An accident?

November 17, 2011

Quote of the day:

Anyone gullible enough to swallow the story the taping of the Key-Banks tea party last week was inadvertent, as the Herald on Sunday claimed? The reality is Sunday tabloids don’t cover events other media attend during the week, unless they can get an exclusive. And the only way to get an exclusive of the tea party was by way of subterfuge. But you have to admire the HoS brazen effrontery in claiming it had acted ethically. And how about those politicians who in one breath said it would be illegal to tape a private conversation, and, in the next, said John Key was panicking in filing a complaint with the police? Trans Tasman

Whether or not people are swallowing the story, the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll shows the issue hasn’t done much damage to National  and has done nothing to help Labour.

It also shows that the vandalism of National’s signs by a now-former member of the Green Party hasn’t cost it any support.

The poll had National dropping a point to 53%, Labour down to a 10-year low of 26%, the Green Party up to 13% and, thankfully, New Zealand First on only 2.2%.

Word of the day

November 17, 2011

Mendacious – given to or characterised by deception or falsehood or divergence from absolute truth; telling lies, especially habitually; dishonest; lying; untruthful.

Policy matters

November 17, 2011

Fonterra chair stepping down

November 17, 2011

Fonterra chair Sir Henry van der Heyden has announced he will step down as chair at the company’s AGM next year.

The board has also appointed a new director, Sir Ralph Norris, who is retiring as chief executive of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.

Thursday’s quiz

November 17, 2011

1. Who said: “The great enemy of the truth is very often not the lie, deliberate, contrived and dishonest, but the myth, persistent, persuasive and unrealistic.”?

2. Who was the Greek god of liars and thieves?

3. It’s  mentire in Italian, mentir in French and Spanish and kōrero parau in Maori, what is it in English?

4. How much does New Zealand First still owe us?

5.  Can you name any other NZ First candidates apart from its leader?

Rutherford Medal’s first woman winner

November 17, 2011

University of Otago researcher,Professor Christine Winterbourn, has won New Zealand’s science and technology gold medal, the Rutherford medal, the first woman to do so.

Prof Winterbourn, a world authority on free radicals (highly reactive atoms and molecules which attack the body and contribute to diseases such as cancer, strokes, heart disease and arthritis) was one of the first scientists to demonstrate people’s bodies produce free radicals as part of their normal function. She has published more than 260 scientific papers, mostly in international journals.

It was an “overwhelming experience and a real honour” to receive the medal, she said.

It was also an honour to be the first woman recipient.

“When I started my scientific career, women scientists were very much in the minority. There have, of course, been huge changes since then, and with many women scientists in the community I know I will be the first of many.”

The award is made by the Royal Society, a list of previous winners is here.


False complaint backfires

November 17, 2011

What is believed to have been a politically motivated complaint against the National Party’s human hoardings team backfired when it resulted in a story and photo in the ODT.

A complaint to Dunedin police yesterday morning about the potential hazard posed to drivers from these National Party hoarding carriers appeared to be politically motivated, Senior Sergeant Mel Aitken said.

The complainant had been on foot, not driving, she said . . . 

Dunedin North National candidate Michael Woodhouse also suspected the complaint was politically motivated, as the supporters had carried out the promotion responsibly.

He believed Dunedin Labour was concerned by the “visibility” and energy of National’s Dunedin election campaign.

Dunedin is supposed to be a red city.

A dedicated group of National Party members, supporting Michael and Dunedin South candidate Joanne Hayes, are doing their best to turn it blue as this photo of the “Hayes stack” shows:

The human hoardings are part of the strategy and thanks to the false complaint they’ve been seen not just by passers-by but everyone who reads the ODT.

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