Posts by Euan Mason

  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    Dear Stevie Joyce,

    Thanks ever so for this wonderful Xmas pressie. As Johnnie often says, "At the end of the day taxpayers are more worried about snapper than forking out millions for our friends in the gambling addiction industry". After all, those Salvation Army folk need extra work to do, don't they? What a Great Leap Forward for the 1% who support National financially, eh? This legacy will secure your special place in history books right up there next to think big projects, paying Rio Tinto to pollute, and such like. Congratulations, Stevie!

    Canterbury • Since Jul 2008 • 195 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Sky is the limit,

    Projections of future financial viability of the convention centre might be as good as those foisted on Dunedin ratepayers for the covered stadium. <cough, splutter>

    "Muppets" is an apt description, except that I suspect the Minister realised taxpayers might have to be tapped eventually. This is not simply incompetence.

    Canterbury • Since Jul 2008 • 195 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Housing, hope and ideology,

    I completely agree. Listening to Key this morning left me wondering; is he incapable of learning from history or is this just a blatant gift to Landlords (who are more likely to vote National than their tenants)?

    Canterbury • Since Jul 2008 • 195 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Good to Go?,

    Expectations colour much of our sexual behaviour.

    People wish to be desirable and that can be an important turn on. By striving to be desirable they are not implying consent, but their desirability may provoke unrealistic expectations among those experiencing the desire.

    Similarly, IMO, marriage does not necessarily imply consent, although many people, particularly men, would disagree - expectations again.

    Unrealised expectations of frequency of sex, type of sex, and responses to sex can undermine relationships.

    Media portrayals of sex tend to foster expectations, often unrealistic ones.

    Fewer expectations = a healthier relationship, in my view.

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  • Hard News: Doing over the witness,

    According to The Herald, Slater appears to have tried to arrange a prison hit.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11339962

    Is there enough evidence for a prosecution? What are the legal implications of this type of info?

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to BenWilson,

    "My pick is that if Robertson did get chosen, then Key would either tell Slater to pull his head in, or he would distance himself from Slater as much as possible. And that might be very hard to pull off, because I don’t think Slater would take kindly to being shoved away. Key is actually stuck with the guy now, and we’ve only seen the beginning of how toxic that could prove for National."

    Ben, Slater's oxygen is getting tidbits of inside info and then having journalists follow his lead. Stop the tidbits and he's a nobody, and ditto if the parroting journalists stop parroting. It surely has to be the kiss of death for a journo to parrot him now?

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Ian,

    Do you imagine that Key has undergone some sort of rebirth towards centrist politics? IMO he's just as neoliberal as he always was, but he recognises that in ACT he would wield no power, while pretending to be centrist in National he can blame entreme stuff, such as privatisation of education, on ACT.

    The debate here is not about core Labour values, but about who has the charisma and intelligence to stop Key et al. from stuffing the country. Labour should stop arguing about factions and so called core values and focus on the crisis at hand and the need to find a leader who can recapture the treasury benches.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Labour should take a punt and install her as leader

    .. if she wants it. The pressure is not fair if she isn’t ready, for the good of the Party. Think about it.

    I agree, but what would give her pause is all the competition from over-ambitious colleagues who delude themselves that they are in a strict pecking order for the PM spot. With loyal support from them she would do well, I think, and that would be good for the party.

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  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    I am sure David Cunliffe is a nice, smart fellow, but he consistently fails to communicate effectively with voters. He always sounds defensive, he often sends a slightly off message, and he lacks the charisma to front the party and challenge a loved PM like John Key.

    A large minority of NZers worships JK, even after all the revelations in Dirty Politics, ministerial resignations, assets sales, unswimmable rivers, punitive policies for beneficiaries, tax cuts for his rich mates, huge deficits, memory “lapses”, expensive and ineffective charter schools, and failed responses to climate change. The man is a master manipulator of the media and a clever dissembler. Labour needs someone who can cut through all that and connect with the public. DC is not that person, and neither is GR. I think Jacinda Ardern shows promise – she’s sharp on message, inoffensive, and likeable in front of a camera. Labour should take a punt and install her as leader with the full support of the party, then sort out how to bring all of National’s failures into focus while offering a positive alternative in partnership with the Greens (who performed far better than Labour with their own natural constituency).

    Canterbury • Since Jul 2008 • 195 posts Report Reply

  • OnPoint: Sunlight Resistance, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    ""And please can people stop saying half of New Zealand voted for National … sigh.""

    "Can we say half of them didn’t?
    I think, statisticaly, that is more accurate."

    No it isn't. Roughly a million voted for National and another million didn't vote at all. The remainder voted for someone else.

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