Hard News by Russell Brown

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  • steven crawford, in reply to James Littlewood*,

    My 11year old got phone spammed by Dirty old John Key today. Is that legal?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2751 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Grevers, in reply to Richard C,

    More than a little glum about all this. Perhaps naively, I thought Joyce’s bullying disregard for public transport would have more of an impact on the party vote up here, but seems not.

    I seldom have truck with conspiracy theories, but the thought does come to mind that the World Cup opening night served to change the minds of many who had started to believe "public transport good, motorways bad". Was it national party activists pushing those emergency stop buttons?

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 134 posts Report Reply

  • Yamis,

    @Steven, I received a text telling me I won 400,000 pounds from the UK lottery today. All I have to do is email somebody to get it.

    I'm so stoked. I've already bought a Ferrari and a kilogram of cocaine.

    Since Nov 2006 • 876 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to JLM,

    no-one pointed out that the tragedy at Pike River seems to have been created in a toxic brew of the things the Nats love most – light regulation; cost-cutting in the public service and relying on privatisation and the profit motive to drive efficiency

    Like I have said many times, these people are dangerous.
    Already voted...
    Electorate,Labour, Phil Goff.
    Party, Mana, because I think the Greens have opened themselves up to the possibility of backing National on confidence and supply, however much they say it would be "highly unlikely", it's like saying "it's highly unlikely I would shag my Mum"

    The wireless north ;-) • Since Dec 2006 • 4875 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Yamis,

    party at yours, Bueller :)

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16759 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to Stewart,

    Sue Bradford *

    I have a lot of respect for her, I have to say. I don't always agree on some (or many) specifics, but I certainly respect her and would vote for her unreservedly if she was my electorate candidate.

    One of the differences - and a critical one, I think - is that MMP in intention and in practice turns power over to parliament rather than cabinet, where they are bound by collective responsibility and which too often takes on a coercive quality.

    In classical terms, I'll take a Hydra over a Cyclops.

    That leads me both to regret the fact that Geoffrey Palmer was Prime Minister at the wrong time, when the phone was already off the hook, and to celebrate the fact that he was in such a position at all.

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 980 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Kracklite,

    would vote for her unreservedly if she was my electorate candidate

    unless your (FPP) electorate vote helped put a candidate you really disliked in front

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 16759 posts Report Reply

  • DexterX,

    IMHO - The best outcome for the future and from the choices available would be a National Maori Party Coalition - with No Asset Sales.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1199 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Grevers,

    Right - fully caught up.
    Party vote: Green
    Electorate: Andrew Little (Johnathan Young has been rather like Key's mini-me around here, and we've just had pork-barrel promises over the Waiwhakaiho bridge).
    MMP
    Undecided on second pref - would either be STV or PV

    I had a play on www.onthefence.co.nz this arvo. Unsurprisingly my compatibility was 75% green, 73% Labour, but third at 72% was Mana - who I'd given no consideration to.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 134 posts Report Reply

  • Kracklite, in reply to Sacha,

    <cough> Um, yes...

    The Library of Babel • Since Nov 2007 • 980 posts Report Reply

  • Richard Grevers, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I’m disgusted by the whole thing. By the pointless war Tolley has fought with boards, principals, teachers and parents the length of the country. By the fact that they could foist this on the system without even a trial. By her arrogance. By the utter stupidity of defying advice and ignoring experience in favour of a soundbite.

    Russell, I wanted to belatedly support your tweets about the stupidity of closing ORRS units. We have one at our school (and when Anne Tolley visited it, she only inspected the class which had the more capable kids). How can she not understand that Special needs classrooms are as mainstreamed as you can go for some children. Where once they were locked away in a special school, they can take part in school activities, and the other kids develop respect and tolerance for people who are not the same as them. But put a child with a mental age of 6 months (who isn't toilet-trained) in a general classroom and that tolerance will vanish. Plus I don't see how this can save money - the ORRS classes have 3 staff for 6 kids, but they would need a teacher-aide per child to cope in a general class. If the Auckland closures are a pilot, this will simpley shut these children out of the education system, not to mention imprisoning their parents as fulltime caregivers.

    New Plymouth • Since Jul 2011 • 134 posts Report Reply

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