Posts by Ianmac

  • Hard News: We can do better than this, in reply to Malcolm,

    So what would happen if some brave person quoted all those great words back to ole Jude? Wow!

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can do better than this, in reply to Malcolm,

    That was some sort of satire - wasn't it Malolm? Imperator Fish wrote it didn't he? I cannot imagine Judith having the cheek to put her tongue in it.

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  • Hard News: We can do better than this,

    I wrote to Jim at the Panel yesterday pointing out that he let claims of "the Left do it too," pass un-challenged.
    Today he started to ask Farrar to, I think, to name these nasty Left bloggers but Farrar just plowed over with his spin of justification - for a long long time.
    I have written to Jim again with the request that he challenge "them."
    ( We do know that some comments on the Standard are unpleasant but the bloggers?)
    I wrote also to David Fisher, who I respect, and asked the same question re Left bloggers. He did reply and said,

    "I thought it was fairly clear to anyone with an internet connection. I did ask Slater about the other blogs - he cited The Standard and then referred to posts about himself. Some of those are unpleasant but - for my part - I can't begin to see a comparison.

    Thanks David.

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  • Hard News: We can do better than this,

    Jared Savage wrote the post about Mr Liu and the $100,000 bottle of wine paid as a donation to the Labour Party. Even though it was wrong he never withdrew and apologised.
    I wonder if Cameron Slater was his source?

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  • Hard News: We can do better than this,

    _Funny, isn't it, how some of us Pakeha look to Maori telly for 'decent' investigative journalism..._
    The program over the last two Mondays at 8pm called Re-think is so well formatted, so well compered and very very interesting. The one last week was a look at the effect of polling and last night on global warming climate change. Strangely the three guests all agreed on climate change and discussed possible actions that we could take.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    and him and many of his colleagues have refused to even stand on the Party list.

    Shock horror. Terrible. But wait. On the other hand, Bill English is a List Only man? Hell clearly this must mean he is not brave enough to face his electorate. Or something weird. Conclusions conclusions.
    Are there others who are List only or Electorate only?

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square,

    “I’ll get back to that … ”

    Translation: I’m going to ignore the question and talk about what I want to.
    Johmn Key's failsafe:
    "Lets go back a bit......"
    Yeah. Means we go so far back we avoid answering altogether.

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  • Hard News: The silence of the public square,

    Is John Key willing to stand up proudly for Democracy?
    Openness and transparency? Fail
    Willing to meet the people? Fail (Except for the chosen ones.)
    Willing to be accountable to the people? Fail.
    Able to justify his position with valid argument? Fail.

    When was the last time we heard John Key being interviewed on any Media and questioned with the same vigour that other Party Leaders are subjected to?
    Questions, questions, questions.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    As for the lower grades allocated to these quota seats; this is simply a recognition that most Māori come from lower socio-economic areas and we know, from the statistics, that grades on average are lower across the board in lower socio-economic areas.

    This is to improve the <b> entry</b> into those special courses. The pass rate once in, has just as high a standard regardless of race.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 58 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Now win the argument,

    Associate Professor John O'Neill, of Massey University's Institute of Education, said the Labour Party's proposal to cut school class sizes if elected in September would not achieve much without changes to teaching itself.

    So true. This does not mean that smaller classes are not important. It means that a smaller number allows better targeted learning to take place and for the isolated underachievers lost in a big class can get better support from peer tutoring and better feedback from teachers.
    Note that Private Schools with 18 per class and Charter Schools with the same, do so with clear evidence on their side.

    Bleneim • Since Aug 2008 • 58 posts Report Reply

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