Posts by Ana Simkiss

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  • OnPoint: What Andrew Geddis Said, But…, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    You are right that the constitution is unwritten, but to overturn the principle of parliamentary sovereignty would violate the most fundamental principle of that constitution.

    Put another way, a court overturning Parliament-made law for violating the constitution would itself be violating the contstitution.

    (prepares for Edgeler schooling on constitutional law)

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  • OnPoint: What Andrew Geddis Said, But…,

    The doctrine of parliamentary sovereignty/supremacy is precisely that, a doctrine. It's not enshrined in law. The Courts could, in a suitable case, actually strike down legislation as being unconstitutional.

    Please explain. This is not my understanding.

    Freemans Bay • Since Nov 2006 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A Golden Age for the Arts?,

    Chris Finlayson is about to start tweeting why he thinks it's a golden age for the arts...

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  • Hard News: Competing for Auckland,

    the article in the NBR also notes that it is "ironic" that Don Brash lives in an apartment, given he opposes the Unitary Plan. That word, I do not think it means what you think it means...

    Craig, I would liberate the whole article except I am very law abiding and it's not that easy :)

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  • Hard News: Competing for Auckland,

    Amazing bullshit from the NBR today for those who have the stomach and the subscription. Apparently it is "outrageous hypocrisy" that Len Brown does not live in an apartment. because that's what happens in the Unitary Plan - everyone will be forced to live in apartments!

    http://www.nbr.co.nz/article/len-browns-lifestyle-block-%E2%80%98outrageous-hypocrisy-nk-p-139628

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  • Hard News: The War Stories,

    The particular devastation of the world wars on Maori can't be underestimated. I don't know, but would not be surprised to learn, that they are a high proportion of the armed forces today.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Record Store Day, in reply to Sacha,

    Oh thanks Sacha it's been a while since I watched the number 1 comedown movie!

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  • Hard News: Neither fish nor fowl, in reply to James Butler,

    So true James. I am the world's most visible and traffic-law-obeying cyclist. 100% of my riding is in central Auckland in fairly slow traffic. And STILL I get cut off, beeped and routinely have people pass way too close.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Free and Legal,

    I have been obsessed with this remix/cover of the Horrors by Connan Mockasin since I heard it down at one of the Silo session thingys. Must share.

    http://soundcloud.com/throughlilyseyes/the-horrors-still-life-connan

    I don't really "do" Soundcloud, so apologies if this link fails

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  • Hard News: The Next Act,

    Very very good piece Russell. I too am uncomfortable with the whitewashyness of Holmes coverage since and even before his death. Mind you, I think he might have been too. Perhaps it was something he came to later in life but in his last few public utterances he seemed quite aware of his flaws.

    Mixed feelings about the new Seven Sharp. All 3 of the presenters are great and I wish them well. But I just can't imagine who is going to watch it. My impression of TV1's loyal 6-7:30 pm audience is that they are likely to be older, tending conservative and not very into change. Basically my inlaws. All the young-uns watching Shorty or Campbell Live are not likely to switch over surely.

    I will try it out tonight to see if it is as cringey as I expect and then probably switch back to Campbell forever (well, when I'm watching TV at 7) because I like my actual journalism and current affairs. But it would be nice to be pleasantly surprised.

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