Posts by Craig Young

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  • Hard News: The Future of Television,

    Freeview (my digital provider) now has Al Jazeera's twenty four hour newsfeed as one of the options. Great! Now I can stop missing BBC World News quite so much. I just wish they'd get rid of Choice, that ghastly fundie Firstlight channel and one of the shopping channels. Apart from C4 2 and Parliament TV, it's a wasteland otherwise.

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Lilith __,

    "Family" and "Christian" used to be such nice words until they were hijacked by the raving right. Now "Family Values" conjures up bizarre images of cane-toting, salivating, inanely-grinning men wearing hornrims, cardigans and wanting to ban everything.

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    In Worth's case, I suspect that the question of prospective public sector employment for his erstwhile lover may have been the point at which a merely risible case of marital infidelity became something worse and may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. And in Brash's case, there seems no doubt that losing the election due to the Brethrengate bungle was a major motivating factor for his dismissal. I'm broadly defining 'financial irregularity' here- whether offers of employment based on questionable grounds, or questionable donations from shonky right-wing sects.

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    That, and making rueful Oscar Wilde citations while suffering Catholic Guilt for homoeroticism.

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to DeepRed,

    This is why Laura Kipnis' feminist analysis of the politics of scandal is so damned good. I agree, when it comes to questions of rape, child sexual abuse or domestic violence, sexual scandals become far, far graver questions. Capillgate was probably one of the worst political scandals to break in this country, due to Capill's serial rape of three female children. Identity fraud does have indirect financial attributes. Usually, though, financial irregularities turn out to be the culpable offence beyond which there is no return- Pansy Wong, Richard Worth, Taito Philip Field, Donna Awatere-Huata, Don Brash (Brethrengate). Granted, Worth and Brash were getting their leg over in the same context, but it turned out to be questionable financial transactions and implied impaired transparency and accountability that made their sins capital offences in terms of their political longevity.

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Lisa_J,

    It takes two people to commit adultery, though, Lisa. I'm probably willing to cut Bevan some slack because my partner and I have a daughter the same age. Added to which, Brown was surely old enough to know better than to do this. Added to which, he's a career politician who may well experience diminished damage to his career unless the allegations about improper council employment allegations turn out to be true. However, can the same be said in terms of Bevan Chuang? So, yes, I do think the comparison with Hester Prynne is appropriate. She has to bear much of the burden for this.

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Mark Easterbrook,

    Sadly no, Pope Bob hasn't refrained from pontificating. He points out that Shane Jones fell on his sword for watching mucky DVDs in hotel rooms and has argued that Len "must" be decapitated politically for his dalliance with Ms Chuang. However, wind the clock back a few months and you'll spot a Family Farce "Value Your Vote' mayoral moralists guide which actually recommended that Auckland voters *back* Len Brown because of his opposition to street sex work!

    Here's a link to both:
    http://www.familyfirst.org.nz
    http://www.valueyourvote.org.nz

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    No, don't. McCoskrie and other fundies get strangely overexcited about spanking enough already and I shudder to think what mentioning bondage, rope and restraints would have on them.

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?, in reply to SteveH,

    That, and a Massey communication law paper I did twenty years ago, which referred to the law of defamation...and I actually agree, sexual scandal is little ground for demanding evisceration, whatever moralistic poseurs like Bob McCoskrie (Family First) demand. Financial irregularities tend to be what usually caused political downfall in many recent New Zealand political scandals.

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  • Hard News: Moving right along?,

    And meanwhile, outside the Bombay Hills, let's try to keep this in perspective, shall we? The problem is not that Brown dipped his wick, it is that he allegedly may have interfered in a council employment decision to get Ms Chuang appointed somewhere, which is more serious. Does Brown's extramarital dalliance affect his capabilities as a public official? Clearly not. By and large, considering most recent New Zealand political scandals, politicians infidelity only merits censure and resignation if there is financial irregularity in tandem, and financial irregularity in itself is enough to warrant resignation or dismissal. Sexual scandals are only usually fatal if there are questions of rape, child sexual abuse or domestic violence involved eg Graham Capill.

    I do feel sorry for Ms Chuang. Honestly, shades of Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter."

    I do recommend Laura Kipnis' "How to Become A Scandal" New York: Metropolitan: 2009 and her consequent article about (US) political scandals in Harpers.

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