Posts by Ben Austin

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  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad,

    Anyway, I've voted in Tooting, a marginal Labour electorate in London.

    The MP, S Khan, Labour, had a close run in 2010, but it seems he feels safe in 2015. Tooting/SW London seems to be slowly trending Conservative, but in 2015, Labour is strongly ahead across London and so it seems that the Conservatives have largely given up on Tooting. Apparently the party decided last week to focus on Conservative marginals like Battersea and Croydon Central and pulled out most of their activists (assuming they obeyed orders).

    I'm going to be watching both electorates, if they go Labour then I think the Conservatives are in for a rough night

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: #GE2015: Proper Mad, in reply to Caleb D'Anvers,

    What bugs me especially about discussion of coalitions, PR or electoral reform in the UK is that parts of the UK have had a similar system (AMS) to NZ's since the 1990s too, in the devolved parliamentary elections. It really is only the English people living outside of London that don't experience this.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…, in reply to steven crawford,

    So it is useful for boats. Ok, do we have any demonstrated examples of New Zealand boats or ships having issues, solely due to the confusion between our flag and Australia's?

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Actually, that is a good question. What is the point of a flag, these days, as opposed to the historic or recreational yachting reasons? I'm not convinced that it necessarily has a single, useful reason for existence, which, if it is recognition, why it is so important uninformed strangers can easily draw a contrast.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Anzac Day II, in reply to Sacha,

    Going to a pub and playing two-up does seem to be an Australian thing. I've done it a couple of times in London and it isn't so bad once you get used to it.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Fickle Rock, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Hari was just interviewed on John Safran’s first 2015 Sunday night show on Triple J, on his new book.

    http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/safran/

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Virtual…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The beer is really easily available now in London, many pubs now will have it on tap, which is probably due to SAB Miller's influence.

    Speaking of beer, I saw a long form advertisement for beer the other day, in the gym, from the Beer Alliance, which seems to be keen to convince Londoners that beer is the right drink for all kinds of meals or social situations. Including when eating tripe.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Myles Thomas,

    You misunderstand my point, I think most people (myself included) here support a proper public broadcaster, but that is not what we have.

    My confusion was more as to why the government hasn't decided to sell their stake in the broadcaster, given it has been fully commercial for sometime, when it has sold other state owned assets.

    I do like the theory that people have loyalty to TV1, that makes some sense.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out,

    I haven't really understood why TVNZ has not been put up for sale yet. We've had several rounds of sales and it never seems to be seriously discussed, despite clear expectation that it should be commercial.

    If it is all about ideology, why does a state broadcaster get a pass? I would have though on the grounds of privatisation and general dislike of public broadcasters it would have been hocked off a long time ago.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues,

    Because National is the party formed out of the Reform/Liberal (United) parties? Sure, that makes historical sense. Although trying to identify which parts of which party remained/remain in the final product 70-80 years on is a bit of a hassle.

    London • Since Nov 2006 • 943 posts Report Reply

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