Posts by giovanni tiso

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Although I have some hope, as I said, that Robertson will be inclined to defend the policy core.

    It's going to be genuinely interesting to see if Robertson grows into the role, and becomes less cautious. He finally has a role that is not all about strategising, but has actual political content.

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good, in reply to Sacha,

    Bill English did have a stint at Treasury

    which he still hasn't gotten over, ideologically.

    He was taught John Milton by the best. Shows a humanities education only goes so far.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    Bill English has an honours degree in English literature. Michael Cullen had a PhD in history.

    In fact the last vaguely qualified Minister of Finance the country has had was Roger Douglas, who studied accountancy.

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good, in reply to Jim Cathcart,

    Is it possible to oversee a Finance portfolio for NZ without any sturdy finance experience or academic credentials?

    Bill English has an honours degree in English literature. Michael Cullen had a PhD in history.

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  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good, in reply to Sacha,

    Disability is in the demoted unranked zone at 17.

    They gave it to Goff? Or did you mean Dyson? EDIT: sorry, it's clearly Dyson. I think it makes sense to leave it with her, rather than giving it to someone ranked higher but who wouldn't know what to do with it. She could do the policy work (which includes working with the highly ranked Hipkins) and be effective in the house on the issues.

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  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out,

    "Ironically, we had a hell of a job trying to get the Herald to stop using the bogus figures the minister's office had handed out. They were even quoted twice in editorials."

    You, me and Alanis Morissette need to finally have that conversation about the meaning of irony. What you were going for here I believe is "Unsurprisingly..."

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out,

    (Also: thank you Sacha.)

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  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out,

    "And I'd wager that there might well be a few more stories to be found in interrogating the data that governments and ministers offer to justify their actions."

    I think it was in his Bruce Jesson lecture in 2012 that Hager first suggested that sorting through this kind data - by splitting the sheer work it takes, and that is often beyond the capabilities of individual journalists or newsrooms - could be a good and straightforward use of a crowd of volunteer investigative journalists.

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  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand’s…, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    Sterilisation of undesirable people has been widespread everywhere and remnants remain with the debates about the sterilisation of disabled girls and women in many countries.

    Most recently in New Zealand, this.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7425 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to Angela Hart,

    I made a series of OIA requests attempting to get at the information. I've copied the last two (which were to different Ministry people because my previous responses came from them) and the final response to dropbox, which you should be able to access via this link.

    Thank you Angela. The suggestion that NASCs are independent organisations is frankly extraordinary.

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