Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    I agree with Ian that the Dunne connection is just a little bit too cosy and old boy network. Are there certain topics prohibited around the family dinner table?

    There's nothing "old boy network" about it.

    James specialises in various forms of public policy and law reform and he's been acting for clients in this particular sector since before his father was even the relevant minister. He's the leading expert in this area of law -- should he give that up because of his father?

    They're both adults whose respective jobs partially involve this area of law. But unless someone can point to and explain an actual conflict of interest (and all the Seven Sharp hand-waving didn't get there) I don't really see how "too cosy" is more than innuendo.

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  • Access: What disability is, in reply to Sacha,

    Sorry to hear that. I did not see anything.
    Russell?

    Yes, I saw that comment -- and no, it's clearly not there now.

    Sorry about that, WaterDragon -- that's really unusual.

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  • Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen,

    Just a note that you can talk about your nanas, nonnas and grandmothers too :-)

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  • Hard News: The perilous birth of the…, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Most surprised to see on the telly tonight* that a lawyer / spokesman for the legal highs industry, is Peter Dunne’s son, (who works for Chen Palmer) – of course they are all independent adults, but I’d have thought he’d have front footed that earlier, to avoid the muttering that will now ensue – an uncharitable view might be that it looks like Dunne is just making work for his son – (if you are a cynical curmudgeon like me)…

    Everyone familiar with the sector has known for years that James is Peter Dunne's son, so Seven Sharp trumpeting its "exclusive" and speculating about conflicts of interest is some bullshit. It's no secret. The only thing I think might be a bit off is the "inside knowledge" wording on the Chen Palmer website, but "valuable inside knowledge of how Parliament works" is basically what Chen Palmer sells.

    James himself has commented usefully on Public Address on occasion. I've found him straightforward and helpful -- and his speech at last year's Cannabis and Health Symposium was fascinating.

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  • Access: Disability, identity and the internet,

    Individuals with even the most complex identities and niche interests can find like-minded people with whom to virtually congregate.

    This is very much the case in autism, the area of disability with which I'm most familiar -- with the added bonus that many AS people find it easier to communicate without the additional noise of face-to-face interaction. That's certainly been the case for my younger son, who talks (literally) and types to people who share his interests -- it's been a significant part of his socialisation.

    Which doesn't mean that everything that happens is good -- the autism blogosphere can be a very fraught place at times. I'll write about that here some time :-)

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  • Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen, in reply to Hebe,

    That conjures up an evocative mental picture. Were the walls T+G or hardboard with half-round edging the joins?

    From memory, there were many cupboards.

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  • Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    well food quite literally makes us what we are

    So it's a metaphor that's literally true! I love that kind.

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  • Hard News: Standing together, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    And paw widdle Cwaigy was picked on by the nasty lawyers because they got his name out of a phone book? Fuck off. You pissed off the lawyers’ clients (nice work, by the way, whatever it was you wrote), and that is why the lawyers’ toolbox got opened.

    Get a grip, Matthew. I think the legal profession can survive a little bad feeling. You might care to reflect on how vile being exposed to action from a well-heeled litigant is for a journalist, especially one without an employer to protect them.

    I was singled out and threatened with defamation action last year and it was absolutely my opinion that the lawyer who wrote the letters did not do so in a detached and dispassionate fashion. The fact that he bragged about it in a pub didn’t help either.

    Fortunately, I was able to rely on the pro bono assistance of a partner of a major law firm, who was great.

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  • Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen, in reply to JacksonP,

    Can we assume you’ll be following more modern standards of hygiene?

    Please. Clean underpants, obviously.

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  • Hard News: Feed: Grandpa's Kitchen,

    Um, guys. You know what I did? I forgot I had a separate food blog and just put the post in Hard News. And then I went out and couldn't do anything about it for hours.

    So can you help me out and re-publish your excellent comments in over on yer actual Feed? That is, here:

    http://publicaddress.net/feed/grandpas-kitchen/

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