Posts by FletcherB

  • Hard News: Privacy and the Public Interest,

    a land of consonant sorrow?

    Dear Mr Dalziel...
    I just want to say that you and your constant puns are one of the absolute best reasons for hanging around here at Public Address...

    Many people around here are funny, (I try my own hand at times), but you Sir, are a constant source of mirth, while remaining pithily on topic, and drawing from a wide source of references for you riffs...

    Applause, Applause, Applause....

    P.S. I love you.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to BenWilson,

    I could hardly think of a better way to alienate them than to say that, which comes across as a put-down. But don’t worry, I’ll find a more diplomatic way to say something along those lines.

    You could show them this pic from yesterday's Sideswipe

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: On the upland road, in reply to simon g,

    I fear his ego is bigger than his strategic smarts.

    I fear this too, and I think saving your big reveal until only five days before the election is a sign you dont have those strategic smarts....

    If you think you have election outcome changing info to share with the public, you need to know that it takes longer than five days for the public to shift... unless it's truely monumentally bad....

    100% Proof that John Key has been lying about knowing about KDC would not be big enough to sway that many voters. that quickly. It seems large chunks of the public already beleive he's a liar and are still planning to vote for him.

    Video of him shooting babies might be enough? I doubt thats available? :)

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: A Slight Diversion from…, in reply to stephen walker,

    I was there only a few months back, and unless there are other bays with similar mansions (none that I know of?), I will concur with your conclusion that it's Mansion House Bay on Kawau Island.

    And thanks to Harold for a great story.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    If you concentrate when Gower has the PM attention , when others try to ask questions there is evidence of intelligent questions in the struggle to be heard but the PM ignores them. We think they are negligent but they are there. So it’s a matter of pressing the likes of Gower who gets preference, all you twitter types.

    Do you think Gower specifically gets the PM’s preferential treatment? Or perhaps, when offered three questions to answer, he chooses the least challenging one? I know I would….

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We can do better than this,

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11311761

    Judith Collins confirms resignation letter a hoax..

    But of more interest...

    "Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Cheryl Gwyn said she would be instituting an inquiry into allegations the SIS might have released official information to Slater, regarding briefings provided to the then Leader of the Opposition, for political purposes."

    "The inquiry will consider whether:

    • the NZSIS acted properly and within the law (including its statutory obligation of political neutrality) when it considered and responded to an Official Information Act request from Mr Slater in July and August 2011;

    • the documents released to Mr Slater were properly declassified; and

    • other requests for similar information were treated in a manner consistent with the treatment of Mr Slater's request."

    She's instituted the enquiry herself, not from an outside request- Excellent.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Why you should vote,

    The reason I always vote is because the one time I couldn't be bothered to, I felt like it was my fault when John Banks got in as Auckland Mayor (the first time).

    He got in again (after a break), so obviously, voting doesn't make you all-powerful, but at least I'd done my part...

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The crybaby philosopher,

    It's getting funnier...

    Last week, Whyte said Susan Devoy should resign for butting into a political argument where she didn't belong, and now this week she should resign for not butting in quickly enough...

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11307143

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Labour's Fiscal Plan:…, in reply to Swan,

    The capital gains tax has been sold as a means of directing investment away from residential property. But the tax will apply to 100% of the commercial property market, 100% of industry, shares, agriculture etc, and only about a third of the residential property market. Go figure.

    How much of the residential property property market is people with spare cash looking to invest for profit, and how much is people who are simply paying for somewhere to live?


    If it's about that third you just mentioned... that seems perfectly reasonable to me.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The Big Chill, in reply to Moz,

    Wouldn’t it be easier and possibly more secure to sign the material over to the people it came from? That way the PTB are left saying “person X told you, but you gave the records back to person X, so…. get them back and give them to us”, and you can just say “you wanna know, ask person X”.

    Ah, no.... the courts want KDC to request private info held by the interviewer* (of him) under the privacy act, so that they can force him to release it under "discovery"....

    * If the interviewer is a journalist, they are not expected to to comply, but this court proceeding has decided they are NOT a journalist in this instance.... (and we are discussing if this is correct or not)

    If the interviewer (journalist or not), has already given the information back to the interviewee (KDC).... then theres no need at all to decide if there is journalistic protection... you just force KDC to release the info that was given back to him.

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 794 posts Report Reply

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