Questions for the Media to ask – if they have a spare moment or two

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For the mainstream media, today was even a better day than yesterday. More Sex. More Politics. More Sex AND Politics.

Yesterday, the msm dealt with Andrew Falloon. The obscure backbench MP had been found to have sent pornographic images to at least four women.

The woman’s parents laid the complaint with PM Ardern’s office. The images were unsolicited.

Judith Collins was advised by the Prime Minister and three days later, Mr Falloon resigned.

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It was a straight forward case, reminiscent of Anthony Weiner, a former US congressman outed for sending explicit images of himself to women – one of whom was under-age.

Unfortunately for the msm, the story of Andrew Falloon ran it’s cycle to it’s natural conclusion: he resigned from Parliament and would not stand for re-election.

It was a Sex and Politics story that no doubt generated umpteen million clicks, generating advertising revenue along the way.

Today (22 July), cue: Judith Collins and her revelation that government minister Iain Lees-Galloway had being engaged in a long-term affair with another woman.The story appeared on RNZ’s Morning Report at around 7.26AM;

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An hour earlier, at 6.31AM, Ms Collins had appeared on Mediaworks/TV3’s “AM Show with Duncan Garner;

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It was at this point that Ms Collins disclosed the “bombshell” that a Labour politician was also under investigation for misconduct;

Duncan Garner: “Have you received anything about Labour ministers or Labour MPs?”

Judith Collins: “I have actually, and I have advised the Prime Minister and I’ve asked for anybody who has that information to send it directly to her.”

Garner: “When did this happen?”

Collins: “Oh actually just yesterday but I passed it on …”

Remarkable difference in style. PM Ardern passes complaint on to Ms Collins (after gaining consent) but does not capitalise on it by going to the media.

Judith Collins passes the complaint on to PM Ardern – then announces it to both The AM Show on TV3 and an hour later to RNZ’s Morning Report. But according to her, she denied exploiting the issue and engaging in politicking. In fact, she was busy with the media all day denying she wasn’t politicking.

When a journo asked if it wasn’t Ms Collins who had disclosed and made public the issue to the media (bless! there’s at least one who asks an obvious question), she took pains to deny it;

“No I haven’t actually put it in the public domain, I’ve been asked a direct question this morning on another news media about whether I have received anything like that and the answer is yes I have.”

But throughout the entire unsavoury spectacle of the media gorging on another Sex & Politics story, there are three questions that not only remain unanswered – they have not even been asked.

1. Who is the person who disclosed Iain Lees-Galloways affair to Judith Collins? Is this person a National Party member/staffer/operative?

2. Did the woman, with whom Mr Lees-Galloway have the affair with, have prior knowledge, or give consent, to this issue being disclosed to other people and eventually made public?

3. Why did Duncan Garner put the question – “Have you received anything about Labour ministers or Labour MPs?” – to Ms Collins? Was he ‘primed’ beforehand? Why did he not ask if any other National MPs were engaged in similar behaviour? If he was ‘primed’ with fore knowledge, who advised him?

These three questions would seem to be at the very core of how this story unfolded and why. Because it doesn’t take much of a sleuth to understand that the timing of Ms Collin’s disclosures and early morning media appearances has taken the blow torch of public attention off National and firmly onto Labour.

Secondly, it ‘dilutes’ the perception that National’s bloated sense of entitlement is at the core of it’s problems. With the humiliating despatching of Mr Lees-Galloway, the perception is now that sleazy behaviour is rampant throughout all politicians, not just the Nats.

And thirdly/lastly, let’s not forget that most enduring quote from Nicky Hager’s expose, Dirty Politics;

“Personally I would be out for total destruction… But then I’ve learned to give is better than to receive.” She called it the “double” rule: “always reward with Double”; and said “If you can’t be loved, then best to be feared.”

If Judith Collins wanted revenge for Hamish Walker and Andrew Falloon’s political demise, she certainly “gave back double”: a minister’s ‘scalp’.

At Raybon Kan hinted at earlier today;

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The questions above remain unasked and unanswered.

Until we gain greater clarity, the story surrounding Mr Lees-Galloway will remain fixated on titillating Sex & Politics. Meanwhile, the bigger story remains untold.

It would be nice – for a change – if some hard questions were asked. But only if the media have a spare moment or two

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References

NZ Herald:  National MP Andrew Falloon quits after sending sexual image to female university student

RNZ: Falloon texts – What meets threshold for prosecution?

Metro UK: Anthony Weiner jailed for sexting underage girl photos of his penis

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Acknowledgement: Rod Emmerson

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This blogpost will be re-published in five days on “Frankly Speaking“. Reader’s comments may be left here (The Daily Blog) or there (Frankly Speaking).

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43 COMMENTS

  1. A very clear deflection away from possible criminal National minister activity. Well played Judith? NO!
    Filthy dirty politics.
    Sadly a fifth victim has come forward to put the spotlight back onto Andrew Falloon. One can only imagine Duncan Garner will be all over this tomorrow?

  2. MB – perfect. Collins timing was all about dirty politics aimed at undermining Jacinda Ardern and nothing to do with simply bringing the matter to Jacinda Ardern’s attention for her to deal with.

    Ironically, the marketing manager for the national party Barry Soper confirmed this in his article in the NZ Herald when he said that the rumour mill over Lees-Galloway’s behaviour had been working overtime for months and then implying that Jacinda Ardern would have known about it, which he said raises questions over whether she is in touch with her own party – https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12350115

    Using Soper’s reasoning Collins would have known about this matter for months too, so why bring it up now? The answer is obvious.

    Nastiness is at the core of the old stale national party – nastiness and dirty politics.

    • So do you think Helen Clark or John Key wouldn’t have known about a months old rumour about one of their ministers?

      If the PM didn’t know about the affair then either her staffers are extremely poor or indeed she would be a very good poker player…..

        • Speaking of fingers in ear, how about the N.Z. Heralds hard hitting journalist…
          Audrey Young: “Collins tries out campaign jokes”.

          Thanks Audrey but no thanks.

      • So how long did Bridges and Bennett know Jamie Lee Ross was at it? Either they didn’t know about his affairs then either their staffers are extremely poor or indeed they are very good poker players…..

        • With respect Bert, this seems to be the wrong focus.

          The Key of this matter was divvying up large foreign donations to the National Party, from influential donors from overseas, so the the donations came under the maximum, for electoral guidelines purposes, like the NACT Banks did with Kim Dot Com.

          Later, came a dirty politics hatchet job on Jami-Lee Ross’s infidelity.

          “You bastard Jami Lee!….how dare you, how f#cking dare you divulge Dirty Politics’ National Party secrets, you were a whip FFS!”

          What happened/transpired for Jami-Lee after he “went postal”, was a Dirty Political Mafia Hit, equivalent to Jami-Lee Ross waking up and finding his own decapitated (personal) head in his own bed, with him on one side, and his lover on the other side of the bed, retching.

          Meanwhile, Jamie-Lee could see his own horse, looking through his own bedroom window, perfectly alive, with the horse’s head still, firmly attached to its horsey body. WTF (said the horse) Where’s the feed/fodder?

          “What’s worse – leaking secrets, or sexual impropriety?”, said Jami-Lee and Julian Assange in unison.

          I’d conjecture, that Jamie Lee realises now, that the people he f#cked over, are a very evil and powerful cabal-elite and he is now dealing with a ruthless oligarchy of power, out to separate his testes from his body, as well as his head – metaphorically speaking – of course (tic).

          It was a Jamal-Kashoggi-type hit on Jami-Lee, without the video, without the finesse, without the blood, just the audio, but a whole shitload of venom and vitriol.

          Still, great to see that Trevor Mallard, tonight on One News threatened to appoint “an independent commissioner, someone who can investigate complaints once they have been received.” ‘He doesn’t think Parliament will support that, and if they don’t. he [Mallard] will air the dirty laundry of MP’s who fail to clean up their act.’ Mike Williams “mutual destruction” from One News last night, will soon be upon us (and them).

          Ahab Collins better hurry up and announce the resignation of her high-list MP for co-sexual impropriety in his lower-storey office.

          At least three people are lined up now, to spill the beans Judith – the soon-to-be-appointed Commissioner of office sex, Mike Williams and Trevor Mallard.

          The Independent Commissioner is on his/her way. Trevor is on his way. Mike Williams can spill the beans. And the election is 58 days away. Still time for a resignation and clean-up, rearrange of the list.

          Time for resignations before public outing – effective immediately. A resignation before a public humiliation won’t affect the high-ranking male Natz’s Govt Super and perpetual perks, YET.

          But, if the office dalliancer waits, ignominy and revulsion, derision and disgust at his dirty politics, dirty office desk deeds will be his legacy, instead of a pretty sinecure resignation.

          Gerry Brownlee said: “So many New Zealanders would have gone to work this morning, wondering if their job will be there tomorrow!”

          Will the National leader doom another male to more ‘inglorious bastard’ time in the gaslight, and address the news of high ranking resignation herself, or will she let Gerry step up and save his leader from being bad-news-bear for the New Zealand voters?

          So many issues, so little time.

      • Frank the Tank – I don’t know because there are too many unknown variables. Maybe Jacinda did know about the rumour but was too busy running the country to act on it at the time. However your question supports my point about Collins.

  3. So, the gloves are off, by Judith Collins and Duncan Garner. Mike Willams on One News last night, likened Parliament to a “coeducational boarding school, with alcohol” and ‘that all sorts of shady things went on, but was kept under wraps by the Parties to avoid mutual destruction’

    Todd Mueller didn’t do his due diligence on the email trail, or was unwilling to “put some stick about”, like Francis Urquart from British series about the tories. He was gone in 53 days.

    Judith might just outlast Todd Mueller as leader, if she can get to the bottom of one of her randy male Nats having a liaison with a staffer, no less sackworthy a political sin these days, than Ian Lees Galloway.

    National have at least one male member in the top 35 of their list, who will have to “resign for personal reasons”, or be forced out on television, once this revelation comes to light.

    Every National male member needs to be brought into Collins and the whips’ office, hooked up to a lie detector, injected with sodium pentathol, then asked the following questions:

    Can your office now, or an office you have used in the past, be viewed from a high nearby window at Bellamy’s, or an upper floor window of an adjacent building?
    Has the desk in your office, or the couch in your office, ever been used for sexual liaisons with a staffer?
    If you answered “Yes” to the questions above, what reason would you prefer Judith Collins to give as the reason for your resignation, before this leaks in the next 43 days?

    ‘He wants to spend more time with the family.’
    ‘He wants to return to his former profession.’
    “He has relished his time in politics, but wants to go off in another direction.’
    ‘He wants to get away from the cut and thrust, counter-cut and counter-thrust of politics and have a well-earned break before early retirement.’

    The balls are in your court Judith.
    If this gets out, you might have to resign before the election.

    Imagine the headlines “Collins sets record for shortest reign as National leader – worse than Todd Mueller!”

    It took a long time to get where you are Judith, but it will take a shorter time before you leave, unless you put some stick about and root out your male abuser of his power with a staffer.

    July 14th – July 23 – 9 days so far as leader so far …… and counting. …. 43 days

      • Thanks….ysj….such rich pun fodder in the Nats these days, I even reversed the ‘whips and Judith’, because ‘Judith and her whips’ office’ was too like shooting ducks on a pond, like shooting fish in a barrel, or like harpooning a beached whale.

        Continuing the whaling extended metaphor, Judith and her cabin boy Duncan Garner, went sailing in the South Pacific yesterday, on the bridge of the SS Pequod Dirty Politics again and harpooned herself a hirsuit-grey-bull-male-whale – Ian Lees Galloway.

        Can she harpoon the rogue grey-bull-male-whale, deep within her own party and hose clean the decks of the SS Pequod Dirty Politics before the election?

        This is now on the record, that she was given this heads-up tonight 23/07/2020 … via this website. Give her the benefit of the doubt that she can question 35 males on the list, by Saturday? That means she will announce the resignation, retirement on Monday.

        Or better still and easier. She can give her whips a ring, ring the ILG equivalent in the National Party and fabricate, or gaslight the resignation, with a believable backstory and even more plausible deniability. Ring him and ask him about resignation reasons – I forgot to mention this one to add to the previous list of plausible deniability reasons:

        “He wants to resign for health reasons.”

        There will be at least one squeaky male sphincter leading up to the meeting with Judith and the whips (sorry ysj, couldn’t resist it this time)

        Please let this grey-bull-male-whale swim off gracefully into the gaslight, by giving him an exit strategy.

        Mike Williams, ex president of the Labour Party could be a good secondary source the media could approach to navigate a course towards the facts, based on his revelations/observations last night on One News, about the late night goings and comings of long-serving Nat politicians.

        Finger on the trigger of the harpoon Judith, full steam ahead and damn the torpedoes! At least you’ll get another nickname other than Crusher after this is all is said and done. Ahab Collins, captain of the SS Pequod Dirty Politics, could be a long reign as captain, longer than the real Ahab’s quest – 40 years.

        Just got to navigate the narrows Ahab Collins, rough waters lie ahead for a bit, but then it’s smooth sailing towards your dynasty.

      • Please Peter, this could end up in a 35 rally tennis match.
        Saint Nicolas aka Santa Clause, is a figment of Coca Cola Corporation and was never in the National Party?
        Peter, go and have a lie down and a cup of tea and stop trying to attribute sexual infidelity to a corporate icon who sits children on his knee!
        Let Judith and the whips do their jobs over the coming week.

  4. It was a straight forward case, reminiscent of Anthony Weiner, a former US congressman outed for sending explicit images of himself to women – one of whom was under-age.

    Not my understanding of it. If those were merely pics of the poor fellow’s inadequate body part, the girls could have simply forwarded them to some biology lab where they check out tiny marine slugs.

    The images were of women, who, in some form or another, were being subjected to degradation.

    Not only but also, that National Minister was also a White Ribbon ambassador. White Ribbon aims to eliminate violence against women. Supporters wear a white ribbon to show that they do not condone this type of behaviour.

    According to its website the annual White Ribbon Day celebrates men willing to show leadership and commitment to promoting safe, healthy relationships within families and encourages men to challenge each other on attitudes and behaviour that are abusive. From ODT

    • Ah – correction – “that National Minister” – should have read, “that National Party MP”.

  5. Collins has the enthusiasm to make an impression , but this approach is giving an impression that is going to go down like a led balloon .
    I think Muller might have been pushed forward because he is a fundamentally decent guy though a bit awkward . But he couldn’t stomach what he had to do. So they have had to embrace the basic core of the national psyche . And the queen of dirt could no longer remain uncrowned .
    D J S

    • Muller, a fundamentally decent guy though a bit awkward .

      That was my impression, yes. I would have happily had a cup of tea with him 🙂 …seriously.

      The same does not apply to some of the other mongrels that are there, and if it was the present leader of the party I’d be locking up any pets, children, stray visitors, and grabbing the neighbour’s shotgun before she got too close to the front gate.

  6. Collins handling of this has probably wrecked one if not two marriages, and probably for political gain (based on the info above). However that does not exonerate ILG, nevertheless the informant told a story but as we do not know the motivation of the claimant it leaves one with some doubt as to the real motivation. Possible collusion here too?

  7. Great article Frank. Of course in the past there have been affairs between MPs and the press gallery, probably a lot more than I know. The rule that MPs affairs remain out of the media is, of course, more honoured in the breach. Don Brash is a good example.His affairs, with Diane Foreman and the like, became very well known,and he justified them by citing the biological urges that all men have. Which is embarrassing for all concerned, isn’t it?
    I just wonder if the hatches will come down now, or whether we are going to get the sex game played, tit for tat, like a tennis match, up until the election.

  8. I’ve been reading this blog for a few years now and I can say without a doubt, the questions put forward in this piece are the best and most pertinent I’ve ever read on the site. They can’t be allowed to drift off into oblivion as other stories take it’s position. There has been very little doubt over the years that Duncan Garner and his narcissistic co-host have been an affront to our democracy for years by using that breakfast TV show to run interference against the Government on behalf of the National Party. Garners blatantly cued up question to Collins ““Have you received anything about Labour ministers or Labour MPs?” removes any and all doubt.

    As for who shared the “information” with Collins about Lees-Galloway. The answer is beyond doubt. It was Gerry Brownstain and his “investigation unit” set up in May with the expressed intent of digging up dirt against the enemy and using that dirt in the election campaign…..otherwise known as DIRTY POLITICS. How ironic that Brownstain and Collins would have their hands in the festering turd filled toilet bowl. What a shock.

  9. There is a 4th Question to be asked as well given this “consenual” and “inappropriate” relationship that went on for a year, and given the under-performing Minister and the “agency” associated with an under-performing Feifdom (Ministry):
    4. How is “the agency” handling this. (Just as it was bloody stupid and naive for the Minister to be rooting this “agency staffer”, so too it was bloody stupid for the “agency staffer” to let it go on for as long as it did.)
    and perhaps even a 5.
    5. How has the relationship affected the way this (supposedly independent, apolitical) Feifdom and its responsible Minister operationally and with regard to policy implementation.

  10. Regarding Foulloon, One thing to remember is that the power imbalance remains, despite his being no longer an MP – He has considerable influence and many mateys in town, and… he knows exactly who are the women and girls who may be about to pass on more info. There are many ways to silence such. Those who have found the courage to speak out are strong indeed.

  11. When it was pointed out to Collins that Foulloon was gaslighting those women, she feigned ignorance of what that meant. I do not believe for a moment that this was “the first time she’d heard of the term”.

    Collins had to make that claim because gaslighting involves the intentional causing of mental and emotional harm to the other person (to those women), and she had been claiming that her man Foulloon was the victim of mental illness. He was trying to cause mental health problems in the young women. He was the perpetrator, not the victim here!

  12. This from Newsroom:
    One woman who received these messages described his behaviour as “gaslighting” – a term taken from a 1930s play where a woman is made to doubt her own sanity through a pattern of lies and psychological manipulation by her husband.

    “He sent me unsolicited, explicit pictures more than once and then acted totally incoherently, as if he hadn’t just dropped a nude into the conversation,” the woman said. “He’d ask for them to be deleted to make it seem accidental, which made it really difficult to address because you’d just received an unsolicited picture and when you tried to ask him to stop he was incoherent and would feign innocence.”

    Collins said this morning was the first time she’d heard of the term “gaslighting”. “It sounds very strange behaviour what he’s done. Extremely strange behaviour and it is not something that I have heard of people doing,” Collins said.

    I do not believe that Collins is ignorant of an all too common way of behaving (gaslighting). And if she really were ignorant of it then it is one more reason why she is unfit to be representing Kiwis in parliament. NewsRoom Link

  13. It was at this point that Ms Collins disclosed the “bombshell” that a Labour politician was also under investigation for misconduct;

    Duncan Garner: “Have you received anything about Labour ministers or Labour MPs?”

    Judith Collins: “I have actually, and I have advised the Prime Minister and I’ve asked for anybody who has that information to send it directly to her.”

    Actually if this can be proven that the AM show took part in a hit I would like to hope that any funding to Medaworks from the NZ Govt will be reviewed, thats only fair to open an investigation just like they are doing with Team New Zealand

    • I think the same needs to be asked of Newstalk ZB. Hosking is running a paid political broadcast on behalf of the National party. His topic every morning is anti everything Labour, Greens and N.Z.First. He never balances by anything good the coalition does. His close association with Key during his years demonstrates his allegiance to the National party. Time to pull the funding until Newstalk Z.B. can provide an apolitical presenter.

      • Bert,

        You must have a sadistic streak listening to Maserati Mike.

        Not only is he NZ’s worst narcissist, he’s also the number 1 cheerleader for the National Party. He uses and abuses his position to run interference against the Government on behalf of the National Party. He’s truly nauseating. NZ has tag teams working against Ardern. Hoskings on ZB and Garner on TV3. I would rather hit my thumb with a hammer than watch / listen to either.

        How many alleged journalists etc do we have working as tag team partners against the Government? Hoskings and the vile Kate Hawkesby… Duncan Garner and Mr Perfect in every way Mark Richardson. Barry Soper and Heather Du Plessis Allan etc etc. All would do their work free of charge for the National Party. All an affront to our democratic process. A little bit of personal bias and preference is understandable as long as that doesn’t result in distorting “news” and effectively working for their party of choice via their broadcasting role. All of the above are epic fails in that area. How is it possible that a portrait of Ardern with “AROHA” is torn down around NZ as it was judged to be politicking in election year yet the above snakes just continue on unabated?

        • Jacindafan. Covid took care of the two AM stations I listened to in the morning, Radio sport and Radio Pacific. So I listen to Newstalk and listen to Hosking squirm, squelch and squeal, oozing excrement, pining for the days of Key.
          So yes, the saddist in me enjoys listening into mad Mike particularly when he voices vile that results in him having to make apologies on air and his station having to recompense affected parties.

      • Broadcasting Standards Authority complaint Bert. Tie the little “dandy boy” up for hours on the kneeling mat, having to defend his distorted, myopic vitriol of New Zealand, to “his base”.

        Here’s the link: https://www.bsa.govt.nz/assets/Uploads/c7bde56252/English-Guide-to-complaints-process.pdf

        Here’s a list of 5 aspects you can complain, to start with:
        • good taste and decency
        • discrimination and denigration
        • balance
        • accuracy
        • fairness

        We could start flooding the broadcaster with complaints, in the same way that Tik-Tok over-subscribed Donald Trump’s rally.

        I’d love to do it, but I can’t stand listening to the little prick to have anything to complain about. I find myself dry-reaching in the corner with the cat, the cat has a fur-ball, I have listened to 24 seconds of Hoskings.

        • I find myself dry-reaching in the corner with the cat, the cat has a fur-ball, I have listened to 24 seconds of Hoskings.

          So good to know I’m not the only one that happened to 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • He was the Minister of Workplace Relations. He had a relationship in the workplace – with a staffer in his office (moving later to his Ministry). All this hot air here about others and dredging up former MPs names and suggestions that this opens a can of worms etc etc is all absurd and irrelevant (unless they too were a Minister of Workplace Relations at the time). The PM made it clear (and presumably the Opposition leader thought so too, by referring it to her) that the Minister did not set the right example for optimal workplace behaviour by banging a member of his staff. It is that simple. Atrocious judgement, he knew what he was doing and therefore had it coming and deserves no pity.

      Us here trying to point score by bandying around the names of other MPs or blaming opponents or deflecting off onto a moral high horse is what I think is embarrassing to all. If the Civil Defence minister refused to follow an emergency evacuation order of his/her own property during a natural disaster, or a Minister of Education permitted and encouraged the recidivist truancy of his/her own children, I’d expect them to be sacked from their jobs too.

        • Dimwit Brownlee deserved the sack too, Diane. Is that your defense for ILG – because the previous government failed to do the right thing and sack an entitled buffoon some years ago, then this government minister should get a free pass now? What a ridiculous precedent you seem enamoured with.

          • Us here trying to point score by bandying around the names of other MPs or blaming opponents or deflecting off onto a moral high horse is what I think is embarrassing to all. If the Civil Defence minister refused to follow an emergency evacuation order of his/her own property during a natural disaster, or a Minister of Education permitted and encouraged the recidivist truancy of his/her own children, I’d expect them to be sacked from their jobs too

            Sorry Harry, your Civil Defense analogy immediately made me recall Gerry Brownlee. I’ve never heard him called ‘Dimwit Brownlee’, the only nickname I’ve heard in relation to him was the ‘Whale Rider’.

            Minister of Transport, Gerry Brownlee bullied and blustered his way through airport locked security doors, so he could rush back to his office desk in Wellington. Exactly like your Civil Defense metaphor.

            There were plenty of us here on this blog and others, that pointed out the ‘Whale Rider’s’ arrogance at the time. His ‘Whale Rider” nickname has flown around the traps for years, and had been around for a long time before this incident.

            Are you aware of the ‘Whale Rider’ nickname and are you trying to change the narrative Harry?

            I think ‘whale rider’ has been around longer than ‘dimwit’. The question for a real researcher, or whip, was what ministerial responsibility did Gerry have when he earned this nickname?

            Please publish it here if you know.

            • “… are you trying to change the narrative Harry?” says the person who is off on a Biguns Brownlee tangent as a way of somehow excusing Lees-Galloway for mounting his subordinate whilst in office.

              I have no idea whether whips or harpoons or any other exotic or erotic apparatus is involved here or not – chances are high – but I do know that Parliament would be a much better place without either of them in it.

              • Hear hear… Harry … well said. Agree wholeheartedly, but it would be better without ‘Kavorkian’ Seymour as well the other two. In some cases, only a sex scandal with their personal secretary can get rid of some of these types.

                I do take your point though, that, some of these ‘lifer political types’ are in seats, where their party could put up an addled amoeba as the candidate and the constituents would vote along party lines, for example, a suburb, where the incumbent, like Donald Trump, ‘…could shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters’

                Harry, the “whips” allusion, came from a comment that Judith Collins herself made, in a news item after the Falloon information came her way. Whips are the information gatherers, the gossip collectors, the long-lens filth-monger MP’s, who record the dalliances of their own party, as well as trading and scanning the other political parties’ ‘dirty little secrets.’

                Barbara Kuringer, Matt Doocey and Tim van de Molen are National’s current whips, who…….. also keep discipline in ‘the ranks’. The title suggests that this was once the only task. Whip comes from the fox hunting person, who keeps the hounds hunting as a pack. And the Parliament equivalent was making sure MPs voted the party line….

                Here’s the link:
                https://www.rnz.co.nz/national/programmes/the-house/audio/2018719370/whipping-mps-for-a-job-what-does-a-party-whip-actually-do.

                Even Gerry Brownlee has been National Party’s Junior Whip, so he should know about covered up scandals and the like. I bet he’s got a file full of dirty little (and ‘not so little’ secrets) in his filing cabinet near his desk.

                You insinuated I was into exotica, or erotica, but I’m not into anything kinky, like whips, and the only kink ever to appear in my life these days, is when one of my 7 cats plays with my crochet wool and it end ups a terrible tangle.

                When I used to knit, instead of crochet, I would say “You terrible cats, you have got my knits in a tangle!” and I would blush at my own exotica.

                I’m not into whips either Harry, and it has nothing to do with that double-barrelled-named-cricket umpire was thrown into the Huka Falls.

                I do whip cream for my scones, with raspberry jam. I’m a simple woman, but sometimes I do wax lyrical, like Mrs Doubtfire, my muse.

                Technically, when I read the The Feministani, who quoted “Germaine Greer about the psychological necessity of the muse:

                A muse is anything but a paid model. The muse in her purest aspect is the feminine part of the male artist, with which he must have intercourse if he is

                The harpoon metaphor is one of Euphegenia Doubtfire’s sayings, but that naughty boy, Robin Williams knew there was a play on “you’f a vagaynia!”, in the same accent he used in “The Bird Cage”, with Nathan Lane.

                I almost fell off my chair when I heard him say his alter ego’s first name….plus it linked in with the story Euphenagia told about the “Whale Rider.”

                BTW, my favourite line from Mrs Doubtfire is:

                [Trying to get false teeth out of glass]
                Mrs. Doubtfire: Carpe dentum. Seize the teeth.

                I laughed so hard my teeth fell out (that was in the days before Polident) [Am I allowed to say a product name Frank?]

                I will put footnotes and references in future posts for you Harry, dearie. I only have dial-up, so putting footnotes in, does take an inordinate amount of time, lovie.
                And I lose my train of thought.
                And sometimes my grammar is wrong, because I start sentences with ‘And’.
                And that’s not proper English, is it Harry?

                Thanks for chatting, loved the badinage, you are my favourite btw.

  14. Judeath gollins will do anything to get her hands on more power, including shitting on her own. I don’t recall her being so outspoken on the JL Ross saga with the Southland MP Sarah D. Sarah D was allowed to text very nasty texts after her party were instrumental in setting up the DIGITAL harmful communications legislation. Now I see at least five young women have come forward about Andrew Falloon. YET she (judeath) has not only thrown him under the bus, she has literally ran him over. Now is this how you treat someone whom she said herself has a mental health issue or was that just another bloody lie to minimise the issue and his unacceptable behaviour.

  15. Speaking of sex and scandals has shameless jones been watching more porn as this morning on RNZ he used the words lubrication and chastity belt in one sentence.

  16. Judeath gollins will do anything to get her hands on more power, including shitting on her own. I don’t recall her being so outspoken on the JL Ross saga with the Southland MP Sarah D. Sarah D was allowed to text very nasty texts after her party were instrumental in setting up the DIGITAL harmful communications legislation. Now I see at least five young women have come forward about Andrew Falloon. YET she (judeath) has not only thrown him under the bus, she has literally ran him over. Now is this how you treat someone whom she said herself has a mental health issue or was that just another bloody lie to minimise the issue and his unacceptable behaviour.

  17. During the phony war in 1940 it was revealed that German paratroopers had got hold of Belgian, Dutch, French etc border guard uniforms. The general public in Belgium got the idea immediately – cartoons of Goering admiring himself in a Brussels tram conductors uniform appeared in newspapers, people asked the govt. questions about alertness.

    But the Belgian media and political elites engaged in a delusional exercise of performative stupidity, pretending to not have clue as to what the Nazis were up to in order to not upset the Germans. We are seeing a similar dissonance now. Everyone knows Collins is a nasty pierce of work who colluded with a gutter press to take down ILG at an opportune moment. The public have worked it out. Even John Roughan has worked it out, FFS. But the MSM and the Thorndon lobby are engaged in a giant act of performative stupidity in order to demand they still be taken seriously.

  18. ” It would be nice – for a change – if some hard questions were asked. But only if the media have a spare moment or two ”
    Yes Frank i can think of so many opportunities over the time of the Key- English government when the media deliberately evaded the the real facts of the story and presented something entirely different to the public and setting the narrative for the next week.
    I lost count of the amount of times that negative news stories about the National led government that somehow were all Labours fault deflecting any bad press away from Key and his colleagues.
    Once again we have a compromised media that is totally incapable of reporting the story without a obvious agenda and that is where we need a powerful public watchdog that is immune from political appointments.
    Great analysis as always.

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