Posts by Steve Barnes

  • Speaker: So NZ First gets another list…,

    noting that the Official Count and the return of the writ are nearly two weeks ago.

    Surely you mean "noting that the Official Count and the return of the writ are nearly two weeks away"? meaning NZ First has two weeks in which to make their decision.
    It also gives Winston leverage against Key, ie "talk to me or I will bring in another MP to make your position less tenable."

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5041 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Northland by-election;…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    perhaps 'troll bridges' could be the go?

    Come to think of it Winston does, kinda, resemble a big billy goat gruff, Osborne looks like he's had his fill of foldy roll under the bridge and the grass on this side is definitely greener.
    Today I am a happier man.
    ;-)

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5041 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Northland by-election;…,

    Several points on the election.
    First, of course,we should have a good look at the election spending of National. I can't see how they could put that number of feet on the ground, let alone the limos. The number of hoardings and signs should have broken the budget on their own.
    An annoying factor is that after Little said Willow Jean would get in "By hook or by crook" it was picked up by a media that seems to have no ability to understand common idioms
    By hook or by crook

    This phrase formerly meant "by fair means or foul", although now
    it often (especially in the U.K.) means simply "by whatever
    necessary means". The first recorded use is by John Wycliffe in
    _Controversial Tracts_ (circa 1380). Theories include: a law or
    custom in mediaeval England that allowed peasants to take as
    firewood from the King's forests any deadwood that they could reach
    with a shepherd's crook and cut off with a reaper's billhook.

    But with the understanding of a giggling forth form schoolboy, or Steven Joyce, it was forced down our throats as "Andrew Little is a crook" yeah, thanks for that.
    For all those that say Winston can't actually do anything, well. National know that they will have to chuck large bundles of cash at the North to have any hope of a win in 2017 so at least they will have to build those bridges, even if they turn out to be metaphorical.

    Northport and the proposed railhead are a good start and would relive the roading situation, allowing more to be spent on improving existing roads over the construction of "nice to have" motorways to the batch.
    Well done Winston, they don't like it up them, as Lance-Corporal Jones would have said.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Alfie,

    could have been sorted with a little research from the Herald.

    Which is why I asked Anna Samways if she could start linking to her sources.
    I wait with bated breath for a reply...

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5041 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to linger,

    They call it "Intelligence"
    ;-)

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I get that Greg O'Conner's job is to go to bat for the police but there is a point where you have to look seriously at the people you are standing behind and say "not good enough".

    He is their Union boss, his job is to look after the cops, like it or not.
    We should be passing our displeasure on to the commissioner.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    XKEYSCORE

    Is that different keystrokes for different key folks?.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    But we have to do this to stay in the "Club".
    Oh... hang on...

    Expat Kiwi Ananda, living in the United States, tried to use a prepaid postage label to send an Easter care package, picked up by the postie, to her mum. But the US postal service no longer allows it, meaning you have to go in to the post office to send packages to New Zealand and some, er, other interesting countries. The email read: "The United States Postal Inspection Service has temporarily suspended Click-N-Ship service to the following countries: "Armenia, Belarus, Benin, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Republic of Congo (Brazzaville), Democratic Republic of Congo, Czech Republic, Ghana, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Namibia, New Zealand, Niger, Nigeria, Russia, Serbia-Montenegro."

    Which club are we in again?.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 5041 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: The Agony of Vanuatu and the…,

    Its not just ruminants you know, there are "far more important" culprits...
    A contestant farting on the New Zealand version of The Bachelor has made headlines worldwide.
    Sigh...

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  • Hard News: An unacceptable failure of care,

    Nudge, nudge, wink, wink...
    "Strictly off the record but.... Keep it under your military looking hat but....
    'cos he's one of us.... Guvner..."
    Off the record that was never kept hence the lack of communication leading to the cock-up.

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