Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Legal Beagle: Standing Orders 101,

    how many votes does it take to change standing orders?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Don't bother voting,

    I think part of it is that there's a common assumption that whoever gets the most seats gets first try at forming a govt - doesn't help you much if say Labour and the Greens are pretty close and you made the tactical mistake of already telling Winnie to piss off

    So what happens if no one can twist enough arms and two blocks approach the GG wanting form a minority govt? first come first served? largest block? the GG makes a call on stability? or whim? ("but you've got Winston do you really think this will work?" - "If I let this go a head will you promise I'll never see him ballroom dancing again?")

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Don't bother voting,

    Tom - I kind of agree with you - but I can imagine more of a town/country businessman/farmer split in the Nats

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Don't bother voting,

    'Song for Sarah'

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Don't bother voting,

    The big problem with these polls is that we don't know how they treat undecided voters - if one of them brow-beats them into submission until they choose someone and the other just doesn't count them then these sorts of differences are quite possible - really I'd like to see them state the number of undecided voters as part of the results

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's vogueing on the…,

    Oh please (puts on old dusty chip designer's hat) electromigration happens to aluminium traces (takes off hat, put on tacky hunting cap) and it's all steel shot these days anyway ...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

  • Random Play: Make It Easy On Yourself,

    I'm reminded by the story a few years back about some Aussie tourists (I think) who used their in-car nav system to go from Nelson to Chch - it chose the most direct route - some time later on a one lane dirt farm road tacked to the side of a mountain they realised it may not have been be exactly the best idea - there's a reason that road goes through Kaikoura

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: A 'music buff' is a stereo type,

    you mean like prying them out of Belamy's?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: A 'music buff' is a stereo type,

    I suspect the Chinese and Babylonians might disagree about printing and indoor plumbing resp.

    I'd like to add:

    Balding Overweight Company Director
    Knows where the check book is, can sop up spilt gin

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Proud Wednesday,

    Steven - yes definite nostalgia - so many familiar faces

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2205 posts Report Reply

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