Posts by Tom Semmens

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  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?,

    The TPP failed because the majority of voters realised all the “benefits” of free trade go to someone other than them.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2028 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Stop acting like the law is…, in reply to mark taslov,

    Andrew Little:

    There are negative health effects for young people, young brains young minds, now the brain is still developing until the early twenties, and this is not, greater liberalisation of cannabis is not going to help when it comes to potential health effects there.

    I happen to think Andrew Little is wrong here, because I am of the view that legalisation and regulation would drastically reduce the availability of drugs to young people. But this is Little's view, and it seems an honestly held one, and so we know what we have to do convince him of to change his mind. Key is just a lying opportunist who can't sleep straight in bed at night.

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  • Hard News: Stop acting like the law is…,

    I thought Little's response on Morning Report was perfectly coherent. He is opposed to decriminalization and he stated his position as to why honestly. You may not agree with him, but his opinion is rooted in a reasonable view that - unlike Key - is honestly held.

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  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    Thank you for this hot tip

    The two NZ surprise silvers, the shooting and canoeing, have both provided the two best moments of the games coverage for me, and both were simple honesty that cut like a tasty, sharp vinegar through the usual saccharine overloaded coverage.

    First was the delightful honesty when the gruff Timaru shooting club boss - who was clearly chuffed at Natalie Rooneys medal - said on Natrad words to the effect no one had rated her chances that high, and second when Luuka Jones just said she gritted her teeth and went as hard as she could. Both were honest comments that actually didn't insult my intelligence. YAY!

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  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    I don’t mind the Olympics, some sports I quite enjoy. Then our sports coverage kicks in. Then I hate them and count down the days until this fiesta of puerile patriotic nonsense is over.

    Has NZ sports coverage always been this cringingly obsequious and insecure? Or has only occurred since those idiots at Sky took full control? Or is it just suddenly obviously jarring because I don’t live here anymore? It is just so infantile.

    Sky rugby coverage has always come from the slavishly hero worshipping Pollyanna school of uncritical hyper patriotism, now it seems everything we do as a country has to be enveloped in a thicket of ridiculous cliches like “punching above our weight” and every medal is greeted with the sort of joy I thought would be reserved for the second coming of Christ. Seriously. It is childish propaganda that just feeds all the tired and pernicious myths about our country.

    Our Olympic coverage is about as mature and professional as a school house barrracking for it’s team at a posh school’s tabloid sports day.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2028 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    Which book did Hemingway write in Hawke’s Bay?

    Death on a Frozen Taupo Road Afternoon.




    II see that it is 38 and sunny in Seville today.

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  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    I thought Mack Horton did quite the number on his opponent. I guess he gets to repent at liesure. As the reigning Olympic champion. I play MMO games and get called all sorts of horrid things by Chinese people all the time. Now I can ask them in return if they are all drug cheats like their swimmers.

    But it was impossible to dislike Saturday’s opening ceremony.

    It was impossible to see with no power in Hawkes Bay, where I am currently on holiday,

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  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy, in reply to Sacha,

    Whanau Ora only got traction because it provided the National party with a perfect trial for privatising welfare and education services to unaccountable cronies in everything from housing to charter schools to the unemployed. Enabling corruption by giving the right a precedent for handing out public money to your mates is hardly something to be proud of.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2028 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy,

    There is a lot of angst about what is essentially a political act of a dying political party desperate to garner some publicity.

    The Maori Party was formed to opppose something. It then became to vehicle for reactionary and greedy Maori elites to toady with the established capitalist order using the figleaf of a mythical golden age of tribal nobel savages as its appeal to authority.

    The Maori party is limping towards political extinction. This stunt is simply an attempt to get some cheap votes by reanimating the wrong that provided the raison d’etre for the parties formation. It also illustrates the Maori parties central problem. It only ever stood for being against something, and it hasn’t moved on to be for anything, or at least anything it can be proud of.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2028 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What we think and how we vote,

    So National party voters are more likely to launch spittle flecked ideolological tirades than Labour ones? You only have to read David Farrar or listen to Mike Hoskings to know one side is still fully engaged in the class war.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2028 posts Report Reply

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