Posts by Steve Curtis

  • Speaker: An Open Letter To David Cunliffe,

    "Think positive, Act positive, Vote Labour"

    _was the British Labour slogan in 1983, with Michael Foot as leader.

    The result was Labours worst result since 1918.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 221 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Compulsory voting and election turnout, in reply to Martin Brown,

    You forget that the compulsion in Australia extends down to the bottom of the food chain, local councils too.
    Plus there is state elections and when I was there the councils voted one third of Councillors every year.
    And the Senate, until recently was at a different date to the House of Representatives

    Plus it was all ways the preferential voting system where <i> every</i> candidate had to be ranked.
    Because they have had it for about a century they can get away with it, NZ ?

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  • Hard News: A call from Curia,

    If they are running their polling questions this close to election, its likely to find out how various messages have worked for various demographics.

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  • Hard News: A call from Curia,

    Code of Practice from ( Market) Research Association NZ.
    Article 1 – Basic principles
    Market research shall be legal, honest, truthful and objective and be carried out in accordance with appropriate scientific principles.
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    Market research shall be clearly distinguished and separated from non-research activities including any commercial activity directed at individual respondents (e.g. advertising, sales promotion, direct marketing, direct selling etc.).

    If it was push polling, then they would have to distinguish ( how?) from real polling

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  • Speaker: 1600 beneficiaries moving into…,

    Yes, 1600 a week is not a lot.

    SkyTv has 865,000 subscribers, their churn rate ( from annual report) is 13.2%, which would be 2195 per week.

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  • Speaker: The End of Trust, in reply to Paul Brislen,

    They knew what his day job was/is but didn’t bother to inform the audience.

    Farrar is PAID by the National party for a whole lot of things. Polls sounds innocent until you know he is polling specific National policies or reactions to Labour policies.
    Then on top of that Farrars is Nationals go to guy for election boundaries and the whole census results for political purposes.

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  • Hard News: But seriously, drug policy,

    communities (which might be local councils, but could be iwi or affinity groups) decide on the details of drug legalisation/regulation/prohibition for their people?

    We used to have this for alcohol. When I first was eligible to vote we had a prohibition question on the ballot paper. Eventually Big Alcohol undermined it. Large parts of Auckland were 'dry' right up to the late 70s.

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

    Ironically if cannabis was decriminalised then the market for selling an illegal drug would diminish.

    Really? You over estimate the ability for lots of people to wait patiently for' their plant' to grow. Ever notice all the fast food places around in spite of it being completely legal to 'cook your own'

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  • Hard News: Show some decency, in reply to simon g,

    head of the FMA says he quit, in part because of the attacks on him and his office.

    Thats not quite the ( instant) narrative we heard from the SSC and Collins after her resignation/sacking

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  • Speaker: A Slight Diversion from…,

    Isnt the ferro-cement still used for those floating marina pontoons. The local rowing club has one to launch their hulls into an estuary with a large tidal range. Floats just a few cm above the changing water level. Never to sail upon wine dark seas unfortunately !

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