Posts by Sacha

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

    “the voice of all disabled New Zealanders”

    which it has never credibly been.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Problem with the Greens’…, in reply to George Darroch,

    If they were able to work together, we would see a stronger political voice, and a stronger set of outcomes across all disabilities.

    Quite. Inadequate leadership and lack of investment in the infrastructure to support such collaboration. I lobbied - and worked hard - to solve that for many years, and you see how fruitful that has been.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

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

    For those disabled with high and very high and complex support needs “participation, socialisation and inclusion” are impossible without having these basic core care needs met.

    And meeting those needs must be high priority, yes, on the basis they have no other options.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Problem with the Greens’…, in reply to Jonathan Mosen,

    It should either be done properly, or not done at all.

    With respect, I believe such a politics of perfection has held back progress because agencies are afraid to even start improving things. Because of the complexity of disability, there’s no way every initiative can work for everyone. If we wait for that, we’ll be waiting an awfully long time. And so will everyone else who needs change.

    I addressed this in Council disability policy by insisting on constantly being explicit about who was affected by every initiative and monitoring equity between population groups over time.

    For public agencies, that means a combination of how many options people have to meet their needs, and how many people are affected. Businesses may make slightly different assessments including the timing of costs and payoffs and where they believe their market lies.

    In any case, I’d recommend organisations implement properly-structured html, machine-readable large print and NZ Sign Language options before most others. They also need a broader framework for understanding communication access, equity and universal design – and that’s where govt and community organisations have really dropped the ball.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Problem with the Greens’…,

    Can you link to your thesis, Jonathan. I for one would be interested to read it.

    Though ideally there would not be any rationing of resources or policy attention, the number of New Zealanders with impaired hearing greatly outnumbers those with impaired sight. The Greens also have that internal mana to draw on from Mojo's well-publicised early experience in parliament.

    I'm delighted to see a disability policy which does not emphasise personal disability support services - knowing that any coalition will have other parties which pick that up. Some specialisation by parties is great.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Respect, please,

    bonus points for crossing a railway

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I'm not sure I have it in me to do that any more. Fuck them.

    a fair response. we're not obliged to waste energy on moral turds.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Russell Brown,

    civil

    the word Farrar incited while blocking me after myself and the current Privacy Commisioner challenged him on his conduct immmediately after lawyer Greg King's suicide. Entitled scumbag.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Grey Fucking Area,

    "free download"

    if you Like em on Bookface.
    a detail worth including

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Danyl has been polarised by reading Dirty Politics.

    There’s no one comparable to Slater on the left of politics, or blogging. He is a phenomenon unique to the National Party. Key can insist that this is all just a lie, just a conspiracy story, but people who read the book know that this is simply documentation from Slater’s emails and that the Prime Minister is lying to their faces.
    ...

    Whatever the wider implications, the book has had a profound effect on me, personally. Something that doesn’t come across in the news coverage about Dirty Politics, and Cameron Slater, Jason Ede, Jordan Williams, Simon Lusk et al is just how fucking awful these people are. They spend their lives trying to poison and contaminate our politics. They enjoy seeing people suffer. They get excited by the idea of breaking up the marriages of their political enemies and ruining their lives. And John Key stands up and bleats about how everything they do is fine, and the people on the left are the nasty ones. Fuck him.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16425 posts Report Reply

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