Posts by Tom Semmens

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  • Polity: Key Derangement Syndrome…, in reply to Richard Mayes,

    How cynical is it though?
    The news media were interviewing people at the TPPA protest in Akl who couldn’t actually say what the TPPA was or why they were against it.
    But somehow they “knew” it had something to do with the rich getting richer and John Key was behind it all, and John Key’s let us down, and John Key John Key John Key…

    “Deranged” seems about right!

    What leaps out at me from this piece of rubbish is how perfectly it fits the whole meta of so-called Key Derangement Syndrome. The aim is to keep the debate focussed entirely on delegitimising the messenger so as to avoid discussing the message. The opponents of the TPPA? Talk about how ignorant they are. That avoids engaging on the issues their representatives want to discuss. Critics of John Key? Accuse them of having a mental health syndrome, rather than have a proper discussion of Keys rather shabby record of honesty.

    As a meta, it is perfectly made for a degraded and decadent media. It is easier and cheaper and rastes better to have Hoskings sneer at the PMs enemies as morons or obsessives than confront the issues.

    The media here in Spain is such a breath of fresh air. The other night on the news a rumpled, boffin like political scientist spent ten minutes(!!!!!!!!!!) going through the latest state of play in the talks to form a government, and that was followed later by a panel discussion. Spanish voters may be cynical and disillusioned, but unlike NZ voters, they are not ignorant of the issues.

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  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…,

    Speaking of the media, what the hell is going on back there in NZ??? Since voting started the MSM (as far as I can see from here) seems to have dropped any pretence of balance and launched into a frenzy of pro-change propaganda. It looks suspiciously like an almost coordinated pro-government PR blitz. Tell me it aint so.

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  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…,

    You know, if I were Andrew Little, the week after Key's flag humiliation I would announce a policy of a move to a Republic with a new flag, the required legislation to be triggered by the death of the Queen.

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  • Polity: Booze review! Brewday IV, in reply to Globalmitch,

    Hahahaha

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  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…,

    The flag will come up again when we become a republic. However, you only get one chance to look John Key in the eye and kick him in the balls. You all know what to do.

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  • Polity: Booze review! Brewday IV,

    Whenever I hear the words "craft beer" I reach for my revolver.

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  • Hard News: So what now?,

    I am not what is more amazing about that Orsman piece - its shear gloating malevolence or that he managed to restrain himself from calling the mayor "pants down". An utterly, ridiculously, one sided bit of tripe.

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  • Hard News: Mt Eden: Not a closing but an…,

    I had a big pash once at the bottom of that crater, at night you can see the top but they can't see the bottom!! As for banning cars, assuming you are fit and healthy, if you are to lazy to walk to the top you don't deserve the view.

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  • Hard News: Listening Lounge 2016: Drugs…,

    No Max Key discussing the modern phenomena of the cretinous egotist as DJ?

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  • Polity: Protesting too much: responses…, in reply to Richard Wain,

    So let me see if I have got this: You are having a whinge because somehow, and despite the fact our media is dominated by the voices of reactionary apologists, having a Labour voice is a bridge to far?

    You remind me of the UK Labour Blairites, who managed to stay in Labour despite Iraq and Blair's creation of a quasi police state, only suddenly discover their moral principles and flounce out of the party kicking up as big a self importantt fuss as possible when Corbyn got elected.

    Go away, you fool.

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