Posts by Alec Morgan

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

    Lawyers, particularly ACT aligned ones for some of us are forever in the “better call Saul…” category and not necessarily the best pick as political columnists, great we have so many hi quality options via blogs.

    Though it is mildly amusing that Cactus withdraws while “Whaledump” stays for now at the SunHerald.

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square,

    Been to one meeting, Internet Mana Roadshow at Kelston. Unvetted live questions of leaders, local candidates and even Mr Dotcom were permitted and asked. Nice enthusiastic (“yes we can”) atmosphere, like an old time political gathering but with a DJ.

    Has National a complete control strategy? The Steven Joyce outburst on ‘The Nation’ last weekend was not impressive.

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  • Hard News: Meanwhile back at the polls,

    Some truth but not stonkingly major truth is my attitude to polls given the disparity between the actual 2011 election results and main polls prior predictions. Last week at TradeMe message board, a rather tawdry National friendly place, a regular poster had the exact headline results of the Roy Morgan two days in advance.
    http://www.trademe.co.nz/Community/MessageBoard/Messages.aspx?id=1434742&topic=7
    Other tory supporters even questioned the lack of a link. An obvious leak by someone.

    This election is winnable imo for those to the left of the right of the Labour Party (the remaining ’nomes) only with an outbreak of public unity between Greens and the bulk of Labour. NZ1 and IMP will certainly be needed one way or another but there is a bit to happen yet in that area.

    Banksie did not have a case to answer, would never go to court, Dotcom would not be a reliable witness, Banksie would not be found guilty, Banksie should not have to and would not resign… John Key will not be affected, National are riding high, Dotcom has nothing on Key… an extrapolation too far?

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  • Hard News: A Big Thing,

    Thanks for photos Russell and Nora, was at Kiwi Rd but moved up to Fruitvale–New Lynn, so only see the works from a car lately.

    The link does make sense and will quieten down a number of suburban streets alright when operative. But; surely enough of the big roads apart from fixing the Warkworth intersection. I’d like to see the next government stop throttling rail and spend some money there.

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  • Hard News: The Internet Party, whatever happens,

    Te Mana is a hybrid left social democratic/Māori nationalist party and as such perhaps more open to division and diversion than your average NZ party. The key achievement of Mana Movement has been the engagement of the young politically alienated, on all sorts of issues as I saw as a member in the Far North. And around the country on off shore drilling and various other matters, the Mana flag and new faces were there.

    Which ever way Hone goes with wacky KDC stuff such a movement should continue, for supra parliamentary activism (think no nukes, HUG, etc.) a hard fought kiwi tradition that a generation and a bit seem to have lost; is the much needed compliment to voting. And may even encourage voting.

    KDC is a joker in the pack and after watching the backside numbing “The Wolf of Wall Street” last nite about a mom and pop fleecing “trader” turned snitch, wonder if he does have any remaining cards re trader John Phillip Key.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Going Large,

    I have a Paul Money ‘top of Dominion Rd’ not halfway down, Yamaha and solid speakers. All you do is link an Apple TV to a DAC to the amp and everything works.
    Bypass the HD TV too for audio only.

    $100 usb turntable helps too. Vinyl rules!

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Both sides of…, in reply to Richard Aston,

    Bought a few records from Taste thats for sure, and to RB, Boss probably just plays too long sets. It is no longer 1978. Some friends my age went and were happily surprised having thought Brooce was just some sort of Westie.

    I notice he grabbed four horn players from a band I have liked since their 70s inception, New Jersey’s “Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes”, and Jake, to help replace one Clarence!

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  • Hard News: We need to talk about Len, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Craig “sniper” Ranapia got a huge laugh finally out of me on this one. It really is “Bonfire of the Vanities” territory when you add in the squigglings of a huge supporting cast and several bizarre extras. Have never been a Len supporter particularly after the Ports of Auckland debacle but do feel Rodders zeal has come back to bite him.

    Wendyf’s link about Dove-Meyer was quite poignant really,
    http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/biographies/5r19/robinson-dove-myer

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  • Hard News: Mandela, in reply to Hebe,

    Agree Hebe, Mr Espiner makes some cogent points. The Stuff comments section confirms that the dark “don’t know, don’t wanna know” kiwi stereotype is still with us.
    One says John Minto should go to RSA and hopefully stay there. Another–“but whether or not the South African Government would actually allow him through customs. I bet they wouldn't. If he's so desperate to go, he should call 0800 QUANTAS and have his credit card handy, just like the rest of us.”

    Of course John Minto has already travelled to South Africa as a private citizen in the 2000s which visit included Robben Island and various towns and cities which informed his views of the post Apartheid scenario as he has outlined since and in the last few days. http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11169600

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  • Hard News: Mandela, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Peruse “Dancing on our Bones” by Trevor Richards and you will get an idea. HART had a London office at one stage and Trevor became a virtual diplomat flying around Africa for several years to this conference and that. The book is Wellington centric in regards 1981, though an excellent history of Apartheid sport from the beginning, and only lightly touches on the mass actions in Auckland led by Auckland HART under the guise of umbrella group MOST–Mobilisation to Stop the Tour.

    He seemed to later prefer the backroom while Hone and Minto kept to the loudhailer and police lines, maybe just a case of visibility. But, the wonderful diversity of the anti racist movement (e.g. Artists Against Apartheid) also held some significant political differences along organisational and tactical lines.

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