Posts from The New Tasman for 12/07/2011

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PR bullshit-watch: Schools editionDec 07, 2011 03:49 am | Phil

I have advised a few schools over the years about how to handle a variety of media crises.  They are tough clients because their “stakeholders”  – parents,  board members, alumni, etc — are extremely strong-willed and vocal.  These same people generally don’t trust “school-teachers” to manage anything beyond the classroom and tend to second-guess school ...

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Updated: Slickness is overratedDec 06, 2011 03:32 pm | Phil

Cunliffe the great communicator?  The man with the intellect and rhetorical prowess to bring the Key government to his knees? Seriously?  Is anyone buying this? David Cunliffe has spent the past three years as Labour finance spokesperson, a position where such apparently abundant talents would have come in very handy.  But where were they? Unless I am ...

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Back-scratching one day, backpedalling the next: do we really need three years of this?Dec 05, 2011 02:34 am | Phil

There is something vaguely depressing about this NZ Herald piece dedicated to David Cunliffe’s attempts to back-pedal from everything he said yesterday. On asset sales: “At no time have I said that would have to be a forced re-nationalisation and at no time have I ever said that would be without compensation. Nor have I ...

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The attack that will derail Romney if Gingrich can’tDec 04, 2011 03:21 pm | Phil

Six months from now, if Mitt Romney turns out to be the GOP nominee against Obama, this line of attack will have made him unelectable. See it from the horse’s mouth: chief Obama strategist, David Axelrod, who is looking tan, taut and terrific after a few months back in C-town. Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, ...

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High Noon looms for the deniers, distorters and diminishers of the Rwandan genocide.Dec 04, 2011 02:54 pm | Phil

The conspiracy theories that swirl around the 1994 genocide in Rwanda — which have in common the contention that the Tutsi victims were to blame for their fate –all hinge on a particular interpretation of a  particular historical event, namely the downing of the plane carrying then President of Rwanda, Juvenal Habyarimana.  In a contorted effort at ...

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Cunliffe makes a smart move — then a very silly one — as he clings to the Left-Right wreckageDec 04, 2011 02:41 am | Phil

As I foreshadowed a day or two ago, the only way David Cunliffe gets back into the leadership race is by pretending it is a rerun of old Left-Right battles for the simple reason that the so-called Left technically has the numbers in the caucus.  This, Cunliffe is astute enough to understand, is the paradigm ...

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The Progress ReportDec 04, 2011 01:45 am | Phil

Not just because he links to me in one of his first posts, but also because he offers sharp and sensible analysis of Labour politics in NZ, I recommend clicking over to The Progress Report which was launched by Patrick Leyland yesterday.

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At what point does a conspiracy become a consensus? A plot, a plurality?Dec 03, 2011 04:19 pm | Phil

Matt McCarten chimes in with a ringing endorsement of David Shearer to lead Labour: The Thursday before the election, right-wing commentator Matthew Hooton and I finished our weekly radio stint on John Tamihere and Willy Jackson’s show. The four of us went for a beer, where the matter of Labour’s leader came up. I was ...

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How aggressive online fibbing can infect a suggestible pressDec 03, 2011 04:01 pm | Phil

I got wind of Charles Ingabire’s death via a few nutty Rwanda haters who pollute my cyberworld from time to time.  Ingabire was shot in Kampala, they said.  He is a journalist and critic of the Rwandan government, they insisted.  Shock! Horror! Travelling bands of ninja killers! This was early yesterday.  Then some vaguely more ...

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Cunliffe’s Headspinning ‘Cleanout’ TackDec 03, 2011 09:31 am | Phil

According to this report, a Camp Cunliffe insider said the Shearer bid was an attempt to “put a new face on an old machine” and the leadership contest represented a generational battle within Labour. Oh really, now? You will recall a couple of days ago the schtick against Shearer was “inexperience.” So laughable was that ...

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