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  • Paul Campbell,

    I suspect the Chinese and Babylonians might disagree about printing and indoor plumbing resp.

    I'd like to add:

    Balding Overweight Company Director
    Knows where the check book is, can sop up spilt gin

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2614 posts Report Reply

  • David Slack,

    I suspect the Chinese and Babylonians might disagree about printing and indoor plumbing resp.

    I'm sure they would. As, no doubt, would many nimble, dexterous and small handed Polynesians about recent observations made of them.

    A friend who was on a Latin American trade mission with Dr Smith in 1999 just rang with his recollection of ten long and discouraging days on the road with the Minister. The low point, he said, was hearing the Minster declare to an audience in Argentina: "if you come to our country, bring your cheque book, because we have plenty of land to sell."

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • Jason Lea,

    Perhaps Dr Smith was just confused after talking to the vineyard owners who might have said they were hiring 4yr olds to pick the fruit because they have small hands but it was a hassle training them to use the toilet.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 30 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    How about another Caucasian Social Stereotype:

    The Editorial "Racist" of Convenience -- Because racially-charged invective from Rosemary McLeod, Paul Holmes, Deborah Coddington, Michael Laws, Chris Trotter, Matthew Hooten is just different.

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

  • Craig Ranapia,

    BTW, I don't believe Lockwood Smith is a racist, just stupid. Which is a sacking offence in itself, AFAIC.

    My point is that anyone who is willing to give Coddinton or Laws a platform (and presumably pay for the privilege) just isn't on the moral high ground here.

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

  • David Slack,

    BTW, I don't believe Lockwood Smith is a racist, just stupid. Which is a sacking offence in itself, AFAIC.

    New Sacking Policy Pushes Unemployment Rate to 35%.

    Devonport • Since Nov 2006 • 599 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    BTW, I don't believe Lockwood Smith is a racist, just stupid. Which is a sacking offence in itself, AFAIC.

    New Sacking Policy Pushes Unemployment Rate to 35%.

    It'd be a lot higher if it only applied to politicians.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    New Sacking Policy Pushes Unemployment Rate to 35%.

    I prefer to frame it as reducing bureaucracy begins at home - or the Cabinet Room, at any rate. Sadly, there are practical and legal problems with forcing MPs to submit to routine workplace drug, alcohol and IQ tests.

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

  • Paul Campbell,

    you mean like prying them out of Belamy's?

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2614 posts Report Reply

  • Ian MacKay,

    Authorative Quiz-master
    Having a very knowing grin to show that "I know the answer and you kids don't, so eat that!"

    Bleheim • Since Nov 2006 • 498 posts Report Reply

  • Crunchy Weta,

    Hey, and their kids have small hands and would make excellent cheap labourers.

    Mamaku • Since Nov 2006 • 35 posts Report Reply

  • AndrewD,

    Caucasians make such good politicians.

    They have these big mouths for putting their foot in.

    Plus their refined ability to generalise, trivialise and stereotype fils provincial reporters notebooks with such career making twaddle.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • linger,

    generalise, trivialise and stereotype fils provincial reporters

    as opposed to generalise, trivialise and stereotype senior editor

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1901 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    . . out there in Steinbeck country, the hot lettuce valley, owned in the main by smart second-generation hillbillies who got out of Appalachia while the getting was good, and who now pay other, less-smart hillbillies to supervise the work of Mexican braceros, whose natural fitness for stoop labor has been explained by the ubiquitous Senator Murphy: "They're built low to the ground," he said, "so it's easier for them to stoop."

    Hunter S. Thompson: Hell's Angels, 1967

    More about Lockwood's tap-dancing - and arguably more talented - predecessor here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Murphy

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • jon_knox,

    (Jon peers around to see why the line for defamation is and trying to find a way to put his thoughts coherently & positively...coz I'm not a hater and don't enjoy disrespect)

    Something just doesn't quite sit right for me with Dr Smith. I can't quite determine what it is. I've just had a look at the wikipedia page and the national party pages about him and in both cases I felt it was more about what those pages didn't say, than did. He's not coming across as particularly human, nor genuine....perhaps a bit stronger than that.

    There is also an element of Peter Pan/Cliff Richard'ness about him...and I don't mean regarding his sexualtiy, which is as relevant as...anything you'd find in the mainstream media today, though it is NOT newsworthy and judging people because of their sexuality/race/... is actually sad for those that do it...smallminded f%&$#$s! (Which reminds me about an excellent part of a documentary Louis Theroux did called Louis and the Nazis in which Louie asks the the white supremacist whose BBQ he is attending, whether hypothetically he would have a problem if he (Louis) was a Jew....I believe Louis considers himself COE, though has a Jewish dad...but guess you could argue it either way. The link to vid itself seems to change a bit else I'd link directly to it...it is SO worth the effort view)

    But leaping back to Lockwood...the subject of this thread...uh I think.

    What I did however find most disturbing was the quiz show was called "W3" and now I'm finding myself haunted by the mental image of his smiling face, whenever I see a URL beginning "www". Though this says more about me than Dr Smith.

    Belgium • Since Nov 2006 • 464 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie,

    He's not coming across as particularly human, nor genuine . . .

    Raymond Chandler once described the actor Alan Ladd as a boy's idea of a tough guy. Ironically that was before Shane, the 1953 western where Ladd plays exactly that role, the hero of a small boy named Joey. Somewhere in the arrested-development end of the National party there seem to still be a few who see Dr. Smith's (__Warning, warning Will Robinson__ ) bizarre and gaffe-prone android aspect as some kind of political asset - a kid's idea of a politician.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4591 posts Report Reply

  • jon_knox,

    a kid's idea of a politician

    When you put it that way, there is perhaps the odour of Regan wafting around....

    and that's pre-incontinence pants for all you weirdos who are getting your kicks from people writing about watersports on the web out there....Yes we know who you are and we're noting you IP and MAC addresses as you pause to read this very long sentence (just need that last block of digits....what do you mean they're using a proxy and you need me to keep typing so you can get the details from the proxy based in Romania)...so there.

    Belgium • Since Nov 2006 • 464 posts Report Reply

  • Amy Gale,

    What I did however find most disturbing was the quiz show was called "W3" and now I'm finding myself haunted by the mental image of his smiling face, whenever I see a URL beginning "www". Though this says more about me than Dr Smith.

    Wasn't W3 Selwyn Toogood? And It's Academic Lockwood Smith?

    tha Ith • Since May 2007 • 471 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4356 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    jon_knox wrote:

    I believe Louis considers himself COE, though has a Jewish dad...

    At the risk of losing a potential book buyer.... Paul Theroux (Louis's father) is Catholic actually -- and so were both his parents, as I recall. You've confused your religions that secretly conspire to rule the world, Jon!

    I don't mean regarding his sexualtiy, which is as relevant as...anything you'd find in the mainstream media today, though it is NOT newsworthy and judging people because of their sexuality/race/... is actually sad for those that do it...smallminded f%&$#$s!

    I personally don't believe that Dr Smith is gay (that would be a level of hypocrisy beyond even him). If he was, however, I think it would be definitely relevant is his case. He was one of the loathsome MPs who voted against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986.

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    I personally don't believe that Dr Smith is gay (that would be a level of hypocrisy beyond even him). If he was, however, I think it would be definitely relevant is his case. He was one of the loathsome MPs who voted against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill in 1986.

    Well, David, is it also "relevant" that (if the gossip I've heard is true) that several deeply closeted MPs voted in favour of the Homosexual Law Reform Bill? After all, there is that homosexual agenda I keep hearing so much about, but nobody's ever got around to posting me a copy.

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

  • jon_knox,

    is that homosexual agenda I keep hearing so much about, but nobody's ever got around to posting me a copy.

    Deny, deny, DENY....You're probably part of it too. Can't trust anyone.

    In the absence of real thing, just make one up and pass it around as the genuine article. As Juha always says, never let the facts get in the way...

    When's RB gonna get music linked into these posts?....I have a totally original version of the theme from the X-files on an accordion that would be timely.

    Belgium • Since Nov 2006 • 464 posts Report Reply

  • David Haywood,

    I think you're throwing me a red herring on the secret agenda, matey!

    My point is this..

    It's one thing to be too ignorant and/or stupid to understand human rights -- and to go on record as having voted in accordance with your ignorance and/or stupidity. But it's a whole extra layer of nastiness to understand with full knowledge that you're depriving people of their rights (and quite possibly their liberty) and vote for it anyway.

    If anyone standing for public office fell into that category then I think it would be pretty relevant knowledge for voters...

    That said, I've obviously never been in such a position myself. Perhaps our hypothetical MP would worry that the bill would fail, and that he'd make a nice high-profile case to show that the police were flexing their muscles. It might be very hard to have the courage of your convictions under such circumstances. I dare say I should be less judgemental about this sort of human failing.

    Walking, as I do, twice daily past the memorial to murdered homosexuals in Berlin (which notes that the post-war German government publicly recanted the Nazis beliefs about Jewish people, but they kept on with the declared Nazi attitude to homosexuals until the 1950s) I feel deeply depressed that some NZ MPs were voting with the Nazis -- as it were -- until 1984. And, indeed, are still working as MPs.

    And on that happy note, I'm off to bed...

    Dunsandel • Since Nov 2006 • 1156 posts Report Reply

  • giovanni tiso,

    I feel deeply depressed that some NZ MPs were voting with the Nazis -- as it were -- until 1984.

    Wow, you drove a tractor through that one. Allow me to cushion the blow for you, thusly: isn't the Haider story a stunner? That leaves the Pope alone on top of the list of self-hating hypocrites I'd like outed as soon as possible.

    Wellington • Since Jun 2007 • 7473 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Sorry Herr Haywood, I'm still calling kuhschei├če on that rationale for outing. Winston Peters voted against the Homosexual Law Reform Bill, and that's the least of the reasons why I wouldn't cross the road to piss on him if his head was on fire. The gential configuration of whoever is silly enough to gave group sex with Winston, Winston's ego, Winston's sense of entitlement, Winston's sociopathic disregard for truth, and Winston's overweening psychosis is neither here nor there.

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

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