Posts by BenWilson

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Still we had a dirty election bought to us by very famous journalists because there was and still is a real story.

    I remember a quote by DPF around the time Brash lost his one big shot. It was to the effect of "When we hold the government accountable and responsible, it's called democracy. When we hold the opposition accountable and responsible, there's another word for it". I thought it was poignant at the time, since the election swung in the late phases on Brash's involvement with the EB, and then later the revelations of Hollow Men and what he was doing with his dick. Then Labour turned out to have overspent on the campaign, and they changed the law retrospectively to allow it. Not their finest hour.

    Now we've got the left being held responsible because it turns out that our government is quite corrupt and that it deliberately set out to spy on us, and feeds a lot of secret attack lines to a guy who churns even right wing stomachs. These are features, not bugs. Initially undocumented.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8500 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    You asked me to tell you what I think would be constructive, and I have.

    Yes, and thank you for that.

    I didn’t see the internet party calling for devolution.

    No, I don't think any party polling higher than ACLP has called for that.

    You got any better ideas?

    I actually like your ideas. I like them a lot better than your whining and recriminating Labour, who will never do any of what you're saying, and PAS who have no power to do any of it, even though numerous commentators have agreed with many of them. You accused me on Dimpost of having ideas that are non-starters - every last one of your ideas is a non-starter for Labour. The place for those ideas is in the small parties. But you hate on the Greens even more than you hate on Labour, and they even HAVE some of your ideas as policy planks. Internet/Mana is the closest thing we've ever had to your policy list. Labour just killed them stone dead.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8500 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Bodmin,

    Sure, and vote splitting is still a highly likely possibility. Even in Roskill that could be all that happened, that people voted Goff but party voted Green or NZF. I don't think we really know either way, and we should keep open in our minds all possibilities until there is any data to inform us better.

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    OK Tom, so half of that is the policy of IMP who just got shanked off the entire political grid. Is that really your vision for Labour?

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to TracyMac,

    I think that quite a substantial proportion of Labour voters feel that way too. The pinkos just happen to be the Green party and anything further out. It matters not one whit that they themselves were once a party like this. Too far down the memory hole. Also too far down the memory hole is having once been the kind of person who might actually choose to vote for such pinko ideas. And the very same people who cried foul about Muldoon being elected with a minority of total votes and getting nearly the same hold on power that Key got yesterday, complain about how this is all MMPs fault. FFS if it were FFP now, Key would have got a two thirds majority.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8500 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Give him a chance. He might come through, but not if he's got to answer a bunch of aggro. I'm really genuinely curious to hear what the vision behind the bitterness is. It might make sense, or it might be incoherent cliches strung together. What I don't want it to be is silence.

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  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Well I, for one, vote strongly that you do, because I've asked you to do this many a time and got nothing back, and yet you persist on carrying on about PAS like the pork chop in a synagogue that you have made yourself. I've asked you on Dimpost several times too and got nothing, unless you aren't Sanctuary.

    Do tell what your actual plan is. At as much length as you like. Put it out there in detail. There will never be a better time.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8500 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    For the third time now, tell me how better you think it should be done. Because you're long on bitter recriminations and short on real ideas.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8500 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Time to Vote,

    Yup. They used to do it that way in Oz, before Howard changed it. It's quite a straightforward idea, that the tax is only on genuine profit. You're not going to have to pay 33% of the value of your property on the place you purchased in St Mary's Bay in the 1970s for $10,000, and sold in 2015 for over a million dollars. You'll just be paying for how much over the national average rise that it is.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8500 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Decision 2014: Where to watch…,

    I'm not convinced that polls drive the results. Some evidence to that effect would be good, although it's actually hard to see what kind of evidence would be effective.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8500 posts Report Reply

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