Posts by martinb

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  • Hard News: All John's Friends, in reply to llew40,

    This comes in part from an environment where some journalists print press releases or accept National’s framing without question.

    It’d be interesting to ask those people a follow up question along the lines of what makes the Greens far left.

    Another anecdote- I had a conversation with a young voter with conservative parents who felt obliged to vote the Nats, but the other party that interested him was the Greens.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Good work, in reply to Finlay Macdonald,

    Since a sentence ago, huh?

    And there seem to be some of the great columnists I remember whose work occasionally pops up there too- recent issue having Braunias and the man with the name at the top as well.

    I think it is the only magazine that can compare to the broad appeal of the Listener in terms of its risk taking, in that it has (a lot!) of Steve Braunias's work and writers of the Public Address ilk, as well as Matthew Hooton.

    (What do you do with people whose name ends in 's'? Is it Braunias' work or Braunias's work?)

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We need to talk about Len,

    and they keep repeating the $39,000 bs over and over again

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We need to talk about Len,

    "Labour MP Shane Jones said there was no future for Mr Brown in public life after this, and he had to decide whether to leave now or later."

    *facepalm*

    Of all the people ffs

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We need to talk about Len,

    https://twitter.com/intent/user?original_referer=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nzherald.co.nz%2Fnz%2Fnews%2Farticle.cfm%3Fc_id%3D1%26objectid%3D11174750&screen_name=BernardOrsman&tw_i=413478609626488832&tw_p=tweetembed

    Orsman thinks it bizarre that Brown is not dragged through the street and lynched in the Herald approved manner as usually befits someone that receives upgrades.

    15-5 Bernard. What I want to know is how did Dick Quax know about the report before it was released?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 175 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 • 175 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mandela,

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  • 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 • 175 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 • 175 posts Report Reply

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