Posts by Brent Jackson

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  • Hard News: Labour's Fiscal Plan:…, in reply to Swan,

    But businesses don't buy property to make untaxed profits, they buy it to have somewhere to run their business (without being at the whim of a landlord). I expect a CGT would have neglible effect on businesses that aren't in the business of trading commercial property. I'm not sure what the plan is wrt farms. If the farmer/owner lives on the house on the farm does that make it their primary residence and thus immune to CGT ?

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  • Hard News: He Panui: Media Take, in reply to Deborah,

    Except that the “Taake” in Te Tari Taake is a transliteration, ..,

    Because the Department of Inland Revenue taakes your money.

    (Or should that be the Dept of Island Revenue, as Russell put it).

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  • Access: One in Four – NZ Disability Survey,

    To avoid confusion with impaired mobility, you may wish to talk about impaired dexterity rather than impaired agility.

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  • Feed: A scientist researches restaurants, in reply to linger,

    ...was that the Cuisine list seems largely a waste of time

    Isn't it the opposite ? The Cuisine list (sans Euro) is supported by either or both of Metro and Trip Advisor, so it is likely to be good.

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  • Hard News: The People's Poet is dead!,

    My Friday night ritual in 1986 was to walk from my hovel in Commercial Road via the Connon's Bakery for a six-pack of cream doughnuts, to my friends' flat in Third Ave, 'cos they had a TV, just to watch the Young Ones. We were so delighted to see something so irreverent on TV. Monty-Pythonesque for sure.

    Showed my kids a few episodes recently, and it's not as good as when viewed through my rose-tinted glasses to the mid-80's, but still hilariously funny in places.

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  • Hard News: The Ides of Epsom,

    Hmmm. I wonder which electorate King Kapisi would like to stand in for the Internet Party ? Any chance of IP getting another electorate seat ?

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  • Hard News: The Ides of Epsom, in reply to Euan Mason,

    If they owned tall apartment buildings in Epsom, would they support legislation to ban them?

    Probably. Keep the supply side as limited as possible, so their existing building can exhort monopoly rents.

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  • Hard News: The Ides of Epsom, in reply to BenWilson,

    People who psychologically prefer to back the winning team will have good reason to hedge and go for one of the little middle parties, NZF, UF, Maori. They might even go Labour.

    This is something I've never understood, but I've met people who vote as though they're betting on which team will win. This was back before MMP, but if they have continued with this mind-set they can only vote National nowadays.

    If anything, I have the opposite attitude. I was immensely proud of my special vote cast in London in the 1987 General Election, where it was the only overseas special vote in the Auckland Central Electorate for the McGillicuddy Serious Party. 1 out of 1 - you can't get more meaningful than that :- ).

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Original Beats, in reply to Russell Brown,

    ... and compared her to a young Kate Bush.

    Now that you mention it - that comparison ain't half bad.

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  • Hard News: Two roads lead to the city, in reply to Mark Graham,

    The two holdups I can see are in the straight through to St Luke’s Rd, so why not make it both lanes, ...

    I think the reason why the middle lane is straight and turning is so that traffic that has come from the West along Great North Road does not have to get over 2 lanes to be able to go straight ahead along St Lukes Rd. But you are right, in that they are likely to be held up by right-turning traffic trying to get onto the motorway, but that depends on the phasing of the lights.

    ... and turning left into Gt North Rd from St Luke’s Rd/the bridge, where right-turning Western Springs and Grey Lynn traffic holds up those us wanting to head to the Chev, which then holds up traffic further behind who can’t fit on the bridge.. Seems stupid to me.

    They are adding an extra lane over the bridge, so there will be a devoted left-hand turn lane, so I'm not sure where you are seeing the stupidity.

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