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Hard News: Jones: The contender leaves

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  • Sacha, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    But I'm not joking. Consistent since my first comment above.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19382 posts Report Reply

  • linger, in reply to steven crawford,

    willing to help irradiate pest animals

    Awesome. Spotlighting them so that others can shoot? or nuking them from orbit ’cos it’s the only way to be sure?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1669 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to linger,

    Spotlighting them so that others can shoot? or nuking them from orbit ’cos it’s the only way to be sure?

    To be sur’, to be sur’

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    PSA questions appointment. From Scoop

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • HORansome, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Which, in part, proves my claim at KiwiFoo about the whole "Investigate Him/Her" format Ian Wishart has gone for.

    Tāmaki Makaurau • Since Sep 2008 • 440 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to HORansome,

    Which, in part, proves my claim at KiwiFoo about the whole “Investigate Him/Her” format Ian Wishart has gone for.

    I thought of you when I saw it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22182 posts Report Reply

  • tussock, in reply to Pete George,

    I’m also puzzled by the no frills ordinary bloke claims, I didn’t often see that in him.

    It's like when estate agents sell a house. Cozy => Really f***ing small.

    "No frills" just means he swears a lot. "Ordinary bloke" means he's a sexist dinosaur. Also the sort to launch a popular crusade against one of our most powerful companies, and then abandon the party for greener pastures in the middle of it because he "didn't want to work with a bunch of fucking smelly pot-smoking hippies that give him a hard time just because he says what everyone's thinking".

    If you'll forgive the not-an-actual-quote. But that does seem to be about what happened, tried to find some way to both stay in parliament and not work with the greens and when that didn't work he jumped at a fake diplomatic position (but one with a real paycheck, "roving pacific ambassador" => permanent island holiday on the government dollar, mate).

    Since Nov 2006 • 574 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to HORansome,

    I did wonder what would be on the 'Her' cover..

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19382 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to tussock,

    "No frills" just means he swears a lot. "Ordinary bloke" means he's a sexist dinosaur.

    Bravo

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19382 posts Report Reply

  • Rich Lock, in reply to steven crawford,

    hat is ordinary bloke hood all about really?

    This is my version: I hold an HT license with a forklift and dangerous goods endorsement.

    I have a fabrication engineering certificate, ( Which means I can weld things)

    I am construction sight savvy, a competent industrial fishing boat deckhand but I have never felled a large pine tree.

    Now this is where I might come unstuck: I don’t drink and I don’t watch sport on TV. I don’t have a fire arms license, nor do I wish to get one. However, I hang out with people who watch sport on TV, I drink non alcoholic beer and I am willing to help irradiate pest animals, alongside a sensible licensed firearms owner.

    And I have admiration for academics and geeks.

    Well, Steven, unless you hold a class-2 endorsement for reducing people to two-dimensional easily-pigeonholed caricatures, then I'm afraid I'm going to have to confiscate your mancard.

    back in the mother countr… • Since Feb 2007 • 2700 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Well, Steven, unless you hold a class-2 endorsement for reducing people to two-dimensional easily-pigeonholed caricatures,…

    Got one, it’s the bachelor of applied arts degree from northland polytechnic.

    Edit, I dun the art degree because I was dum at reading and writing, so don’ t give me any shtick about it.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 3828 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to tussock,

    a popular crusade against one of our most powerful companies

    Only slightly blunted when you realise that he was doing so on behalf of a food production industry which had, until not long ago, paid him an obscene amount of money as a CEO and will no doubt keep him employed through the old boys scheme as and when a future government tires of his ambassadorial talents.

    Looking after ordinary keewees? Or roping in Labour to take the side of his mates in a corporate scrap, which will probably end up, whoever wins, with the costs being slammed on the consumer?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5523 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    ...and will no doubt keep him employed
    through the old boys scheme...

    Will it now be revealed that he is the
    Brave New World Fishmonger Genius?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7426 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca,

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Meanwhile, in today’s Star Times, Colin Espiner doubles down on Clayton Cosgrove’s “It’s like the Crusaders losing Richie McCaw” and declares that Jones’ departure is “more like the All Blacks losing McCaw. To France.”

    Good grief.

    And the HoS devotes an incomprehensible editorial to the topic:

    In the long-term, Labour needs people like Davis. But in the short-term (the only terms in which most senior MPs think) Labour may want Harawira.

    Because of MMP’s derided coat-tails rule, Harawira can win just the one seat and bring in another MP from the Mana Party, perhaps a couple more from the Internet Party when they formalise their ragtag alliance in two week’s time. This would provide Cunliffe with a real prospect of toppling John Key from power – despite the fact that Labour is trailing about 17 poll points behind National.

    Jones missed out on winning the leadership. But what he did this week was force the hand of the Labour leadership.

    Cunliffe and Co must now decide whether to throw their support behind Davis, and set out on the long road to build Labour back to its one-time glory as the party of the working man and woman. Or they can give Davis a comfy list placing, and throw Te Tai Tokerau back to Harawira and its richest resident, Dotcom of Coatesville.

    Eh? Davis is unlikely to win Te Tai Tokerau from Harawira, but he can certainly do some good for Labour’s party vote. And he will surely receive a good list placing. The HoS’s strange either-or scenario doesn’t make any sense at all.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22182 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Collarer epidemic blues...

    Clayton Cosgrove

    Espiner has really lost the plot.
    When he says Cosgrove is the man for 'disgruntled male blue collar voters' - here in Chchch I'd say Clayton Who?
    Has Espiner ever talked to any 'male blue-collar workers' to back this up?

    His recycling of Cosgrove's risible McCaw equivalence might make more sense if (a) Jones had been the captain and a team player; and (b) if he'd played the full game, instead of dropping the ball at the breakdown...

    But at least now now I have solid benchmarks of disconnection to refer to when I hear Espiner's opinions - actually both Espiners come to think of it (perhaps they have a brand?) - I'll ignore them.
    (I do wish they weren't presenting as a tag team with so many ears and eyes on them.)

    In a nutshell - Espiner admires greed.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7426 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to bmk,

    Darien Fenton (18th) - heard of her but again can't think of much she's done.

    Sideshows like this one from Darien Fenton about the Lego Movie come to mind. While it's laughable, I just hope it doesn't galvanise perception of 'nanny statism' or 'being precious'.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5283 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    But at least now now I have solid benchmarks of disconnection to refer to when I hear Espiner's opinions - actually both Espiners come to think of it (perhaps they have a brand?) - I'll ignore them.
    (I do wish they weren't presenting as a tag team with so many ears and eyes on them.)

    I'm kind of torn. Guyon managed to make Prostetnic Vogon Joyce squirm on 60 Minutes over the SkyCity convention centre affair - not many have been able to pull that off.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5283 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    Who hasn't Graham McCready sued yet?

    Serial litigant eyes Jones, McCully

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5283 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    'male blue-collar workers'

    I have a blue shirt on today. I'm male. And I'm working (apart from a short break to bollox on here).

    I have no interest in Clayton Cosgrove or any of those has-been righties. The weekend's announcement on drug policy has reinforced me in my policy of never voting for Labour candidates, let alone at party level. I'll be voting Green, although if they flex their backbones and support prohibition-under-urgency, it'll be Dotcom/Mana getting my vote, money and possible shoe-leather.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5523 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I’ll be voting Green, although if they flex their backbones and support prohibition-under-urgency, it’ll be Dotcom/Mana getting my vote, money and possible shoe-leather.

    I'd expect Mana to support it. So you got Dotcom (who can't even stand) or ACT (who you can't stand). In other words, you got bupkis.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 10477 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to bmk,

    Rajen Prasad (20th) – heard of but only in terms of his laziness, ineffectiveness and jokes about him being one of the worst MPs – yet he was higher than many worthy candidates.

    Rajen Prasad announces his retirement.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5283 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5283 posts Report Reply

  • Matthew Poole,

    And now we know how National dunnit:

    Foreign Minister Murray McCully announced this morning Mr Jones was appointed as the Ambassador for Pacific Economic Development and would also serve as High Commissioner to several small island countries in the Pacific and Indian oceans.

    As anticipated, he’s been appointed to a legitimate HOM role which gets around the legal restrictions on the Minister hiring people outside the SSC.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 4090 posts Report Reply

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