Posts by Rob Stowell

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  • Hard News: Back in Christchurch,

    The convention 'centre' is a scandal. I was walking through this morning, and it's remarkable how far the central city lags other development/rebuilding. As someone running for council says - after 5 years, we need to completely reconsider the 'blueprint'. any business would do this: is it still what we want? what we need? what is best achievable? The only reason this isn't happening is because there are egos too big to admit ever getting anything wrong.
    We hardly venture to the central city. I have to go back to shoot some video, but that's about it. I get that weirdly disorientated feeling - buildings from memory and habit still jostling for space or waiting invisible around a corner; emptiness that aches with absence. But it also lets us see things afresh, for what they are. There are lovely spots along the river - and will be more.
    If we could decide to do without the gigantic convention centre and stadium and move ahead without them, we'd be on track. Their unwanted weight is tied to Gerry's ego and it's holding us down.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 1887 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    And while all this bloodlust unfolds, Corbyn is away at the Somme. That's poetry :)

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to Rob S,

    do you think that Farage is the sort to quietly slide off into the background?

    No. But he wouldn’t be the only politician in this imbroglio to have painted himself into a corner without any plan for what comes next.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to John Palethorpe,

    Labour busted down as UKIP surge ?

    I don't quite understand how UKIP have a future. Given they are more-or-less a one-policy party, and that policy is about to happen - do they have anywhere to grow? Or will they disappear as irrelevant?

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    If they weren't so busy shooting each other it would be a plum for Labour. Gove is an unlikeable ideologue. May looks more electable, on the surface. But as a 'remain' advocate, she'd face a fair bit of internal turmoil - and Tory voters might not warm to her. Corbyn looks better by the minute - especially if Labour could cosy up to the Lib Dems (who could plausibly expect a few Tory 'Remain' voters to come their way.) It's a mess, but it also looks like a country ripe for new - or any - leadership!

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  • Speaker: The Government you Deserve, in reply to Alfie,

    Maybe it depends on where you sit on the political spectrum. I must confess that the older I get, the more I’m leaning to the left. Yanis Varoufakis is one of my heroes, which is probably why I can relate to Corbyn’s politics in the same way as I do with those of Bernie Sanders in the US.

    Me too. I think I'd like Corbyn a lot. I wish we had a leader of his ilk here. I get the impression most people do. But from that article it seems maybe he's not focussed or organised or - heck - manipulative enough to get what he wants (and the country needs.)

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  • Speaker: The Government you Deserve, in reply to Alfie,

    a PR company run by Tony Blair’s former advisors and his former spin doctor Alastair Campbell, best remembered for helping to draw up the “Dodgy Dossier” which invented the WMDs Blair and Bush used to justify the Iraq war.

    I'll always remember Campbell as (after leaving Blair's outfit under controversy, if not disgrace) running PR for the British Lions tour of 2005. He talked them up a storm. England had won the world cup in 2003.
    So Campbell had to front up to the cameras after they were monstered in the first test by the ABs. He was glib and confident enough on the outside. But there was a beaten look in his eyes.

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  • Speaker: The Government you Deserve,

    I like what Corbyn says and stands up for. But after reading Enter Left in the NYer, I've changed my mind about whether he should lead the party. Good man, wrong job.

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  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    the court action will establish how much authority the blueprint carries -

    Since we need to rip up the 'blueprint' and start again, I sincerely hope the challenge loses- and badly.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Before wibbling on about how undemocratic the EU is, with all its appointed this and that, it would be honest to mention the appointments are largely made by the (democratically elected) EU parliament. I'm sure it's not perfect. Bureaucratic and boring and officious. But I think the claims it's undemocratic are a over-egged.

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