Posts by Sacha

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  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    or say you used to vote Labour but now because (insert inflammatory accusation here) you don't.

    pa-ra-noia

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Sky Trench, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    possibly the legal requirements vary if one is considering an existing structure or a new build

    but only one leg of the new cycleway route is overengineered for barrier height.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Sky Trench, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Only curved barrier I have seen is Grafton Bridge. This one looks ridiculously over-engineered for the location and the risk.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to steven crawford,

    I mean this government and too many of their peers in business have a backwards idea about what counts as 'infrastructure' or how to develop a platform/ecosystem rather than a product.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to steven crawford,

    Owning the infrastructure/platform is always better, yes. However, we have a cohort of senior decision-makers who think the phrase means little more than highways.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    reckon biological fabbing will be a bigger game-changer

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Consequently, governments can't and shouldn't try and pick winners.

    This government has picked extractive industries, dairy farming and construction including roads. The results either support your hypothesis or just prove that dunces with a 1950s mindset make bad choices.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to steven crawford,

    3D printing is one of the fundamentals that allows NZ's RocketLabs to undercut competitors worldwide in speed of production of their innovative electric engines, and lower costs enough to disrupt their whole industry.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre,

    Stephanie Rodgers translates her disagreement with Rob's view into contrasting messages:

    "No one should have to work more than 40 hours a week to feed their kids. Everyone has the right to the absolute basics – a warm, safe home, a social life, time off with the kids, good food on the table, good shoes on their feet. Going to the doctor when they’re ill and getting a good education at the school down the road.

    Many people can’t find work, or enough work to pay the bills. When people can’t find work because the jobs aren’t there, when people cannot work because they’re sick or injured or are raising babies or taking care of their parents or grandparents, we have a duty as a community to support them, not make them go hungry and live in mould-ridden housing as a punishment for their circumstances.”

    Instead, we’ve had three electoral cycles of: “Everyone should get a living wage but I won’t actually legislate for it because I support small businesses, but they should definitely try to pay a living wage and I’d pay it to government employees, maybe contractors, depending on the financial circumstances.”

    And: “I support people who can’t find work which is all National’s fault but also everyone has a responsibility to find work if they can because bludgers are a blight on our society but we must help the poorest except the ones who can paint roofs because if you can paint a roof you can’t be really sick I reckon.”

    My examples may be just as cherry-picked and oversimplified as Rob’s, but this is fundamentally my problem with “centrism” or “centre-left politics” as it has been practised by NZ Labour since 2008: it cannot clearly tell voters what it stands for. Because it doesn’t seem to stand for anything.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: In defence of the centre, in reply to Russell Brown,

    a story Russel Norman gave to the press

    yes, that part was not impressive

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17855 posts Report Reply

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