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Monday, 18 September

17:20

1969: The "Nearly-But-Not-Quite" Election. Bowalley Road

Labour Nearly Did This: It didnt really seem possible that Labour could have lost. Its 1969 campaign had broken new ground in terms of media sophistication. Labours theme-song Make Things Happen had topped the local charts, and its television commercial, put together by a hungry young ad-man called Bob Harvey, was slicker than anything New Zealand voters had hitherto encountered.

WEVE GOT IT! Was the triumphant (if incautious) assertion of the supposedly neutral Professor Bob Chapman on the night of the 1969 nearly-but-not-quite general election. The worthy professor should perhaps be forgiven for his premature psephological ejaculation. He had marked down the electorate of Eden as the seat Labour was bound to take if it was on-course to becoming the government. On the night, Labours candidate, the distinguished New Zealand historian, Professor Keith Sinclair, had taken it. Chapman, whose Labour sympathies were well known to his colleagues (if not to the television audience) had waited nine long years to see the National Government of Keith Holyoake defeated. And, half-way through the election-night telecast, it seemed as though his political patience was being rewarded. That Keith Sinclair was also Chapmans good friend and colleague, merely slapped a good-sized dollop of icing on the cake.

By the end of the telecast, however, the story had changed. Sinclairs narrow election-night majority notwithstanding, Labour had fallen four seats short of the 43 needed to win. An industrial dispute involving a ship called the Wainui culminating in a march up Queen Street by the communist-dominated Seafarers Union had cost the Labour leader, Norman Kirk, the Auckland seats hed needed (and confidently expected) to secure the prime-ministers job. Even Eden, after the counting of Special Votes, reverted to Nationals John Rae by the wafer-thin margin of 67 votes.

It didnt really seem possible that Labour could have lost. Its campaign had broken new ground in terms of media sophistication. Labours theme-song Make Things Happen had topped the local charts, and its television commercial, put...

16:30

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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15:30

Good on ya Bill, I wouldnt go either Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

After decades of insults it is little wonder that politicians dont want to go to Waitangi any longer. Earlier this year Bill English refused to go, and now he says he is unlikely to ever go again. Bill English says hes unlikely to return to Waitangi for Waitangi Day if National is re-elected. In February, []

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15:00

Media company protects its staff from flamboyant gay man with the wrong opinions Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Imagine a Media organisation that has interviewed dictators and dangerous gang members but that draws the line at its studio being used to interview a flamboyant gay man with the wrong opinions. This is truly what our world is coming to. Conservative views are now seen as dangerous and diversity of opinion is no longer valued. []

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14:30

Kelvins crim mates from Australia still committing crimes when they come back here Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Aussies dont want these scumbags, but they are Kiwi criminals. They have been extradited back here and Kelvin Davis has grandstanded about their plight, hugging them like Michael Jackson clinging to a small boy. A Newshub exclusive report reveals that Australias crackdown on Kiwi criminals has seen almost 40 percent commit an offence after []

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14:22

Classic Comedy Monty Python Series 2 The Inquiring Mind

No idea how long it will be available


14:00

Respected journalist (we have so few) embarasses himself Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

(Normally) Investigative journalist Martin van Beynen predicts: Im sticking with my earlier prediction that Labour will get more party votes than National. Im even more convinced having interviewed Jacinda Ardern. However, as she points out, the result will ride on turnout. If the young and the strugglers get their backsides into gear and bother to []

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13:30

Mental Health Break Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Aryz x China 2016 from Germn Rigol on Vimeo.

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13:00

This is what you should not do, so let that be a lesson to you Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

In politics avoiding potentially embarrassing situations can be the difference between being seen as a serious political figure and a laughing stock. An ill-timed photo or one deliberately staged by the photographer to poke fun at a politician can damage their reputation. [] Similarly, best not pose for photographs prone in long grass, walk any []

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12:00

Amazon: Good or Bad? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Chances are, you already have an account with Amazon.  And youve bought at least something from them.  It was either well priced, or you didnt mind the extra because it was a way to get an item that was otherwise not accessible to you. But with Amazon moving in next door (Australia), we are likely []

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11:30

Greens policy will rack up the rents for tenants Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Greens want to increase the rights of tenants: The Green Party want to extend the rights of renters by bringing in three-year standard tenancies and limiting rent increases to once a year. It said more than half the population was now renting and people deserved the same standards as those who owned a home. []

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11:00

A little less conversationa little more action Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Jacinda Ardern keeps going on about having conversations. On becoming a republic: Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says its time New Zealand started having the conversation about New Zealand becoming a republic. I do think that we should start having the conversation. There are a lot of issues that need to be resolved on that path, []

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10:30

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I Dont Like Mondays Brenda Ann Spencer won worldwide notoriety when, as a freckled 16-year-old proclaiming, I dont like Mondays, Spencer sprayed a San Diego elementary school playground with .22-caliber semiautomatic sniper fire. Monday mornings are tough for everyone, but on Jan. 29, 1979, a freckle-faced red-headed teen found a unique way to sing the []

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10:00

Jacinda and the Art of Saying Nothing Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

CORIN: They do need passion now. Cos now those who might have been hoping that you would be the politician that might finally deal with New Zealands issues with capital and taxing capital and fairness, and youre not. JACINDA: But I am still doing the work, Corin. And I will in government still make that []

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09:00

Frankly, I dont care, theyve had time enough Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Labour is whinging that drop-kicks who havent yet bothered, a week out from a general election, to comply with the law are being turned away: Those eligible should be able to enrol and vote in one go at the advance booths. The General Secretary for the Labour Party, Andrew Kirton, is concerned the mistakes will []

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08:45

Hey there Newbie, Welcome to Whaleoil Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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08:30

Affordable housing? Its a shed Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A Kiwi man has been congratulated for his vision of a solution to the problem of affordable housing for Maori. His exciting new tiny home is barely more than an insulated kit set garden shed with no kitchen and a composting toilet. Apart from what I suspect is a very basic shower, it is no different []

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08:00

Gareth Morgan is right, for once public polls dont help TOP at all Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

At TOP we commissioned a market research company to investigate voters attitudes towards our party. Their polling indicates that 1.5% of New Zealanders are committed TOP voters, no matter what. This aligns well with the landline poll results. It indicates a further 3% are most likely to vote TOP. This takes us to 4.5%. This []

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07:30

If National loses, Pike River mine opens Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

NZ First can reveal that in late January, the Prime Minister received a proposal from Victoria University to re-enter Pike River mine using its robotic HADES underground mine disaster scout. Unmanned entry could easily have taken place by now, except this government does not want the public to learn the truth about whats in there, []

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07:00

Rodney Hide is enjoying this election Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Rodney Hide seems to be enjoying this election: Previous elections have had a feeling of inevitability about them. Thats meant a lack of passion and excitement. Not this time around. It feels more like the Rugby World Cup and Americas Cup than boring old politics. Thats a good thing. People are engaged. Theyre talking, theyre []

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06:30

If you vote for Labour youll get the Greens capital gains tax Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A vote for Labour is a vote for the Greens insistence of a capital gains tax. Labour wants one too, but they are still trying to hide that. The Greens would want a capital gains tax introduced in the first term, if they went into coalition with Labour, leader James Shaw says. Labours leader Jacinda []

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06:00

Jacinda Ardern like youve never seen her before Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

When Jacinda Ardern was interviewed by Larry Williams she was asked about a video that was already online, which was her closing address to the 2009 International Union of Socialist Youth Festival in Hungary. Her answer was that she wasnt sure precisely when it was and thought it was 2008. She should have been more []

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05:30

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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05:00

Face of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

If youre feeling like this marathon runner, there are a few of us here that will help you get across the line.   But know this:  the last five days are going to be the worst. All the last bits of dirt and scandal will be dumped.  Those that havent already got legal injunctions against []

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04:45

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is iconoclast (noun) 1. One who attacks and seeks to overthrow traditional or popular ideas or institutions. 2. One who destroys sacred religious images. Source : The Free Dictionary Etymology : Breaker or destroyer of images, 1590s, from French iconoclaste and directly from Medieval Latin iconoclastes, from Late Greek eikonoklastes, []

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04:30

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 18 14 The human spirit can endure a sick body, but who can bear a crushed spirit?

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Sunday, 17 September

16:30

Whaleoil Backchat Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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16:03

NZ Election Law deeply flawed The Inquiring Mind

On Election Day no overtly political campaigning. Tweets get an Electoral Commission warning.

Yet we have 2 weeks of advance voting whilst debates, polls and social media are active.

This is WRONG.

Voting is a privilege as well as a right.

We need electoral law reform.


15:30

Rotoruas turn for some election pork Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Rotoruas traffic jams that take people like five to ten minutes longer to get from A to B will be solved with another nationally significant roading bribe project. A re-elected National Government will four-lane Te Ngae Road between Rotorua City and the airport, Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. National is committed to delivering the infrastructure []

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15:00

Ben Shapiro won this contest of ideas about abortion at Berkeley Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I loved my first year social and moral philosophy class at Waikato university because it was a contest of ideas and logic. I couldnt get an A grade unless I was able to step by step, logically point out the flaws and weaknesses in the other side of the argument. I debated hard issues like []

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14:30

I have no self-esteem Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Im not saying I dislike myself, or that I have a problem with my self-image. And I dont have low self-esteem. Im just saying that I have no self-esteem at all. Why? For the same reason that I have no pet unicorns. Self-esteem is a fantasy. Its a meaningless fabrication that exists only in your []

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14:00

Miss Stardust Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Guest post It had been quite the whirlwind month or so for Taxarella since her talent outpaced all other contenders for Party leadership. And now, suddenly, from out of nowhere, the bathroom with the Magic Mirror appeared right there in front of her once again like it was inviting her inside to receive some []

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13:30

Mental Health Break Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Galapagos Calling Home from Andrew Norton on Vimeo.

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13:00

There is no point voting if you dont understand the issues Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Brian Rogers makes some valid points. [] The Electoral Commission and some parties are very keen for a big turnout, but some of us are not so sure its a good idea to encourage it among those who are not particularly interested. Its a silly idea for people to vote if they arent sure, or []

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12:30

Map of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Pre-colonial cultures of Africa (500 BCE to 1500 CE) Click here for larger view

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12:00

Yeah, Nah Kel. We actually prefer ratbags in prison Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Kelvin Davis, the crim-hugging part of Labours leadership is back doing what he does besthugging the criminal demographic. Labour says if elected it might take a look at bail laws in order to fulfil its promise to cut the prison population by 30 percent over the next 15 years. More than 10,000 people are behind []

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11:30

Sunday Classic Comedy (17) The Inquiring Mind

Many of the regulars featured in this including Kenneth Williams and Kenneth Connor.


11:30

The Mirage that is Labours leadership change Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

In that photo is what Labour believes to be its top talent.   Now take Jacinda out of it, and what do you have left? All I see is men.  Union men.  Old Token Maori.  Old Token Coconut.   Old Token Gay man. Old Token Ginger.  Old Token Balding white guy. Its like a marketing []

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11:00

Like that will ever work Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Apparently, Labour and the Greens are happy to work with NZ First: Labour and the Green Party say they are both prepared to work with New Zealand First after the election, but a referendum on Mori seats is off the table. Labours Mori campaign director, Willie Jackson, told Newshubs The Nation, Labour would first talk to []

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10:30

Photo of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Explorer from a Braver Age  I shall show myself to be a man of enterprise and genius Alexander Gordon Laing Major Alexander Gordon Laing (27 December 1794 26 September 1826) was an explorer and the first European to reach Timbuktu via the north/south route. Laing was a Scottish military officer and explorer that []

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10:00

ESPN editor laments lack of diversity, resolves to hire more conservatives Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Yes, you read the headline correctly. An ESPN editor, in dealing with a Twitter storm and howls of outrage over hosts tweeting has come to the conclusion that ESPN lacks diversityof conservative voices.   In the past year, ESPNs internal and external political issues have been a hot topic, and one I have written about []

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09:45

Captains Call Definition The Inquiring Mind

Much has been made of Jacindas Captains Call  The Urban Dictionary defines this as:-

A decision made unilaterally by a team leader without consulting colleagues, often a massive clusterfuck.

This was a massive clusterfuck. An attempt to demonstrate that she is in charge and decisive has made her look weak. Furthermore, James Shaw on Q&A said this morning that the Greens want CGT as soon as possible and it was effectively a bottom line, so Jacindas flip-flop could well be overridden.


09:00

Crybaby of the Week: I wonder if this stupid woman considered slowing down? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Some people are retarded, none more-so than this hairdresser who went and whined to the NZ Herald about her speeding tickets through the new tunnel in Auckland. Two round trips to visit her sick father in Waikato Hospital have cost Tess Coote $360 in speeding fines through the Waterview Tunnel. Its a money-making tube, says []

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08:30

The Wisdom of Abraham Lincoln versus NZ political party policies Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Abraham Lincoln said that You cannot help the poor by destroying the rich but both TOP and the Green Party are targeting the wealthy and expecting them to pay more tax than everyone else. TOP Party policy: Tax income from all productive assets and redistribute to below-average income earners Green Party policy: Increase tax to []

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08:00

Chart of Day Who wants Winston to work with whom? Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Fairfax reports: After weve voted, then what? Who forms a government? Its turned into a close and unpredictable election. The opinion polls are bouncing all over the place. So we cant confidently predict the election result, let alone the choices for government-formation following that. The Stuff/Massey Election survey at the beginning of August asked readers []

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07:30

Occams razor suggests Winston is right Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The truth is starting to come out. Winston Peters has for the first time revealed it was someone very high up in the National Party who was first to alert him that information relating to his superannuation overpayments was going to be made public. The comments from Mr Peters come as the Ministry of Social Development []

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07:28

VOTE! Bowalley Road

Let's Do This Now! New Zealand is poised to repeat the circumstances that produced the shock British election result of 2015. Those with a retentive political memory will recall how both the pollsters and the pundits were predicting an extremely close election which could very easily see the Labour Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, moving in to Number 10 Downing Street as Britains next prime minister. Didnt happen.

IF, ON ELECTION NIGHT 2017, you end up staring at the numbers in horrified disbelief. If National proves the people at Reid Research are the best pollsters in the business. If the Jacinda Train runs out of puff several percentage-points short of being able to form a government. If the Greens: the dear, earnest, tree-hugging Greens; fall below the 5 percent MMP threshold. If, after all these calamities, youre casting about in your anger and your grief for an explanation, then reclaim from the back of your mind this crucial piece of information from Elections New Zealand.

As at 15 September, just over a week out from Election Day, nearly 20,000 fewer young people under 30 [have] registered compared with 2014.

Got that? Notwithstanding the fact that the leadership of the Labour Party has passed to a young woman of 37. Notwithstanding the fact that Labour is promising to enact a suite of policies aimed directly at addressing the problems besetting young New Zealanders. Notwithstanding the fact that the most future-focused of all New Zealand political parties, the Greens, are at serious risk of being ushered out of Parliament altogether. Notwithstanding all of these things, fewer citizens under 30 have registered than three years ago!

New Zealand is poised to repeat the circumstances that produced the shock British election result of 2015. Those with a retentive political memory will recall how both the pollsters and the pundits were predicting an extremely close election which could very easily see the Labour Leader of the Opposition, Ed Miliband, moving in to Number 10 Downing Street as Britains next prime minister. ...

07:00

Welfare fraudster Metiria Turei still has no shame Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Metiria Turei still has no shame. Metiria Turei has thrown her full support behind a change of Government in her first public speech since standing down as Greens co-leader. On Saturday Ms Turei was back on the campaign trail, speaking to a crowd in Otara. We have a welfare system in this country that is []

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06:30

A university professor who cant say my name hooks into McCully Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

A university professor from Otago who cant say my name hooks into McCully: One of the problems for an incumbent government seeking re-election is that, no matter your best intentions and efforts over the previous term, there will be skeletons hiding in the closet. Thats because something always goes wrong when you are trying to []

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06:00

My good friend Brian Edwards has some concerns Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

My good friend Brian Edwards has some concerns about Jacinda Arderns strategic genius: He starts off by referencing the John Armstrong article we blogged about yesterday: Well, in short, I think Armstrong is absolutely right. Given the relevance of taxation policy, directly or indirectly, to the lives of every man, woman and child in this []

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05:30

Whaleoil General Debate Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

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05:00

Face of the Day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Metiria Turei has nothing but naked contempt for the majority of law-abiding, hard-working and decent New Zealanders.  Here she was, with her best co-friend, talking to the guaranteed voter base of societys victims in South Auckland. Metiria Turei has returned to the election stage with a speech decrying how cruel and unfair New Zealand has []

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04:45

Word of the day Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The word for today is hustings (noun) 1. (a) A place where political campaign speeches are made. (b) The activities involved in political campaigning. 2. (Chiefly British) A court formerly held in some English cities and still held infrequently in London. 3. (Chiefly British) (a) A platform on which candidates for Parliament formerly stood []

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04:30

Daily Proverb Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Proverbs 17 14 Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.

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