Posts by Craig Ranapia

  • Hard News: Earning Confidence, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I thought the structure was odd: they seemed to spend an inordinate amount of time circling around land/immigration/investment.

    I thought that was a bit odd too, because Winston's usual Yellow Peril dog-whistle bullshit aside is it really that big an issue for anyone? Still, I think Cunliffe (to his credit) managed to avoid getting that stink all over him, though I still think someone needs to nut up and call bullshit on the not-that-subtly coded race-baiting behind chuntering about "foreign ownership." I mentally turn down the volume a notch every time China gets mentioned to the exclusion of everywhere else.

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  • Hard News: Earning Confidence, in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    Hosking’s inability to stop them talking over each other so much and the short time available per answer gave little incentive to dwell on specifics.

    Fair point -- I really don't know how politicians think talking over each other reads but it bugs the hell out of me. It all comes down to whether you take these things seriously, or view them as infotainment; I wonder if Hosking was just told to let them go at each other, and pray they'd lose their shit for a quick and easy "political bitch-slap!" lead.

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  • Hard News: Earning Confidence, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    The detail he didn’t have on housing would require actually being in Government.

    Nah, that dog’s not going to hunt. You just don’t get to have it both ways, Sofie – perhaps I’m naive, but I expect party leaders to be able to clearly articulate the details of their own policy especially when (let’s be honest) they’re hardly missing an opportunity to call the other bastards liars who couldn’t organize the proverbial piss-up in a brewery. I’m certainly not saying it reached the level of throwing serious doubt on Cunliffe or Key’s credibility, but they might want to watch that. IIRC, there’s one more debate on One in the final week. That’s not when you want the media focused on asking whether you’re just clueless about your own big ticket policies or deliberately being *cough* strategically ambiguous.

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  • Hard News: Earning Confidence, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I thought Cunliffe kept his cool and Key looked bitter and drained.

    Meh, might be a bit of projection going on there? I really don’t want to harsh the holiday buzz by looking at the usual suspects, but I’m sure plenty of folks are going on about Cunliffe looking desperate and shrill. Didn’t seem to me either was true.

    Saw bits and pieces, while sitting around with our hosts and the television on the background. Seems to me both Key and Cunliffe should be reasonably happy about how it turned out – nobody came up with a soundbite gaffe that will haunt them for the rest of the campaign. Key wasn’t goofy, and Cunliffe did a pretty good job of avoiding that slightly patronizing tone he can slip into to.

    That said: There were patches when they both seemed rather… vague on the details of their own policies. Really not an option, guys.

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  • Hard News: Earning Confidence, in reply to simon g,

    I hereby retract all comments I made during the Presidencies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, all smug and mocking, along the lines of “Only in America …”

    It would be fair to point out that unlike the United States, we don't directly elect our executive branch of government. Back in the day, you might be surprised how many I know had no particular affection for Helen Clark but you know... Labour wasn't doing a terribly bad job on the whole.

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Part of it may be that there are hardly any right-wing musicians and artists and those who are aren’t currently movement to anger.

    And an even bigger part of it is the Electoral Commission is there not to be "fair" but to apply the law, even if it's a bit of a flustercluck, in the world as it is. Any one seriously want to suggest there would be a different reaction if the track was called Silent T rather than Planet Key? Seriously?

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  • Hard News: UPDATED: Media Take: Election…,

    What do "tribes" have to do with it? Russell and I have been having *cough* free and frank exchanges of views for years, but even if Fiona, Jimmy and Leo weren't friends I don't take cheap shots at them to get at Russell. He repays the courtesy. It's just what you do if you're not a complete rectum on the body politic.

    And no matter what you think of John Key, I don't think subjecting his daughter to violent and sexualized lyrical bullshit is acceptable. That's just abuse culture in action and this shit has to stop. Full stop. Period. No exceptions or qualification accepted.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Dismal Soyanz,

    According to the book, Slater sees Boag as responsible for displacing his father from the National Party presidency.

    Sorry for dropping by so soon, but John Slater lost the National Party presidency because it was contested and the other candidate won more votes. It’s how these things work, not least when Slater beat Geoff Thompson in '98, and I should know because I was a voting delegate to the party conference on both occasions.

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  • Hard News: Never mind the quality ..., in reply to Russell Brown,

    Sorry if I’ve missed it Pete, but have you at any point devoted any of your unending outrage towards the actual hideous content of that rape conversation? Or expressed sympathy for the young women being targeted by these creeps?

    {ETA: Sorry, Russell. I'm replying to your comment, but none of this is specifically directed at you.}

    Wonder if anyone would like to consider whether there's quite a few Young Nat women (many of whom I consider friends and colleagues) who might have got the point several days ago that Messers Lusk and Slater consider them "retards" and "filthy" and don't really need to keep being told that by anyone.

    I've been having private conversations with women -- and not past or present Young Nats, but all of whom I consider friends and in many cases close colleagues -- who are really finding the way these e-mails are being talked about seriously unsafe.

    Here's something I said on the Tanya Billingsley thread, which I seriously think is relevant here :--

    And I don’t think I was the only person more than a little… disquieted by how sharply the victim of a crime got elbowed out of the way so media commentators could get to the “real issue” – how it affected the political interests of an awful lot of men both in New Leeland [sic] and Malaysia. IMO & YMMV, of course, but that seemed to me another symptom of how rape culture works – if you push rape victims to the margins of their own story, as it were, you don’t have to bother yourself with them. Right?

    Guys (and it's mostly us chaps) please think twice how you're talking about that e-mail exchange, which could most genrously be described as casually & grotesquely misogynistic, and why. A lot of the commentary around this, and PAS is far from the worse, sure hits my ear as being less about sympathy or concerns for the safety of women in the Young Nats (or anywhere else) than scoring political points. This isn't just about Cameron Slater and Simon Lusk, or David Farrar and Nicky Hagar. There are human beings here who deserve better.

    This really isn't the last comment I wanted to post here for a while; I'm going to be on holiday and mostly offline for the next three weeks and won't be replying to responses anyway. But damn, people -- we're better than this.

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  • Up Front: Oh, God, in reply to Sacha,

    And can we knock off the archaic christian-only prayer in our parliament. A well-crafted genuine karakia might be a good replacement.

    I really don't see how invoking a different Flying Spaghetti Monster gets around that particular burden of bad faith being put on Members of Parliament who are atheists, agnostics or just think it's nobody else's damn business what, or even if, they have any religious/spiritual beliefs whatsoever. I'm a devout Catholic and Maori, but I also believe there's a time and place for everything and the beginning of Parliamentary sessions is neither where prayer is concerned.

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