Posts by BenWilson

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  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout,

    In case it's not clear, I'm in favour of compulsory voting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to Lisa Black,

    Forced engagement sounds, well, un-New Zealand.

    We do it for juries.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to Matt C,

    But what if the issue is that most ppl are not voting through system disaffection. how would compulsion change that?

    Well an obvious idea is that disaffection could be an option on the ballot. "No confidence" or something like it. It wouldn't change them being disaffected, but we would at least know that being disaffected is why they voted that way.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

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

    Far out, so the wooden spoon goes to Tamaki Makaurau. Less than half of the Maori enrolled in Auckland showed up to vote.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    Beautiful. Can visually see that we really should be counting not-enrolled when doing our non-participation stats, since that's the fourth biggest party after Labour and ahead of the Greens.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The sole party of government,

    Just thinking back to 2002 for a minute, I can't honestly remember any phase of soul-searching by the right after being faced with the colossal loss under English. Not in the sense of looking for their values anyway. I was on Kiwiblog a lot because PAS didn't even exist. The whole thing was just to go harder, stay on message more, sell more sausages at party sizzles, raise more funds etc. All very businesslike, if you count ranting at socialists a form of business. If we're going to draw lessons, that's one I can pretty clearly remember.

    They didn't search for their souls because that would be futile. Not because they've got no souls (undecided on that), but because even if they do, the search is futile. It's not their souls they want to find, it's the levers of power.

    I'm not sure I think this is something to learn from. But take it how you will.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to barnaclebarnes,

    I’m wondering if the Greens ran truly independent what their party vote would be? There a lot of Blue/Green would be voters out there. How many votes would they pick up from National voters and how many would they loose from Labour? Has anybody done the sums on this? More than one National voter I have spoken with would have voted Green if they had not ruled out working with National.

    If there was a credible leftist alternative to the Greens this would make perfect sense. That almost happened. They'd have lost my vote, but could just as easily pitch for some free market person who still thinks the market will save the planet, and no actual total support would have been lost, and we'd be all round happy. They could be environmentalists rather than half-socialists, and actual socialists would have somewhere to go. All finished now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Dylan Reeve,

    It seems that left-wing parties have a much harder task in clearly explaining and justifying their policies in the face of the right-wing common sense ideas. And, frankly, they don’t seem very good at it.

    Yes, evidenced based explanations are a lot harder than gotchas. What goes up, must come down, right? So space travel is impossible and that's just common sense. No wonder Colin Craig believes that.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Do you want to feel poverty. It can be arranged.

    More poverty, you mean? I actually hit my last dollar last Friday.

    No, thanks.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts, in reply to Peter Cox,

    The leadership of the left simply don’t seem to embody these concepts in any kind of visceral way. There’s no zeitgeist. I feel like I’m being told how I should feel rather than actually feeling it.

    That's a fair analysis.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8523 posts Report Reply

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