Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to Danielle,

    t’s not some immutable law of nature that the centre is “rightish” and we need to obfuscate leftist policies in order to get the centrists to swallow them. The centre could just as easily be leftish if we didn’t have a) a high proportion of third way numpties in Labour and b) a well-oiled Nats-friendly propaganda machine in high gear.

    It is entirely possible to move left towards the centre, put it that way. It's what National did in 2008 when it swallowed the Superannuation Fund, paid parental leave, Kiwisaver, interest-free student loans, etc as the reality of winning the election. We do sometimes lose sight of the fact that Labour dragged the centre leftwards through being in government.

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  • Hard News: The Sky Trench, in reply to JessicaRose,

    I don’t recall a question on ‘whopping great unnecessary and massively ugly cage’.

    Quite. It's OIA-worthy, I think.

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    The kindest assessment of Brash would be that he might have been marginally aware of how he was being “rebranded”, but it’s doubtful if he understood the implications.

    The other thing about that election was that McCully was running around promising conservative Christian groups (and the Brethren) that they'd be deeply socially conservative in government. There was a lot of conflicting messaging going on to different audiences.

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to Alex Coleman,

    I get that the Q itself is a proxy for whole bunch of other things, but doesn’t the data (which we are using for a proxy) suggest that slightly over half of the centre, and slightly under half of the right, agree with the left here?

    One thing to note here is that there's a lot in the framing of that question. I recall one poll while Labour in government which had a surprisingly high number of self-professed Green voters taking a pretty harsh stance on beneficiaries – more than Labour voters, from memory.

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle, in reply to Danyl Mclauchlan,

    2. I think there’s often a gap between what people are thinking when they identify themselves as ‘centrist’ ie ‘I am a moderate and sensible person’, and what politicians and political analysts hear

    Like Trotter hearing it as "I believe in nothing".

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  • Speaker: Meet the middle,

    - Centrists think more like lefties on economic protections and public investment

    - But they think more like right-wingers on new taxes and welfare

    That’s helpful to know. You’re more likely to win centrists’ votes if you emphasize the issues where you agree with them, and downplay the issues where you don’t.

    My impression, unsupported by data, is that centrists – or at least people without pronounced ideological positions – place a lot of value on perceived competence.

    A lot of that is about narrative. And it seems to me that despite a growing array of government shitshows, that’s a narrative Labour, as a party, is still struggling with. I sat and listened to a conversation at a party (a party party, not a political party) a couple of weeks ago that was all “yeah, but look at the other guys”.

    Managerial government gets a bad press, but my sense is that people quite like it.

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  • Hard News: The Sky Trench, in reply to Sacha,

    possibly the legal requirements vary if one is considering an existing structure or a new build

    but only one leg of the new cycleway route is overengineered for barrier height.

    And the Upper Queen Street overbridge (with a much bigger drop) and the St Lukes Road bridge (an entirely new structure) both have new shared paths – but not the giant walls. It is not easily explicable.

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  • Hard News: The Sky Trench, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Sez here there were 27 incidents in one three month period:
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/regional/52460/fences-to-stop-objects-being-thrown-on-motorways
    and hence fences are now a standard.

    In 2009, apparently. And not just high:

    But bridges are now being built with high fences that curve inwards, he says.

    Not so as I've been able to see, they're not. I can't actually think of one.

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  • Hard News: The Sky Trench, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    The justification for the rush is a ribbon cutting deadline set by the PM’s office.

    Good grief.

    On one hand, I'm all for such projects getting a fast track, for whatever reason. On the other, it's like "Sorry, no time to listen to the people we're ostensibly designing this project for! Prime Minister is coming!"

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  • Hard News: Baboom: it's serious, in reply to Mikee Loop,

    On Friday EDM.COM signed up with 10,000 artists and 8.8 million followers and have started putting hundreds of releases live on their page

    Nice work. That's a biggie.

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