Posts by Sam M

  • Hard News: Taking a very big gamble,

    Can the public see the details of the two offers to determine for themselves which was superior?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    Rape Culture

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Jonesing, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    I'll never buy the salary argument. Where should it start and stop? Why not taxis, meals, etc. Yes it is a good salary, but it is their money once it is paid and I don't want politics to be dominated by those who can afford to throw their own money at it in order to be successful.

    I agree you should be reasonable, but I do not think it unreasonable for a person to have a drink the evening when travelling for work.

    Now, how much you should spend and whether you should do so at a Party Conference is another question. Examples of how some very poor behaviour by some spoil things for the majority of reasonable people.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Jonesing, in reply to Danyl Mclauchlan,

    I may have to give this politician thing a go. If you can operate as a Minister after downing a bottle of whiskey the night before, how hard can it be?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Jonesing, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    or alcohol at party conference dinners

    I don't really get the alcohol thing. When I travel for work, I always charge the entire cost of a meal, including any booze. I try not to go overboard, obviously.

    Not sure why we expect politicians to subsidise their work requirements (schmoozing) with their personal cash.

    I don't remember all the details at the time, but do remember feeling a little sorry for these people who are expected to serve SIGNIFICANT time away from their families and the public thought it outrageous for them to be bought a drink.

    Anyway, not trying to threadjack, so moving on...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Political Idol, or whatever…, in reply to Hebe,

    Let's not get too carried away. This is politics we are talking about.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Political Idol, or whatever…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    So we have to buy our way out of it? How depressing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Political Idol, or whatever…,

    So far (though I guess to an admittedly casual observer and Cunliffe supporter), Cunliffe is the only one who seems able to emphatically answer hard questions.

    Will you raise taxes? Hell yeah
    Will you remain bound to the Sky City deal? Parliament is sovereign

    I don't sense the same from the other two yet.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So long, and thanks for all…, in reply to Hebe,

    Probably, but the Greens for me need to translate their stellar poll showings into actual election results. We never really know what they will bring to the party until the night.

    On current numbers, Labour won't have any choice. The 'left' block only looks meaningful when you add the Greens and Labour together. Divided, they are both also-rans.

    The question which I always come back to is who will Green/Labour have to deal with to get over the line.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: So long, and thanks for all…, in reply to ScottY,

    But she lost that marginal seat in the context of an election where her party had lost the national debate. I would think losing a marginal seat when your party has won the day should be more indicative of some failing.

    I'm in the Cunliffe camp, though I am not truly in any camp, not being a member any more. Would possibly re-join if he were at the helm.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 40 posts Report Reply

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