Posts by Chris Waugh

  • Capture: Auckland City Limits, in reply to JacksonP,

    So if you notice this comment, Go check it out.

    Noticed, checked it out, it looks good. Well done, Cactus Lab!

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2338 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    What you really mean

    What I really mean is I want things to be done properly, not the half-arsed, rushed, botched up nonsense this government is so good at.

    Oh, but wait, you then say:

    It has been quite a number of decades since people have been happy to leave decisions to the experts, especially questions of national identity

    So I don't know, which is it? We can't go through a proper process of discussing our constitutional arrangements because it's "not realistic in a pluralistic society"? Or we no longer leave decisions on questions of national identity to the experts?

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2338 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: The flag referendum:…, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    a policy of a move to a Republic with a new flag

    But only after a long, thorough, and properly consultative process in which all the issues, especially the place of the Treaty in the new republic, are properly thrashed out and the best possible new constitution drawn up, then it all put back to the public in a properly organised referendum, perhaps requiring some sort of super majority to pass.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2338 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The flagging referendum,

    My almost 5-year old daughter expressed a very clear preference for the new flag this morning. I said “tough, you’re too little to vote.” Count me among those who’d rather cast an active vote to keep the old flag than either vote for mediocrity or have my protest spoiled ballot or non-vote allow a mediocrity to scrape through.

    I’d also much rather first discuss our constitutional arrangements, then discuss symbols. That seems far more sensible than fiddling with superficialities but doing nothing substantial.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2338 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Yeah nah, but what *do* we…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    Everyone’s entitled to a political opinion

    It was my impression that, being no ordinary mortals, the royals aren't entitled to political opinions, or at least, expressed political opinions, and certainly not running for parliament. Trouble with Charlie is he has been known to push the limits of what he is allowed to express.

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  • OnPoint: Yeah nah, but what *do* we…,

    We will have to change the flag if we become a republic

    Why? Hawai'i has the union jack on its state flag.

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  • Capture: Art On The Street,

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    Two seemed somewhat appropriate given what’s been in the news of late…

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

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    Oh, it is working… ok, here’s the rest.

    (and we found a stingray in the lagoon. It wasn't actually in the parade though.)

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

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    From today's Chinese New Year parade in Wellington.

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  • Hard News: Incoming: Summer,

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    We also had (in addition to the Tintinesque rocket), some Seussian-looking flowers…

    ...and the Royal New Zealand Air Force Band

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