Posts by Keir Leslie

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    Bill English has an Hons degree in English from Victoria (and a BCom from Otago, but that may not have had a great deal of accounting or finance in it), Cullen had a PhD in economic history from Edinburgh (while Gordon Brown had one in history from Edinburgh), Birch was a surveyor from Waikato, Richardson was a lawyer as was Caygill. Last finance minister to have had a specific qualification and actual experience in accounting was Roger Douglas and look how that turned out.

    Finance is a political role - you aren't actually going out and doing deals on the markets yourself.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1380 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Team Little: pretty good,

    I don't think it's behind Animal Rights - unranked MPs are listed by year of first entry... Still, disappointing it's so far south.

    I think Ruth may be being given the message it's time to think about moving on - certainly she's part of the King/Goff/Mallard era that's been given very polite but pointed positions.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1380 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ...,

    Also, Andrew Little shouldn't take an electorate. As long as he's leader he'll get in on the list, and when he stops being leader that's probably the time for him to move on from Parliament anyway, as it is for a couple of the other ex-leaders in the Labour caucus.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1380 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: News from home ...,

    Thing is, the CGT is more popular than Labour. If anything, Labour drags down the popularity of the CGT, not the other way around. If it goes, it goes, whatever, but it's a mistake and it'll be a terrible shame.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1380 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Terrorism is already illegal,

    Does't the use of "1 or more" suggest that specific terrorist acts must be made out? Or is that a red herring?

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    The cops don't need to be corrupt for this to be a bad thing. They don't need to be intentionally chilling speech for them to be chilling speech.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    Ultimately I think any claims about how excessive or unreasonable the action was are basically baseless given how little anyone outside the case knows of the specifics of the event, and how little we generally know about what’s typical for police in such a scenario.

    But equally, you have no reason to think that the action was reasonable. Also, no offence, but "I don't know anything about this subject area, so everyone else must be equally ignorant" is kinda patronising and offensive.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    it’s unreasonable to assume the worst.

    Why is it unreasonable to assume the worst? These are literally the people that brought us the Red Devils case, the various botched murder investigations over the past 25 years, the Urewera Raids, the Kim Dotcom raid, breaking kids' faces at parties, etc. etc. I don't trust the cops, and I don't expect anyone else to.

    Since Jul 2008 • 1380 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    I'm not sure why the obviousness of the crime is the key driver here. There are many obvious but unimportant crimes, and many unobvious but important crimes.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    I think it's pretty legit to say that the cops should investigate the possible interference of a senior minister in a major criminal investigation before they raid the homes of any journalists.

    I also think it's pretty legit to say that the cops shouldn't really be raiding the homes of journalists full stop, absent a pretty important reason, and when they do they should be careful not to put the important public functions of journalism at risk. (The idea that this case is comparable to one where a journalist is hiding a murder is revealingly absurd.)

    [Or, basically, what Deborah said.]

    Since Jul 2008 • 1380 posts Report Reply

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