Winston Peters is considering not replacing himself with another list MP. Says he believes in smaller parliaments
And people seriously wonder why politicians, fairly or not, get tagged as arrogant, out of touch and epically up themselves? Perhaps I'm a bear of little brain, but I do tend to hold the view that our House of Representatives is not a basket of trinkets to be dished out as politicians see fit. Guess it remains to be seen whether I'm right on that one...
Where can I get a hard copy of this report so I can throw it at the head of the next person who says "Why didn't she go to the Police?"
ProjRun and Top Chef are both pretty consistently great. All the contestants are either really creative or completely wackadoo (the best are both), and the judges generally walk the fine line between entertainingly snotty and reasonably constructive (I do lament the departure of Michael Kors, though. His dated-but-pointed metaphors were a delight). Also: frocks! Food! What’s not to love about frocks and food?
Though even there, I recall one season Kors was quietly but firmly told that if he could ixnay further references to “tranny hookers” in his critiques that would be splendid. Still even when Project Runway is at it’s most hot messy, there’s always Tim Gunn finding an unflappably polite way to suggest that an application of napalm might help things along.
As for food shows -- could someone stick a fork in Hell's Kitchen? I actually like the Gordon Ramsay who is smart, articulate and thoughtful about food. The ranting, sweary bully? Not so much.
Kinda with Craig on this. Whether any of it’s planned or not, it’s all a massive set piece.
I find it quite hard to believe, in this case. I think something quite unusual just happened.
There are already conspiracy theories that the whole thing is a set-up, but they ignore the massive level of risk in even trying to pull such a stunt. Were the major sponsors who went ballistic this morning kept out of the loop
I don’t believe that it was a set-up, but I’ve perfectly comfortable thinking nobody should really be surprised when shows largely predicated on ritualized humiliation eventually implode.
And I totally agree with folks who’ve pointed out that even if you think Simon Cowell is a Philip Treacy arse-hat, he does have actual RL success to back up the attitude. (And hell, I understand even Cowell doesn't go Full Metal Jerk-Off like he used to. I don't know whether fatherhood is agreeing with him, or if he's actually smart enough to realise "nasty prick" is a brand you can only take so far before the risk of something going horribly wrong on a live broadcast gets too high.)
I do take your point, but I have been around people on too much P, and the incident did have a similar flavour of incoherent narcissism to that kind of noise.
Fair enough – I’m just cynical enough to think this is entirely calculated, but Gomez and Morticia went way off script.
The whole thing was the kind of bonkers we usually associate with meth addicts.
No – it’s exactly the kind of “bonkers” I associate with reality television’s law of diminishing returns. You’ve always got to go that little bit further, that little bit nastier, turn the humiliating screws that little bit tighter to get the attention of an increasingly calloused culture.
And the only thing that surprises me about this is that anyone is even pretending to be shocked at the entirely predictable results. This is NOTHING like drug addiction or mental illness; it’s exactly what corporate media do to get the only thing they give a shit about – ratings, media attention and revenue.
Inexperience has nothing to do with it.
No, it doesn't. I've said it before, and really wish I didn't have to repeat it, but there's still way too much FPP arrogance in both Labour and National. Here's a reality check: We've had seven elections under MMP, and the "minor" parties aren't going away (no matter how much I wish some of them would).
At the very least, if Little (and Key) insist on shitting on their actual or potential coalition partners in public, they really need to get a grip on the idea that being into scat is a pretty uncommon kink so they shouldn't expect to be thanked for it.
On the other hand, this isn’t really a big story
No it isn't -- and I certainly can't disagree with anyone that Gower would benefit enormously from switching to decaf and cutting sugar out of his diet. But I'm getting just a wee bit impatient with folks elsewhere saying it isn't a legit story at all. It actually is a useful thing when journalists point out when our political lords and masters don't quite practice what they preach -- and legislate.
Still, I'm sure we'll all be taking the highest of high roads and refraining from any further comment on Eminem's publishers suing National for breach of copyright. After all, it's pretty trivial in the great scheme of things, right?
“Our objection isn’t to the t-shirt per se, our objection is ratepayer money being used for what is, at best, an item with little cultural or historic value.”
“In matters of taste there is a higher onus on publicly funded bodies to avoid funding matters of a highly dubious nature. One can argue that restrictions on freedom of speech and blasphemy are unjustified, while also acknowledging that higher standards should apply to what public money is used to promote.”
Let's add museography to the very long list of subjects Mr. Williams is woefully under-qualified to talk about without adult supervision. I don't know if he has ever visited the Jüdisches Museum in Berlin or London's Imperial War Museum, but I have. Both institutions -- which enjoy substantial public financial support -- contain material that should be profoundly offensive and distressing to anyone who isn't a moral cretin. Because that's what they're bloody supposed to do. I'm very glad Mr Williams lives in some rainbow lollypop fantasy world where everything is nice and generally inoffensive, but I don't. And no cultural institution with any standards whatsoever should either.
It’s interesting that Henry Moore is used as an example of the artists interest in the spatial relationship to his/her artwork, or Pablo Picaso. These are not famous for building sculpture in context with there placement. They built stand alone artwork.
If that was submitted to me in an art history class, I'm afraid it would come back with a LOT of big red question marks in the margins. Henry Moore's entire sculptural practice was intimately concerned with their relationship to their situation, and most of his highest profile work was commissioned (and not always without tension and controversy). He also often sold work at a fraction of its market value to public institutions and local authorities because, as a committed socialist, he viewed public art as also having a social function. (Which is why in 2012, the Henry Moore Foundation protested the London Borough of Tower Hamlets plans to sell a piece he'd sold to the then-London County Council on the understanding it would always be on public display.)