"Sure, you’ve got all my money anyway. You’ve already wrecked the blog, pushed away all the commenters and reduced the traffic to a shadow of what it was. The experiment is coming to an end."
I almost feel sorry for him. Then I remember that he’s dedicated the last half-decade to ruining people’s lives, and all sympathy dissipates.
Back to the subject at hand; I wonder what the collapse of his blog, the failure of Scout, and the general weariness among the journalists I know for prepackaged foulness means for the election at hand. Goff is a very known quantity, and his detractors and opponents are not likely to find much to pin on him that he doesn’t already wear openly.
Crone’s also the kind of business leader Slater can’t bear and is of course associated with his new enemy Drury.
Oh, I just Googled. What a mess. Rodney Hide seems to be the source of this particular dispute.
Expect dirty attacks on Crone as Slater seeks to exact revenge by proxy.
I’m not sure why either Phil Goff (“Kiwi Chinese”) or Victoria Crone (“the entrepreneurial and tech sectors”) expect people to block vote according to an ethnic or professional affiliation.
This is actually how politics works. You get out there and shake hands, and acquire support within identifiable groups. They aren't hiveminds, but they share values.
It's why John Key visited a Tongan church this weekend. He expects to soften opposition and weaken a Labour constituency. Any politician not doing this work on a regular basis is letting their team down.
It looks like a fairly superficial article to me. She seems to have put as much deep thinking into it as the Flag Consideration Panel.
I expect many of the non-voters, the informals and quite a few of the fern voters to vote for the current flag.
And a plurality of Red Peak voters.
To me, the sheer margin of defeat – regardless of abstentions – indicates to me that in the end Red Peak didn’t appeal either to the public at large or as an alternative to those who didn’t like the Lockwoods.
Or, as I said several pages upthread, very few New Zealanders actually got to see it (or any other) as a flag. They were denied that chance by a hasty* and underfunded** process.
I'm waiting for someone to dispute or endorse my contention. I don't claim that if 4.6 million New Zealanders had seen it swinging in the breeze it would have captured their hearts, but that it would have gathered slightly more than 130,000 of them.
*,** I made these points well before votes were mailed, as it was obvious that the process would punish newcomers and reward the status quo.
the current anthem took over slowly from god save the queen, and the te reo version is gradually becoming predominant. so let’s just keep flying it.
It's a flag, after all.
What does Winston think?
You're missing a comma.
Or Sean Plunket.
subliminal blipverts on the telly...
Shhhh, that's already happening.