Posts by martinb

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  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    though someones probably already said this, yes the main thing out of all of this is that Brian Rudman should be very very ashamed. Astute analysis

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Crazy Gang Nation,

    Only their purpose is mad…
    or is it the other way around?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The Police Investigation…,

    Try these:

    'In Zimbabwe police have raided newspaper offices after the Prime Minister made a complaint about journalists. The ruling party alleged the journalist was a member of an opposition party attempting to smear the government..."

    "In Zimbabwe a government minister previously granted extraordinary powers to deal with an emergency rebuild has questioned the need to protect journalist's privacy and sources..."

    "In Zimbabwe farmers from the dairy rich Buria region are happy after the government has removed the elected local environmental authority and replaced it with a government appointed body likely to be more sympathetic to farmers desire for irrigation and waste water rights...."

    "In Zimbabwe the police declined to prosecute Government surveillance agents, despite saying the law had been broken, because the agents were not aware of the illegality of their actions, a spokesman said. New powers were last week granted to ..."

    " In Zimbabwe the Prime Minister dismissed concerns of the Law Society, the Human Rights Commission and previous Prime Ministers about wide-ranging new surveillance powers, saying they didn't understand the bill and that the public could have confidence in him to ensure the surveillance was used only in appropriate circumstances...."

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Political Idol, or whatever…,

    Well it's a better negotiating position than take our work rights, our public tv land and have a train station to deliver gamblers straight to the casino, and stuff the St James.

    Perhaps the Nats should look straight into a naming rights deal. SkyCity sums up the values of the era much as Weetbix or Marmite used to and is just as iconic.

    The SkyCity National Party would be win-win for both Party, Country and Company.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fluency, ease of manner - and…,

    Key goes down in the fourth

    Is the Herald going to strip him of the interview heavyweight crown now?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fluency, ease of manner - and…,

    Then this commentary, which curiously is in the entertainment section...

    Granny having a bob each way.

    But you have to feel for Campbell. How do you argue with the Smiling Man when he counters like this?

    Campbell: "Are you saying that Bruce Fergusson, Sir Geoffrey Palmer and the law society and the privacy commissioner and the human rights commission are all wrong?"

    Key. "Yeah."

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fluency, ease of manner - and…,

    I don't know- I didn't think it was a slick performance. It was anti-debating- not winning by virtue of making a greater case, but by disrupting the lines of questioning and ignoring the things you find inconvenient.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Fluency, ease of manner - and…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    You mean this kind of thing Bart

    We must celebrate our ABs and the glory of our politicians as they avoid giving the public information or answering questions about a matter of our privacy and freedom…

    8 to 3! Winner! !

    Can’t be a boxing analogy- if a boxer refused interviews as much as Key has done he would be stripped of his crown. Not sure what he’s got to be so proud of. Concur with Bart- we should be dis-custard.

    Cunliffe could go toe-to-toe with him, probably.

    I’d love to see him debate some one like Dame Anne- some one who could really show him up with decency, humility and mana. Didn’t the Left used to have elder statesmen and people with mana and trust? You can’t marketing campaign up years of public service and consistent public actions.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Somebody Think of the Young Adults!,

    I just wish there were William Taylor books for people older than teenagers too...

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The future: be careful what…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    and then these folk have children with the help and these children end up as perennial internet commentators?

    still, as a snarky stereotype it's a different one from 'poofters, wogs and spastics'. Kinda like South Park on San Francisco...

    Besides all pejorative stereotypes only apply to local football as you can watch your ancestral team or pretend you are worthy of hanging out with Mr R. Abrahmovic, Saudi princes, Malaysian moguls, American hucksters et al (see Key, J etc etc) while maintaining while maintaining a secure identity with a bit of local mongrel.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 152 posts Report Reply

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