NBR Online enlists David Farrar

Starting this Friday, popular commentator and blogger David Farrar joins NBR Online’s growing ranks of contributors.

Dispatch from Helengrad is a weekly missive from the nations capital. Each Friday morning it will reveal the best and worst of the week in politics, developing scandals from inside the corridors of power and a quick guide to the best political commentaries of the week.

David will also record any breaches of the Electoral Finance Act, confident that our politicians will break their own law frequently.

(NB: depending on the result later in the year, NBR reserves the right to amend the title of this contribution to Dispatch from St Johnnysburg)

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"Political commentator"? Try pollster for the New Zealand National Party (via his company Curia). Independent commentator? I think not.


Oh grow up. Yes we all know Farrar's to the right, the Standard is a labour party blog and Russel Brown is left. Everyone has a 'bias', including this publication. So get over it 'anonymous', and stop pointing out obvious facts.


At least be a wee bit politically correct "Dispatch from St Johnnyspa."

Simon SS


NBR where is your apostrophe?!

We the public will have you charged with apostrophe abuse!


I don't think there are many people out there who don't know Farrar's centre-right tendencies. It's the same as having Hooten, Trotter, McCarten or Bassett write a column. NBR never said Farrar was "independent". So long as we know their bias, who cares?


So I suppose he'll ignore all breaches by the National Party as they did with their 1 page "our policies" brief?


Helengrad? Are you serious?

Let me preempt responses to my disbelief at the puerility of the title by offering one myself:

"Oh, grow a sense of humour. It's hilarious to compare in jest Helen Clark to a murderous communist dictator "


Helengrad or Johnnysburg - both are equally lame. unless youre trying to be the funny pages that is :) - and considering that helengrad is part of an extremely obnoxious meme its pretty unprofessional. (no, I dont vote labour)

And it doesn't matter how many people already know DPF's affiliations. In this day and age of partisanship from both sides it should be listed by default.

I would expect the same from articles featuring any of the prominent commentators.

Ps: I "like" the implications of the names though - Helengrad = Stalingrad. Johnysburg = Gettysburg. Nice one guys.


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