Posts by Idiot Savant

  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Do you think the Greens would pull the plug on their first term in government?

    Yes, I think they would if it came down to war. Or at the very minimum say publicly "we won't vote for it, we won't vote to fund it, and we have to ask our membership whether we can continue to work with you" - effectively putting the survival of the government to a vote of Green members. And that prospect should deter Labour from making such a stupid move.

    (OTOH, the regularity with which the US wages war and their expectation of NZ support means it is also extremely perilous for the Greens to actually enter government without an explicit "no wars" provision, because its basicly asking to become Alliance 2.0. Absent such a provision, it is safer for the party as an institution to stay out of government, hold Labour hostage and demand concessions for every single vote. But that of course is up to its members).

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Haphazardly to war, in reply to Mike O'Connell,

    Danyl Mclauchlan's latest Dim Post blog Off to Iraq argues that 'if Labour were in government our commitment to the latest US/UK adventure in Iraq would be pretty much identical' but 'the marketing would be different.'

    I think that ignores the elephant in the room: under MMP, with its most likely coalition partner, Labour would immediately cease to be in government if it tried to do anything of the sort. And better marketing wouldn't work, because the Greens' supporters aren't fooled by it.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The twilight state of the…,

    And how's it working it? Today's Manawatu Standard headline is Meth use on rise after legal high ban.

    What a tremendous public health success.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1670 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Market failure in the research world,

    Where information has been refused, you should ask for detailed grounds under s19(a)(ii), including the specific harm they believe will eventuate if the information is released. But it looks as if they're ultimately relying on the confidentiality clause, and that in itself is illegal as you can't contract out of the OIA (as explained in the Ombudsman's notes on s9(2)(ba)).

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  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    I don't think Ede has at all. He was aways employed, as I understand it, by Parliamentary Services, in the Office of the Leader of the National Party. His emails are no more subject to the OIA or similar laws than Matt McCarten's. Which raises the question, of course, of why he didn't just use his parliament.govt.nz account.

    So that would mean we have him for misuse of official information (which he had no right to access) then. Which do you prefer?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Incomplete, inaccurate and misleading, in reply to Matthew Poole,

    Yes. He's violated the Public Records Act.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out, in reply to DeepRed,

    Another thing to consider: are journos, particularly the Press Gallery, really that scared of getting what Nicky Hager got if they learn too much about certain agendas? It could go a long way to explaining why they go for 'fish in a barrel' issues.

    I think they're more concerned about spoiling their future career chances. Journalism depends on relationships, and its difficult to do if Ministers refuse to talk to you. And if they're planning to switch to being a Ministerial press secretary one day, its even more important not to offend their potential future bosses.

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  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out, in reply to Mark Graham,

    The modern approach to political management. It doesn't matter how bogus are the numbers used to provide support for your policy because by the time the true numbers are revealed, we've "all moved on...nothing to see here''... bullshit prevails.

    Yes. To them, facts are just a rhetorical prop, not a basis for or means of informing policy.

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out,

    Obvious question: did the police - who get millions of dollars of new funding from this policy - lie deliberately, or are they just morons?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1670 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out,

    the decommissioning of its Wellington outside broadcast truck, the one that brings you Back Benches.

    And presumably a hell of a lot of news as well?

    Palmerston North • Since Nov 2006 • 1670 posts Report Reply

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