Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to izogi,

    I’ve yet to meat anyone who habitually took any direct notice of Cameron Slater, but if you’ve had any exposure to media in NZ, chances are you’ve been very subject to the consequences of his involvement.

    And that includes teachers and principals who had the temerity to oppose National Standards. What David Slack said about the purpose of the whole Dirty Politics thing being to silence people was apposite. You might never have heard of Slater, but what you saw and heard in the media was often a consequence of what he did on National’s behalf.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to BenWilson,

    Now we’ve got the left being held responsible because it turns out that our government is quite corrupt and that it deliberately set out to spy on us, and feeds a lot of secret attack lines to a guy who churns even right wing stomachs. These are features, not bugs. Initially undocumented.

    And I make no apology for caring about all of that. It concerns me, deeply.

    I get that in large part these are "beltway issues" but I think what has been discovered is troubling and needs setting right. The overwhelming nature of the victory unfortunately makes that less likely.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Marion Ogier,

    You hit the nail on the head. I’ve heard lots of positive things about how good a local MP Ruth Dyson has been. People vote for a good hardworking local MP, then consider which party they feel offers leadership to the country. Labour just didn’t front with a team people could believe offered leadership.

    Harkanwal Singh's excellent interactive for the Herald tells the story. Even where people clearly wanted their Labour candidate back in Parliament, they did not back Labour. I read earlier that Labour only won the party vote in five electorates. I'm not sure that's true, but it feels it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Bodmin,

    It’s not just Goff’s but other electorates where the Labour party vote is well down on the candidates vote. ie Ak Central,Te Atatu, North Shore, Northcote to name a few.

    In Auckland Central and some other electorates that will be because Green voters got the memo and backed the Labour electorate candidate.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    2011 Winning Candidate: COLLINS, Judith (NAT) Majority: 9,890
    2014 Leading Candidate: COLLINS, Judith (NAT) Majority: 4,851
    A loss of 5039 but were the boundaries changed? I can’t recall.

    Not significantly. Her majority was halved.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Deborah,

    Thanks for nothing, Tom.

    If it’s any consolation, he was way worse then the All Blacks lost to France in the Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A call from Curia, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Thanks Craig. I've already had to delete one comment this morning -- so, folks, please don't post anything that could be seen to influence any other person's voting intentions. The rules are harsh:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1111/S00555/media-activity-on-election-day.htm

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    Hi folks. I've already had to delete one comment this morning -- please don't post anything that could be seen to influence any other person's voting intentions. The rules are harsh:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1111/S00555/media-activity-on-election-day.htm

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Time to Vote,

    Hi folks. I've already had to delete one comment this morning -- please don't post anything that could be seen to influence any other person's voting intentions. The rules are harsh:

    http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO1111/S00555/media-activity-on-election-day.htm

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Time to Vote, in reply to BenWilson,

    And even if they did, presumably they’d be tried as minors and merely hanged, rather than being broken on the wheel like adult electoral law violators.

    Surely no more than a public flogging? It's 2014 Ben, jeez.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18843 posts Report Reply

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