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  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to DeepRed,

    Andrew Dean nails it in his new book Ruth, Roger and Me

    I want to read that. What's your take?

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anzac Day II, in reply to BlairMacca,

    Australian's 'celebrating' anzac day by getting smashed off their faces and gambling. Maybe its an Aussie thing but I prefer our more 'sober' rememberance

    I've learned this Anzac Day that Australia has long commemorated survivors whereas we have mainly focused on those who died - so they get pissed and march and play two-up while we lay wreathes and talk. Makes some sense.

    I didn't really understand the function of our widespread monuments until Sam Neill talked about the bodies not coming home and family needing an equivalent to a funeral and a grave. Will never see all those small town memorials the same way again.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anzac Day II, in reply to Richard A,

    I suspect that if I still lived in NZ I would watch no TV as the commercial channels really are shit (as they are here).

    You might like Maori TV. Everything TVNZ is no longer. And had full Anzac Day coverage right from the get-go.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: This Anzac Day, in reply to BenWilson,

    The worst thing about WW1 is WW2. It was like we learned nothing and had to do it all again

    Not into military history but it seems the first war wasn't finished properly (Germany not properly defeated) so after a couple of decades the second one started.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    Metro editor Simon Wilson on dirty politics, the 2014 election and our PM's political style.

    But Key also knows something else: we judge character by looking and by listening to tone of voice, far more than by digesting what is said. Once we have judged, we are not likely to unjudge. He may also know this is especially true of educated people, who are susceptible to the arrogant notion that they have special insights.

    Key understands that we judged him early on as trustworthy, capable, successful, a rich bloke you could talk to, a man comfortable in himself with little need to prove anything to anybody.

    That’s an appealing set of character traits. Why would we be looking for reasons to change our view of him? Deciding John Key was not that man would diminish not just him, but us with him.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What has Neoliberalism Done for…, in reply to DeepRed,

    The skills shortage we read about in the news is really a skills under-investment

    Our businesses have got away with that for decades, just like their under-investment in R&D. Take more profit for themselves as dividends and high exec salaries instead. Expect government to pick up the slack for them with public funds. Lazy and immoral.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    Tim Watkin who produces The Nation writes about Key not understanding power relationships.

    So Key is clear: No, he does not accept he misused his power by repeatedly tugging on a woman's hair over a period of months. In fact, his hair-pulling is "a bit of fun" and an attempt to "put people at ease", so is "really the opposite" of an abuse of power.

    Which suggests Key thinks this is a woman exploiting his playfulness. Or, if that goes too far, his error is not in being careless with his power, but not being powerful (and serious and detached) enough.

    That framing reveals a remarkable lack of understanding of his power as Prime Minister and a worrying lack of judgement. It also opens wide an avenue of attack for his opponents and should prompt many more questions from Gallery journalists when he returns to New Zealand.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anzac Day II,

    Sam Neill's was the only Anzac tv I watched. Brilliant. Listener interview with him about it here.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    Puddleglum's detailed post argues that Key knew exactly what he was doing. I likewise saw it right from the start as bullying and harrassment, not some playful strangeness. It's right there in Amanda Bailey's own words.

    As he approached me he thought it would be fitting to raise his hands high and make scary, suspense sound effects, like the music from the movie Jaws that we all know so well, and still gestured as if to reach behind me. As he towered overhead I slunk down, cringing, whilst Bronagh told him to “leave the poor girl alone”. I looked him in the eye and asked “is it self defence, with your security here, if I have to physically stop you from touching me?” and he countered, with a smile, “defence against what?”

    If this account is accurate it’s clear that John Key was well aware of the continuing discomfort he was creating for the waitress. The childish recourse to “scary, suspense sound effects“, for example, only makes sense – is only ‘funny’ (!?) – if he knows the level of discomfort he is inflicting.

    What this account describes is not just ‘hair pulling’ but a process of toying with a person in a way that is known to be unwelcome and not remotely enjoyed by them. One telling phrase is “defence against what?” … delivered with a smile.

    In other words, ‘I know perfectly well what it is a defence against – but defence is pointless because I can always say ‘I’m only joking!”.

    The other telling phrase comes from his wife Bronagh Key: “leave the poor girl alone“. It’s a phrase you only use when you detect deliberate teasing and bullying. Did Bronagh – like the waitress – also not appreciate her husband’s harmless, ‘fun loving’ nature?

    My guess is that, in saying that and in knowing her husband all too well, Bronagh Key was in a perfect position to appreciate just what her husband was doing in these continued interactions with the waitress – harassing her.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Some aspects of New Zealand’s…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    Or it will go to the Supreme Court and we'll all be dust by the time its done.

    given how thoroughly stupefied the 'oppostition' have been, that seems a reasonable expectation. #ashtoashes

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 17390 posts Report Reply

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