When you're an All Black the whole country loves you; but when you're an MP half the country hates you. Well said that man.
Yes (although it overstates support in both cases). Particularly the moment they open their mouth on policy. I don't think countless appearances before an adoring media is any preparation for being torn a new one by even one difficult interviewer, much less going head to head with an experienced politician.
I’m not sure if this is paywalled or not.
It is. An unfortunate consequence of academic professionalism. One point for rugby - delayed broadcasts are usually free :-)
But of late one can only wonder how All Blacks management have allowed this politicisation to get quite out-of-hand. It denigrates the team and the sport.
Yes, it seems to me that rugby has a lot less to gain out of the National Party than vice versa.
Up to this point in my life, I genuinely had no idea that people played rugby for pleasure.
Surely that's hyperbole? What ulterior motive were you ascribing to all the people who aren't professional that play it, which is 99.99% of them?
This is obviously ridiculous. The law should not automatically suppress the fact that police have shot and killed someone. Not only should it not automatically be suppressed, I’m not sure it should ever be suppressed. The death of someone at the hands of those exercising state power is an issue of the highest public importance.
I totally agree with all of this. It's both impractical (we all knew within a few hours anyway), and not clear what kind of public interest it is in. The basic undisputed facts should be made known almost immediately. I can understand a law against claiming or speculating that it was suicide, but that's where the public interest ends, so far as I can see. If anything, the secrecy harms not just the public interest, but the police's interests too, because speculation of an unjustified killing is even more likely in the absence of official facts.
Yes, it's very hard to generalize what works best. I think we have to get over even trying to do that, and take each case on its merits. Even if Corbyn did manage to mobilize more voters, snatch the election, that's not necessarily something that will work here.
Likewise, while it's true that the "right-wing noise machine" will attack Corbyn, it will be interesting to see whether it actually succeeds, and to what extent. It can be harder to drown out a single powerful signal than many smaller signals.
David Cunliffe was as far out as Corbyn.
What was his point?
pondered on just how our so called ‘centre left’ in Godzone are going to respond to this.
Ponder no longer:
Come for the refugee discussion, stay for the dick-waving contest!
You can try. Lets meet?
Crikey! This isn't Grindr!
btw, If you can Google it to work out that it's a misquote, that's just confirmation :-).