Posts by Hilary Stace

  • Access: Art and disability: a festival,

    Wish we had one of these festivals in Wellington.

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  • Hard News: The Hager saga continues,

    The Intercept has now started international fundraising for Nicky's legal costs. International story now.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Cilla!, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Thanks for reminding me of that wonderful movie. Loved the name Morgan for years.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to DeepRed,

    There were several journalists at Nicky's talk to the Wellington medical school last Friday. Some identified themselves when they asked questions. One was Ben Heather who has written some good stuff on disability (always a positive for me) and he and his colleague wrote this neutral piece for the DomPost yesterday. At least it is something.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    He spoke at the Wellington Medical School on Friday about the attacks on public health academics and the need for public health people to push back against the corporate lobbyists and their assistants.

    I don't recall that him mentioning the raid but he would have had his reasons.

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  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Radio Live reporting that Nicky Hagar’s house raided by police looking for details of Rawshark. Worrying.

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  • Access: Disability: Election Promises…,

    OK new Ministers. Nicky Wagner new Minister for Disability Issues. Any background in disability - anyone know? Jonathan Coleman new Minister for Health. Ex doctor but any knowledge about disability support? Hekia still Minister of Education but special ed often goes to an assoc minister. We have Nikki Kaye - who at least has a family member with autism so might be OK - and David Seymour (Act).

    Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley will hopefully not be so hard line against disabled beneficiaries as her predecessor. Apparently was quite concerned about disability and prisoners in her former role as Corrections Minister.

    Will watch with interest. I advise those with urgent disability related issues to get to the new ministers asap while they are still fresh and interested..

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    This is nothing compared with the late 1980s. For years the Labour Party tore itself to pieces. Halls full of people shouting at each other. People who had been on the same side of the barricades in 1981 nursed an active and long lasting hatred of their former allies. No wonder so many people are still fighting those battles.

    I was amused today when one of those young journalists tweeted a photo of himself in 1990 as a baby. Seems amazing that there are adults around today for whom that era is mere history.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    It would have been much more pleasant and cleaner if David Cunliffe had stood down after the election and a new leadership team quickly put in place. Then the focus could have quickly gone back on fighting the Government. It is unfortunate in many ways that this didn't happen. Mainly because there are some frustrated people in the Labour Party now flinging barbs in all directions. This is particularly unpleasant because many of them have spent much of their energy and time for the last few months working for a common cause - the LP - one way or another. Now they are angry and bruised and raw. James Dann has been the target of some nasty stuff for writing this post - which is so unfair.

    I think it is human nature to have your biggest battles with those you are closest to and have most in common with (like families!). Some of the most vicious fights I have observed have been on school boards or community groups with people who have also chosen to send their children to that school or have joined that community group because of similar and shared interests.

    Conflict can be healthy and democratic so long as there are processes that are deemed to be fair and there is a way to make up and be allies again later. So it is probably best not to be too violent as we might need to be friends again soon.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    This is all so 1990. The third Labour Party leader in three years (Mike Moore) makes a less than conciliatory election night speech after a disastrous election result. The new leader-in-waiting (Helen Clark) is attacked from all sides. While the LP is distracted the new National Government immediately repeals pay equity legislation, hurries the pace of Rogernomics and within a year rolls out the mother-of-all-Budgets.

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