Posts by Raymond A Francis

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  • Hard News: Crashing the party before it starts,

    Had to laugh at Bomber's claim that this will be a worry for the National Party
    The Internet Party will attract people( young men) who want to stick it to the "man"
    Not normally people who vote National or even vote.
    I can see a chance this will bleed votes from the Greens

    I think you have summed it up well Russell and did well in not falling into the trap Bomber has.
    Not many peopled have supped with Dot Com and got away with it

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 529 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Karen, and being kind,

    It's not easy for most N Z men to share these sort of feelings, so once again thank you for some nice writing, unlike some/most bloggers you are a journalist and it shows

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  • Hard News: We need to talk about Len,

    You have covered this an even handed way Russell

    Yes, the $32,888.50 is a beat up, plainly ridiculous though as you say how often do the rest of us peasants get up-grades

    But this man is a repeat offender when it comes to not being honest to his supporters

    If he is the best you Aucklanders have (at the moment) then that just reminds the rest of us what is wrong with this country

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  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Well done Giovanni, while some talk he does the business
    And yes it is amazing how receptive business is to this way of protesting

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  • Hard News: Narcissists and bullies,

    Why does anybody (man) thinks this is something new

    Ask any woman of your acquaintance if some creep hasn't tried this sort of shit on them.
    If not them, then a friend
    It has always gone on but that does not make it right, quite the contrary

    This is the parallel world that women and girls occupy, where men try it on and their bodies are appraised every time they go out

    It is not acceptable and it is well past time it was stamped out.

    Smokers are now pariah, time we applied the same standards to these creeps

    I can't believe that the police have only had a watching brief on this, in fact a look at the facts suggest they were trying to identify the offenders and dealing with them but that was not nearly proactive enough IMHO

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  • Legal Beagle: Fact check: Q+A on mayoral…, in reply to Ross Mason,

    There has been a meme from the Left that the reason that Palino would have held off releasing this bad news till after the election was for just this reason

    Despite it not being the case and against common sense, better to win than creeping in the back door

    But that hasn't stopped the meme probably because it sounds like a good conspiracy and everybody loves those

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  • Legal Beagle: Fact check: Q+A on mayoral…,

    Nice to see someone able to shine some real light on the situation

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  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    I think you are over cooking the present "scandal
    I am prepared to bet any sum of money you like that in one year most will have forgotten it
    In ten no one but those involved will be able to remember

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  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    I have mentioned this elsewhere but one of the responses that has been used is that everybody does it as in

    Christ, if everyone who had done some sort of hanky panky at a place of work at some stage in their past lost their job, NZ would sink under the weight of the unemployed. It’s right under “go on OE” as a right of passage isn’t it?

    Not picking on you Kyle as it has been used plenty of times
    But in my chosen profession and plenty of others if your wife?partner caught you doing that bang out the door you went
    I am not suggesting it doesn't happen but not everybody does it

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  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    I don’t see anybody coming out looking better than they did at the start.
    Saying the Right or the Left are worse is laughable as both sides are spinning like demented tops
    Len Brown’s wife by saying nothing, had my sympathy and now my respect

    I am interested in what the women of the Left feel about the “demonising” of the other woman involved,
    We have had her past dragged up and quite nasty spin on her motives
    And as for her “handlers’ ghastly

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