Posts by Sam M

  • Speaker: So NZ First gets another list…,

    I guess under the old FPP, by-elections could result in different Parliaments.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: So NZ First gets another list…,

    The thing I don't really get is that the list seats are supposed to balance a party's number in Parliament so as to reflect the proportion of list votes they got - taking into account the number of electorate seats they got.

    If we want Parliament to reflect the will of the voters (from all of NZ as determined in a general election), shouldn't we want National to get a new list MP now that Winny has Northland?

    If things are close in the future, there could be a lot more dirt-digging in an attempt to force out Electorate MPs...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Losing cultural treasures under…, in reply to ScottY,

    Could you grant a general license to the world at large (e.g., open source model)? That may be enforceable against your heirs.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A call from Curia,

    Already stated above but I wouldn't be willing to tell someone who has asked for me by name how I am intending to vote. Not in the current climate anyway.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    The last line of your post sums up my thoughts. While we can all hope such revelations would have political implications, I fear most of NZ will just shrug their shoulders and consider it to confirm their view on all politicians.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • 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 • 45 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Public Address Word of…,

    Rape Culture

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  • 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 • 45 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 • 45 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 • 45 posts Report Reply

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