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  • Tom Semmens,

    Oh get over yourself already George D! I am not going to let your or anyone else tell me who i can and can't parody as a puffed up tin pot dictator. If Charlie Chaplin, it is good for me! Sanctimonious? Check the mirror buddy!

    Oh yes Gio, i have felt bad about going a bit over the top that time.

    Which still doesn't stop me being highly critical of Italy's slide back into the 1930's under Silvio Berlusconi.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1711 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Oh yes Gio, i have felt bad about going a bit over the top that time. Which still doesn't stop me being highly critical of Italy's slide back into the 1930's under Silvio Berlusconi.

    Don't feel bad. Hey, it's not as if I don't think one should entertain that particular question.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Kerry Weston,

    the 3.6% Mussolini

    tee hee.

    Gee whiz, so they're not plotting to rob the money bin unless they're wearing those little black masks and shirts that read Beagle Boys?

    Manawatu • Since Jan 2008 • 494 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Tom:

    The auditions for the Dixie Chick Drag Show are next door, but you're going to have to do a better of job of bitching about how your dissent is being crushed in forms invisible to the naked eye. Hey, if Russell is going to tolerate you taking a dump on the carpet it's his house. But don't be to precious when someone asks WTF the stink is.

    My God, and you're comparing yourself to Charlie Chaplin now who was satirising the Nuremberg Laws? (Google it, Tom.) Damn, does your ego attract excess luggage charges?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11622 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Don't worry Craig, I am not going to answer, I am just going to humour you like everyone else does now.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1711 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    Gee whiz, so they're not plotting to rob the money bin unless they're wearing those little black masks and shirts that read Beagle Boys?

    Proud Scum shirts.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 3291 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    Though, to be fair, your timing -- days after the anniversary of the D-Day landings when quite a few people were killed by actual fascists

    Hey, I could write a little program where you type in a date and it comes up with a suitable WW2 anniversary.

    April 12th: Only weeks after the anniversary of the Norwegian Campaign, when quite a few people were killed by actual fascists

    March 22nd: Only weeks after the anniversary of the Dresden bombings, when a few actual fascists were killed by people

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4221 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Genius

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Quo Vadis,

    First Craig now a Herr Darroch of the supposedly "Lucky" country. Strewth. The right wing apologists do seem to have a lot of time on their hands these days don't they? Would have thought, George, that you'd be busy packing your mansion for the trip back to Godzone (I'm assuming you came from here) ready to make the most of the Nat/Act bulldozer tenders about to be issued, and too busy to trawl PA.
    Craig on the other hand just seems to need a day job or some quiet time in the naughty corner.
    Oh, and as for the F word, when the Minister of Police can tell the Mayor of one of the districts about to be absorbed into "Grater Auckland" that he's starting to "f*%king piss me off" and threaten to "fix" him, I think the F word has lost its sting somewhat, don;t you guys?
    Was a tad surprised that a Minister of the Crown in the National Cluster Govt would be so bereft of vocab - so maybe that excuses our using the same terms?

    nobby auckland • Since Jun 2009 • 10 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Pollock,

    Umm, George Darroch is a Green Party activist.

    Raumati South • Since Nov 2006 • 489 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Quo Vadis:

    I have several day jobs, but aren't interested in etiquette lectures from people who draw their nom de plume from banal 19th century Polish novelettes that get turned into even worse 50's sword and sandal epics.

    Go troll another bridge, dariling.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 11622 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I have several day jobs, but aren't interested in etiquette lectures from people who draw their nom de plume from banal 19th century Polish novelettes that get turned into even worse 50's sword and sandal epics.

    Also the source of the following primary school joke.

    "Where are you going?"
    "To the cinema."
    "To see what?"
    "Quo Vadis."
    "What does it mean?"
    "Where are you going?"
    "To the cinema."
    "To see what?"
    "Quo Vadis."
    "What does it mean?" (and so on and so forth - you could kill a solid hour of class time like that)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    "Where are you going?"
    "To the cinema."
    "To see what?"
    "Quo Vadis."
    "What does it mean?" (and so on and so forth - you could kill a solid hour of class time like that)

    :) Another class time hour...
    That's life.
    What's life?
    American magazine.
    How much?
    5.75.
    That's tough.
    That's life.
    What's life?....(and so on)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 5743 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Hah! Nice.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    in the cause of dredging up memories of childhood many decades gone:

    "Ask you mother for sixpence
    To see the tall giraffe
    With dimples
    On its hind legs
    And
    Pimples on its...

    [a slurred] Ask your mother..."

    Oh, they were such merry and daring days!

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2219 posts Report Reply

  • Tom Semmens,

    Umm, George Darroch is a Green Party activist.

    So that explains his occassional dreary and humourless political correctness.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1711 posts Report Reply

  • Geoff Lealand,

    humourless political correctness

    There really is no space for this "dreary and humourless" phrase in our discussions. Accusations of 'political correctness' usually means, 'I don't like what this person is saying so I will shut down any further debate'. To be fair, we should also consider that 'political correctness' is a characteristic across the political spectrum eg for ACT, it mean primacy of the free market, dismissal of alternative perspectives, a fear of democracy.

    Screen & Media Studies, U… • Since Oct 2007 • 2219 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I'm hoping Semmens was being ironic.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15769 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    Isn't he always?.

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4454 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Would have thought, George, that you'd be busy packing your mansion for the trip back to Godzone (I'm assuming you came from here) ready to make the most of the Nat/Act bulldozer tenders about to be issued, and too busy to trawl PA.

    Thanks Quo, that made my day. Off to be humourless and dreary at a climate change protest...

    The People's Republic of … • Since Nov 2006 • 2079 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Off to be humourless and dreary at a climate change protest...

    You forgot PC. We're on to you, Darroch.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7315 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    I'll bet he uses a Mac.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 15769 posts Report Reply

  • Kerry Weston,

    It's raining in Canberra then?

    Manawatu • Since Jan 2008 • 494 posts Report Reply

  • George Darroch,

    Ubuntu. I'm too hairshirted, geeky and poor to contemplate a Mac.

    Seriously though, there was a point to my criticism. Using hyperbolic metaphors with tenuous connection to the point at hand weakens your argument and discredits you.

    It's not like New Zealand is lacking in metaphors for describing this style of Government. Simply mentioning Douglas, or "revolution" ("revolution 2.0"?) is enough to connote the style of rapid forced change without reference to the population being conducted here.

    To quote from Roger Douglas,

    Second Principle:

    “Implement reform in quantum leaps, using large packages. Do not try to advance one step at a time. Define your objectives clearly and move towards them by quantum leaps. Otherwise the interest groups will have time to mobilise and drag you down.”

    Third principle:

    “Speed is essential - it is impossible to go too fast.”

    Fourth principle:

    “Once you start the momentum, never let it stop rolling.”

    Fifth principle:

    “Consistency + credibility = economic confidence.”

    (source, his fascinating website, via The Standard)

    There's simply no need to invoke the ghosts of Europe, when we have our own spectres haunting the backbenches and providing inspiration.

    The People's Republic of … • Since Nov 2006 • 2079 posts Report Reply

  • Julie Fairey,

    What Jackie said. Clearly those who consider early childhood teachers as deficient in the high falutin' conversation dept have never witnessed them talking about competent learners, provocations, and power dynamics.

    I really liked your list of questions about Richard Worth David (and I wish someone would have the guts to ask Bain if he did it too). As with several other media stories of late (such as the Tony Veitch stuff) I really wish we had news rooms staffed with people paid enough and given enough time to think up good questions, research them, and ask them.

    Orcland • Since Dec 2007 • 216 posts Report Reply

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