Posts by Craig Ranapia

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to Russell Brown,

    She was impressive – and showed a degree of grace that perhaps some of the party’s activists could take a lesson from.

    Perhaps a lesson that could be taken by Kennedy Graham who was all over the media telling party activists to "stop inflaming" a fire he started and plenty of others have been cheerfully pouring fuel on. There does come a point where clutching your invisible pearls when you get exactly the reaction you're fishing for just isn't credible.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12358 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to Russell Brown,

    The party is understood to be furious at how the two MPs have handled it - going outside normal parliamentary channels to tell media of their plans.

    And so they fucking should. If true (and apply salt and tequila to taste) the most shocking thing is how common it is. Every three years, every single party has its share of sulking, muttering and foot-stamping trantrums from folks who aren't happy their egos didn't get put sufficiently high up the list. Most have the good sense to either suck it up, or at least throw their tiaras behind closed doors.

    But Grilled Jeebus, if folks think Meteria doesn't have the political smarts to organise a piss-up in an organic craft brewery, Graham and Clendon haven't exactly displayed top-shelf nous today.

    "Hey, let's threaten to quit six weeks from the election unless THAT WOMEN resigns from the leadership of the party. What could possibly go wrong?"

    The rats in the ranks got hit with shovels. Hard. Find it impossible to muster any sympathy.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12358 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to kiwiwolf,

    Or Mrs English

    Who?

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Russell, this isn't a direct chip at you more a general comment.

    I keep hearing "This is politics, and Metiria can't cry foul about that."

    Well, I don't remember anyone hereabouts having a bar of that when to put it crudely, Mark Richardson, Mike Hosking et. al. couldn't shut the fuck up about Jacinda Ardern's uterus. And his "but she's OK talking about it!" attempt at damage control just inspired another round of mockery. Rightly so.

    When you say "it's just politics" remember there's a lot of people out there - and I'm one of them -- for who this isn't a game of Election Season Stratego. (And, Tom, please don't bother talking at me. This is one topic where I'm not playing our usual game.)

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    My friends on Twitter demanding that the Labour leadership rides in on a horse to defend its coalition partner are dreaming. This wasn't Labour's political gamble to take and two thirds of its own voters told a Newshub poll they didn't approve of her deceit (not to mention an even greater proportion of the parties it wants to take votes from and fully half of Green voters).

    That's at least partially directed at me, so may I retort? Yes, it wasn't Labour's "political gamble" to take but let's not pretend they didn't make a political decision -- and exactly the kind of "poll-driven fruitcake" Helen Clark once said she wasn't willing to eat.

    And I'm straying out of my competence, but that poll? How you construct the frame (i.e. the wording of the questions) goes a long way to determining what the picture looks like. And I'd say Newshub and Reid Research know that.

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  • Hard News: One big day at the drug symposium, in reply to Russell Brown,

    There is, in some respects, a de facto decriminalisation going on, and has been for about a decade – largely because of a much broader use of avenues like pre-charge warnings, so people are arrested, but not eventually charged. Sometimes.

    And this is where my views on drug policy have *cough* evolved a lot over a long time, because we really need to write a brutally frank reality check on who tends to get the benefit of the doubt and who gets their lives blown apart under de facto decriminalisation. Trump's America isn't the only place where The War on Drugs looks a lot more like a War on Poor and Brown People.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to izogi,

    Shouldn't parties be explaining to voters how they're going to make it so their MPs and Ministers can't get away with the kind of stuff that Barclay's being accused of?

    Thing is: If MPs and Ministers want to be shot of staffers, Parliamentary & Ministerial Services and the State Services Commission can explain the legitimate and lawful way to do it in excruciatingly granular detail to anyone who's interested. That's their job, and they do it well.

    "Don't go Full Nixon on staffers, stonewall Police investigations, monster complainants into going away and keeping quiet, then lie your arse off about all of it" shouldn't need explaining. Neither is the basic concept that MPs and Ministers are not exempt from the law. Any of it.

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  • Speaker: Seeking out the Spomeniks,

    Gorgeous - have you ever considered branching out into Soviet-era bus stops? Between them Christopher Herwig and Peter Ortner (link to German language website) have spent just shy of twenty years documenting bus stops ranging from brutalist socialist realism, through atomic kitsch to what I can only describe as acid-infused ethnographic gingerbread house.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    Just in case things aren't surreal enough for your taste, Fresh allegations Todd Barclay invented complaints against the staff member he secretly recorded

    "I had received complaints about the conduct of a staff member from members of the public and I referred the matter to Parliamentary Services," Mr Barclay told the NZ Herald in March.

    "As the legal employer of support staff, they acted as they deemed appropriate and embarked on a disciplinary process.

    "It is an employment matter and as I've said in the past I can't go into details through the media.”

    However, a letter from Parliamentary Services's general manager David Stevenson, cited by the Newsroom, says no such complaints against Ms Dickson were ever lodged with them.

    "Parliamentary Service has neither received any complaint about you [Dickson] nor has it carried out any employment investigation or taken any disciplinary action against you,” Stevenson's letter said.

    I've worked for an MP, and believe me Parliamentary Services are efficient to a fault. . If you're going to drag it into a political scandal, you better have all your receipts. It sure as hell will.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    Why is [he] being allowed to remain?

    Because as David Slack (not exactly a water-carrier for this government or National) just pointed out on Morning Report, because National has a constitution and processes around candidate selection and de-selection. And Bill English is no more able to unilaterally sack a duly elected MP who has become a political liability than Helen Clark was when Taito Philip Field turned into a sleaze magnet.

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