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  • Hard News: Didn't see that coming,

    the evening news angle

    I saw the 3 news version live and it infuriated me that Brook Sabin (presumably with the blessing of his producer) had decided the story was about hacking before the meeting even started. That was the nature of the questions as Dotcom entered the hall. To then paint the focus as arising from his subsequent speech is an utter lie on their part.

    The abuse started when we were filming, explaining Dotcom was in hiding

    Overhearing that comment being filmed by Sabin may have even been what prompted Corkery to call him a 'creep' in the footage. An interesting contrast with the media's meek aceptance of the PM telling them to not ask him questions about #dirtypolitics at his event across town. Three bags full, sir.

    More significantly, compare the coverage of the policies announced at both events. National promised to pump more money via an existing scheme into the mortgage market for a modest group of middle-earning home aspirants, costing about $45m/yr - and subsequently drawing yawns from opponents

    InternetMana said they would end unemployment completely by focusing on state-led job creation at both local and national levels, including an strong IT focus, and funded immediately by diverting part of ACC's existing large reserves and opngoing income. Quarter of a million jobs over 5 years at 1.3b/yr.

    Sounds like a bold, different policy tackling a genuine social and economic need that our media could ask lots of people about. Even if IM has little chance of being in goivernment, it would be interesting to hear the reactions of other parties at least.

    But no, we get Corkery doing her nut and nothing more. Time for media to do their fricking jobs and realise the story isn't about them and their feelings. And for someone to drag Pam aside and read her the riot act.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16493 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to BenWilson,

    They'll come to your doorstep every week in the hope of filling you in. Have I heard of Jesus? Have I ever!

    heh

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16493 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Amanda Wreckonwith,

    At my state school in the Midlands of the UK, we received 'religious education'. This encompassed the basic tenets of all the major religions. It also gave us an insight into the lives and cultures of those that had arrived

    I see great value in such broader understanding - properly taught as part of the curriculum.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16493 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    ALL beliefs

    that would be fine - but it is not actually what's on offer as others have pointed out.

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  • Hard News: In The Green Room, in reply to Moz,

    Have The Greens actually committed to any "clean politics" policies and actions?

    They've been publically calling for a clean-up every few months for years. Haven't checked their policies but I'd be surprised if it isn't in there somewhere.

    They also lodged immediate complaints to the relevant authorities as soon as #dirtypolitics was published, you'll recall.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16493 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    I'd rather our schools were spending that valuable time teaching relationship skills, conflict resolution and how to think. Churches can do their thing after hours.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16493 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Puzzled as to why it was removed

    copywrong

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16493 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Emma Hart,

    snap

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to "chris",

    if a teacher is so fucked up that they want to traumatise children then this can be achieved regardless of the subject.

    These aren't even trained teachers for the most part - just well-meaning local religious fans. Even more outrageous that schools expose the children in their care to that risk.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16493 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Problem with the Greens’…, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    It requires political smarts and leadership, not just messages. We lack those so far.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16493 posts Report Reply

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