched attempt to interview Labour leader David Cunliffe on The Nation on 1/2 March.

Gower may need to excuse himself from further political interviews with Party leaders as his impartiality is now in severe question.

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References

TV3: David Cunliffe admits mistake in attack on PM’s wealth

NZ Herald: Twelve Questions with Patrick Gower

Related Blogposts

“The Nation” – a review

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Letter to the Editor: A coincidental photo-op?

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So it’s all on? The Royals are coming to New Zealand during an election year?

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Royal couple to visit NZ in April

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FROM:     "f.macskasy" 
SUBJECT:   Letters to the editor
DATE:      Mon, 03 Mar 2014 09:23:59 +1300
TO:       "Dominion Post" <letters@dompost.co.nz> 

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The Editor
DOMINION POST
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The  Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will bring their baby
son, Prince George, to New Zealand next month. 

They plan to visit Wellington,  Auckland, Hamilton,
Cambridge, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Blenheim.

Would it be a coincidence, if John Key was also in
Wellington,  Auckland, Hamilton, Cambridge, Christchurch,
Dunedin, Queenstown, and Blenheim, at the same time?

And would it also be a coincidence if photographers were
present to record the events?

By coincidence, it is also election year.

-Frank Macskasy
(address and phone number supplied)

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So many coincidences, eh? What a bugger.

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References

Radio NZ: Royal couple to visit NZ in April

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The sacking of the national govt

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen

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That was Then, This is Now #23 – Bolger breaks election promise AND predicts the future!

3 March 2014 2 comments

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That was then - 1 October 1986

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This was later - 2008 election year

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That was later - 2011 election year

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  • National Party leader Jim Bolger: promised to repeal gst – tick
  • National Party leader Jim Bolger: predicted Labour would increase gst – tick
  • National Party leader Jim Bolger: broke promise to repeal gst – tick
  • Labour: raised gst to 15% – cross*
  • Prime Minister John Key: promised not to raise gst – tick
  • Prime Minister John Key:  broke promise and raised gst  to 15% – tick

So, who has a better track record at keeping promises?

* Gst was raised to 12.5% in 1989.
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Previous related blogpost

That was Then, This is Now #22 – Lowest wages vs Highest wages

References

The Dominion: Bolger on gst attack

Fairfax media: Key ‘no GST rise’ video emerges

NZ Herald: Budget 2010: Income tax slashed, GST to 15 pc

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This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 25 February 2014.

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