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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Standard issues over cooked


There's a lot of silly season nonsense going around the blogs and out into the mainstream media. I don't even have to link to the whole "The Standard is a Labour Party front" issue because all the blogs are covering it. I tried to go to The Standard just now and it was so heavily trafficed it would not connect! Get a blogger account or something - you don't have to pay a cent - and it has never disconnected (touch wood).

It's all humbug of course. It clearly says at the top of The Standard's sidebar that it is the labour movement's reborn online newspaper. Obviously it's operated by people from the Labour Party. They pretty much say so directly. The only issue I can think of is whether it has to be declared or authorised under the stupid and unfair Electoral Finance Act - and since it is a blog where the authors offer their opinions the answer seems to be: no they don't. End of story. Bill English, listening: end of story.

The other bit of sillyness - or pettiness? - was this kiwiblog post (via a post atThe Hive) about WInston not answering a question correctly about an MFAT chef flying to Paris to be the resident cook at the embassy. Now I know Gayle personally and she is great person. One might even say she "rocks". I remember when she told me about that job (many years ago now) and I couldn't believe that in Paris of all places they needed a NZ chef. But the important point was that I also recall - because it came up when she popped my idea that it was the cushiest job I had ever heard of - that she said she would have to pay her own way. Which I thought was actually a bit stingy. That's my recollection of this probably meaningless/concocted controversy - for what it's worth.

9 Comments:

At 23/1/08 6:07 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Bomber of course it the end of story because it's a left wing blog and his eyes they can do no evil despite not declaring that the standard was receiving support from the labour party.

If however it was a right wing blog which was funded by the exclusive brethren you could bet your last winz payment that bomber would be up in arms about it all screaming about how rich old white men are subverting democracy.

One thing you learn from people like bomber is that their complaints on certain issues have less to do with principle but rather are based on partisan political expdiency.

 
At 23/1/08 7:05 pm, Blogger Barnsley Bill said...

Mike Williams just appeared on ONE NEWS (Gee, he is looking more and more like Jabba the Hut)and took one for the team. Admitted they are funding the standard and will declare the expense in their electoral spend for the year.
Hoist by their own petard, H1 used to "own" the media. She really has become cockfingers

 
At 23/1/08 9:59 pm, Anonymous Legio X said...

Ah Anon 6.07, this post is by Tim.

Tim - I think the problem is more the amount of times they(standard) have said they are not connected to Labour and are independent, unlike that giant threat to mankind, the evil, the unspeakably evil David Farrar.

Kinda bullshit to accuse him of everything under the sun, when they, themselves, are anon bloggers funded by Labour.

The symmetry of the first offical complaint, under the EFA, to the Electral Commisson being a secret Labour Party website is better than ice cream.IMO

 
At 24/1/08 8:27 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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To Bomber of course it the end of story because it's a left wing blog and his eyes they can do no evil despite not declaring that the standard was receiving support from the labour party.

If however it was a right wing blog which was funded by the exclusive brethren you could bet your last winz payment that bomber would be up in arms about it all screaming about how rich old white men are subverting democracy.

One thing you learn from people like bomber is that their complaints on certain issues have less to do with principle but rather are based on partisan political expdiency.

Anon, Tim wrote this you moron, not bomber, you are attacking him throughout your post over something he didn't write, what a dickhead

Oh and my my Lego, how polite you are when Tim is blogging, no nasty abuse at all, I remember you attacking bomber every day, claiming it was never personal, yeah right.

 
At 24/1/08 9:25 am, Blogger Bomber said...

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At 24/1/08 10:19 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Tim wrote this you moron, not bomber, you are attacking him throughout your post over something he didn't write, what a dickhead"

If that's the only think that you have against my assertion, that I got the names wrong it still makes me right and you wrong.

Cheers for the validation.

 
At 24/1/08 10:31 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If that's the only think that you have against my assertion, that I got the names wrong it still makes me right and you wrong.

Cheers for the validation.

wtf? you attacked bomber, none of what you wrote applies to Tim, Tim isn't left wing!

The desperate twist at the end validated my fear you're Troll.

 
At 24/1/08 2:48 pm, Blogger Tim Selwyn said...

Point of clarification: I was a little harsh in imputing a nefarious motivation to The Hive - they merely were astute enough to see a discrepancy and ask the right question, so good on Queen Bee for her observation skills.

 
At 24/1/08 7:11 pm, Blogger Barnsley Bill said...

As I subscribe to any and all posts of interest i was lucky enough to receive via email Bomber's lengthy retort. Tim, next time you are in the same room as bomber can you check behind his ears to see if he has gills. I nearly passed out reading it. Not a single full stop, Bomber please use sentence breaks. It reminds those of us not lucky enough to be inhabiting your plain of consciousness TO BREATHE.
Thanks

 

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