Posts by martinb

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  • Hard News: We need to talk about Len,

    Do the opponents of Len Brown have to declare the generous gift he has given them of incalculable political value?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mandela,

    I think that is why we owe such a debt to those who say the emperor has no clothes.

    Will it be our grandchildren looking at us over climate change the way we look at slavery? Or something else? Not being careful with our antibiotics?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mandela,

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mandela, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    Nice post Matthew.

    I almost want to say- you’re alright (until I remember the whole Brash and Iwi/Kiwi thing) . But all the same, you're alright. I guess we all have a little cognitive dissonance to our positions.

    I remember the main thing that interested me is that there was this whole other country where they played cricket, hidden away fossilized like the dinosaurs, and at the age I was at, I remember winning a speech competition asking if South Africa was ready to rejoin international cricket with the following lines:

    “Mandela says no, what do you think?”

    It wasn’t until much later, after Crowe and Hadlee had retired I realised there was much more to life than cricket and the much greater implications of the great man’s legacy. But the idea of this strange cricket nation emerging from a cave with a metaphorically long cricketing beard was what struck me most at the time, as I guess all I did was talk about and play cricket at that stage of my life!

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Future of Television,

    The other aspect is the aspect of the nation. What things do we do that most people will join together in, have as a shared experience of life in NZ?

    I didn’t realise that the Listener had a monopoly on tv listings untl the 80s- that seems bizarre, but that, for example, used to be one part of the shared culture.

    The idea of the blog, netflix, etc etc world is it is one that doesn’t have to engage with much it doesn’t like or isn’t presented confronted with it, and there is less of the old glue of national culture.

    I guess there is probably someone who has written better on this overseas, but this is the kind of thing we used to be able to read in the Listener! What is the result for the idea of NZ of these split cultures with fewer and fewer uniting points that everyone a) has access to and b) wants to watch or read?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving right along?,

    It's great we now have a template for the terms of independent audits and investigations into allegations and appearances of the potential for impropriety in the public sphere.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mega Strange,

    ok having read the entire comments- i can answer my own question on that one...

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mega Strange,

    Will the Nation be getting Mr Slater and that nice man from the Publishing Council back on to ask them questions and give clarifications after their piece last week? It made it seem as if Mega was like a torrent site- which it isn't going on the description given in the blog right?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Seamus Harris,

    Your posts did initially make me think of this:
    Wikipedia editors and Russia's internet army, but then the more you said the less I thought that likely.

    I think most people are balancing out the good work Len's done, who would win if he lost his supporters, the sordid and sleazy nature of the attack which damages the credibility of that attack against the personal betrayal of his family and some of the other behaviour which is weird, but also really really not something we need to know or actually asked to find out about.

    There is an issue about the reference, but I think most people wouldn't categorise it as "swinging ratepayer funded jobs for his shag" the way you did. He seems to have been one referee out of 5 IIRC, and he didn't appoint her or create a job for her.

    So the short answer is that some of us aren't pissed as off with this because it isn't for example pressuring public servants to alter their professional opinions to allow the government to push ahead with a scheme which could "kill the rivers involved", but a lot of sordid and personal details which affects private morality more than public, and doesn't seem to have affected the public purse or important decision making processes.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    Didn't realise this was going to have such legs.

    I guess what I was saying is that the harm to someone else of you laughing in your own head at someone's name is quite minimal compared to doing it on national tv or all over the twitter verse.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 170 posts Report Reply

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