Posts by Matthew Poole

  • Hard News: Time to Vote, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    the Herald is scraping the barrels bottom today.
    Child drops ice cream in supermarket
    Well, not quite but news?.

    a) Syndicated off APNZ, so not exactly a Herald reporter rushing in breathlessly to file copy.
    b) That's a moderately sizeable spill. Would cover quite a bit of a petrol station's forecourt.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3904 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Time to Vote,

    One thing I noticed but which only just clicked was that all the people working the roll books were under 30 at my polling station. That level of engagement is a good thing.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3904 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Time to Vote,

    Took Daniel with us to the polling station (conveniently located four properties up the street), and he posted both our ballot papers. If the "Vote early, vote often" phrase is true, having cast two ballots at age 16-months will hopefully stand him in good stead for a long and vibrant life of democratic involvement.

    I'm really not sure what to make of the massive advance vote turnout. If the turnout for yesterday was even the same as the turnout on Thursday, never mind the higher turnout indicated by history, we'll have seen double the advance votes cast this year of 2011.
    I am hopeful that it means increased overall turnout, but with a significant un-enrolled proportion and the toxic environment being known to discourage participation it's really hard to tell. I guess we'll find out tonight.

    Also unsure whether or not to watch the results. Last time I went to bed depressed at what I perceived as the chronic stupidity of my fellow voters.

    The pit from whence crawl… • Since Mar 2007 • 3904 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election,

    This is gold. You've got a private stash and are holding out. I can tell!

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to A S,

    Once upon a time, breach of the CM would have seen the transgressing minister quickly sanctioned by all of their peers.

    Which is a problem when you are the senior-most minister and the party's hope of electoral victory.

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  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to Hebe,

    Who is going to hold Key to account for breaking the Cabinet Manual rules?

    The electorate, hopefully, but that is far from assured. There is certainly no other recourse, as the CM has no legal standing as grounds to bring a suit (AFAIK. Graeme? Andrew?)

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ...,

    Is it plausible that Key has been such a helicopter manager that he never got his hands dirty when #TeamWhaleCollins was digging dirty on ACC claimants and public servants? Sort of a "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, where he'd leave ministers to their own devices while he swanned around for photo ops and golf games? He certainly seems like the type, but I don't know if it's stretching credibility beyond recovery for a PM to be that uninvolved in what's happening within the cabinet.

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  • Speaker: Confidential information: the…, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    real estate professional can be anything but in their behaviour with no real consequence

    You're speaking, I presume, of their behaviour other than as it relates to their practice of their profession? Because the consequences for misbehaviour in the carrying on of their profession very definitely extend to losing their licence; and look at what doctors get away with professionally without loss of licence before you suggest that it's only real estate professionals that are only notionally at risk of such punishment.

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  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    endless people arguing ooo no we pay too much tax already

    Or, apparently, believing that Bill English's spread in Dipton comes with that rarely-found species of tree: the pinus money-printarius. They're the ones who demand to know how Labour et al are going to pay for their various policies, as though National somehow don't have to levy taxes to pay for their policies.

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  • Hard News: Steven Joyce: Prick or Treat, in reply to linger,

    You meant putting the cart before the horse … rather than the reverse?

    Yes, I did. I got too fancy for the early hour and lack of caffeine :(

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