Posts by Paul Campbell

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    Oh come on, the main purpose of jaffas in cinemas in those days was to roll them from the back row down the (uncarpetted) steps during quiet moments ....

    I'm sure the theatres swept them back up and repackaged them for later resale

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2289 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    I'm with Hillary, my favourite too, but I don't think Key's flag panel would consider it, not jingoistic enough

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something,

    All NZ Post Offices used to always fly a NZ flag ... I remember walking up to the NZ North one one day and noticed that the flag was upside down, I walked in and asked very quietly "are you being robbed?" ....

    More generally - I think the way we think of ourselves is kind of a sensitive thing - I remember coming back from 20 years of OE and finding myself walking on eggshells for a while, finding there were things I couldn't criticise, or at least not too loudly, there's kind of a brittle sensitivity about some things, we're very proud of NZ, but it's hard to talk about making it better by comparing it with other places

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2289 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    did he really mention her "long blonde hair"? how creepy

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2289 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    having watched the OAG trip around the various pokie scandals (like the TTCF), and other financial, umm, irregularities here in Dunedin and mostly just do nothing I can't decide whether they're being nobbled, have way too few resources or just plain don't care. Maybe it's a case of "don't rock the boat someone might notice us"

    It's almost like we need a 4th branch of government - a "keeps government honest" branch that would be independant, and would include things like the ombudman's office, oia requests, the investigative branch (and maybe more) of the OAG, - and someone who does a general ongoing review to see if government departments are fufilling their legal requirements etc etc - at the moment there are a whole bunch of things that mere citizens have no standing in - you have to persuade the OAG to investigate and then prosecute

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

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    More Tremain ....

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  • Envirologue: What has Neoliberalism Done…,

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    I'm in 2 minds about STV - I agree it's the best way to elect people to a seat or office - but it can get stupidly complex - ranking the 40-50 people who run for the 11 seats on the DCC's central ward is stupidly hard.

    I also have a problem that it's less transparent than other elections - vote counting for Dunedin local body elections effectively occur in Christchurch where someone types ballot papers into computers over a period of 3 weeks - want to be a scrutineer? you effectively have to quit your job and move to Christchurch for a month - want a recount? it's done by a for profit organisation so it costs tens of thousands of dollars (or they just push the button that reruns the program that counts the already keyed in ballots) - I like that we still count ballots manually with people looking on

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2289 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    I thought the AV vote was a LibDem promise that was part of their coalition agreement with the tories

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    FTTP s the same as FPTP right?

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