Posts by Tom Semmens

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  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum, in reply to Kyle Matthews,

    You’re supporting democracy by not voting? Interesting tactic.

    I’m never said i was supporting democracy, this isn’t an election. If it was, I'd say any one of the choices would make a better leader than John Key. Maybe we should tie him to the top of a fIagpole to see how he looks?

    I said spoiling your ballot or not voting in this ridiculous referendum is a legitimate democratic choice.

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  • Hard News: The Message,

    Oh goody, Bernard Orsman is back to his click bating best.

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  • Hard News: The Message,

    The voters of Auckland want access to the foreshore, better PT and no asset sales but done with no higher rates and also seem to love John Key, whose government seem determined to keep a firm jackboot on the financial windpipe of the supercity. Aucklanders want intensification and cheaper housing, only they are also NIMBYs, NOTES and BANANAs lest it affect their property values. And we haven't even thought about controlling the CCOs. Goff can get away with being a bit foggy, because the voters are in a pea souper of wishful thinking.

    As for National - they are so crippled by factionalism in Auckland that even picking what champagne to serve with the caviar at the next conference would degenerate into a fight between Boag and Collins.

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  • Legal Beagle: Voting in the Flag Referendum,

    Mine went straight into the bin; Spoiling your ballot is just a good. Both are valid forms of protest because ultimately a democracy cannot survive without the consent of the governed, and change like this needs the legtimacy of a strong turnout - at least two thirds, I would have thought.

    A low actual vote de-legitimises the outcome whatever it is.

    No flag that is selected on the basis of the votes of John Key’s fanboys will ever be regarded as anything other than as a constant reminder of division.

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  • Polity: A hazy, intriguing crystal ball, in reply to chris,

    But why would they? Since Labour have now picked up that mantle...

    God, are the permanently outraged on the behalf of others brigade ever going to stop banging that dubious drum?

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  • Polity: A hazy, intriguing crystal ball,

    I guess it comes back to whether or not NZ First has a natural constituency that extends beyond the oily charm of Winston Peters working a rest home audience. One of the biggest problems with working out NZ First’s support is that of all NZ political parties it is the one that has the “shy Tory” phenomena the most. None the less, I know some people who vote for NZ First and I’ve anecdotally come to the view that these days Peters is more a hindrance than a help in attracting new voters. The natural political constituency of NZ First is as a populist party appealing to anti-corporate, socially conservative, low to middle income little New Zealanders of the provinces AND socially conservative, lower income new migrants. In other words, the largely invisible people our political establishment no longer represent and who the media elites are not particularly interested in except as amusing caricatures. A Peter-less NZ First that can get a half decent leader (a big assumption) and ditches his tired and reflexive racism in favour of a more subtle rejection of bi-culturalism that embraces a “melting pot” vision would stay quite electorally appealing to a lot of people IMHO - possibly even more popular than the Greens.

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  • Hard News: Ten Thousand Maniacs,

    Angela Merkel (who's far too nice to refugees for the American right's liking)

    Merkel is in serious political trouble on the refugee issue and a majority of German public opinion has shifted decisively against her refugee policies. It seems she is far to nice to refugees for many Germans taste as well, especially in the old GDR.

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  • Hard News: Ten Thousand Maniacs,

    History is not something which should bind us in it's predictions for the future, but if history is to be our guide the European reaction to the irritant of minority religious fanaticism and/or ethnic minorities has always eventually been the ghetto, ethnic cleansing, and mass expulsions.

    I expect President Le Pen will start taking the first steps along this path in 2017.

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  • Polity: Cold, calculated and cynical,

    Amy Adams (who increasingly sounds like she went to a home counties public school, yearning for the mother country I guess) was wound up set off to do the clockwork constant repetition of the rapist murders etc etc thing this morning. Farrar is running the same dishonest line. So it seems the government got it's strategy into place after a bit of urgent overnight polling/focus groups by Curia.

    The biggest winner will be be David Farrar, who can now probably afford to upgrade from a Gnu to an Elephant for his trophy on his next safari.

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  • Polity: Cold, calculated and cynical,

    Here’s the Stuff story which probably sums up the view from and for Middle New Zealand.

    On the other hand…

    Two stories which neatly illustrate the Australian & NZ deep state attempt at controlling the narrative vs. actual verifiable stories of real people. It pays to bear in mind the Australian government has total news control from Christmas Island. I don’t believe a single word they say, especially when that controlled narrative – parroted in the Aussie press – is punctured by compelling phone calls from the facility and interviews with families that are replayed on NZ media. One of the media stories here is how complaint and complicit the MSM is on this issue in Australia – they are part of the bi-partisan political lockstep over there that means this issue is not discussed.

    Let’s get real here. Australia is running concentration camps on these islands, designed to break the will of the inmates with brutal, lawless repression and indefinite detention. Like previous owners of concentration camps they’ll have you believe the happy faces of the orchestra playing at the railway station is representative, and when asked of reports of chimney smoke they’ll deny there is even a fire.

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