Posts by Tom Semmens

  • Polity: Hekia's waynebrave,

    …But the Labour Party, its shills and the teacher unions…

    Hooton, in one neat sentence (repeated in the peculiar staccato delivery method of the paranoid Kiwi right wing male), shows us exactly why National cannot be trusted on education. The authoritarians of the neoliberal right are more interested in revenge on teachers unions they see primarily as political enemies and in punishing them for daring to offer one of the last centres of resistance to the values of the corporate Borgs who want to make money from our kids than they are in better educational outcomes.

    National want to smash the teaching profession so they can then privatise it to profit-driven education companies that will drive down costs by cutting pay and conditions, primarily by employing disempowered and/or untrained teachers and by dumping expensive special needs or difficult students into out-of-sight-out-of-mind COOLs. I mean, does anyone here seriously believe Hekia Parata and John Key and Bill English are interested in properly funding an online education system that will primarily be a dumping ground for the difficult, the poor and the special needs children? If you do, I have got a nice bridge for sale.

    And once they’ve achieved their goal, destroyed the unions and fobbed off education to their cronies they will sit back and enjoy what for National and it’s shills like Hooton and Farrar will be sweet, sweet revenge on one group of those who have dared to stand up to them.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2000 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Cannabis reform is not a…,

    I read the Du Fresne piece. I came away profoundly grateful he hadn’t managed to work in the phrase “cultural Marxists”.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2000 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Why did the TPP fail?,

    The TPP failed because the majority of voters realised all the “benefits” of free trade go to someone other than them.

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  • Hard News: Stop acting like the law is…, in reply to mark taslov,

    Andrew Little:

    There are negative health effects for young people, young brains young minds, now the brain is still developing until the early twenties, and this is not, greater liberalisation of cannabis is not going to help when it comes to potential health effects there.

    I happen to think Andrew Little is wrong here, because I am of the view that legalisation and regulation would drastically reduce the availability of drugs to young people. But this is Little's view, and it seems an honestly held one, and so we know what we have to do convince him of to change his mind. Key is just a lying opportunist who can't sleep straight in bed at night.

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  • Hard News: Stop acting like the law is…,

    I thought Little's response on Morning Report was perfectly coherent. He is opposed to decriminalization and he stated his position as to why honestly. You may not agree with him, but his opinion is rooted in a reasonable view that - unlike Key - is honestly held.

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  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    Thank you for this hot tip

    The two NZ surprise silvers, the shooting and canoeing, have both provided the two best moments of the games coverage for me, and both were simple honesty that cut like a tasty, sharp vinegar through the usual saccharine overloaded coverage.

    First was the delightful honesty when the gruff Timaru shooting club boss - who was clearly chuffed at Natalie Rooneys medal - said on Natrad words to the effect no one had rated her chances that high, and second when Luuka Jones just said she gritted her teeth and went as hard as she could. Both were honest comments that actually didn't insult my intelligence. YAY!

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  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    I don’t mind the Olympics, some sports I quite enjoy. Then our sports coverage kicks in. Then I hate them and count down the days until this fiesta of puerile patriotic nonsense is over.

    Has NZ sports coverage always been this cringingly obsequious and insecure? Or has only occurred since those idiots at Sky took full control? Or is it just suddenly obviously jarring because I don’t live here anymore? It is just so infantile.

    Sky rugby coverage has always come from the slavishly hero worshipping Pollyanna school of uncritical hyper patriotism, now it seems everything we do as a country has to be enveloped in a thicket of ridiculous cliches like “punching above our weight” and every medal is greeted with the sort of joy I thought would be reserved for the second coming of Christ. Seriously. It is childish propaganda that just feeds all the tired and pernicious myths about our country.

    Our Olympic coverage is about as mature and professional as a school house barrracking for it’s team at a posh school’s tabloid sports day.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2000 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    Which book did Hemingway write in Hawke’s Bay?

    Death on a Frozen Taupo Road Afternoon.




    II see that it is 38 and sunny in Seville today.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2000 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All right, then – take me to Rio,

    I thought Mack Horton did quite the number on his opponent. I guess he gets to repent at liesure. As the reigning Olympic champion. I play MMO games and get called all sorts of horrid things by Chinese people all the time. Now I can ask them in return if they are all drug cheats like their swimmers.

    But it was impossible to dislike Saturday’s opening ceremony.

    It was impossible to see with no power in Hawkes Bay, where I am currently on holiday,

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2000 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On the Clark candidacy, in reply to Sacha,

    Whanau Ora only got traction because it provided the National party with a perfect trial for privatising welfare and education services to unaccountable cronies in everything from housing to charter schools to the unemployed. Enabling corruption by giving the right a precedent for handing out public money to your mates is hardly something to be proud of.

    Sevilla, Espana • Since Nov 2006 • 2000 posts Report Reply

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