Posts by Keir Leslie

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    Whyte is engaged in a disingenuous exercise, where he acts as a politician then demands to be treated as a philosopher. Politics is a contact sport, and he's aggressively engaging in a very disgusting and immoral political exercise, of course he's going to get aggressive responses.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1264 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Te Reo Māori in schools:…,

    The bit where there are practical problems is part of what's genius about universal te reo. It means you commit to building an infrastructure to deliver the reo to every school kid in the country, which is a big investment in the language.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1264 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Good ideas and grumbles, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It's part of the general hollowing out of the press in NZ, no? Certainly the position in Chch for the visual arts has dramatically worsened over the past 10-15 years.

    I have a vague feeling students' associations are weaker these days as well, which hurts student radio and chances of them running successful shows themselves, although that may be general political bias.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1264 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Now win the argument,

    Post primary like the Nats policy in large part because it offers chances for career development for dedicated & talented senior teachers with expertise in specific areas, a group well represented in the upper echelons of the PPTA, for obvious reasons. That career development has been missing from the profession forever, and is an ongoing sore point for the post-primary sector. It's a clever wedge between the post-primary and primary sectors, but I don't think it's that convincing to teachers in the context of entire education policies.

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  • Hard News: The Letter, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Because once Cunliffe was caught out misleading the public on one aspect of the story, he's not going to come across as trustworthy on any other aspect? And likewise with the secret trust thing: he can hardly pose as a staunch defender of transparency in political donations after that. It's entirely predictable political rhetoric by the National Party, and it's effective, and there's no reason Cunliffe needed to leave those openings for them.

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  • Hard News: The Letter,

    Hang on, a letter to the Minister of Immigration as Minister of Immigration isn’t something Woodhouse has to OIA. It’s a letter to his office!

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Eeesh that's worse than I remember it.

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  • Up Front: Dropping the A-Bomb, in reply to blindjackdog,

    Oh yeah I remember that issue of Canta. In fact, depressingly, I think I may have a copy of it somewhere. Canta was going through some weird issues at the time, I think there were some very poor editorial decisions made. It wasn't the only or the last time Uffindell revealed a striking tin ear for that kind of issue.

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  • OnPoint: Budget 2014: Yeah okay.,

    Also, if you work for MoH you can't respond to people slagging you off. It's really bad form to drag civil servants into this kind of thing, especially by name, and I kinda think it's something that we should frown on as a community. Ministers are responsible for their departments, not the people who work for them. If you have a disagreement with a policy, have a go at the minister, not the civil servants.

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  • Hard News: What rules are these?,

    I don't think it's true that people prefer crap. It's perfectly possible to write good popular coverage of pop music and pop stars that sells. But that is harder work.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1264 posts Report Reply

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