Posts by Raymond A Francis

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  • Hard News: Prospects,

    I have always wondered why "treating" is still illegal
    What the difference with the things (mostly our own money back)that the parties offer us before an election

    Anyway I have voted, went past a couple of polling places to the country school that I went to and have mostly voted at
    My wife is on duty there so we have a chat after probably cancelling each others voting effort

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  • Hard News: Prospects,

    I hope you read this Sofie
    "Scrutineers may be appointed by candidates, or in some cases parties, to observe in polling places and during the preliminary count. Scrutineers may wear party lapel badges. They must not communicate with voters. When the electoral official reads out from the electoral roll the line and page number of the voter the scrutineer is entitled to record this.

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  • Busytown: I believe in miracles,

    The misogyny of the US electorate and media just has to seen to be believed
    Hilary, if she had made President (that would have been a really close race) would have had a barrage to face including the taint of her husband
    And then there has been the focus on Sarah Palin, remind me who is the VP elect, have we heard a word on him and his voting record/spend on clothes etc etc

    I have to say I have admired the grace and dignity shown by both presidental candidates in their speeches
    It will be interesting to see if there is as much grace in NZ this coming week

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  • Up Front: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever…,

    So, Steven what are you trying to tell us

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  • Island Life: See Waiheke before you die.,

    Fair point but why should I have to pay through my taxes and my savings for two systems
    To be honest there does not seem to be any other way to improve the present system which is great for the present oldies but is crap for the future
    Not sure if Cullies plan is going to be that great in 20 years time, the thing is these plans do not and cannot create extra wealth
    Looking back at the old Labour plan I wonder what would have really happened to the money diverted to it from our pockets..........ideas please on plain piece of paper

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  • Up Front: Come Out, Come Out, Wherever…,

    As a straight male I have to say that other peoples sexuality while interesting is not something I use to judge people

    Although I do struggle with male gays who married so as to appear normal, what does that do to the women they married?
    It seems unkind to say the very least

    I live and have always lived in a rural setting and it appears that some men don't find marriage something they feel comftable with (they are not drawn to women) so they appear to lead single lives, what they really do is their business...isn't it

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  • Legal Beagle: Enhancing democracy,

    Graeme, you do come up with some interesting ideas
    And this or something that had a similar effect would enhance our Parliament
    IS 's idea of more members days seems a reasonable way to achieve this

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  • Busytown: Trick or treat (Electoween 08),

    Americans, got to love them
    Mad as meat axes

    Why don't they have their elections on Saturday like us?

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  • Hard News: Because They Could,

    You do have to wonder at the US electorate

    Republican President, unpopular, bumbling idiot or worse, financial world down toilet,deaths in foreign war, clutzy vicepresident hopeful etc etc

    Democrates with new, young , powerfully charismatic hopeful with heaps of money for advertising

    Result; apperently remarkably close, although surely it will be a landslide

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  • Hard News: Punk'd?,

    The " bad guys"
    After you do deals with them you count your fingers......just to see if they stole them as well
    How do I know, well I am dealing with one now, he owes me a million and a half, will he pay, who knows
    If he doesn't can I win, hopefully

    Doubt if Miis Clark has ver even done a small deal like this, well with such a big down side for her!

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