I’ve been able to confirm with someone with direct knowledge of the event that the security was simply a standard hire for such an event.
Yup – David (who has been working in the rail industry for fifty years, and is now a planning officer with Transdev Auckland so what does he know?) nailed that beat-up with one word:
Utterly bog-standard planning, and cheap-as-chips compared to the additional staff laid on this past weekend around the Nines (and the Lantern Festival and the Odd Future-free Eminem gig) to ensure public transport ran as smoothly as humanly possible. Profligate monsters! :)
And, of course, if Brown isn't at the Howick Military Tattoo, I'm sure Orsman would just cut and paste The Herald's last "AWOL Mayor proves he's out of touch with the community, and must go" screed after getting a quote from Stewart weeping crocodile tears about the Mayor's snub to the whole community.
An entire post criticising the opponents of a politician without basically once addressing their arguments? Isn’t this textbook ad hominem?
Not quite, Graeme. Their arguments, such as they are, really have been kicked around here in exhaustive, and exhausting, detail. Do we all really have to hit the reset button and start from scratch every damn time Len Brown and his borderline stalkers come up?
Thanks for the reply - and I think you (and others) have nailed something really interesting: In general, there's a presumption that most people have fundamentally sound judgement and the ability to seek (and follow) advice around the margins. And so you should, otherwise it would be terribly hard to run any organization.
But I guess the flip side of that is the human genius for not seeing what we don't want to, and making situations a lot more complicated than they need to be (or really are).
Does it move on, or continue to contrive petty stories like today’s lead?
As I've said to you on Twitter, The Herald (and Bernard Orsman in particular) are little more than obsessive trolls where Brown is concerned. I'm really sorry they didn't manage to drive an elected Mayor out of office, but it's long past time to build a bridge and get the fuck over it.
One of the funny ones that once happened in the EC was when an opposing counsel tried to attack my independence because I was a trustee for a grass-roots environmental restoration group in the area of science I worked in.
Something the lawyer only knew because you’d fully and properly disclosed that fact in accordance with your legal, contractual and ethical obligations?
I might be wrong, but I thik what we’re talking about here wouldn’t really raise an eyebrow in an academic environment.
Maybe, maybe not. My point (and one I could have made better) is that of course tertiary institutions have rules around the use of e-mail and computers, and people like Geoff and Deborah can follow them without undue trauma – or needing to be micro-managed by their department heads. As you’ve said, and I totally agree, the bewildering thing about Taurima & Morris’ action is that they ever thought their actions were OK.
Look nobody worth taking seriously is saying Taurima or anyone else at TVNZ has to be a "political eunuch" (to use Brian Edwards' unlovely turn of phrase).
But here’s what really raised my eyebrows, because it’s not entirely clear to me.
When Taurima was re-hired after the Ikaroa-Rawhiti nomination was decided, did he or didn’t he assure management that he was no longer actively involved in the Labour Party, and would not seek selection again? Did TVNZ really have no idea this wasn’t the case until Three News rang asking for comment on their story – as some reports I’ve seen have stated?
That’s a serious question, because everything else aside, if the above is true Taurima’s position should have been untenable simply because he misled his employers – even if by omission rather than commission.
This really is a distraction and very small cheese. So, if I use my university email address to forward on messages from Labour or the Greens, I am breaking some vow?
Would you like to share the University of Waikato’s policy around staff use of university e-mail accounts and computers? I’m sure much of it is blindingly obvious (do your porn on your own broadband, for example), and highly dependent on the basic good sense and professionalism of staff. YMMV on whether that's in plentiful supply at TVNZ nowadays.
It’s Rusbridger. (If I’m allowed to correct a prefect’s spelling under the rules)
Thank you, Rich, but I do prefer it without the lingering passive-aggressive chaser.
As for Boris Johnson? He was the first to admit that the tiresome scut-work of editing a weekly magazine was firmly delegated to full-time deputies. (One of whom, Siôn Simon, ironically enough quit when he was elected to Parliament as the Labour MP for Birmingham Erdington.)
What he’s more (and atypically) discreet about is whether he flat out broke an undertaking to then-leader William Hague that he’d resign if elected to Parliament. The issue was forced a few years later when David Cameron made clear to Johnson he could be a full time member of the shadow Cabinet or a job-sharing magazine editor and backbencher.
And I’m one of those Spectator readers who thinks having a full-time editor who is totally independent of Westminster is a good return to form.
But overall, I’m still uncomfortable with the pretense of objective truth. I prefer the European approach in which everybody knows the editorial and political leanings of each newspaper before they pick it up.
Up to a point, Chris. Yes, you’d have to be a complete idiot not to realize that (say) The Guardian is editorially center-left and The Daily Telegraph... isn't. (Which, by the way, is very different from being glorified newsletters for the Labour and Conservative Parties, which neither is.) But I very much doubt Ian MacGregor or Alan Rushbridger would be allowed to treat editing a major metropolitan daily as a sidebar to establishing a political career. That’s not only ethically cretinous, but very bad business.
I think people who don’t want another three years of Key government should concentrate on the real issues.
And it’s really bad form to moderate or tone police a forum where you don’t have actual moderator privileges.
No, you’ll have to take an unpaid leave of absence for the period of the campaign, generally speaking
Quite – it’s something Parekura Horomia and his managers at the Department of Labour managed quite easily when he stood for Ikaroa-Rāwhiti. It's only rocket science if you want it to be.