Yes, I agree with this concern too. The front page of the DomPost this morning was dominated by a huge story about how National seem to have it all sewn up, despite today's polls being substantially different to yesterday's. It seems self-fulfilling at some level and I wish it would stop.
Oh, if only his spelling was the worst of his faults.
I think Arthur Ransome wrote fantastic girls
Apart from poor old Susan, who got stuck with all the thankless tasks. Perhaps she was intended as a dramatic foil for the charismatic and fabulous Nancy.
One of the nicest things I received from my dear grandmother was some of the original linen bound editions of the Swallows and Amazons series, complete with the wondrous maps. My grandad was a huge fan of Arthur Ransome and corresponded with him.
Is there a stage when you move past anger to sadness?
I think quite a few are still stuck at the denial stage.
some of it was really salacious piffle
I also don’t like that Mr. Hagar apparently only received e-mails etc about one party.
They're the government. If they are exploiting the machinery of state to keep themselves in power, don't you think it's in the public interest to know this?
I simply don’t trust his motivations pulling this stuff out just before elections every 3 years
If it's important, and in this case it is, then prior to elections is exactly when the public needs to know about it.
Oh yes, and Mr Hagar is a novelist, not a journalist, when he publishes books.
And just as you can’t really judge how close stars are to each other by their apparent clustering to the naked eye, so you shouldn’t judge how close you are to a political party by how close they look on a flat projection.
That's a brilliant image, Ben. Love it.
Thanks Kyle, that's a really useful summary.
I know that NZ is not a secular country
I'd have said that NZ is very much a secular country for all practical purposes, and becoming more so all the time. In support of this, Te Ara gives the example of the lack of interest by the courts in prosecuting religious satire. Apparently we're one of the most secular countries in the world. Go us!
Are you explaining or excusing there, Tom?
total awesomeness Joe.