Posts by Grant McDougall

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  • Hard News: New Sky,

    Cheers. I've just realised: will this make us "the Dunedinista" ? :)

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: New Sky,

    Russell, could you amend your post so my surname is spelt correctly, please? "Mc" not "Mac".

    Anyway...yes, there's gonna ba blend in Dunners! I'm keen to have it at the end of this month, or early July.

    If you're keen to have a few beers with your fellow Mainland PA-ers, get in touch, asap, so we can reach a consensus about which day at what time is best. (It'd be convenient for the bar that's offered us a good deal if it'd be early in the week, too).

    It'll be great to have a yarn and put names to faces. Get in touch!

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Helen who?,

    I remember the Dancing Cossacks - they were cheaply done cartoonage meant to imply that Labour's new super plan would lead to communism

    I believe the animation was outsourced to Hanna-Barbera.

    It was. While the Cossacks advert was a landmark advert, people forget that it was only ever screened twice during the campaign and the actual images of Cossacks lasts for four seconds in a 60-second-long cartoon.
    Also, it's again little-known that Labour responded with an advert of a child holding a piglet (!) with a background song about dictators, the obvious implication being that Muldoon would be a dictator, of course.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Helen who?,

    The actual rights or wrongs of such promo material aside, the simple fact of the matter is that it's another balls-up that's left egg splattered all over Labour's face.

    It would've been pretty simple to avoid. They only had to instruct the people that designed the ad to make sure they used an NZ family, simple as that. It wouldn't matter where they were from: Hamiltron, Greymouth, Hastings, even bloody Mataura, who cares, as long as they actually lived here.

    This is as much of a balls-up as John Key's dvd music copyright mistake and would have been just as easy to avoid. Instead, Labour's brought the trouble upon themselves and if National gives them grief over it - which they undoubtably will - it's their own fault.

    Any prolicy promotion Labour would have been hoping to receive from this will now be disregarded in favour of the actual photo balls-up and having to spend time back-pedalling on that, instead of the actual issues in the promo.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Medical Matters,

    grant i'm not against abortion, I'm a long time supporter of abortion,

    Well then in that case, you should have no qualms with a woman's right to choose then.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Medical Matters,

    Do we have a christian right in this country? if so, where has it gone

    Well, Density Church exist, so we do in a minute way. Otherwise, where has it gone, you ask? Vanished into thin air since Graeme Capill got sent up the river, I suspect.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Medical Matters,

    I think this issue is going to blow over pretty quickly. "Moral" issues don't have much political traction here, unlike in the US.

    I think both Labour and National won't make a big issue of this on the hustings, they'll be focused on the main issues. Also, while the Nats are conservatives, I reckon Bill English, as a practicing Catholic, might be the only of them to have any interest in this as an issue. But I suspect he'll be more interested in the bigger picture than getting diverted by this issue.

    Mark Taslov, as yourself this: would you be as fervently against abortion if men could get pregnant? I suspect not.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: O.G.,

    Now we need a bunch of graduands at Vic's next graduation to find Ron Mark and start rapping at him and tag his office.

    I reckon the powers that be at Vic will happily settle for that than the VUSA president wearing his "I love my penis" t-shirt again. :)

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Ice-cold rabble rousing,

    Congratulations, then, to Marie Dybergh for having the fortitude to stick up for the separation of powers as she did today on Morning Report.

    Agreed - she was completely correct. But, it's somewhat ironic that this is the same lawyer reminding us of the right to silence when only a few years ago she threatened a NZ Herald court reporter that she'd better not write up certain aspects of a case, or else, despite there being no supression of the aspects.

    Of course, the threat ended up being a story unto itself and Dybergh had to swiftly back-pedal over it.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Ice-cold rabble rousing,

    ...the private members bill to limit the right to silence...

    I think the proposed bill is merely that MP (Geoff Braybrooke? I know it's one of the Hawkes Bay ones) thinking out aloud. Such a bill hasn't got a snowball in hell's chance of becoming law.
    I suspect he's just trying to make it look as if he's being active on law and order, always a popular political football, during election year. At most, it's kite-flying and I expect it'll get little more attention.
    The right to silence has been a long-established right for centuries. Just because it was used in a high-profile case is no reason to get rid of it.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 634 posts Report Reply

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