Posts by Bart Janssen

  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Rob Stowell,

    I’m shocked at the ease with which union-bashing is part of this conversation.

    Not at all. Just that I don't believe the unions are enough to win the next election and another 6 years of National control will end the unions.

    And yes I'm a member.

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  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Seriatim,

    I’d hoped for a post here to throw some light on Russell Brown’s comment that the result seems “disastrous … for the prospects of the centre-left”. How is having a strong base with unions and Maori damaging for the projects of the ‘centre-left’? Who then is the ‘centre-left’ , and what are these ‘prospects’ which have been so tragically annihilated?

    The problem I have, and I don't speak for Russell, is that Cunliffe purportedly had exactly the same backing of the unions and the party. Yet under his leadership Labour lost the party vote in safe Labour electorates and turned in a pathetic election result.

    As someone who is somewhat afraid of what an unopposed National government will do to this country in the next three years I'm concerned that Little will not garner the support of the voting public sufficiently to prevent another National dictatorship in the next election.

    That's why I feel the way I do about the result. I recognise that there is a significant group who strongly believe that all you need to win an election is the union and Maori vote. That group is very happy with the result.

    For what it's worth I hope I'm wrong, but everything I've heard about Little suggests the next election will go very similarly to the one just past.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Tom Semmens,

    It seems Russell Brown and his merry band of liberal Gen Xers want a democratic Labour party

    Simply saying that using the system that they have, the Labour party has chosen a direction that I cannot see being successful nor can I see it aligning with my political beliefs. They have every right to become the party that they choose, just as I have the right to choose how I will vote next election.

    Things may change, I may be surprised by Little's leadership, but everything I've seen from him indicates he will bring more of the same approach and direction that Cunliffe brought.

    That approach failed miserably last election but who knows repeating the same experiment again may give a different result.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ...,

    If he's still there in three years I'll be amazed ... and I'll be finding another party for which to vote.

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  • Up Front: The Song of Angry Women,

    We could start by rounding up The Herald opinion columnists and editorial writers and putting them in a very small dark room until more than 50% of them apologize for being shitweasels.

    Then we can do the same for all the talkback radio hosts.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Busytown: Beware of the Leopard,

    Who is the MP for that electorate?
    And opposition list MP representing that electorate?

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  • Busytown: Beware of the Leopard,

    When I was a little boy I used to do things that I knew were wrong, yes it's a shock I know. When responsible adults caught me and challenged me I would invent excuses, I had a good imagination, I had some really good excuses. But in the end they were only excuses for doing something I knew was wrong.

    Sadly it seems we have employed some naughty little boys to plan our city. They know what they are doing is wrong and they are making excuses, excuses to ignore those that they know are going to tell them off for being naughty little boys who should know better.

    The trees should never have been under threat, the designs should have worked around them from the beginning, the designers know full well they deserve a telling off. They should grow up, accept that they have done wrong and fix it.

    That's what grown ups do.

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  • Hard News: Music: The Homecoming Queen, in reply to paddy free,

    You really can’t. [snip] other than architecture/design.

    It is one of the issues that the expense of design is one of the first parts of a budget to be cut in a building like Vector.

    Even so, I wonder whether it might be possible to alleviate some of the worst problems by using noise cancellation speakers around the venue hooked up to some serious computing. As you said it is physics, but it is only physics.

    But the flip side of the question is if you want purity of sound then surely a live performance is the last place you want to be. The live venue gives you the shared experience of the crowd and emotional content but can never give you the pure sound. I guess the aim is to reach a "good enough" standard, which Vector has not.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues, in reply to Sacha,

    how do you feel about flags? :)

    Maybe the new flag should have a kitten on it ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3434 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: TVNZ: Emptied out, in reply to Sacha,

    Much like ACC when they tried in 2009.

    And the response was to cut payments and make the "business" look more profitable - sigh.

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