I should just make it clear that this isn't actually about the Brethren at all. They discovered the exploit, so it bears their name, but there's no suggestion that they're involved in Auckland's local body race.
Hmmm. I'm not sure evoking the Brethren is a good idea. And as I/S notes in an update to his No Right Turn blog, this would appear to fall well within the relatively loose restrictions of the Local Electoral Act 2001.
Of course it's legal. So was the Brethren's campaign (except for being naughty about disclosure). At the same time, it also poses serious problems for our electoral system when parties can evade their spending and disclosure restrictions by using a third party and an anonymous negative campaign as a front. If we are to preserve the integrity of our elections and ensure the political equality of all New Zealanders, then Parliament is going to need to look seriously at amending the Local Electoral Act, just as it is currently looking at the Electoral Act.
(And no, it's not supposed to inspire you to vote. In fact, the people who run these campaigns would be more than happy if you didn't. Better that you simply left the running of your city to the rich men (and they are almost all men), just as god intended).
Maybe, but they'd also have to cut off its head and bury it face-down at a crossroads.
With holy wafers in its mouth...
Why is it so much easier on Buffy?
The Swiss, eh? Just quote the "Third Man" line from Orson Wells at them:
"What have they invented..."the cuckoo clock".
I have it on got authority that they didn't even invent that.
They didn't invent republicanism either, but OTOH they made a pretty good show of kicking out their monarchy way back in the C13th and making sure it never came back to bother them.
And I'll second "California, uber alles".
I normally get Metro every month -- but last month, it appeared to have had its balls removed by ACP, along with the position of editor. It was just wall-to-wall lifestyle, and I put it back on the shelf.
Sounds like the Listener for the last couple of years...
(Sorry, just a reminder that some of us are atheists about sport as wellas imaginary friends).
To be fair to Espiner, I don't think are are many (if any) independent voices with the detailed grasp of the issue that I/S has.
Journalists must by their nature be generalists, and rely primarily on picking other people's brains. But still, this stuff is FAQ, so I'd expect them to get it basically right.
doesn't he realise Destiny think the RC Church is the Whore of Babylon (seriously, they do)
So does this mean their plan to recriminalise prostitution also has another target?
Does anyone else get creeped out by Brian's mate Richard Lewis? Every time I see him I think he looks like a man who gets into bar fights at the weekend.
Well, he is a former police officer...
Whether or not New Zealand's laws against flag burning are a good idea, some people are really upset by the desecration of the flag.
There's no right not to be offended in a liberal society. But if there was, I'd be gunning for Peter Dunne's hair.