Posts by nzlemming

  • Hard News: News from home ...,

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  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Moz,

    She didn’t leave an obvious successor behind, or apparently anyone both able and interested in leading.

    I think she did, but it was Cunliffe ;-)

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  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    In 1980, Reagan was fresher and newer than Carter despite being 13 years older.

    Ahahahahahahaha! Oh dear, how one's idealogy plays tricks on the facts. Reagan got the call because he was a familiar brand, as a movie star and a state governor, despite the beginnings of Alzheimers even before elected.

    In 2003, Brash was fresher and newer than Bill English despite being 21 years older.

    More bollocks. There was a faction in National that wanted a far right front man with no baggage. It wasn't about fresh appeal, it was about backroom conniving.

    A "should do better" for you, Mr Hooten.

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  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Reckon we’re in the same union, but my impression is very different :) Not just democratic- delighted anytime any member is willing to put some passion, opinion, or elbow grease in.

    The key thing to remember about unions, and I repeat this from my delegate and branch chair days in the Post Office Union (halcyon days!), is that they are only as good as the members want to be, and only as strong as the membership is prepared to allow. Members would come to me and say 'why aren't you doing something about x ?' and I'd say "Are you ready to strike about it? Come talk to me when you are."

    The union is not for the workers - the union IS the workers. If the members (i.e. you, Andrew Geddis, in this particular discussion) are not happy with the way their union is run, it is up to them to put their shoulder to the wheel and be the change, instead of waiting for someone else to do it for them.

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

    More Sutton, and Andrea Vance absolutely nails it.

    My respect for Vance grows with every article she writes.

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

    How much of that culture is coming from their new Minister?

    To be fair, that's always been their culture. One of the problems with the public service is the SSC. And it's structural as well as cultural. They don't actually do anything, except appoint CEOs.

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  • Hard News: News from home ..., in reply to Deborah,

    Less than 24 hours after the result of our leadership election has been announced? I think it’s okay to keep on talking it over for a few days.

    It's not that they're talking, it's the way they're talking...

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  • Hard News: Garbage in, garbage out, in reply to DeepRed,

    Not the upcoming Freed site? I’m hoping against hope that it’s not Breitbart with a Kiwi accent.

    If Slater is involved, your hope is misplaced.

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  • Hard News: The Boom Crash, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Jack, are you Shulgin under another name?

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  • Hard News: The Boom Crash, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Looks like what we’re almost certainly going to be doing – around Waikanae isn’t exactly hipster heaven, but a manageable place with good bones would leave us with enough that you could afford to redo a “tired” bathroom and/or kitchen and splash some paint around without taking out a second mortgage on the immortal soul of our improbable first-born. (Though one does have to draw the line somewhere – mine is Levin.)

    Wait at least 5 years. There's a massive shortage on the coast due to the expressway workers gobbling up homes (mainly so they can go to meetings and say "I'm a ratepayer too, y'know" - bastids), so prices are climbing. Also, electrification of the rail line to Waikanae has pushed the commuter belt that much further north. Te Horo is still affordable, as is Otaki, but the old Saturn cable network only goes to the south side of Peka Peka Road (it was a significant factor in where we bought, trust me).

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