Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Hard News: "Evil called: Can you make a…,

    At this point I get to reveal that I was the "Paul" who's email was read on air just before they went on (I was pleasantly surprised to find I wasn't the only one - did I/we catch Hooten a little off guard? I hope so)

    I've received 2 push polls thru the mail from my local National list MP - one just before the last election, and one after - both of them contained questions that were worded so that if you were on the right the answer was obvious and if your politics were more on the left neither option represented your opinion leaving you in a "have you stopped beating your wife yet?" sort of situation with the least odious alternative being the National party line.

    I lived in the US for years before moving back to NZ and had to put up with push-poll telemarketers so this seemed so transparent to me - when I showed it to local friends they seemed surprised when I showed them how they were being manipulated - I suspect that this current fuss will raise this issue so that more people will be able to be discriminating when this sort of thing happens

    I actually called our MP on this in a letter to the local paper - and got a response that she didn't know what a "push-poll" was (yeah right) - and then changed the subject to show all the things her bogus constituent poll had discovered

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "Evil called: Can you make a…,

    I'm not so worried about their politics - the whole premise of the spot is that there's supposed to be a left vs. right confrontational thing going on - but it's national radio, it's also supposed to be a little more civilised

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: "Evil called: Can you make a…,

    I find Hooten very annoying, he can get quite vile at times - his tendency to play the man rather than the ball really offends me (sort of like bits of kiwiblog spewing over onto the radio)

    To be fair he used to be a lot worse, he's either mellowed or been told to tone it down

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Play by Discretion,

    all this talk of relative ball motion and refs just makes one wonder what happens when they all start moving close to the speed of light .....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Norms,

    Every Kiwi should be entitled to a bach on the coast

    See there you guys go again, you have to be so careful with your wording ... everone south of Timaru is going to go "a what?" or maybe "what about us?" - but then if you say "bach or crib" all those in Christchurch will go "cool, we can get chimneys without a consent"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Hunting Squirrels,

    Has anyone mentioned happier hookers yet?

    oh - I don't know - they have to pay tax now ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Norms,

    dc_red: certainly it's my opinion - in fact from my point of view voting to allow it seems insane to me since it makes no sense

    It's sort like "have you stopped beating your wife?" in that it requires you do agree with the questioner's world view in order to make sense of the question - or like that push poll that Katerine Rich drops in my mail box every so often

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Hunting Squirrels,

    Well if people want to bring up the whole cheese thing we'll start to see the demonising of farmers as National supporters - just imagine a "National Party Field Day" ad with lots of farmers driving up in hummers and jags, the back seats full of cheese - cheese on toast, cheese rolls, wine and cheese, big blocks of cheese on spits over a fire ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Big Norms,

    Oh Craig, I don't think you really understand the wonder that is Fox

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: If we only had time,

    yes! Tom: play the ball not the man - we want to hear your IDEAS

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2032 posts Report Reply

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