Posts by Bart Janssen

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  • Hard News: The Politics of Absence,

    Curran's throwaway line was trivial yes but it was also a symptom of what has pissed me off more and more about Labour. It exemplified a view that the only worthwhile result of the election for Labour is being able to form a government where they are the dominant group. Anything else is a failure.

    But MMP, when done right, is all about having multiple parties representing multiple viewpoints coming together and finding compromises. It should be about forming coalitions that can genuinely represent the multiplicity of opinions that exist in the population.

    Instead Labour still pretend that if they get to form a government they can then ram through whatever their policy dictates - even if they only have 30% of the vote. National of course play the same card from a stronger position.

    But either way you end up with a dictatorship by the majority, where minority voices get steamrolled.

    What I desperately wanted to see from Labour was an open understanding that they will have to co-operate with other parties who represent other viewpoints in order to lead this country. That would be a policy of co-operation and compromise to get the most representative government and not yet another simple elected dictatorship.

    If they were smart they would campaign side by side with The Greens. And say we don't agree on everything but between us we represent more of the public than John Key.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3787 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Ahhhh, all better now. that's a weight off my mind ;)

    Didn't get it all first time?

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  • Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    I have no idea what you just said. I guess you had to be there.

    Emma will explain teabagging, and yes it totally fits with this thread - just be warned don't search for u-tube videos.

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  • Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education, in reply to James Butler,

    Well call me a shallow reader and a PAS dilettante, but I for one still have no idea who you are :-)

    You can join me in "obliviouses anonymous"

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  • Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education, in reply to BenWilson,

    to be cut down to size by a small girl, who then dances naked on their corpse, spits on it, and then camps it for a rinse/repeat

    Don't take this personally Ben ... but I hate you

    You probably play a frost mage in BGs too so I hate you doubly.

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  • Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education, in reply to recordari,

    If you catch my socking my puppet, be sure to point it out.

    Already established you should go to your own room for that.

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  • Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Inevitable. I'd quite enjoy the challenge of disguising my prose style, tbh.

    You have the power now ... You could make it a competition, like where's wally :P

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  • Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education, in reply to Russell Brown,

    temporary pseudonym

    While I can see the value, I'd also say that there is a value in the honesty and openness that comes from people speaking with their usual pseudonym.

    Somehow I think there is a loss of intensity with pseudonyms that is felt in both the reader and the speaker.

    And that is really really not meant as a criticism of folks here who use a pseudonym. In many cases here those pseudonyms have a strength of voice of their own now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3787 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education, in reply to recordari,

    literally

    figuratively :P

    Damn time limit on edit - I would have caught it but I had to pipette some samples for a time course.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3787 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: It's Not Sex, and It's Not Education, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We found that pretty straightforward: it is fine and healthy for you to play with your penis. But that is a personal thing you do in the privacy of your room.

    One thing you notice growing up in a nudist club is that boys from the time they came walk will wander around holding their penis. Not so much playing with it, holding. Like a security blanket.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3787 posts Report Reply

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