Threats fly over Hobbit document release

“I can categorically assure you that if the above information was released and a similar situation occur in the future, neither myself nor Wingnut Films would be inclined to help the Government again with such a candid level of advice and opinion,” reported The Hollywood Reporter.

It was not clear whether the “I” referred to Peter Jackson.

Oh, so it’s us (the government) who are helping Wingnut Films, fancy that, I rather thought the boot was on the other foot.

Twitter Causing Rise In Product Recalls

Public use of Twitter and Facebook to warn consumers about dodgy products could be driving the increase in companies issuing voluntary product recall notices, Consumer New Zealand says.

The increase locally has been climbing since 2009, according to advertisements placed in the Nelson Mail.

Consumer NZ editor-in-chief David Naulls said that social media might have prompted companies to recall food and goods deemed to be faulty, because the system relied on their voluntary action.

Even more advice for David Shearer

Explaining is everything: Some pundits love to repeat the phrase that ???in politics explaining is losing??? ??? the subtext being that the public are too stupid to understand any complex political or policy issues. But the political science consistently shows that in matters of controversy the public looks to their political leaders (amongst other people) to explain what???s happening and to argue their case. This is something National is really good at ??? Key especially ??? and Labour generally doesn???t do at all, which means our window of political debate is constantly being shifted to the right as National wins almost every argument by default (Welfare and education being the obvious examples). The great exception to this phenomena: Capital Gains Tax. The conventional wisdom was that this policy was political suicide, but David Cunliffe went out, made the arguments and won them all. By the time the election came around public support for Capital Gains was roughly double the level of support for the Labour Party. Not explaining is losing.

That paragraph alone. Always a bit suspicious of aphorisms.