Posts by Rob Stowell

  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Jonty,

    How his surly arrogance is ignored by his bosses at TVNZ is beyond me.

    At the very moment I stopped caring about Hosking's bias and bloviation - which suddenly seemed ineffectual and almost enteratining - you want to get rid of him?!

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2057 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: All Change, in reply to Russell Brown,

    I think Tracey Martin is the real talent there. Knows what she's doing, works well with others.

    Martin as minister of education would be terrific. (She's the only NZFirst MP I'd pick as a minister.) Better than Hipkins (sorry Chris.) But either will be streets ahead of anyone National has appointed. Tolley was tone-deaf, insensitive and policy-wise disaster. Parata was slightly more entertaining but still all of the above. No chance Kaye would change direction.
    So general yippee!

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2057 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Places to Play, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    In my diary :) Unfortunately also something else at the same time, but hoping I can bump it!

    Whakaraupo • Since Nov 2006 • 2057 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Music: Places to Play,

    Christchurch feels similarly bereft of venues at the moment. Not much operating apart from the Darkroom. Luckily Lyttelton is stepping up: the Hellfire Cub, Coffee Company and Wunderbar all right-sized (small, intimate, funky, friendly) venues for a good night out.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election, in reply to Sacha,

    Fran O’Sullivan confirms business interests have been campaigning post-election for a Nats+Greens ‘teal deal’.

    Let's wait til 'business interests' campaign to ax the tax cuts, cut back the RONs, bring on a carbon tax, and put the money into climate change initiatives. Then (maybe - if we accept poverty in a land of plenty as just fine) there could be talks. But I'm betting it will never ever happen.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election,

    dirty politics keeps on unwinding https://www.newsroom.co.nz/2017/10/04/51558/whaleoil-ex-mp-pr-man-to-face-jury-trial
    this is a key moment: good chance the paid character assassination gets a thorough exposure to sunlight.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election, in reply to steven crawford,

    Wellington high, I believe, Is reasonable about running the school as a democracy. But there are plenty of secondary schools that are are way out of alignment with how our society operates.

    not to mention universities. from conception most universities have had democratic impulses - being run by communities of scholars. alas, no more. the corporate university has no time for such niceties.

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  • Hard News: Music: God Save the Clean, in reply to Stupid,

    Yay! if there’s anything we can do to keep it bubbling …
    apologies but presume it's ok to add this -

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    maybe it's a leftist position, but it's pretty clear the laissez faire policies National holds at its core are damaging both the environmental and social fabric, in a very much connect manner.
    of course it's a terrible position for poor national, to have only the one option, NZF. having another would, at the least, give them so much more bargaining clout. But beyond a misunderstanding of green thinking (which sees people and ecology as part of the same whole) has anyone - any of the commentariat who push this unlikely partnership - given any serious examples of what national might offer?
    that's the rub, alas. while they keep scoffing 'fart tax' and nanny state, there's just nothing there.

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    You don’t believe that Jacinda already recaptured all the ex-Labour voters who had drifted into the Green camp?

    absolutely not. im sure because I’m one of them.

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