Posts by Jan Farr

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Idiot Savant,

    I find the idea that voters have a “responsibility” to elect your preferred government deeply troubling and undemocratic.

    Hi Idiot S – I don’t know whose blog you were responding to. It certainly didn’t seem to be mine. Last time you chose to ignore a word – this time you choose to insert one. Where on earth did you find me demanding that everyone elects my ‘preferred government’? I mean it would be lovely – but I’m quite wedded to democracy myself! I was talking about the responsibility to inform ourselves.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Marcus Turner,

    Regarding the more recent discussions concerning the rights and responsibilities of voters: is it likely that the level of knowledge about policies etc. – at a population level – is likely to change? Is there much precedent for this?

    I think it would help if the media changed its focus from sensation, trivia and personalities, to the examination of policies. In spite of the fact that Google is a quick way to get to the real oil, some of us seem to be happy to go with the cliches, uninformed speculations and half truths pushed by the media, instead.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Jan Farr,

    Quick! Dissolve the people! Elect another!

    Blaming the voters may make you feel better. But its the last refuge of the politically incompetent,

    Hi Idiot Savant. Did you notice that little word ‘some’? I used it on purpose.

    Just to be a little clearer. We won the right to vote. With rights come responsibilities - if we ditch the responsibilities the rights become meaningless. Which is what's happening now IMHO.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    I still believe Labour has a good chance of winning the next election, why?. Well, what have National actually done? The majority of those that voted for them last time because they wanted that tax cut have discovered they are actually worse off after the GST hike and rising fuel costs. We only need Bollard to up the interest rate and most of the swinging National voters will be going backwards. They will be praising Labour for installing WFF and start seeing this do nothing Government for what it is, a bunch of self entitled, nasty, mean bastards. John Key has already said he is off if he loses and that makes him look like a sore loser. Tolley looks more and more like she wants to eat children and Paula Benefit looks like she’s already eaten the entire nations food. Bill English seems to be drifting on regardless of the crisis approaching and Gerry Brownlee is ready to sink his teeth into what’s left of Christchurch. All Goff has to do now is smile and wave and he’s ahead.

    Now if that was the spin the papers had been taking, my guess is that the direction of this blog would have been entirely different. I agree, by the way.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Idiot Savant,

    Quick! Dissolve the people! Elect another!

    Blaming the voters may make you feel better. But its the last refuge of the politically incompetent,

    Hi Idiot Savant. Did you notice that little word 'some'? I used it on purpose.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to giovanni tiso,

    Whoops! Parker.

    Thanks - I thought maybe you were being ironic and I'd lost my sense of humour.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Sacha,

    Or because it was presented and managed in a forgettable way.

    I think I'm trying to point out that the voter has some responsibility here.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I don’t really read Watkins often, but when I do I’m struck by the shallowness of her commentary. She seems to embody the worst of Beltway culture.

    And in the Dompost that's about the depth of it.

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Lew Stoddart,

    Since you weren’t prepared to even read my argument before making your counter, why should I bother? I’ve had this argument a hundred times with Labour apologists who just want to make excuses, and it always goes this way.

    So: sigh.

    And the winner is - for coherence and honesty - Giovanni!

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  • Hard News: Limping Onwards, in reply to Sacha,

    Fair enough. Funny how I had forgotten it..

    Quite understandable though - just another result of the subtle leadership of the media.

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