Friday, August 15, 2014

Implausible deniability

It's odd watching the PM back Jason Ede and try to deny his way out of having run black ops through the Whaleoil web site. I mean, no doubt it's great having a plausibly deniable channel through which to run dirty tricks campaigns, but the point is it has to be plausibly deniable.  If someone gets hold of a shitload of messages between your office and the black ops mouthpiece revealing exactly how your staff have been working with said mouthpiece, the "plausible" part of the deniability is shot.  Keep denying it under those circumstances and the public are left with only these options to believe:

1. You have no idea what your staff get up to and don't particularly care.
2. You're a blatant liar.

The correct choice is of course number 2.  We're into Rob Ford territory here, in which the politician just denies what's clearly shown by the evidence or declares that he doesn't care what it shows, and it turns out a significant proportion of voters find truculent refusal to admit the truth to be a manly virtue they can really admire in a politician.

Key does have consistent form for this kind of thing, of course, all the way back to when he was caught red-handed insider trading with Tranzrail shares and just flatly denied it.  There seems to be a significant group of NZ voters for whom, if John Key said "No I'm not pissing in your mouth," their response would be "If you say so, John (glug, choke)."

11 comments:

James Stephenson said...

It's not that he's denying it, it's just that in the face of Hager running around shouting "look! It's a wolf!", John Key calmly saying "no, it's an ordinary dog, and most people own them" is kind of reassuring for your average non-political junkie.

pdm said...

Milt - you demean yourself with this post. While I often disagree with what you write you are usually much better than this effort.

Brick said...

As usual Milt - it's different when labour do it. Get real please.

Psycho Milt said...

pdm - having sat through years of vitriol poured out over the 'bilious bitch' 'Clarkula,' I'm not feeling remotely embarrassed about pointing out that our current corporate weasel PM is a determined and inveterate liar.

Anonymous said...

The general New Zealand public are just are just daft and pliable and don't even try to read between the lies and lines. Key has lied from the first, corrupt to the core, but try telling the voters that.
Sheeple to the end.

Rory Cor

Baxter said...


Talking of bilious Klarcula remember when Peter Doone was suing the Dominion for publishing outright lies about him,and when they realised they had no defence, they were forced to reveal that the source of the lies was indeed Klarcula, or Labours Party Secretary Dirty fat Mike going to Aussie especially to try and dig up some dirt on John Key, that was Labour's positive politics.

Anonymous said...

I just love the way you've blogged and commented about this all day from Massey Uni library on the taxpayers purse.....

CP

Barnsley Bill said...

I see nothing in this post to disagree with other than the tranzrail stuff.

Edward the Confessor said...

"I just love the way you've blogged and commented about this all day from Massey Uni library on the taxpayers purse....."

Creepy much? Am guessing yes.

Psycho Milt said...

Me too.

I just love the way you've blogged and commented about this all day from Massey Uni library on the taxpayers purse...

Tell you what: you can find the Massey University Librarian's contact details easily enough on our web site - you lay a complaint, and I'll tremble in my boots with fear of what an investigation may uncover about my performance. Or not.

tom hunter said...


... you are usually much better than this effort.


There's not just an election to be won this time but a vast tide of evil to be pushed back - by any means necessary.

Of course that's probably what Slater thinks too!