Posts by Paul Williams

  • Capture: Lucky Stars,

    I see there are no dates for Sydney... yet?

    With my wife and some friends, we loved the tour Don did with Dave Dobbyn which included a gig, or two, at the Basement (a great venue if you're ever in town).

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  • Access: Harry Potter and the covenant of…, in reply to Sacha,

    Thank you, Paul. You and Robert are both amazing role models. We are lucky to have you.

    I sincerely hope Paul you have time to blog more. As Sacha's said, role models like yourself and Robert are essential both to those you represent and as a standard for all advocates.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?, in reply to Sacha,

    name the back office Labour peeps who are bastions of competence. Go on.

    I'll not name those that I particularly regard as such, but there's a number, Salmond is definitely one of them. That said, their specific influence will always be limited relative to Caucus, Leadership and the broader membership (as it should be).

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    And then party leadership has carried on talking about things like, well, housing and the future of work and the like.

    Point well made Deborah. I had noticed, and entirely support, the close attention to the future of work and also the debate on housing. I guess my lens on NZ politics is a little narrow, however, as I saw as much from Quin as I did on these other more significant matters.

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  • Speaker: Unity, success: Chicken, egg?,

    I can't help but think the moment Labour starts talking about Labour it could be talking about something else.

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  • Up Front: Not Uniform, in reply to NBH,

    And as someone who went to a no-uniform school (Wellington High, mid-90s), I can tell you that’s the exact opposite of my experience. Granted, it may have had something to do with High’s very Liberal culture, but there was absolutely no hassling on the basis of clothes, and certainly none on the basis of expense.

    I won't argue that the reverse is not possible. I guess my experience, in South Auckland in the '70s and '80s, partly defines my perspective.

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  • Up Front: Not Uniform,

    This is not so much “but a ‘boy’ might wear a skirt!” as “We may teach your nine year old to smash the patriarchy, okay?”

    Roflnui.

    There’s only one place where I have a serious problem with this whole thing: it’s not compulsory. The schools who will do this will be the schools who would do it anyway.

    Why is it not compulsory? Not compulsory to provide a safe space for kids regardless of sexual identity or not compulsory to reflect the recommendations in the sexuality curriculum?

    Don’t see why kids need uniforms. Most European countries, they don’t. We didn’t in my sixth form, and the world didn’t fall in because a few kids went to school fully goffed, punked or metalled up.

    It’s all about indoctrinating kids into subordination for the sake of it.

    I thought that for years, particularly when I was at school. I don't now. I think a uniform is one of the easiest and least disruptive ways to avoid kids feeling shitty 'cause they can't all have the flashest clothes all the time. I entirely agree with Emma's comment that practical, gender-neutral uniforms, priced to be accessible to all families ought to be every school's practice.

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  • Capture: Aurora Australis,

    With apologies for the 'dear interwebs' request, I'm in Auckland for a few days and am trying to find time away from other responsibilities to check out graffiti/urban art. Are there particular streets, 'burbs in/around the Capture community recommends? I'm assuming Grey Lynn, Dominion Road etc?

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  • Access: Here's to them,

    Lovely words Russell.

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  • Hard News: How about that cricket, eh?,

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