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Hard News: Dropping the Bomber

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  • DeepRed,

    Mentions in the MSM so far: 3News, and a sidebar article in The Dom/Stuff. The Granny and OneNews are MIA.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 4141 posts Report Reply

  • Christopher Dempsey,

    My one and only time on the panel was a few years ago, when as Chair of the Eden Albert Community Board (which had Eden Park in its area), I was invited on for a brief interview about the costs of the works that were going on around Eden Park; the Sandringham Rd upgrade, the Kingsland Rail Station widening, the Billy Apple artworks etc. All of which was causing some angst – all these millions for what?

    I primed myself with the facts before hand, and managed to clear up a few things before one of the two men on the panel said something about it all (the many million$) being good and great. I retorted that ‘Gentlemen, it’s *just* a game.” Cue sharp intake of breath and the briefest of silences before Mora politely thanked me and rang off.

    I’ve never been back on so I guess I’m in the same camp as Bomber. Lesson: never suggest rugby is ’just’ a game on NatRad.

    Parnell / Tamaki-Auckland… • Since Sep 2008 • 642 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    I think it's similar to saying "Pixies: just a band" on bFM.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4413 posts Report Reply

  • Mark Graham,

    Why won't the PM front on Morning Report? In fact, he's fairly reticent, as most National ministers seem to be, of fronting to the media.

    We see McCully on the World Cup, Brownlee on occasion over the Christchurch rebuild, Joyce on Transport and English. Where are the rest? We never see Tollie, we never see Power (and he, more than most, should be justifying some of the things National are doing).

    I have spent the past year, since Key last came on my show, trying to get him back on. I have repeatedly been fobbed off and now his Press Secretary won't even bother answering my emails.

    Now I don't expect the PM to make appearing on a radio show on an obscure radio station with a small audience a priority, I would have hoped that, given enough notice, he could find time in his schedule to come on and answer some questions about what the National government is doing, That's fifteen minutes, rather than the hour of fluff and nonsense on Radio Live, or his breakfast appearance on The Rock. Clark managed to find fifteen minutes per week to front on bFM to talk current affairs; Key switches to Tony Veitch on Radio Sport. At least he knows his audience.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 176 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Flogging a dead horse...

    Key’s charisma...

    I thought that show pony was euthanized a while back...

    On January 7, 2003, Charisma was euthanized at Mark Todd's Rivermonte Farm in Cambridge, after breaking a shoulder in the field. He was 30 years old. He was a much loved New Zealander and will always be missed and remembered

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 4627 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi,

    Re: Bomber's 'simplistic' bombastic message. It's all very well coming up with a complex analysis, but ask any competent craftsperson: for practical solutions to real problems, simple and effective is best. Don't overcomplicate things, or you weaken them.

    E.g. I reckon the one single aim of the occupy movement should be to open up all the prisons. Start by freeing people. You don't need to disband the police. Trained professionals who can impartially resolve disputes are handy to have around. But people should be free.

    However, the occupy movement doesn't even need one single aim. It's much better off with none. Common cause.

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • Judy Spencer, in reply to Danielle,

    No you're quite sane!

    Auckland • Since Feb 2008 • 23 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to DCBCauchi,

    E.g. I reckon the one single aim of the occupy movement should be to open up all the prisons. Start by freeing people. You don't need to disband the police. Trained professionals who can impartially resolve disputes are handy to have around. But people should be free.

    Erm, seriously?

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2344 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to Rich Lock,

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 970 posts Report Reply

  • andin,

    excuses the shemozzle around the lifetime ban

    Jobsworths climbing up on that dunghill they have created to give their life meaning,

    Don’t overcomplicate things, or you weaken them.

    Yes well, when we thought that various cultural anecdotes were different aspects of the same creatorish impulses, life was so simple. Now we know (unless you like lying to yourself) there is no meaning to being here.
    Does kind of complicate things. Doesn't it!

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1172 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi,

    Yes, seriously. And, no, there is no meaning to being here but the ones we make.

    The people in prisons are real people. They have as much right and responsibility to be free as anyone else. We should open up the prisons and deal with them like adults, not lock them away in hiding and pretend they don't exist or don't matter.

    What's so outrageous about that?

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Aston, in reply to DCBCauchi,

    deal with them like adults

    That where the complexity starts.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 470 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi, in reply to Richard Aston,

    That where the complexity starts.

    And quite right. People are complex. Isn't it much more interesting, let alone much more fun, that way?

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Mark Graham,

    Why won't the PM front on Morning Report? In fact, he's fairly reticent, as most National ministers seem to be, of fronting to the media.

    We see McCully on the World Cup, Brownlee on occasion over the Christchurch rebuild, Joyce on Transport and English. Where are the rest? We never see Tollie, we never see Power (and he, more than most, should be justifying some of the things National are doing).

    I have spent the past year, since Key last came on my show, trying to get him back on. I have repeatedly been fobbed off and now his Press Secretary won't even bother answering my emails.

    Campbell Live has the same problem, which rather undermines the claim that Mediaworks has some craven quid pro quo going with the government.

    And that really is the issue. The Prime Ministers and other senior ministers will not front for serious questioning about what they're doing.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18663 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And that really is the issue. The Prime Ministers and other senior ministers will not front for serious questioning about what they're doing.

    So what do you think should be done about it? What incentives/disincentives are there? Consider them the way they consider a recalcitrant beneficiary.

    My 2c.

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    And that really is the issue. The Prime Ministers and other senior ministers will not front for serious questioning about what they're doing

    And if that's annoying, why's it not showing up in the polls? Though it's not the solution, does he have a weekly post-Cabinet session?

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2193 posts Report Reply

  • insider, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Bomber might not be serious in calling him a meth addict but there are some regulars at the Stranded seriously calling him a psychopath, a sociopath, and an alcoholic. Seriously bizarre.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2011 • 30 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams, in reply to insider,

    I've stopped reading the Standard. There's probably still some good stuff there, Redlogix is a great writer, but the comments are no better there than at kiwiblog.

    ETA ... and that's a pity

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2193 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi,

    A simple process:

    1 Identify your options.

    2 Assess the consequences of those options and sort them into 'good' and 'bad' according to relevant criteria.

    3 Choose the best option from the 'good' options for that situation, or at least the one that does the least harm.

    Whether you're solving a painting problem or a political one, I suggest the process is sound.

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson,

    How long is a lifetime ban in NZ media cirlces? Is it Tony Veitch long or more Paul Henry in duration?

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

  • Thomas Johnson,

    DCB: Huh, what does this have to do with the topic?

    On Bomber, as someone who doesn't buy into his hatred of John Key, I commonly find his rants (in a pejorative sense) on RNZ unnecessarily over the top and unbalanced. I presume he is making the most of the platform and going 'all out'.

    It could undoubtedly be handled better, but I wouldn't be surprised to find they have asked him in the past to tone it down, but he couldn't or wouldn't.

    Does RNZ pay people to appear on The Panel?

    Wellington • Since Oct 2007 • 98 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Thomas Johnson,

    what does this have to do with the topic?

    'freedom' is a handy derail for any topic.
    look, a cat..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16436 posts Report Reply

  • DCBCauchi, in reply to Thomas Johnson,

    Huh, what does this have to do with the topic?

    I don't know. Problem: Pollies not fronting to question. One thing that must not be talked about: Possible ways of solving that problem.

    Huh?

    Since Feb 2011 • 320 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    just a band

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16436 posts Report Reply

  • Angus Robertson, in reply to DCBCauchi,

    Whether you're solving a painting problem or a political one, I suggest the process is sound.

    Yes, except with political problems the people who get harmed will protest the decision and blame whoever makes it.

    Auckland • Since May 2007 • 984 posts Report Reply

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