One thing I didn't highlight about the advantages of S/MIME (beyond not having to download and run key-generation and mail client add-ons) is that public certificate distribution is easy - just send someone a digitally signed email (you need to ensure the option to include the cert is selected).
On receiving the signed message, all the recipient needs to do (in Outlook) is click on the signature prompt and select "add to contacts".
Since the key exchange is a bit "backwards" compared to PGP, they can now send you encrypted messages. You'd need to receive a digitally-signed message from them (it can be encrypted as well) to encrypt email back.
For more food for thought, these days I'd probably prefer to use S/MIME over PGP. Integration isn't a problem with most modern mail clients (http://email.about.com/od/smimesoftware/S_MIMEEnabled_Email_Software.htm) - it's built-in with no addons needed. It's a slight PITA having to get the cert installed and configured in the mail client, but it's a download > install rather than generating and installing. Hint to Windows users, download a cert in IE even if you normally use Firefox - Firefox has its own certificate cache and it's annoying to have to export it from there and install it into the OS cache. (ETA: if you follow the link to install the Comodo cert from their email, it looks like it installs it correctly even if you're in Firefox.)
You need a third-party-signed certificate, but there are free providers: http://www.instantssl.com/ssl-certificate-products/free-email-certificate.html
This is a basic guide for installing in Outlook, but just google "[mail client] smime" for instructions for most products: http://www.marknoble.com/tutorial/smime/smime.aspx. I would not recommend using Thawte certs as specified in this article - they require ID to "verify" who you are.
There are Gmail S/MIME addons - one's a Firefox addon, and another is called Penango (ironically used by the US Air Force).
There's a list of mail clients here that natively support PGP and many others you can get plugins/addons for: http://www.vanheusden.com/pgp.php
For your webmail services like Gmail and Outlook.com, there's Mailvelope: http://www.mailvelope.com/
Comes in a Chrome app only so far, although they do apparently have a Firefox plugin in development.
Since I'm not a Labour voter, my (queer) opinion is moot, but I wouldn't be keen on Robertson as leader either. I think some of the observations that others have made about him seeming to be very much in the "Wellington machine" are apt.
Personally, I think professional politicians are a great thing in the kind of democracy we have, in terms of getting the work done. However, since we seem to have a fascination with "leaders", choosing someone with a reasonable degree of charisma, a broad support base, and the ability to not be seen as engaging in politics for politics' sake, seems like the best thing.
I think the fact that Key's family background, occupation, and roots in Canterbury (not the BIG city) tick a lot of boxes in the "successful, but close to the 'real' people" metrics for many. Regardless of actual reality. While rank populism is irritating to contemplate (whether someone can do the job seems more important), it can't be ignored.
And in how many ways do you need people like me and many of us here to tell you that "blue collar" workers (such as they are; I'm going to assume you also mean service workers) also includes the ebil gays, women, people of ALL ethnicities, transgender people, etc etc etc.
Shall I draw a Venn diagram with little intersecting circles?
If you're too stupid politically to put down the dog whistle and direct debate along the lines of "a fair go for everyone" while pointing the finger at those who are really fucking up "blue collar" workers' quality of life, you don't deserve any gains in power.
Thank you for saying this more politely than I would.
Too reminiscent of Trotter's "gayz != workers" in terms of pigeonholing.
... yes, it's the "continually banging their drum" elegant (in the face of patent non-interest or outright disagreement) that qualifies it.
I tend to think of both of them as Missing Stairs, because if they’re not the “educable” kind of ignorant, the effect on you and the tedious adjustments you have to make around their idiocies/bigotries are the same.
Admittedly, I get angrier with the “doing it for effect” kind quicker. But whether it takes me 6 or 60 minutes to want to rip my hair out, I’m never keen to repeat the experience.
I facepalmed at that Kerre McIvor column too, but I believe that it represents a huge chunk of the population who believe we should all be nicer to each other, and not be down on people undergoing "genuine hardship", but some people need a firm hand to make sure they stay in line. And that nice Mr Key just has our best interests at heart.
I shouldn't sound so patronising, but the tone of that whole piece invites it. This is the dangerous complacency of many. Those who lived through an era where politicians clearly signalled their agendas, perhaps. You knew full well what Muldoon and Bolger/Richardson were like, whether or not the full detail was clear. If you voted for them, you wanted the "hard line". Key just comes across like a massive concern troll.