Hard News by Russell Brown

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Hard News: Now It's On

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  • Russell Brown,

    Okay, go ...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22695 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    damn good call on the election date mr. brown.

    <tips hat>

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • Tim Michie,

    Does the press conference run down of achievements and running down National count towards electioneering advertising..?

    Auckward • Since Nov 2006 • 614 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Nah... "Has John Key stopped beating your wife yet?" is not a clear look at Labour's agenda -- ambitious or otherwise.

    Go.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Stuff wins the race to get a substantial story up.

    Although the Herald's effort, posted 1 min earlier, does contain the first third-party comment. Rodney Hide, of course.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22695 posts Report Reply

  • barnaclebarnes,

    I'm so over this election already and it has only just started!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 90 posts Report Reply

  • anjum rahman,

    damn good call on the election date mr. brown.

    <tips hat>

    yes, i thought it rough that some journalist questioned whether the standard had prior information, yet didn't mention your predictive powers...

    hamilton • Since Nov 2006 • 130 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    I thought the announcement speech was dull...

    And what happens to the Rt Hon Winston Peters?

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    And when are we going to see your policy, Helen? "Over the coming weeks" is a bit lame, isn't it? :)

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Okay, go ...

    To the US if Obama and Key both win? But I like it here.

    (When Berlusconi won the 1995 election, the next day the front page of the satirical weekly Cuore consisted entirely of a photo of the editors smiling in front of the Tour Eiffel and the headline: GREETINGS FROM PARIS.)

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    yes, i thought it rough that some journalist questioned whether the standard had prior information, yet didn't mention your predictive powers...

    I actually tweaked yesterday's reference to make it clear I didn't get a tip from anyone.

    We've had to nut it out so we can plan for the Media7 election special (yes!), and hearing that you can't book a hall that Saturday just confirmed it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22695 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    Is she saying "they pinched our policies, so we're pinching their sales pitch"?

    I'm still enjoying the irony of "they pinched our policies, but we found them lying around so we're releasing them for them".

    My pick. National to win by about 4-5 seats over Labour, but with Act gone, and NZ First off the list of partners, they'll struggle to find a coalition.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • anjum rahman,

    And what happens to the Rt Hon Winston Peters?

    parliament doesn't rise til 3 october. the committee is meeting next tuesday, i believe they are due to report to parliament on 23 sept (from something dr cullen said during question time this week). in any case, plenty of time for the process to be worked through.

    hamilton • Since Nov 2006 • 130 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    I thought the announcement speech was dull...

    I agree. She made the recitation of policy accomplishments as ordinary as the reading of a grocery list. Way to squander an opportunity with a captive audience.

    She was strongest when she recalled how many of those policies had been opposed by National only to be latterly embraced. "Insincere" was a good choice of words.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • FletcherB,

    Oh, I'm pretty sure Nov 8th has been the predominant prediction all year....

    Obviously, as more and more of the year becomes history, less dates are available.... so there was a broader range of predictions earlier on... it was still the most common.

    So, while kudos is due for getting it right..... if bets were being taken it was always the shortest odds, so no more kudos than predicting the favorite will romp home in a race....

    West Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 887 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Worried about the elction?

    Party vote Green.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    To the US if Obama and Key both win? But I like it here.

    Heh. Actually, it occurred to me that it doesn't matter that much who wins here, in that we'll still have a modern economy run along conventional lines by people who aren't total nutjobs. Our foreign and trade policies would be virtually unchanged by a change of goverment.

    Over there, on the other hand ... I worry that there might be a nutjob a heartbeat away from the big job.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22695 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Worried about the elction?

    Party vote Green.

    Nah, I'm still worried. And I'm positively unsettled by the your username - what's with the asterisk? I keep looking for a footnote or disclaimer.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    I worry that there might be a nutjob a heartbeat away from the big job.

    are you suggesting that palin might 'shipley' clinton?

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

  • James Littlewood*,

    Giovani: At least you're unsettled positively.

    And - trust me - there are bigger things to worry about.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 410 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    She was strongest when she recalled how many of those policies had been opposed by National only to be latterly embraced. "Insincere" was a good choice of words.

    Really? In the unlikely event Helen Clark ever takes my advice, it's either STFU about National's "secret agenda" and present one of your own NOW, or at least get your story straight. Either John Key is Ruth Richardson in man-drag and therefore to be avoided at all costs, or... well, you in man-drag. Pick a line and stick to it.

    Oh, and someone should really grow the spine to ask Clark whether she repealed every piece of legislation she opposed as leader of the Opposition. I'm getting enough high functioning psychosis from the McCain-Palin campaign, and Winston Peters is filling my convenient memory loss needs.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Litterick,

    Textual analysis: the PM's statement had 1302 words, nine of which were interesting: "The general election will be held on 8th November."

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1000 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    Giovani: At least you're unsettled positively.

    And - trust me - there are bigger things to worry about.

    I've just decided that your foonote is: posters may be closer than they appear.

    are you suggesting that palin might 'shipley' clinton?

    I choose not to understand what that means.

    Over there, on the other hand ... I worry that there might be a nutjob a heartbeat away from the big job.

    Would that be the creationism sheila or the bomb, bomb, bomb Iraq geezer?

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Juha Saarinen,

    Since Nov 2006 • 529 posts Report Reply

  • Che Tibby,

    I choose not to understand what that means.

    1st female PM.

    the back of an envelope • Since Nov 2006 • 2042 posts Report Reply

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