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Hard News: 2014: The Meth Election

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  • andin, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    Being selective in you judgement never promotes credibility

    Oh the old "lets be fair to everyone" gambit. Being used by a supporter? (whatever you are) is a kinda sick joke.

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Lucy Telfar Barnard, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    my admiration for Key was taken as an opinion and not a reason to ridicule.

    Can't it be both?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 580 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Starrow, in reply to Danielle,

    Take a deep breath Danielle. Simply expressing my admiration for New Zealand's most popular Prime Minister ever [as per each and any poll] shouldn't send you into such a tiz. It's simply an opinion. Grounds for debate.
    Or is your reaction demonstrative of exactly what I was referring to in my questions to Russell? That the preference is that people is that starkly opposite opinions to yours and it seems most other commenters on this site aren't welcome.
    Steven calmly asked me to expand which I will do in a considered fashion.
    Gotta run. Kids really putting heat on me now!

    Since Sep 2014 • 77 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Starrow,

    Make that "is the preference that people with opposite opinions to yours etc"

    Since Sep 2014 • 77 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    and me as a “sock puppeteer” as just two examples of the vitriol that permeates many a comment on your site

    The truth hurts.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • David Hood,

    Unless you’re Jason Ede, finally out of hiding! That would be awesome.

    Brilliant bit of logic there Danielle.

    Jason Ede, if that's you and logically it must be, perhaps your time spent arguing on the internet could be better used answering questions, for I have questions for you. Many, many questions.

    Dunedin • Since May 2007 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to SteveH,

    If National can form a government I predict English will take over around 12 months in.

    Or Joyce. Or Bennett. Or Bridges. Or Brownlee. Or Smith...

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5420 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    In a hurry to get kids to sport

    Poor old Dad4Justice used to pull that one back when they'd let him in to Kiwiblog.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • andin, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    preference that people with opposite opinions to yours

    Oh Woe, those of the oppressed majority

    raglan • Since Mar 2007 • 1882 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Danielle,

    That’s an example of the problem: you don’t seem to be very good at making your points without almost immediately going into the drama-flounce death spiral. “YOU GUYS ARE MEAN AND YOU SUCK!” isn’t actually an argument, y’know?

    I think this identifies the problem.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    Take a deep breath Danielle. Simply expressing my admiration for New Zealand’s most popular Prime Minister ever [as per each and any poll] shouldn’t send you into such a tiz. It’s simply an opinion. Grounds for debate.

    Oh, good grief. You’re being really patronising and doing exactly what Danielle was talking about.

    The problem is that this just ends up making all of the discussion about you, and frankly, that’s not all that interesting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22756 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    Is it really a matter of me arguing better and/or showing more respect.

    It really is.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Poor old Dad4Justice used to pull that one back when they’d let him in to Kiwiblog.

    Good memory! (Not that I spent a lot of time on Kiwiblog, you understand.)

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2930 posts Report Reply

  • Danielle,

    Heh. I got "take a deep breath", "in a tiz", and the implication that I needed to calm down! It's the sexist response trifecta!

    Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Poor old Dad4Justice…

    That precursor and it’s analog Redbaiter, leave an oily residue on the Internet. Rumor has it, the analytical stuff is being smuggled out of the beehive. And, but it is a controlled substance...

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Jake Starrow,

    Back now. Composing reply to Steven.

    Since Sep 2014 • 77 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to nzlemming,

    My impression of Kiwiblog is that for a while the more rabid posters were kept in check but then the moderation seemed to disappear and any semblance of debate faded away.

    But I have to say that it is useful to visit it once in a while just to put things into perspective (i.e. that the civil discourse that takes place on Public Address is really appreciated. Thanks Russell!)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Stowell,

    I'm inclined to a less rancorous debate. Partly because the echo-chamber is a little dangerous; maybe also because it's a little willful to insist JK is obviously nasty beyond the pale, just that noone but us can see it. And partly because I find him impressive myself- he's the most effective politician on the scene. (I wish this wasn't true, and I'm appalled at some of the methods- but still, there it is.)
    Some good things Key's done: by supporting them, he more-or-less ended the nasty going-nowhere debate over marriage equality and the repeal of S59. I think the nation benefitted.
    By inviting the Maori Party into his govt (and cabinet) and by eschewing the nasty dog-whistling of Brash, he's largely taken racism out of the political debate. There's a political calculation in it, for sure, but it's still, on the whole, been a good thing. His response to Whyte's latest 'legal privelege' nonsense was straightforward and more-or-less spot on.
    Key is smart. His ability to communicate ideas is consumate. He uses humour better than anyone else currently in politics.
    And I don't think he likes lying: he seems to squirm. He has that queasy look when he admitted calling Slater: he knew it was wrong.
    Of course part of the unease in lying is thinking you might be caught. Key is a master at avoiding that. There had to be a 'this could backfire' feeling about admitting talking to Slater, too.
    His manner when opposed can be nasty and sneering. From where I stand, he's very good at the indirect lie, the mis-direction, the lie by ommission.
    I find the underhanded methods Key and his govt have employed towards their political enemies are nasty and dishonest. They speak of people who know they can't win the argument with reason or persuation, and are willing to fight dirty to win. I can't wait to see the back of Key, for the dirty politics, and even more because I believe National are damaging the country economically, socially, culturally, and morally.
    But there's no ignoring my opinions are not shared by a majority of New Zealanders.
    So y'know - Jake, take it away.

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2091 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to Jake Starrow,

    Is it really a matter of me arguing better and/or showing more respect.

    Yes. You managed to piss me off in about 3 sentences and I haven't even seen the efforts of your previous incarnations. If you tone down the sarcasm etc., and simply make your points politely you'll find you're welcome here even if people disagree with you.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Rob Stowell,

    Some good things Key’s done: by supporting them, he more-or-less ended the nasty going-nowhere debate over marriage equality and the repeal of S59. I think the nation benefitted.

    While Labour’s reactionary rump on those issues was pretty minimal, it was there. Whether or not they had the potential to become left-right bargaining chips within the Party, as happened with no nukes for Rogernomics, Key certainly killed that possibility.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • SteveH, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Or Joyce. Or Bennett. Or Bridges. Or Brownlee. Or Smith…

    Yup, and that list looks more or less in order of likelihood. Key has said he thought about quitting in mid 2012, I think the fallout from Dirty Politics will have him considering it again. Handing over around 12 months in is about the perfect time, it's not too soon and it still gives plenty of time for the new leader to establish themselves before the next election. I think English has the broadest appeal, despite his previous failure as leader (it was a decade ago, I doubt it will matter much), though here may be some personal bias involved as I much prefer him to Joyce or Bennett.

    Since Sep 2009 • 444 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls, in reply to SteveH,

    I saw Bennett on Backbenchers. She's supposed to be impressive?!?!

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • Angela Hart, in reply to SteveH,

    Joyce will have to work on his public persona as anyone who saw him on the Nation a couple of weeks ago will not see him as a good PM.
    Bennett isn't ready and I'm not sure she has it in her, I think she's a loyal and hard worker but not a leader.
    Dunno about Bridges and Brownlee. Smith is a loose cannon.
    I haven't forgotten Bill English's disastrous time as leader although he looks pretty statesman like now. I think you're right, he has the broadest appeal, but I suspect Joyce might have the numbers in the party.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    I saw Bennett on Backbenchers. She’s supposed to be impressive?!?!

    I hear she is very good at reading ministerial documents, if they are in pictorial format.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4327 posts Report Reply

  • Grant McDougall, in reply to Angela Hart,

    Dunno about Bridges and Brownlee.

    Bridges is too young, plus he still has anger-management issues, ala the Campbell Live interview. Brownlee has a conviction for assaulting a pensioner (I'm not making that up), so doesn't have a clean sheet.

    Dunedin • Since Dec 2006 • 759 posts Report Reply

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