Posts by Stewart

  • Hard News: Mediaworks: The only horizon…,

    the people who watch it weren’t sticking around for the fare Mediaworks was choosing to screen after it.

    Which indicates they are screening stuff that people don't want to watch and axing the wrong show.

    Your 'exit play' scenario is depressing - the whole shebang is seen as a vehicle for a big pay-out rather than having any intrinsic worth.
    Total fucking sell-out by Christie et al. (Poor old al always get included in the blame.)

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2015: The Budget of what?, in reply to Russell Brown,

    the NZ On Air board warned that it could not maintain services

    Isn't this a bit like putting a 'Kick Me' sign on one's own arse?

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever…,

    Key's determination about the flag is just him wanting a re-branding of NZ/Aotearoa with something more brand-specific and instantly recognisable.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Take: The Easter Show,

    In my opinion the self-appointed bishop Tamaki and his wife are parasitic charlatans preying on the vulnerable members of our society. They are snake-oil salesmen out to enrich themselves; the fact that they achieve some modicum of social good for a small number of individuals is
    a) more-or-less an artefact of their methodology and
    b) offset by the overall social ill they also foment (Russell's examples above incl Enough is Enough, homophobia, demonising of immigrants, etc).

    They talk the talk enough to feather their own nests and that's about it. There is nary a hint of the tolerance and compassion that might typify the teachings of Christian scripture.

    I'm not a fan.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy, in reply to Dean Wallis,

    Agreed.

    It's not like coming from a dysfunctional family isn't having more effect.
    And many dysfunctional families are as a result of problems which have political solutions.
    So maybe there's a political solution to consider?

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election, in reply to izogi,

    Nice post, sir.

    The one of yours above this one.

    One thousand recommends.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election,

    @Jake you requested my opinion and I gave it. It was nothing to do with raising the intellectual level of debate.
    I feel that I, and others who share my lowly opinion of John Key, are the ones who can see the Emperor is naked. We are unimpressed by his riches and his ability to reflect what others want to see in him. His lack of care in responding to interviewers, his lack of precision and his apparent (convenient?) failures of memory all mitigate against any respect for the man. He also has a nasty streak, trying to put-down those he perceives as weaker with a smarmy smirk and he is a poor orator.
    Hence my dismissal of his 'leadership qualities' that you so admire.

    And your admiration of him causes me to lower my opinion of you. Perhaps unfairly, perhaps not.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    That’s my opinion. Yours?

    As previously stated, my opinion is that he is a feculent, smarmy, unprincipled twat who has no leadership qualities whatsoever.

    Thanks for asking.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest,

    BTW not arguing against a CGT as I think it is an excellent idea and long overdue.
    Public misconceptions about it are rife, and promulgated by National-aligned sources, but it is a bloody good impost against the current housing bubble.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest, in reply to BenWilson,

    No way is the nationwide median house price $500k. It might be that in & around Auckland but not 'down country'.

    Not sure how much difference it will make to your figures, but I would hazard a nationwide median price of closer to $375k.

    Te Ika A Maui - Whakatane… • Since Oct 2008 • 576 posts Report Reply

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