q+a and The Nation review
Good panel with Met, Curran and some bloke from NZ First discussing the power of lobbyists. Uncomfortable moment for NZ First bloke when asked if Winston needs to be more transparent.
Rachel Smalley is very good on First Line and actually asks some hard questions there, but that edge seems to leave her on The Nation, her first panel discussion is good, but she gets sliced and diced by Allen and Unsworth.
Why allow Cedric Allen and Mark Unsworth to beat up Rachel Smalley for 20 minutes? Unsworth was classic, he kept trying to claim that poverty groups, Unions and Greenpeace would be hurt by this, they were both very clever to keep trying to make the issue about access. Why didn't Rachel just scream, 'it's not about access, it's about influencing politicians'?
Why didn't she say that? This terribly weak interview is proof of how powerful the lobbyists really are.
And using whale oil to explain lobbying in the week the PoAL outed him as party to their black ops project but not one question about that???
The Duncan Garner interview with Bob Parker is very good.
Brian Edwards and Bill Ralston's Sunday panel piece is some of the best current affairs discussion crammed into 10 minutes, well worth the time. I love how they maul the bullshit timeslots of current affairs programs like the one they are on.
The Grand Cyclops of NZ Broadcasting, Paul Henry is sadly back. The panel is Phil O'Reilly, Sue Kedgely and that awful Dr Claire Robinson who made such prat of herself on the TVNZ political debates.
The opening monologue is good, how in God's name does Damien Christie manage to write for Paul's style of presentation is one of the great unknowables in NZ current affairs.
Shane seems to have been reigned in and told to stop asking the hard questions that have suddenly made his launch on q+a worthwhile and gives Phil Heatley a pretty ho hum interview over National's new push to mine and drill more. The usual joke estimates are being used to convince us that ripping up our environment is an economic miracle, the joke amount is $12 billion. Phil dares claim that it would help pay for extra maternity leave.
Shane finally hits his straps over fracking and Coal and grinds Phil on the base issue of cash vs environment. How on earth can Phil claim that the things we want like hospitals and schools are dependent on more mining, taxation pays for the schools and hospitals - the reason his party can't make ends meet is because they keep giving tax cuts to rich people.
The pitiful amount of 43cent royalty's for oil and the pathetic percentage we get in mines is the joke part that Phil can't sell. Here he is trying to justify mining and drilling for all this cash, when the reality is we get disgustingly low returns, why destroy our environment for such a low return???
As soon as Phil O'Reilly starts speaking I switch over to Family Guy on the Comedy Central.