I'd love a moratorium on (public) political polling during the election campaign. I think the perception that the Nat victory was in the bag turned a lot of people off voting. And it encourages horse-race journalism, which debases all of us.
I think Labour and the Greens need to start working closely together, like the government-in-waiting that they are.
Worth remembering that the new young voters will have no memory of life under a Labour government, or of Labour being a strong boisterous opposition. They only know it as ineffectual.
It astonishes me that National is perceived as keeping their own house in order. Their justice minister had to resign under allegations of corruption just before the election. A major Parliamentary ally who JK vouched for was just sentenced for electoral fraud.
Nothing succeeds like success.
Absolutely perfect day here in Dunedin, until downpour about an hour ago. This morning I strolled to the polling booth with my sister and then we went for a lovely beach walk. Sunny and still, the dark emerald waves turning over neatly.
Flying Spaghetti Monster. Sayin.
the flageolet (which is a member of the fipple flute family, in case you were wondering)
I found this picture. I figure you swing it around your head? ;-)
My very best wishes to Harold for his recovery. We need more like him.
the honey trap for Richard Worth
I'm sorry, the WHAT?
Dude was accused of sexual harassment
John Key said "had Worth not resigned he would have been sacked".
I just assume as a matter of course that all journalists are bottom-feeding amoral News of the World scum until proven otherwise.
Um, our gracious PA host excepted, I hope?
Fostering engagement in public debate over matters that may affect the reputation (positively or negatively) of people in public life is among the most vital purposes of freedom of expression.
We do not like the bombast or the offensive language that has been disclosed in his private communication, but there are many effective people in all walks of life whose private communication would shock us all were it to be public.
Secondly, the second statement wildly contradicts the first. He can't have it both ways.