Posts by FletcherB

  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to DeepRed,

    On that note, I’d say a Kiwibank of electricity might be less cumbersome to set up than the “Pharmac of electricity” that is the NZPower proposal.

    You mean a government owned power company to compete with the private ones? Like all the ones we just sold off? That weren’t all that good at competing with each-other in the first place?

    It's not that it cant work.... but the owners (Govt) have to want it to work...

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  • Speaker: David Fisher: The OIA arms race, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    ASB has not always been a privately held business, it used to be one of the regional "Trust Banks".

    http://www.asbcommunitytrust.org.nz/about-us

    ASB Community Trust distributes grants to the not-for-profit sector throughout Auckland and Northland each year.

    Founded on the sale of its shares in the ASB bank, the Trust has distributed more than $800 million since being formed in 1988.

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  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 20…,

    Even our own Granny Herald came up with "Letters lost in male".... an article about a drug mule that turned themselves in to police a few days after arriving in the country, as the swallowed condoms full of drugs hadn't come out the expected passage.... (circa 1981/2 or so?).

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  • Southerly: This Week in Parliament: 20…, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    I was going to propose an ex-national MP/ex-All Black who seems to be at a loose end for the killer robot job but then realised that the fix was in and Bridges obviously already has a candidate in mind

    I’m thinking of a particular ex-Nat and coincidentally also ex-Act MP/Party Leader who’d make an excellent second-choice candidate after Robo-collins?

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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  • 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? :)

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  • 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.

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  • 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….

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  • 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.

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