Posts by Emma Hart

  • Hard News: The sole party of government, in reply to Keir Leslie,

    Also Dyson is not on the right of the Party so the suggestion it is National voters voting to keep Labour right is not very powerful I don’t think.

    Port Hills voters vote for Dyson as a person, not an embodiment of a bunch of party ideology. She works bloody hard, she's very prominent in the electorate, and she comes across very well as genuine and down to earth. It's not a grand strategy, it's people doing what they're supposed to be doing with their candidate vote: picking the person they like.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Time to Vote, in reply to BenWilson,

    can people who are not enrolled cast a special vote on the day?

    You can cast it if'n you want. It won't be counted. One could have enrolled up until today, but not tomorrow.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Time to Vote, in reply to krothville,

    I was just genuinely curious because I would have thought that the easier it is to vote, the more people would be likely to do it.

    People are posting photos today of really long queues at uni voting booths. While largely I would consider that people who advance vote are people who would vote anyway (advance voting didn't equal higher turnout last time around), those uni booths are one place where it might well make a difference.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Time to Vote,

    For the first time, we’ll vote as a whole family, and it’s been rewarding watching both our sons consider their decisions.

    My son will vote for the first time this year. He will vote: his dad is under instruction to bring him up to the voting place. He and his mates all did onthefence and then bitched about their results on Skype a couple of nights back. I'm so proud of his level of political engagement, and so pleased that he's voting on the day, because it really is a rite of passage, his first act as a citizen.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    I wonder whether he’ll show his coworkers how low he was prepared to go for fun.

    And his kids. Remember that day when he had kids?

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Vision and dumbassery,

    But guys, remember, it's just that JaJerSamAdam espouses such edgy original and controversial opinions. Like, "That John Key, he seems nice," and "Man, feminists, so humourless, amiright?"

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

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

    Insisting on dragging words back to definitions that have not been in use for a very long time is a form of redefining language. Please stop.

    This is also the third thread he's tried to drag this increasingly irrelevant troll on to. If people could just go on not engaging, that'd be great.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Oh, God,

    I've been keeping a careful eye on this, because as several people have pointed out it's bad faith arguing (SEE WHAT I DID THERE), but I figure you guys are smart enough to walk away when it's not fun.

    However. I have a column on a much more delicate and sensitive subject to go up early next week, and I'm quite tempted to close this discussion thread then.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales, in reply to Stephen R,

    Have you considered a career in teaching literacy?

    Ha, part of one of my jobs involves trying to teach "writers" how to use apostrophes, and the surprisingly difficult How to Punctuate Direct Speech WTF Do They Teach in American Schools unit. I wish it were this easy.

    Two 'enter's at the end of a paragraph, Jersamake. Two.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Telling Our Own Tales,

    Hey look, the ellipses are gone! It's almost like somebody pointed it out.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4355 posts Report Reply

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