Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to mark taslov,

    I don’t know Joe, I just assumed you may be

    Carry on interviewing yourself then Mark, I'm done.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to mark taslov,

    I was deadly serious in the points I made, for a die-hard Labourite that may be difficult to swallow

    I'm having a little difficulty here. Who exactly is a 'die-hard Labourite'?

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to mark taslov,

    Come on Joe, arguing that someone could at least deign to join the conversation beneath the blog posts they’ve contributed at Publicaddress isn’t a cheap shot. it’s pretty much exactly what happens all the time.

    Only if you assume that making a guest post here obliges you to indulge anyone who happens to be living on the internet. You ramped your argument beyond the level of good faith in order to provoke a reply.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to mark taslov,

    with a bit of read

    Googling would have provided ‘a bit of a read’ on James Dann’s not inconsiderable activism from well before he was a candidate. Certainly more than enough to lay the cheap shots you’ve sadly lowered yourself to.

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  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Paul Campbell,

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    I remember they tried to sell it here, it was the wrong colour and tasted odd – no one would buy it

    They tried adulterating it with local product.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Mr Mark,

    Yeah, I get the impression James is pretty ambitious and has therefore hitched his wagon to the Robertson juggernaut. Probably hoping for a reasonably high List spot or Safe-ish Electorate somewhere down the line.

    Well I wouldn't really know about that. What I do know is that James Dann's been one of the few Labour insiders to consistently maintain a level of activism on the post-quake issues that really matter here in Chch. For the wider Labour Party it's been a pretty dismal track record:

    Lianne Dalziel demoted as recovery spokesperson under Shearer, prompting her move to local government.

    Narrowly defeated Chch Central MP Brendon Burns who, despite having shown himself to be an effective advocate for the quake disadvantaged, was given a losing list spot in 2011.

    After a false dawn as recovery spokesperson, Clayton Cosgrove went missing in action.

    Megan Woods, who holds relatively undamaged Wigram by the grace of Anderton and will never forget it, has offered almost zero solidity with the badly affected East. The one time she did put her head above the parapet she couldn't apologise enough.

    No-one within Labour, be it Cunliffe, Robertson, or anyone with real seniority, has taken a sustained and consistent line on festering issues such as insurance. The official Party obituary on Chch central's conversion to a solid National seat is that Tony Milne ran a great campaign. As I haven't lived there since the quakes I wouldn't know, but I understand that James Dann was a contender before being given the Ilam short straw. Frankly it's hard to believe that he'd have done worse.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Sacha,

    Labour wanted a lot more government spending that even with higher tax rates would have required more borrowing, a higher deficit and more public debt.

    Rubbish.

    Don’t mention the bailout of South Canterbury Finance, unless you want to spoil a lovely bedtime story.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Danielle,

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    Labour men are eunuchs.

    I suppose someone who uses “PC” unironically is not going to realise how offensive that is, but, um, it’s really offensive.

    Once you get over the initial 'is this jerk really this freaking stupid', yeah, it is.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to izogi,

    Also keeping in mind that this is a guy who proudly stated, on the record, as being the person whose role in politics is “smashing your face into the ground”.

    Yeah, spotted that.

    As long as he remains an outlet for his political links, he’s going to retain the attention he has.

    I suspect his kind of connections will ensure that it’ll be business as usual until the slime seriously blows back onto someone really important in the National camp.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    I’ve been thinking along the same lines, with the proviso that it’s a big ask for Robertson’s partner to have Slater et al sniffing around.

    Would they really be that stupid, especially in the light of Dirty Politics?

    Slater et al have no 'moral' position on anything. They'll smear someone for being homophobic if they sense it will aid their agenda. Whoever the next opposition leader turns out to be, their partner will be scrutinised for vulnerabilities by these ratbags.

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