I agree about having a purple mate making a difference , but on the other hand I’m sure lots of rascists have mates whose background they ignore , but still generalise about other races or cultures as a group. ( I’m still tempted to at times )
Covert racism can be just as bad as traditional racism of the skinhead/white hooded robe kind. Especially the type where it's dressed up in a suit and tie as 'tough on crime' and other wedge issues, as happened with the Southern Strategy in the US. Or otherwise when the racism is outsourced to 'model minorities' - people like Michelle Malkin take it to its logical conclusion.
Here in Welly, diversity is a given, and there’s more to it than just the embassies and High Commissions. Even then, it’s not free of racial incidents - isolated as they are even though I’ve hardly ever experienced one personally. The boyfriend of one of my Twitter followers was given a black eye by a couple of pre-loaded young women on Courtenay Pl not too long ago, who probably would have been too dumb anyway to tell the difference between a Chinese and a Japanese.
Paul Little tells the Len Brown Stand Down crowd to get a life. And Penny Bright isn't right-wing at all, she's more like the Peoples' Front of Judea.
It's time to shut down - or rather shut up - the ragtag bunch of malcontents who are giving their lives meaning by hounding silly old Len Brown every time he appears in public. These shrieking, self-righteous harpies are one length of rope away from full-blown vigilantism.
As is often the case with high-visibility critics, the fault they most lament is one they display themselves - in this case letting a wild passion overcome the better counsel of reason.
More importantly they are disrupting the democratic process by trying to prevent an elected official from getting on with his job. The rest of Auckland is over it. The city and the mayor have more important things to worry about.
Why can’t corporations that metamorphed from co-operatives retain the principle of everyone in the chain getting a fair share, why the greed?
(I’m looking at You supermarkets, banks, insurance companies, etc)
Pretty much what happens when private equity - the financial equivalent of junk food, for lack of a better description - dilutes such principles.
I like something she wrote in an earlier column - an observation on the 'Just world phenomenon' : the tendency of some people (often right wingers) to believe that the world is just and therefore people get what they deserve.
For a 'just world' theorist, some one who makes (sniff) 'inappropriate life choices' gets what they deserve.
Isn't it just a euphemism for Social Darwinism?
Unfortunately not helped by revelations that two were made up…
Especially when one of them is coming from a veteran broadcaster who's normally stayed out of controversy, too. Unfortunately there are likely a lot of other occasions where shit gets made up, and the perps get off scot free.
I’m tempted to complain on the Consulate’s behalf. Pursuit of a political vendetta that drags in a sovereign nation’s diplomatic mission? That’s pretty despicable, even by what pass for Orsman’s journalistic standards.
Then there's no need to hold back. Anything to call bollocks on this show of new yellow journalism.
It was written so as to obscure the fact that the prospective protests were not about Brown at all, but about whaling. And then buried on page five.
If there's only one thing we should borrow from the Scandinavians, it's their media regulation model.Then again, it also helps that their media outlets aren't monopolised.
Please consider the effect on Auckland's future public transport system, an utterly critical policy of Browns, if he were to lose the next election because your protests have given his right wing enemies the fuel to keep attacking him.
All the more so, because AKL still has FPP local body elections, which are very unfriendly towards disunited political movements. It's the whole reason why the CitRats gained a council majority in a past election. The post-mortems of such elections often go as follows:
"If you hadn't split my vote, the CitRats wouldn't have won!"
"Oh yeah? You would have won if you hadn't sold out your principles!"
All the more reason to scrap FPP electoral systems. Bush vs Gore in 200 comes to mind.
And I'm interested to know more about the power balance between central and local government. Are you saying that LB has no influence on meaningful change in urban planning policy and legislature? I actually though that pressure was coming from the central government on ACC to free up land and construct affordable housing. Correct me if I'm wrong.
Rodney Hide structured the AKL Supercity under the belief that John Banks and others of his ilk would hang on to the mayoral chains. It didn't happen, and now the current lot in the Beehive is trying to box in anyone who strays from the 1950s urban planning orthodoxy. It's happening in Wellington too, with the ongoing Basin Reserve Flyover issue, and Christchurch, with Prostetnic Vogon Gerry and CERA.
The same lot in the Beehive seem to think that affordable housing can only come in the form of bungalows with 'large' sections. With every man and his dog moving to Auckland - where the plum jobs and direct global links just happen to be - that model is colliding with the tragedy of the commons. And 'affordable housing' lobbyists like Hugh Pavletich aren't really interested in affordable housing as such, they're really speculators who think they're interested in affordable housing. Even his poster-children of sprawl, like Houston, are seriously looking at intensification.
There's still a lingering perception among the hoity-toities that anything taller than a few storeys belongs in Detroit or the Bronx. And it's safe to assume that they're keen to see the back of the RMA, unless there hapens an apartment building going up next door. In short, the property bubble is more like a property cartel.