Posts by Lucy Telfar Barnard

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Does anyone know if there's an ebook version available of Dirty Politics?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 323 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I only caught the tail end of the interview with Farrar. The bit I heard I tend to agree with: journalists and bloggers do get tips from politicians, and presumably very regularly. But there's a difference between distributing tips to journalists, and telling a blogger what to OIA from the SIS - and then declassifying it for him so it can be released.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 323 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    And you’re tone policing – cut it out.

    I didn't read the "you're protesting too loud" as tone policing; I read it as a version of "The lady doth protest too much, methinks". R.S Surtees may be at least a hundred years out of fashion, but Shakespeare's never gone out of style.

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  • Hard News: Not doing justice, in reply to Ben Austin,

    Of course, that's the other way of looking at it - it's not that it's happening more because of social media; it's just that social media means we're aware of more instances of it than just the ones we pass.

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square, in reply to Jeremy Andrew,

    The lowest numbers of votes received in the 2011 election were for an Independent candidate in Wellington Central, and a Communist League candidate in Mt Roskill, each with 32 votes, but the Wellington Central candidate "wins" because there were more electorate votes cast there, so her 0.08% of the electorate vote is less than the 0.1% the Mt Roskill candidate got.
    Based on the average number of electorate votes cast, you'd be looking at needing to get in the region of 1630 votes to get your deposit back. I think that would be unlikely without some actual campaigning of some sort. But if you can afford to pay $300 for the luxury of voting for someone whose opinions exactly match yours, it's an option!

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 323 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    I think the reason there's more billboard defacement this election is that there's now a broader and permanent audience for it (the tumblr feed(s?) showing defaced billboards) than just the people who happened to pass by before it's replaced.

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square,

    How much does it cost to run as an independent? If you wanted to have someone to vote for, and didn't like any of the candidates, could you run as an independent without any aim of attracting other votes, and vote for yourself? Or would that be an expensive exercise?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 323 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take and Godwin's Election,

    But by my reading of the Electoral Act, it shouldn't be "banned" anyway. All it should require is that when the song's finished the DJ should say "And that was Darren Jones PO Box 555 Auckland, with his new song 'Planet Key'", and that would satisfy the requirements of the Act, wouldn't it? He's presumably not paying the stations to play the music, so he's not incurring advertising expenses over $12,500, and he's an individual, so he doesn't have to be registered. What am I missing?

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  • Hard News: Media Take and Godwin's Election, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    If that turns out to be true, then there's something seriously wrong with the system. But maybe the Electoral Commission is confused and thinks it's promoting the National Party?

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  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    I did find it hard to believe anyone could have a sense of what “Shylock” means, but not know Shylock was Jewish, so thanks John Morrison for volunteering it to be possible.

    As far as “[doing Labour] a favour then and [trying] to be a bit more on message during an election campaign” goes, sod that. One of my huge problems with the Labour Party in recent years, and with most politicians, is the sense that at some point they’ve had their ability to be real surgically removed. When you ask a question you get some bland communications-advisor-crafted “on message” response. Questions they haven’t prepared an answer for are given some margarine* answer until they can check with head office what the approved reply is – they can’t answer on their own because they’re either scared of knuckle rapping, and/or they don’t know what the answer _should_ be, based on core values.

    Difference doesn’t mean division, it means diversity. Diversity is a good thing. The Labour Party is an old and venerable institution and should have room in it for such diversity. Why isn’t it possible to appeal to a wide range of people by including a range of people and opinions, rather than a single opinion that’s meant to be all things to all people?

    *oily, bland, filler...

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 323 posts Report Reply

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