Royals rule… the media

April 9th, 2014 at 6:18 pm by Jadis

* This is a Jadis post as DPF is lost on a mountain putting together yet another travel blog while us in the real world cover his work load, blog load and ensure people think he is may still be a serious political commentator.  Warning: this post may or may not apply!

Blue bear

I love the blue bear.  I am awaiting Cunliffe’s response to how blue the bear is.  Clearly this is a plant from the National Party who are clearly using poor wee George for political gain.  Remember, Cunliffe accuses Key of using the Royal tour as some sort of electioneering stunt.  Well, Duncan Garner calls Cunliffe (and Winston) on this BS:

does himself no favours accusing John Key of using the Royal visit as some kind of vote booster.

It’s laughable.

And ain’t much better.

Peters says Prince William, Kate and baby George shouldn’t even be here in election year at all.

I completely disagree and I hardly think we have much say in when they travel.

This is petty and I hope the don’t read about this stupid and snarky politics from our leaders.

It’s classless and uncouth.

Does anyone really think voters, at the end of September, are going to support John Key because they recall how months earlier the PM hosted the royals? Really?

Come on. I just don’t buy it.

David Cunliffe said Labour welcomed the royals and did not want to play politics with the visit but he said such visits should be as ‘even handed as possible between the Government and Opposition.’

Isn’t Cunliffe playing politics with the visit by saying all that?

He sounds like a kid that missed out on pass-the-parcel.

He sounds like he’s screaming at the top of his voice saying – pick me, pick me!

Surely it’s the job of the PM to host the royals at different times throughout this 10 day visit.

He is due to meet them 5 times during the tour.

Seriously there’s something wrong with us if we can’t host the royals in April and have an election at the end of September.

Our politicians need to grow up. They look bloody stupid – and none more so than David Cunliffe and Winston Peters.

I totally agree with Duncan.  Most Kiwis won’t associate the Royal Tour with politicians (unless they do something to embarrass them). They’ll associate it with having the opportunity to see the Royals up close, in our wee country and “oooh ahhh what a gorgeous George”.

 

 

 

 

 

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46 Responses to “Royals rule… the media”

  1. mikenmild (12,402 comments) says:

    Er..Jadis, DPF already did a post on Labour and the royal tour…

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  2. Jadis (146 comments) says:

    Not with a big blue bear!

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  3. goldnkiwi (1,616 comments) says:

    I do however think that the relationship that John Key has with the Queen and her family has made the trip special, on top of that William has his own special association with NZ with his mother and father and himself as a baby. I hope someone has given George his own buzzy bee. How wonderful that George’s first official engagement was in NZ, his parent’s must have wanted it to be that way otherwise they would have arranged it elsewise. Rule Brittania. ;)

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  4. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (900 comments) says:

    Cunliffe could have been offered the place of one of the ten babies. He is exactly behaving like one….

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  5. Tinshed (170 comments) says:

    Here’s how you do it: the parents selected were from a wide range of everyday New Zealanders, married couples, a same-sex couple, a solo Mum, parents who are Pakeha, Pasifica, Maori, Chinese-Malay, and Polish. This is the New Zealand we live in and one that this government understand way better than Labour. These people want to be left to get on with their lives and make a decent living for themselves and their children. They are quite happy to meet a royal couple without any fawning or deference, just simple respect for a nice couple who are visiting.

    Labour on the other are still locked into some mindless 19th-century class warfare view of the world, where there are “toffs” and “Tories” and “rich pricks”, concepts and words that the vast majority of New Zealanders have not heard of, or care less about. There are no “Tories” in my New Zealand. Instead there is a rich, diverse bunch of people who simply want to get on with their lives. National understands this and is working for them and building a New Zealand that they want to live in. Labour on the other hand is only interested in appeasing the various ideological factions within the party. They don’t understand New Zealand anymore. Cunliffe doesn’t understand New Zealanders and the lives we live, hence his ill-chosen comments that resonate only with his fellow party members.

    New Zealand has passed Labour by.

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  6. ShawnLH (6,693 comments) says:

    Cunliffe really is losing the plot with this petulant whining. With a bit of luck he’ll keep this up right to the election.

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  7. Chuck Bird (4,910 comments) says:

    Did you hear young Prince George told the other babies, “My Dad is a prince and my Mom is a princess”. One of the others said, “I can top that. Both my dads are queens”.

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  8. Keeping Stock (9,381 comments) says:

    Cunliffe is also going to go gangbusters in the media tomorrow about William wearing a National Party blue shirt. He will be alleging that a member of the National Party comms team slipped it to Wills just before playtime ;-)

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  9. stephieboy (3,533 comments) says:

    Obviously ABC ( Anyone But Cuniiffe ) had it right from the beginning. They new some things that other Labour caucus members were in deep denial about.

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  10. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (900 comments) says:

    Cunliffe is taking heart from the Roy-Morgan poll which shows he will be PM. So he is asking valid questions bros. Give him equivalent air time…..

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  11. smttc (767 comments) says:

    Too funny. Mike Hosking on Seven Sharp just gave Cunliffe his lines for when he actually does get to meet the Duke and Duchess instead of the crap he said he was going to raise.. Fuckin funny. Toni Street looked like she was peeing in her panties with laughter.

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  12. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    Just another stupid politician acting in the only way they know how… like a bloody child.

    They are all as bad as each other, and if National was the opposition at the moment, they’d be using every thing they could come up with to make a fuss over too.

    Like most naughty children packing tanties, best to ignore Cunliffe … and not reward bad behaviour by giving it air space – eventually he’ll cry himself to sleep.

    Sack them all and put Prince George in charge !! At least he’s got a cute smile

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  13. smttc (767 comments) says:

    Poor Judith. Time you gave up political discussion, left the blogosphere or just HTFU.

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  14. Harriet (5,201 comments) says:

    Chuck #

    “…….“I can top that. Both my dads are queens”…….”

    They’ve just shown the Royals with the babies in NZ on the TV[The Project] here in QLD. Quess which parents were the only one’s shown?

    Yep – the gay ones!

    Now I’m not saying that they can’t put the gays on tv, but the very next segment on the show was about the Aussie footy codes all getting behind an ‘anti gay hate’ ideal where all footy players at all levels in all codes in Australia are to be ‘educated’ about ‘tolerance and inclusiveness of gays’.

    Except there has NOT been any ‘gay hate’ type stuff in the footy codes[just one person was reprimanded for saying negative things about gays last year]

    So why is this? – Just another way of getting ALL people involved in footy across the ENTIRE AUSTRALIAN CONTINENT from saying that “gays can’t get Married”.

    And the gays then wonder why people call them the gaystapo and homofacists!

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  15. Left Right and Centre (3,014 comments) says:

    They’re here for about 9-10 days – how many times are they meeting politicians during that time ?

    Every fucking day just about. What kind of shitarse life is that tell me ? No amount of showering is going to get that dirt off ya.

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  16. emmess (1,398 comments) says:

    Too funny. Mike Hosking on Seven Sharp just gave Cunliffe his lines for when he actually does get to meet the Duke and Duchess instead of the crap he said he was going to raise.. Fuckin funny. Toni Street looked like she was peeing in her panties with laughter.

    No one would happen to have a clip of that would they?

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  17. OneTrack (3,372 comments) says:

    judith – “They are all as bad as each other, ..”

    No they aren’t all the same. And Cunliffe seems to be going out of his way to prove it.

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  18. dave53 (96 comments) says:

    Is DPF really climbing Everest? It’s hard to tell from his posts….

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  19. OneTrack (3,372 comments) says:

    Jadis – “Not with a big blue bear!”

    Damn right :-).

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  20. NoCash (262 comments) says:

    F*&king hell… look at the picture Prince William was wearing a blue shirt. He must be supporting the National party. Call the war room quick!!!

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  21. itstricky (2,025 comments) says:

    Ah, bless, look at the beautiful blue bear… …does anyone know what’s going on with the Banks case? Think I may have to google the Nepalese newspapers to find out.

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  22. kiwi in america (2,314 comments) says:

    Cunliffe is behaving like a petulant child because he has been starved of any positive media oxygen. He began the year with a series of pratfalls, has been overshadowed by the Kim Dotcom side show and now cannot get any coverage of Labour’s policy rollouts because of the Royal visit. Royal visits inevitably politically benefit a political incumbent – those on the plus side of the polls get a little reflected glow from the feel good atmosphere in the country and a government less popular can count on a temporary distraction from bad coverage so I can see why Cunliffe is fretting.

    Key has been very cunning. The timing of the visit was within his control as the Palace would never impose a visit although there would be a list of available times. Whilst Key has no control over the White House schedule, he has been very lucky to be able to squeeze in a rare specific visit to the US President just before the election campaign. Cunliffe blew his chance for positive coverage in the mid summer political quiet period and now faces a media distracted by the future kings of England and their telegenic wife/mother, the budget run up and post delivery analysis and then Key’s one on one with Obama. Not much room for Cunliffe to rebuild his tattered image in the middle of all of that. Labour’s desperation can be seen in the House with them trying to rehash every old issue that could possibly dent Key. Key twists the knife by calling Cunliffe on his pettiness and silly tactics further underscoring his unsuitability to govern.

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  23. kiwi in america (2,314 comments) says:

    Dave53
    He’s only going as far as the last base camp I believe – not climbing the mountain proper.

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  24. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Sir Cullen: Cunliffe would have made a good baby for the poontoofters.

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  25. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    “Tojo” is being seen for what he is . . . a charlatan, fraud, and envious loser.

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  26. Scott1 (592 comments) says:

    Kiwis will associate the trip with Royals… But that is politics – you can expect John key to make the most of the visit and Labour just has to manage it. National is not going to avoid good photo opportunities just to be nice to Labour as if they need a little cuddle after their recent poll ratings. Similarly Labour is not going to avoid it’s photo opportunities, whatever they might be.

    Cunliffe is walking a dangerous line here because people may get the feeling he is anti our head of state as opposed to just complaining about photo opportunities. Some might like that – but I think it would be a significant vote looser.

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  27. duggledog (1,625 comments) says:

    Great photo though. Look at the Prince thinking ‘how the hell are we going to fit that thing in our hand luggage?’

    That bear from the Warehouse will be staying in NZ. The Royal Couple should give it to David Cunliffe, he needs something to cuddle after he loses spectacularly in September

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  28. tvb (4,556 comments) says:

    The timing of the visit has to fit in with quite a lot of schedules including the Australians and yes the general election. This visit is about 6 months out and I imagine any afterglow John Key might get would have worn off. Meanwhile Cunliffe is making a prat of himself and that may be remembered.

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  29. Paulus (2,711 comments) says:

    Judith go back to the Standard.
    They are missing your intellect -really.
    The site is going downhill in both numbers and intelligence. The hatred there is paramount and toxic.
    I assume, like me, that comment is no longer accepted, usually of the “please justify figures” kind, come from.

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  30. Bob (445 comments) says:

    I must say I thought Cunliffe’s complaint was trivial. It is certainly considerate of the PM to invite the leader of the opposition to meet the royals. After all the next time they come Cunliffe could be the prime minister. But to complain about how often Key will see them against how often Cunliffe will see them is petty.

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  31. jcuk (757 comments) says:

    Paulus … The Daily Blog is just as bad from a recent posting I forced myself to read hoping for some tolerant reasoning to appear … it didn’t. ‘Hatred paramount and toxic’ sums it up well.

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  32. Scott (1,807 comments) says:

    I agree with Harriet about the gay men being highlighted in the story about babies playing with Prince George. The event was a happy moment that everybody could enjoy.

    But TV1 news then chose to highlight the gay men and then talk about gay marriage and then have a shot of gay men kissing at a gay marriage. That’s our wonderful state owned media for you – all gay, all of the time. Missing no opportunity to push the gay agenda.

    It’s good to see that our taxpayer dollars are being well spent.

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  33. Mrs Trellis (34 comments) says:

    “Royal visits inevitably politically benefit a political incumbent”, as what happened in 2002. Don’t remember Bill English having a sook then….

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  34. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Scott: State media, like Labour, are controlled by weirdos and subservient to fairies, and to hell with them! We would not employ them, house them, or loan them money.

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  35. mikenmild (12,402 comments) says:

    I’m glad Plunket had some gay parents at the play date. It’s worth it just to see the usual Kiwiblog homophobes come out (sorry) frothing at the mouth.

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  36. Scott (1,807 comments) says:

    We are not frothing mikenmild. We are not homophobes,whatever that means. We are just representing those of traditional values. Many would object to even on this most pleasant occasion of the young Prince playing with other babies, that our state owned media cannot help itself pushing the divisive issue of gay rights and gay marriage. They are all gay,all of the time. And they are taking our tax dollars while doing so.

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  37. mikenmild (12,402 comments) says:

    Sorry, who is taking your tax dollars?

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  38. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    And they are taking our tax dollars while doing so.

    So Gay people don’t have to pay tax?

    At last a way to avoid tax, and dirty socks – where do we sign up? :-)

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  39. seanmaitland (501 comments) says:

    Judith, from the level of intelligence you show on here, I imagine you won’t be earning enough to actually be a net tax contributor anyway, so don’t worry about it.

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  40. Crusader (328 comments) says:

    Bob (442 comments) says:
    April 10th, 2014 at 8:56 am

    I must say I thought Cunliffe’s complaint was trivial. It is certainly considerate of the PM to invite the leader of the opposition to meet the royals. After all the next time they come Cunliffe could be the prime minister. But to complain about how often Key will see them against how often Cunliffe will see them is petty.

    Petty. Stupid. And sinister….

    The Labour party apparatchiks passed a law to limit the amount a party can spend in an election campaign. Next they will want to control the amount of time a leader’s face can be seen on television screens. “Political Studies” students will be given part time jobs counting column inches in newpapers that feature each party in an effort to make everything exactly equal. Except of course for political education from the left, which comes under a special category, i.e. something that you cannot get enough of. People need to be told what is good for them, or they might make the horrendous mistake of voting for the wrong party, e.g. anything but the “people’s party”. It’s not far from that to the knock at the door in the middle of the night, into the black van and the visit to the compulsory re-education camp. Just a matter of degree.

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  41. Shunda barunda (2,986 comments) says:

    Look, the important issue to consider here is that if Kate was my wife she would prolly be pregnant for the next 15 years.

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  42. Changeiscoming (202 comments) says:

    I need to point out that it is a light blue bear not dark blue so actually its the Conservatives that will gain. :)

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  43. Rex Widerstrom (5,013 comments) says:

    Scott suggests:

    They are all gay,all of the time.

    Yes, those two bananas… clearly phallic, and always in pyjamas, which of course suggests they’re in bed all day not doubt indulging in rampant sodomy. And there’s Sooty and Sweep… they’re as effeminate as you can get. And really, I’d feel a lot better if Simon Dallow and Peter Williams stopped reading the news clad in nothing but tight little gold lame shorts.

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  44. itstricky (2,025 comments) says:

    Yes, those two bananas… clearly phallic, and always in pyjamas, which of course suggests they’re in bed all day not doubt indulging in…

    And everyone knows gay bananas are rife with disease because of their extravagant lifestyle…

    http://m.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11235875

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  45. itstricky (2,025 comments) says:

    Better word. Debaucherous. Yes, debaucherous bananas in pyjamas are bringing disease down the stairs. Much better.

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  46. yolo8 (1 comment) says:

    The happy face of the kid is amazing!

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