GUEST BLOG: Manu Caddie – Dirty Politics 2.0

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A former staffer for Gerry Brownlee and Stephen Joyce, Hurdle now runs the New Zealand arm of Crosby Textor (stars of the ‘Dirty Politics’ expose). He is also closely connected to Topham Guerin, the social media firm headed by former Young Nats President, Sean Topham, which includes Boris Johnson among its clients.

If you see a lot of low-quality Facebook posts attacking Labour or the Government – including ones with obvious, deliberate errors – don’t share them, even to poke fun at them. Because such posts are what National Party-aligned social media consultants Topham Guerin specialise in – and every share and comment helps them fine-tune their messaging.

Topham Guerin were on the outer under Simon Bridges, but it looks like Todd Muller has brought them back into the fold together with notorious “dark arts” political consultants Crosby Textor…

Manu Caddie is Kaihautu of Innovation & Regulation at Rua Bioscience

7 COMMENTS

  1. Bloody hell Manu, you said “A former staffer for Gerry Brownlee and Stephen Joyce, Hurdle now runs the New Zealand arm of Crosby Textor (stars of the ‘Dirty Politics’ expose). He is also closely connected to Topham Guerin, the social media firm headed by former Young Nats President, Sean Topham”

    Why didn’t the MSM see this coming!!!!
    Oh oh – of course; – they are deep shit – ‘implicit in this dirty politics cabal’ aren’t they just?

    We all experienced Steven Joyce/Gerry Brownlee evil ways during the phoney “whitewashed” MBIE produced “Gisborne rail viability study” in 2014.

    That was a crooked study, so why are we ‘not surprised’ these bad actors are still alive and kicking again during another election year?

    Thanks for the insights again here, good intel from you cheers;

    • Hear hear the NZ Presstitute media will only attack when they have absolutely NO choice, or they’d look all too obviously biased and just a propaganda outlet for the ChiNatz, which they 99% are.
      And to think some people are dumb enough to pay for this propaganda. Yes I’m talking to you, NZ Herald subscribers…..

  2. One only needs to look at National and even its now current leaders to realise how bad and lowly a political party can demean itself to.
    National has become the Party of Choice of Opportunistic and Self Serving actions over the so many years it has been in existence.
    It will never change or improve i.e become a political party for the low income workers of New Zealand.
    National is a bunch of rich people controlled and manipulated by rich people eg China.
    To expect National to behave in any form of credibility, consideration especially towards the low income NZers is like expecting Bill English to donate back to the NZ taxpayers – $8million which was the amount the previous National government allocated towards a bridge in Bill English’s electorate – back to NZers after he disparagingly told us low income NZers that we are living beyond our means.. etc.etc.etc. And it’s like expecting Bill English, Gerry Brownlee, Nick Smith, Simon Bridge,, Paula Bennett, etc.etc.etc to walk through Middlemore Hospital whilst fecal matter was dripping down the walls during a past National government.
    Many years ago a National Party supporter often boasted about election time of National MPs having to ‘shake hands with the great unwashed’ in order to get votes. I worked with that National Party supporter and so can confirm his words were not ‘hearsay from another source’.
    I now wonder as to how long self-serving Mike Hosking will remain flavour of the month now that Bridges isn’t leader?

    • Why China.
      NZ is a party to 5 eyes and there is more US money in NZ than from China.
      Look at the size of the US embassy in Wellington just up the road from parliament. What the hell is up with a building of that size unless it is a part of government.
      The CIA helped Muldoon’s election campaign with the dancing cossacks video.

      Corruption is an ongoing part of NACT.
      Kieth Holyoake had the back road to his Taupo farm sealed right to the gate and no further.
      Similarly Marshal had the gravel back road to his Reikorangi property sealed right to the gate and no further.
      Remember key and co were ready to sign off the TPP throwing US corporations the reins to fleece NZ.

  3. It seems Simon Bridges had at least one redeeming factor, if he said ‘no’ to these conmen.
    This is a very sad commentary and, if true (and regretfully I suspect it is) it will demean politics in NZ and possibly take it lower than the current President of the US has done. And that’s low, very low!
    Get a grip National! At least try to play fair and honest! It’ll be hard for you, as you’re already tainted with this bunch of crooks, but at least try.

  4. It seems Simon Bridges had at least one redeeming factor, if he said ‘no’ to these conmen.
    This is a very sad commentary and, if true (and regretfully I suspect it is) it will demean politics in NZ and possibly take it lower than the current President of the US has done. And that’s low, very low!
    Get a grip National! At least try to play fair and honest! It’ll be hard for you, as you’re already tainted with this bunch of crooks, but at least try.

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