Posts by Russell Brown

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The selling of…, in reply to Richard Wain,

    Silly me – while it’s not exactly Epsom, the Labour candidate (whoever she was) actually got close to the Nat.

    Helen White. She's very good.

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  • Hard News: Music: God Save the Clean,

    Quite rarely, The Clean have changed up the instrumentation on 'Point That Thing'. It's always pretty special.

    1999 in Dunedin, with a piano lead, as captured on the Slush Fund EP:

    And 22 years later one nice day at the King's Arms, with a funky little keyboard and Hamish on lead vocals:

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The selling of…, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    The only face out there around here was Ardern's.

    Which was clearly a decision, and maybe inevitable. She was money.

    And I think it's fair to say she didn't get a lot of value from her deputy. I have a lot of respect for Kelvin Davis – he strikes me as the most palpably honest MP I've ever dealt with – but he was terrible in debates and poor in media in general during the campaign. It's not really even his fault: two months ago he was a good MP who'd immersed himself in Corrections policy. Being a deputy leader in a campaign is a different skillset.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The selling of…,

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    I was wondering Russell if you still hold this opinion after Marama Fox’s rather despicable attack on her electorate the other night.

    I do, and I think she's a loss – and I also think this is worse than either of the two examples you linked to. I understand that they're grieving and why, but she needs to tai hoa.

    She has backed off a tad, but I find it unbelievable that she read the mood of the people so wrong.

    I think it was pretty evident that she'd got the mood of the people and wanted to go into coalition with Labour if at all possible. The Māori Party's problem is that her favoured coalition partner was also her party's real opponent.

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  • Legal Beagle: Election 2017: the Special…,

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    An interesting analysis from Jonathan Marshall on Twitter.

    First, which electorate candidates outperformed their party’s party vote. Then the same, with Labour + Greens combined, to try and winkle out the proportion that was simple vote-splitting on the left. Still pretty stark.

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    Righto – I don't have the time or energy to write something new today, so the thread is open again.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: With Pictures, in reply to FLMF,

    Such a great selection Russell, sitting here in London and listening to The Chills … Brent H.

    Excellent. Lovely to hear from you!

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  • Hard News: Where are all the polls at?,

    Kia ora koutou.

    Just a reminder that the provisions of the Electoral Act are about to come into force, till 7pm tomorrow, so if you could please confine yourselves to electoral and poll geekery and no indulge in anything referring to the parties contesting the election, still less what you think of them, that would be much appreciated.

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  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow,

    Kia ora!

    Gonna close the thread, to make the gesture towards a law I suspect won't be there next election.

    But also because I reckon we should have new conversations after 6pm tomorrow :-)

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