Posts by Dave Patrick

  • Speaker: Protesting private prisons, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Just got around to watching this. It says:

    1. These deaths, injuries and apparent attempts to defraud are a good thing, because they give the private system a chance to demonstrate its superior accountability.

    That's what I can't get my head around - is he seriously taking the position he seems to espouse, or has he disappeared into his own bizarro world and been replaced by Jeremy Wells' "Mike Says" persona full-time? Or is it just part of his activities as an unpaid shill for the National Party?

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 249 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Protesting private prisons,

    Mike Hosking has been thinking hard about this issue - it's actually a sign that private sector accountability is working

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 249 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: What Alltracks…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Good constructive blog critique of Alltracks

    Yep, I agree with him on the Metal and Rock chart - mind you, it's about the standard I expected when I saw who curated it.....

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 249 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?, in reply to simon g,

    If John Key heads off to the MCG (“What by-election?”) I will want them to win 90%.

    If he turns up on the telly at the game, 80%.

    If he turns up in the dressing room, 60%.

    If he wears one of those silly shirts and catches the ball … COME ON Australia!

    If he gets in to another awkward 3-way handshake on the winner's podium like he did at the Rugby World Cup final, can we just revoke his passport and leave him in Melbourne?

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 249 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: An unforced craft,

    I bought this record today, from a band I'd never heard of before who recorded it in Whanganui - https://greenfog.bandcamp.com/album/bruce-farm

    It's a big slab of loud droney guitar, in a similar vein to Black Boned Angel but with more notes, and it's quite wonderful.

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 249 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

    With 10 overs to go I was quietly confident.

    With 5 overs to go I was resigned to losing in the semifinals for a 7th time.

    For the last two overs I was on the edge of my seat, not even wanting to talk.

    That has to be the best game of cricket I've seen in a long, long time.

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  • Hard News: To defame and deflect,

    I've heard Key's "Hager's last allegations were categorically disproven" sound bite about 3 times across different media now, and not once have I heard a journalist ask him which allegations were the ones that were categorically disproven. He gets a free ride that allows him to set the agenda.

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 249 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Fickle Rock,

    I can attest to Robin Lambert's skill as a salesman in Sounds Unlimited - I would walk in, he'd recognise me, suggest 2 or 3 new arrivals to listen to, and I would inevitably leave with what I'd been intending to buy AND the 2 or 3 he'd played for me. I was only ever a weekly visitor, but he still knew who I was when I went in there - it was almost like having your own personal record buyer.

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 249 posts Report Reply

  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament (in…, in reply to Sacha,

    A Minister for Sauntering would suit the talents of many in this current mob.

    Swaggering, surely?

    Rangiora, Te Wai Pounamu • Since Nov 2006 • 249 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Relaxed

    John Key is just so..... relaxed... about everything

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