Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Up Front: Fringe of Darkness,

    Good work Steven. Again basic innumeracy at the Herald - they seem to jump from the cited figures that 33-75% (ridiculously wide so probably dubious anyway - especially at the high-end which is 'self-reported') of CS abusers were victims of CSA (at least a tiny bit plausible) to 33-75 of CS victims will become abusers - which is a completely different category.
    A/ they've got the wrong end of the stick, and b/ it's damaging and it's complete nonsense. (You only have to consider that most victims of CSA are female, and most abusers male, to see how this can't make sense.)

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  • Hard News: Back in Christchurch, in reply to Sacha,

    Word returns

    Ace. Always telling myself to get to more next time – now it’s arriving :)

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    Yeah - I was thinking he might want to be sir nigel but a seat in the lords would be just the ticket for m. Farange.

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  • Hard News: Monday Music! Outrageously right,

    Been trying to like Westside story. Maybe I'm missing something, but the characters don't click for me. It feels a bit 2d. The jokes are ok but it's all a bit stagey; the emotions unreal. I'm gonna keep trying :)

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  • Hard News: Back in Christchurch,

    The convention 'centre' is a scandal. I was walking through this morning, and it's remarkable how far the central city lags other development/rebuilding. As someone running for council says - after 5 years, we need to completely reconsider the 'blueprint'. any business would do this: is it still what we want? what we need? what is best achievable? The only reason this isn't happening is because there are egos too big to admit ever getting anything wrong.
    We hardly venture to the central city. I have to go back to shoot some video, but that's about it. I get that weirdly disorientated feeling - buildings from memory and habit still jostling for space or waiting invisible around a corner; emptiness that aches with absence. But it also lets us see things afresh, for what they are. There are lovely spots along the river - and will be more.
    If we could decide to do without the gigantic convention centre and stadium and move ahead without them, we'd be on track. Their unwanted weight is tied to Gerry's ego and it's holding us down.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    And while all this bloodlust unfolds, Corbyn is away at the Somme. That's poetry :)

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to Rob S,

    do you think that Farage is the sort to quietly slide off into the background?

    No. But he wouldn’t be the only politician in this imbroglio to have painted himself into a corner without any plan for what comes next.

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit, in reply to John Palethorpe,

    Labour busted down as UKIP surge ?

    I don't quite understand how UKIP have a future. Given they are more-or-less a one-policy party, and that policy is about to happen - do they have anywhere to grow? Or will they disappear as irrelevant?

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  • Speaker: A Disorderly Brexit,

    If they weren't so busy shooting each other it would be a plum for Labour. Gove is an unlikeable ideologue. May looks more electable, on the surface. But as a 'remain' advocate, she'd face a fair bit of internal turmoil - and Tory voters might not warm to her. Corbyn looks better by the minute - especially if Labour could cosy up to the Lib Dems (who could plausibly expect a few Tory 'Remain' voters to come their way.) It's a mess, but it also looks like a country ripe for new - or any - leadership!

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  • Speaker: The Government you Deserve, in reply to Alfie,

    Maybe it depends on where you sit on the political spectrum. I must confess that the older I get, the more I’m leaning to the left. Yanis Varoufakis is one of my heroes, which is probably why I can relate to Corbyn’s politics in the same way as I do with those of Bernie Sanders in the US.

    Me too. I think I'd like Corbyn a lot. I wish we had a leader of his ilk here. I get the impression most people do. But from that article it seems maybe he's not focussed or organised or - heck - manipulative enough to get what he wants (and the country needs.)

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