Posts by John Morrison

  • Hard News: Not yet standing upright,

    Am I cynical or is the PM? When the 2 Lockwood designs were 'found' by the PM's pollster in March 2014 and here they are in the final four along with another fern and, to me, an ugly koru, I am wondering whether this $26m process was just a show for a pre-determined outcome.
    Mind you, you cannot expect too much more these days.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About Campbell Live,

    I have to admit, now I only watch the news & CampbellLive, bar 1 -2 other programmes, on free-to-air. The rest is a mix of various channels recorded on the Sky box or via the internet.

    I despair as well.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Doing over the witness, in reply to Marc C,

    I wholeheartedly agree. Further, I cannot understand why there is not an outcry in editorial pages of our major newspapers denouncing this intrusion into a journalist's home and taking his gear. Are the newspapers, tv and radio really going to turn a blind eye to this?

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Home advantage,

    Russell, I'm glad you brought this up because it really troubled me how an incident that happened a few seconds before the awarded scrum could be looped on the ground screens without a request from the match officials.
    Surely there needs to be a protocol to manage this instituted prior to the World Cup.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The humanity, in reply to Felix Marwick,

    No-one should deny this blow-up but to me, this is a reflection of the wounds and grief that each Labour MP is feeling just now and I expect yesterday's caucus meeting would have been very explosive and full of emotion. This events should have been expected and are necessary to 'clear the air'.
    Now, given that I do not expect the caucus to remain so-called divided after a period of reflection, put past grievances behind them and agree a path forward

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The humanity,

    Well said Russell with a couple of things I would add.
    Looking at Paddy last night and the Stuff headlines this morning there is simply too many sensational and misleading headlines/comments when battles arise. The pundit may feel better but it does the public a disservice

    Labour is right to shut all comment down for as long as possible just to take the heat out of the current situation. The media will hate it but there may be a chance of quiet assessment and analysis coming from this period. Let's hope so.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Five further thoughts,

    FWIW, I thought Cunliffe was the best guy to take on Key, a view I still hold. I recognize the scale of the defeat and the leader needs to be accountable, but there are other bigger issues the party has to address as well. This is not the time for knee-jerk reactions, instead it should take time to analyse and consider.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest,

    Nothing much to add to the overall despair of these comments. I am too disgusted that such evil, underhand and illegal behaviour can be swept away by the PM and not being held to account by the NZ public.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice, in reply to Emma Hart,

    Gibson said in this morning's radio i/v he repeated what a constituted said to him, not understanding the full background of the term.
    BTW I know the word but I didn't realise the sensitive meaning of it either.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Not doing justice,

    This Gibson case doesn't dismay me as much as the party activists who publicly criticize and undermine the leadership and party itself. All this does is show the public Labour is disunited. The leadership was selected by a very democratic process and all members, including MPs, are obliged to get behind them.
    Gibson did not understand the full implications of what he said. However, these opinionated party members are supposedly no fools but somehow they still want a National government.

    Cromwell • Since Nov 2006 • 81 posts Report Reply

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