Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand’s…, in reply to Angela Hart,

    and here’s a piece which shows how nasty some government departments can be in these cases, by way of e-mail read in court

    The last sentence in that link is really chilling. There was a Down syndrome girl in my sister’s class at St. Joseph’s Primary, Levin, in the early 1960s. She was one of a number of children of a local businessman and his wife. Perhaps the proximity of what later became the Kimberley Centre affected their decision to raise her in as ‘normal’ a manner as possible.

    While I imagine that they received no Government help beyond the then universal child allowance they seem to have been free to do so. Any suggestion of the kind of bureaucratic persecution that Margaret Spencer and her son appear to have endured would have been seen as outrageous back in those supposedly unenlightened times. Yet another ghastly reminder that progress is never automatic. Given the opportunity, the abusive attitudes that might have been assumed to be safely relegated to the past will reassert themselves.

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  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Don’t waste your wit on twits,
    etc.

    Surely even the irritatingly disabled warrant our compassion. That said, a particularly obnoxious visually impaired individual who once demanded that I help him across Sydney's William Street, right outside the old Institute for the Blind, has only my good nature to thank that I didn't leave him stranded on the median strip.

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  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    mea culpa.

    And top o' the ad hominem to you too sir.

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  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I’m thinking of getting a T-shirt done
    - maybe like the Beagle Boys ones…

    Still impressed after all these years by the classy machine-knitted Beagle Boys jumpers that early Proud Scum sported. Way before orange was the new black they had the colour matched perfectly.

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  • Access: It’s just a bout of Chronic Sorrow, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    And now yours might be staying put at school, often without any qualifications and despite everyone’s best efforts nowhere near the aspirational NCEA Level 2 that is now the essential ticket to successful adulthood.

    Thanks for keeping this one alive. It’s now over twenty years since the door was closed to those who, IMHE and with capable oversight, proved to be excellent childcare workers despite lacking the academic skills to gain a formal qualification. While they received a disability benefit it functioned as a wage subsidy to their employer. Looking back it’s all proven to be part of the pattern of the widening social gap, with the most vulnerable as always bearing the brunt.

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  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…, in reply to fredster jones,

    Why do regular contributors to this site resort to vile ad hominem stuff like comparing Bob Jones to a turd ?

    But those cute brown shar pei puppies in the Roly bum fodder ads were chosen because of the breed’s subliminal resemblance to healthy human excrement, and kiwis took them to their hearts.

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  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…, in reply to Alfie,

    Wow! Send your photographs of our PM pulling waiters’ hair to…

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    “Strung out on lasers and slash back blazers
    Ate all your razors while pulling the waiters ”

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  • Envirologue: Too Big to Fail – Why…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Though I do notice an upward curve in your passive aggressiveness, not getting a tad hot under the collar are we?

    Heh.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Like the Remains of the day but with a lot less dignity,
    at the end of the day.

    "Here's the Remains of the Day lunchbox. Kids don't like eating at school, but if they have a Remains of the Day lunchbox they're a lot happier."

    - Corky St. Clair, Waiting For Guffman.

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  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    From back in the day when some actually still believed the promise to re-enter would be honoured.

    As long as extending a measure of good faith appeared to offer a hope of real justice the Pike River families can hardly be blamed for holding to that course until the duplicity they’d been subjected to was clearly revealed. With genuine support they’ll hopefully still prevail. Meanwhile McCready has discovered fresh windmills to tilt at.

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