Posts by hamishm

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  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…, in reply to Sacha,

    Well, partly. The election seemed to have been decided in many people's minds long before it actually took place. I thought Goff did well, aside from his numbers gaffes he was credible and energetic. People seem not to have been clever enough to see it and contrast it with Key's disinterest with the whole thing.

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  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    Given:The people of Epsom ignoring Teapot Drone and doing what they always do, and
    Given:The presence or absence of Phil Goff seeming to have no bearing on the poll numbers for Labour, and
    Given: The statement by John Key that he would not work with Winston Peters having no effect on the backwash of NZF into parliament, and
    Given: The low election turnout.
    This year's word should be Elecshun

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  • Up Front: What if We Held an Election…,

    Yeah, they didn't understand the card, FletcherB. It's a little difficult to see how that could happen but it's a funny old game, the voting game.
    I helped at a polling booth and I can't say that it was enjoyable. The actual handing out stuff and dealing with the public was fine but the counting was a nightmare. It was cool to see folks voting and taking it seriously though.

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    They won. That's why they are in politics, to win. To start declaring them the underdogs after such a bloody good win is to stretch the limits of punditry to infinity and beyond. Lord knows what the next 3 years will bring, I'm picking magic ponies for everyone, myself.
    So why do it? To get the left over confident and not too worried about the loss, "Yeah it was bad but if we just keep on keeping on".
    If I could see it then it's probably visible from space, honestly.
    And change is what Labour need to do. Williams put it very well that it's time for his generation to move on. Time for him and Trotter and the like to mosey off in to the sunset.

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Well I guess I did listen to them. Because I tend to analyse what people say, I felt that Hooten was playing up or exaggerating the problems for the National government so as help keep the base energised. That's what he does. He's an activist i.e. one who is active. I'm sure he is happy to get mentioned at PAS.
    I disagree that National will be the underdog in 2014 and feel that two days after the election is too early to call the next election. I feel that stressing the negatives for the government is propaganda (information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.) at this stage.

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  • Hard News: Democracy Night,

    Did anyone else hear M.Hooten on the radio this morning "National will be the underdog in 2014".
    Laugh, I nearly started. He was going overboard on how it was a bad win for them and they had better watch out.
    Gotta keep catapulting the propaganda.
    Goff did well enough that he doesn't need to go now. 6 months time would be the time for it, let people get their heads around what needs to be done and get the generational change sorted out.

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  • Hard News: Last Words, in reply to Sacha,

    I thought that their " Iwi not Kiwi" billboards might have blown it, but evidently not.

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  • Hard News: Last Words,

    I think that the Greens should get everyone's party vote. To keep the other bastards honest.

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  • Hard News: Last Words,

    It might be interesting here in Palmy Vegas. The Nats have gone pretty hard on trying to roll Lees-Galloway but it has been so long between drinks for them that you have to wonder about how much real chance they have but they got to within 1,000 vote last time. Certainly the National candidate has been very noticeable around the town but I dunno whether that translates into votes.
    I think that after 9 years of the last Labour government and the shambolic last year, in particular, people were entitled to a change but enough, eh? How much more do we have to endure to know that this is the same old slash and burn National party. Nice suit, lovely hair but why are you carrying a flame-thrower?

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  • Hard News: The Solemnity of the Day,

    Yeah, Islander, I get the feeling that this will be a ruinous government. The country has been dramatically weakened by the earthquakes, Pike River and Rena and these guys with no checks on them will go Randroid mad

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