Posts by Luke Williamson

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  • Hard News: Key Questions,

    “It is becoming hard not to see John Key as a man who not only regularly fails to meet the standards expected of a Prime Minister, but who does not even understand what those standards are.”

    I think this is exactly John Key’s problem. He sees himself as CEO of NZ Corp and behaves like a man who has been hired to do a job, and to do it his way. So far, this has been very successful for him, as demonstrated by polling. He’s perceived as a guy who will make the tough decisions and just get on with it, and not get bogged down in red tape. But it is clear that his values are warped or he wouldn’t be the man he is today having made his fortune as a trader and banker in the days that led to the 2008 downfall of the world economy.
    The real problem, as I see it, is that he is the leader of the country and he should be offering an example of leadership that is not slightly dishonest and forgetful and deceitful. I think it does set a tone for the country if he behaves that way.
    This is really a repeat of the values he demonstrated with the Skycity dilemma.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: When the drug warriors turn,

    This government, and any government that follows, will have a real problem with anything 'evidence-based' because that will entail including alcohol in the equation. We all saw recently how government deals with any regulation of the alcohol industry, i.e. cave in. It is very difficult to be teaching the kids all about harm reduction and science-based studies, and regulating access to currently illegal drugs, while at the same time pumping out ads for alcohol on TV, cinema, newspaper, etc.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What did you do yesterday?, in reply to BenWilson,

    Me too for Firefox.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What did you do yesterday?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Thanks Russell. The other one was following this para:
    "In Auckland yesterday, there were three big outdoor celebrations – the long-running festival at Barry Curtis Park in Manukau, a new one at Henderson Park and a paid show at Bastion Point. Sale St pub touted a Waitangi Day beer festival where (for fuck’s sake) “grass skirts” were appropriate “even for the men”. Or there was this:"
    Maybe it's because they were Tweets?

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What did you do yesterday?,

    Just checked JKs speech and he was just being a knob as usual. Thought he might have said something interesting. It would be fascinating to see if there would have been any Waitangi Tribunal or grievance process if the "activists" had just shut up and gone away back in the 70s and 80s. So-called activists are vital in any battle, whether you agree with them or not, because it is those at the extreme who help shift where the centre ground is.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What did you do yesterday?,

    Damn! OK. I just get grey line under "I preferred Tame Iti’s take:" and in one other spot.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: What did you do yesterday?,

    Is it just me or are a couple of your links broken Russell?
    I love that Waitangi day is fraught. It shows why NZ is different from Australia and USA etc. etc. We have our own, unique race issue that is still being played out 170+ years on from the signing. It has ebbed and flowed but has never gone away, and it’s good for us as a nation to keep revisiting it because it makes up who we are – just as Christianity, rugby and Anzac Day do. Bring it all on, mix it up in the bowl and let’s make NZ soup.
    This is why we end up with fascinating musicians like @Peace – bit of reggae, bit of jazz, bit of soul, bit of rock, bit of hip hop but somehow beautiful Koiwoi in its totality.

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Laneway 2013,…,

    Can I start a movement that says it is OK to grab the smart phone of anyone who holds it up at a concert and throw it as far as you can across the room. Just pay attention to the music and appreciate it instead of trying to get a bad recording of it on your stupid genital extension. Thank you . . . and sorry . . . just need to breathe . . .

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Summer Season,

    Have been getting my big summer groove out of The Hotels. My family are sick of hearing it but I can’t resist.

    Atlanta Rythm Section version of “Spooky” is best – guitar solos are great. In the best tradition of Jeff Skunk-Baxter, Larry Carlton, etc. Yacht rock!

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: You down with TPP?,

    This is one of those issue where no matter how much I read about it (and I know I should cos it sounds bloody dangerous – or not), I can’t seem to get any sensible grasp on what is really involved . Every aspect being discussed seems to be ‘open to interpretation’ and will only work well if everyone plays nice. If the parties involved decide to be naughty, then it appears that the ‘worst case scenario’ is pretty ugly. I believe wholeheartedly that National would sell the country down the toilet for any short-term gain they could manage but what are they chances that they can commit us to something binding before the next election? And where do Labour (or National-lite as I now like to think of them) stand on it?

    Warkworth • Since Oct 2007 • 250 posts Report Reply

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