Posts by Bart Janssen

  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon…, in reply to Clint Fern,

    excellent, Pinot Noir

    If this were the feed blog I'd give you a long list of excellent alternatives :) Honestly New Zealand make some amazing Pinot noir and there is no need to be wedded to any one producer. Sadly amazing and cheap Pinot noir is harder to find.

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  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon…, in reply to sandra,

    Agree totally re Simon Mercep. I was looking forward to his start at RNZ but hardly ever listen to his slot now. He seems to struggle to know what he’s going to say next.

    What I can't understand is why does Mercep repeat the dreary format that Mora created. There doesn't seem to be anything in that show that is his except the voice.

    As for John Campbell ending up at RNZ that seems less likely to me. I know it is the only non-commercial game in town but Campbell has proven adept at getting stories that come with images. While he is a good interviewer I think he (and the team he has attracted) have talent with images that would be lost on the radio.

    Perhaps, he could be the nucleus of a video arm of RNZ, radio with pictures but with more meaning and content than Henry.

    To lose his expressive face from the media would be sad.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Out there in…,

    As the girlfriend of a member of her rival pub quiz team

    Love it.

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  • Hard News: 2015: The Budget of what?, in reply to steve black,

    The only reason I can see for keeping the extra $25 (maximum, some get nothing, some an in between amount)

    And see this is an area where Labour could say great job but the implementation is a bit odd because the way it's set up the people most in need (the ones getting other benefits as well) are having the $25 reduced. Which is obviously a bit silly so here's how you fix it ...

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  • Hard News: 2015: The Budget of what?, in reply to John Palethorpe,

    The need for difference comes down to the choice voters will have.

    There is still plenty of difference to be had.

    Labour probably wouldn't sell off our state housing stock to whichever developer donated the most to the election campaign.

    Labour probably wouldn't abandon the kiwisaver incentive simply to balance a budget.

    Labour probably would straight up just increase taxes on the rich instead of faking it with a departure/return tax.

    Meanwhile Labour can say shit giving money to the really poor is a good idea grats on that National.

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  • Hard News: 2015: The Budget of what?, in reply to John Palethorpe,

    They need clear policy to differentiate themselves from National

    Why?

    Look I don't want Labour to be different for the sake of being different. If National have a good policy I want Labour to support it - sure suggest ways it could be better but don't simply oppose everything because that's the only thing you can think of to do. And certainly don't spout transphobic slurs like some 14 yr old child.

    Labour's problem for the last elections is their own voters have not bothered to vote because frankly the MPs have performed like petulant children (with a few notable exceptions).

    Here's an idea, how about Labour MPs start behaving like adults. Determine what good policy is and simply campaign for it. Get together as a group and decide not to stab each other in the back, cause ya know that looks kinda pathetic and the voters really do notice. Admit that other partys have some good policy (not all of them are dicks)

    Accept we live in an MMP world and explain that yes there will be some cooperation with The Greens but not absolute agreement on everything.

    Basically just be adult about it - unlike the way the plonker Little seems to have decided to behave.

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  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon…,

    For me the really sad part of this is how predictable it all was. As soon as people like Mark Weldon and Julie Christie get a role in any organization you will see this kind of decision making. They are people with connections, they get invited to the right meetings, they know people in power.

    They have no knowledge or talent of their own yet are utterly convinced that their decisions are always right. They firmly believe there is nothing they do not know and no decision they make is ever wrong. They do not need facts or data or input from anyone with knowledge.

    Should anyone ever prove them wrong they will respond with hatred and stubborn dedication to their chosen course regardless of the outcome.

    In New Zealand we revere these people until we throw them in jail. But only after they have destroyed far too many good things.

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  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon…, in reply to DeepRed,

    Holmes probably still gets a vote

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  • Hard News: 2015: The Budget of what?, in reply to Brent Jackson,

    I heard it was ponytails ...

    Dammit where is the like button?

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  • Up Front: Stand for... Something, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Maybe there is some reason for flags in 2015 but I can’t think of a good one.

    This relates to the simplistic designs we seem to be restricted to. Historically flags were used so that soldiers could avoid killing other soldiers who were on the same team. They had to be simple and recognizable over a decent distance. Bold colours and patterns were important.

    None of that is true now.

    So how come we can't break all the rules and have a flag that is more detailed and perhaps at the same time more representative.

    Or we could just flag the whole thing and leave it as it is - historic and somewhat irrelevant.

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