Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    Hooray !

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    As an aside, I suppose it's too early for me to nominate "dirty" as the PA word-of-the-year ?

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    If National win the election, Key's in a real Catch-22 situation with Collins. If he grows a pair and demotes here, he then runs the risk of her spitting the dummy and attempting to replace him sooner or later. But if he doesn't demote here, then he'll have to carry on fobbing off questions over her integrity.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    The guy who runs the Ruminator blog says that when he was a civil servant he was pressured to respond to Slater's OIO request ASAP

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    No reputable media organisation should be using him as a commentator.

    I just shook my head in despair when Jim Mora introduced him on the panel yesterday.

    RNZ National banned Martin "Bomber" Bradbury from The Panel due to his alleged bias, I hope they also ban Williams for the same reason.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    I saw CTU boss Helen Kelly buying three copies of the book at UBS, Dunedin, this morning; doubtless it'll give her plenty of food for thought, too.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    When the former candidate, Julian Blanchard, tired of competing in an unwinable seat (which has become even less winnable with recent boundary changes), the Rangitata LEC seems to have collapsed and Gibson, who had only recently even joined the party, became the new candidate.

    I’m reliably informed that much the same applies to Labour’s Horowhenua candidate. They’re on a hiding to nothing there and needed someone to “take one for the team.”

    Which just shows how much as changed there since Judy Keall held it for Labour in the ’90s.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Capture: Te Arai - The Veil,

    That fifth photo looks remarkably similar to the cover for the classic Flesh ep by(the band that more or less morphed into Headless Chickens) early '80s Auckland band Children's Hour.

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  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    ...and now Colin Craig's starting to play the race card

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  • Hard News: It was 30 years ago today, in reply to Mr Mark,

    Well, yeah, Hebe, but I’d suggest most of the 830,000 people who voted Labour were either unaware of Douglas’s newly-formed agenda or assumed, as my 19 year-old self did at the time of the 1984 Election, that the Lange Cabinet would rein him in.

    Good call. A few years ago at uni I wrote an essay on the fourth Labour gov't and in one book (sorry, forgotten which one) a Labour MP was quoted as saying that the senior caucus was far too busy dealing with other policies and / or uninterested in economics that they just let Douglas have his way policy-wise, genuinely unaware of the implications until it was too late.

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