Posts by martinb

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  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    though: lets be honest as well as news junkies- the complexity of the story and explosiveness of the story has been a bit exhilirating compared to the berms of last week.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 156 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli,

    The other thing that really annoyed me was Palino after the election not congratulating Len Brown after a truly resounding win, but saying how worried he was for Auckland and blaming the media etc etc which was essentially saying that he had no respect for the voters.

    And then this happens a day or two later.

    A bit 'Fair is foul and foul is fair' really.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 156 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli, in reply to Russell Brown,

    sorry- I was being a little sarcastic, which doesn't always translate in text! I think you your comment has picked up the nub of what I was saying exactly.

    And I see that that discussion, which I started reading pages back has well and truly been had...

    It's quite a stretch to potray the Slaters as somehow victims here.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 156 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Everybody's Machiavelli, in reply to "chris",

    I thought good on his daughters. They don't want to see some bs concern over their well being destroy all of their fathers hard work, especially from a piece of work like Slater. If every man and his dog are allowed to come out and say 'oh his poor wife and children, he must resign' they certainly are allowed to put their view out there. And good on them.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 156 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 156 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 • 156 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 • 156 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 • 156 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 • 156 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 • 156 posts Report Reply

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