Posts by Geoff Lealand

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  • Hard News: What to Do?,

    Let's get real, they're very expensive non-binding opinion polls.

    I am really with Craig on this. Non-binding CIRs are really faux democracy, tantamount to writing a Letter to the Editor on a very large scale.

    For example, I would be interested in gathering signatures for a CIR that says "The ACT Party should be excluded from all forms of government", and I may well get sufficient monikers.

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  • Hard News: What to Do?,

    crossing out "good parental" on the ballot paper and then voting yes

    That is a very useful suggestion, as both a response to and commentary on the question.

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  • Speaker: A Very Simple Stroke,

    Spam like 'ghost ships'. Brilliant!

    You have successfully taken me away from my own petty worries this day. Thank you.

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  • Hard News: What to Do?,

    I do have an uneasy feeling that there are heaps of people out there who don't see the inconsistency and contradictions in the referendum question that us educated folk can plainly see. How come Baldick constructed the question this way, without seeing any problems with it? Is it less of a question and more of a confirmation of a mind-set?

    So, we do really need to decide on the best strategy for dealing with it. Do we just vote "Yes' and suppress all our misgivings about doing so. Or do we make a point and spoil the ballot? I know how I would like to spoil mine (it involves bodily fluids)!

    I think I will vote 'Yes' and write a comment on the paper (space permitting) about the validity of the exercise. Of course, only the person counting up votes will likely see this but I will be feel better for it (after all, I often write comments on student exam papers, knowing they are unlikely ever to see them!). But would such an action constitute a 'spoiling'?

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  • Hard News: What to Do?,

    Of course, that should be "sleep furiously'--which I should go and do a bit of!

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  • Hard News: What to Do?,

    F@ck. I really wanted to spoil that ballot.

    Couldn't we do both ie vote "Yes" and add a note along the lines. "This the only possible answer to an insanely stupid and devious question".

    If any of my students proposed a question like this one in their research assignments, they would get a D + an instruction to go away and think about it

    re the 'furious sleep' reference. I am trying to track down a documentary of this name, about a mid-Wales farming community. It has been much praised in Sight&Sound.

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  • Hard News: What to Do?,

    He is seldom my favourite journalist but Sean Plonker redeemed himself on Morning Report this morning by giving Larry Baldick a right bollocking.
    (Note: deliberate mis-spelling this time)

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  • Hard News: Ups and Downs,

    Yes, I heard that too. Good stuff! I had pretty much given up on NatRadio in the pm but I was home, working my way through a pile of essay marking.

    My beef with The Panel is not so much with the right wing bozos they invite in, but because they favour 'personalities' who already have ample opportunities to spout off in the media.

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  • Hard News: On the Waterfront,

    In other news, they're going to build a motorway through Taupiri mountain. Who could possibly object?

    Well, I might--and possibly Tainui and all those folk who relatives buried on the mountain.

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  • Hard News: On the Waterfront,

    Couldn't believe it when I took a turn down a side street off Cardiff's main drag, and there was bloody Cardiff Arms Park! Unbelievable!

    Not there for much longer, from what I hear. The developments on Cardiff Bay are probably a good example of how NOT to re-develop docklands--a hodge-podge of commercial and civic buildings, with poor access and no sense of a co-ordinated plan.

    I was always amused, when we lived in Cardiff in 2004, that they would sell beer in the Millennium Stadium if a rugby match was on, but not for soccer games (when the Stadium was standing for the being-rebuilt Wembley Stadium). Instead, the city was turned into a war-zone, with mounted poleese and mobile booze barns on every corner.

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