Posts by Rob S

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  • Hard News: Time to Vote,

    At the end of the day all I want is for a Royal Commission into the handling of official information requests with recommendations that lead to a more impartial and timely system of release.
    The people that have been using our public service for party political gain must be brought to account as it is a creeping and insidious assault on our democracy.
    I know that it's easy to see partiality in our press however the lack of curiosity and analysis in some of the stories released and the partisan ties to the people propagating these mistruths are causing a lot of harm to our society. Some of the backdoor character assassination that has occurred is truly vile and damaging which has to be acted on. There is a lot of power in what information gets disseminated and the playing field doesn't look level .
    These are the issues which I believe require a full and public airing as we need to stop the win at all costs mentality that is polarising our political culture.
    I don't want the Americanisation of our electoral system with its money and shouting at each other polarities.
    I do want a Government that looks to the long term good of the whole country both the citizens and the land itself.
    We are all in this together and there seems to be some enormous difficulties approaching in regard of the whole planet which need to be faced with clear thinking and honesty. Business as usual wont suffice.

    sorry for the rantlet. Rob

    P.S. just bloody vote it is important.

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Complicit in that they are fed political attack lines from a party without looking fully into the claims that are being made and why. Why did John Armstrong the Heralds senior political journo run a David Cunliffe must go article on a very flimsy basis that has been seen to be meaningless and John Key states that he is aware of more evidence and then it all disappears down the memory hole?
    The role of the media in holding our Government to account for some serious misdeeds is a fundamental task that has got force in law and is now being relinquished for tattle about the vapid deeds of pop stars.
    If the established news organisations aren’t up to the task then who?
    Will it be the law of the jungle with wealth being the sole determinant of who gets to frame the direction we head in as a society with the occasional Nicky Hager putting himself in the firing line of a well organised campaign of vilification?
    Quis custodiet ipsos custodes etc.
    Be you of the left or right this is of fundamental importance to our country.

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to stephen clover,

    Fascinating. Looks like Frank Macskasy has joined all the dots, in some parts using a stopwatch, in the Cunliffe-Donghua Liu bizzo:

    Why can't the Herald et-al do this sort of work with an explanation of what it means as far as politicking is concerned? The old style press seems to be comatose with content that is more at home in gossip rags than in a paper of record.

    My ghast is absolutely flabbered for the Nats to engage in this vile and anti-democratic behaviour is beyond the pale. I don't agree with them on ideological principles but I always respected them for following a line that they believed in and playing a hard but fair game.

    The problem is that those who are engaging in such behaviour are the ones charged with cleaning it up and it looks unlikely that this will happen especially with a complicit lazy fourth estate.

    Perhaps a citizens initiated referendum to instigate a Royal Commission into all these matters could bring some pressure to bear on our leaders and keep it in the public eye. This is a matter that shouldn't be swept under the carpet and forgotten.

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to nzlemming,

    but every time you try to pin him down on something, he shifts the goalposts. I’m out, and if he wants to claim that as “victory” I couldn’t care less.

    Pig wrestling ,you get dirty and the pig gets annoyed.

    I think that you must be able to recognise a closed mind when it crops up, best left to spin on its own axis in the dark. Probably a member of the British Israelites or similar recondite group.

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I need a Geddis analysis pronto, Andrew?

    Would like to know what else our Mr Whaledump is holding in his back pocket and how well insulated he is from being discovered also what any court case would turn into if he was caught.

    I want to see a full Royal Commission looking into all of the matters arising from dirty politics and subsequent whaledump releases. This is so necessary!

    Is iPredict taking bets on Collins being convicted?

    Can National enter Parliament on current polling without Winston First?

    Schadenfreude seems to be my current setting.

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Paul Williams,

    Graham and Simich and Brewer sound like the kind of dickheads who never quite managed

    Add Slater and Odgers too.
    My presumption that these children of Tory Grandees seem to be lacking in the ability to earn an honest living.
    Perhaps the parents could go back to whatever value based school they sent them to and ask for a refund or remedial morality lessons. Not a good recommendation for nepotism.
    Where's Mr Ede, enquiring minds want to know.

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Why we thought what we thought, in reply to Sacha,

    Hear Boag spinning like a top and Hooten having a real go at her on Radio Live (embedded audio clip).

    Boag and Hooten going hammer and tongs fucking gold!
    I don’t think she could lie straight in bed.

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to steven crawford,

    Neck minute, I over heard some kids talking about glueing Whaleoils head onto National party billboards.

    Made my morning, glad I wasn't drinking coffee at the time.

    National have a lie down with dogs you get up with fleas problem.

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    First time I've ever visited kiwiblog.
    Reminds me of KFC, Once a decade probably longer between samples and then walk away feeling revolted. As for Whaleoil?

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

  • Feed: Fulminating and fermenting, in reply to B Jones,

    Harringtons, the brewery, make a ginger beer which if my ability to detect natural from artificial is up to scratch make a very good example of a brewed ginger beer.
    Probably not wise to let the kids snarf it down on a hot summer day as it's around 5% alcohol.

    My Wife reckons it's the business taste wise.
    I'm more an over hopped IPA man myself although current inclemency is inclining me towards the stout/porter end of the spectrum at the moment.
    Went to hopscotch Mt Eden this arvo for my weekend top up.

    Since Apr 2010 • 85 posts Report Reply

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