Actually this constant abuse of urgency and process as a way of doing business seems even a little more ominous and totalitarian. Something of a prelude perhaps. Hopefully not, but is Labour really the saviour here? Thinking about when the GCSB spied on kiwis, Zaoui etc etc.
so this reminds me of the 90s when crazy crazy shit was happening (Alamein Kopu etc etc etc) and until I stumbled onto Hard News I couldn't believe that no one was getting called on it. I thought either I was crazy or all the paper and tv news outlets were.
Who's Robin Hood these days? The Listener isn't as robust as it was and the blogosphere is a fractured kind of a thing.
Cunliffe placing calls to McCullum's manager Stephen Fleming...!
I know there isn't anyone reading any more but!
It’s understood that that Taylor has lost the support of senior players which could lead to Brendon McCullum taking over the captaincy of the BlackCaps.
Well TVNZ is descended from the folk at the Beeb who taped over or destroyed all those Doctor Who episodes....
Sorry gunna be serious again- had to on the basis of this (maybe there should be a full time website using cricket-based commentary on politics, even better than Paul the Octopus) :
Mostly I just want you to decide on who and what you are and what you know, what you bring to international cricket, what you want to give for your country. From the outside, you look dispirited, disjointed and disoriented.
Wrongly, you are looking outside for the answers. Look within, look in the mirror and ask yourself to stand up and be the men you are. Look within, be honest, strip away the rubbish and focus on what's important and what's really and essentially you.
Labour should be signing this guy up and getting in a few good net sessions!
Also though there was the McCullum/Taylor leadership tension Shearer is a loooooong way from proving himself to be Taylor or McCullum-esque in this situation. And Cunliffe is no Boycott.
I dunno- the contest between batsman and bowler is dictated by the field, tactics, position of the match and the bowler is reliant on the field to get many wickets. Batsman feel under much more pressure at 55/5 than 120/1 and generally speaking anyone putting runs on the board is helping the team. The new games places an emphasis on the speed of scoring.
how far can we stretch an analogy?
The Standard actually terrifies me. They appear to be about as reality-based as the US Republicans.
this intrigues me.
expand the analogy- where is Tenessee?
if there’s something as good as this rhetoric would love to see it :
a thousand years of darkness
Also agree that analogies could be made between a Clark Labour Party and a Fleming NZ cricket team and both current lots! Though I’m sure Fleming wouldn’t necessarily appreciate it as he had a game of cricket with Key for charity a few years back…
The balance of the teams, the overall averages, runs on the board and the first class experience of both earlier versions at the moment are much better.
Also could only think of Helen among Kiwi political leaders who would have the determination and class to do a political equivalent of scoring a big double hundred in Sri Lanka…seems I’ve obviously thought about this waaaay too much!
I would suggest though that of all the things that were wrong with the Labour Party at the moment having a fired-up membership who know what they want from their party and are-as-mad-as-all-heck isn't one of them, or perhaps isn't in the top ten at least.
Still there's a-lot-of-watch-this-space left on this one, though it's hard to see what a best case scenario could be for Labour.
who among the Labour front bench has done their job?
I mean Cunliffe has been far from impressive in allowing himself to end up in this situation.
I’m not a Labour member, but it seems from what I’ve read recently that the bulk of them who went to the consultation prefered Cunliffe. Are all members now dismissed as unruly activists?
Or because there are some loud mouths with inopportune phrases are they- these people who, unlike myself- have actually put their money where their mouth is in the political process tarred by association? They do seem to have some clear positions.
Cunliffe has gone after Joyce in parliament from what I've seen, on Red Alert and produced at least some good work. I can't think of too many active front benchers who have been getting coverage, compared to, say, the Greens.