It was going to be the Flying Nun book, the definitive history of the label and its music. That would have been madness. People at the centre of cultural history are rarely the right people to thoroughly document it as history. Apart from anything else, they’re quite rightly not all that invested in the detail. They were there, man.
Well, exactly – a good memoir and a good work of cultural history/commentary are two very different beasts. The cultural historian is valuable precisely because they they can take a step back and fit the pieces together (as much as that’s ever possible) then put it in a context.
And I don't know about you, but the memoirs I enjoy most (and find most insightful) are the ones that are perfectly upfront that they're never going to be the whole story. That's not how memory works.
I’ve no interest in parading Veitch through the muck again. But I think he should stop writing self-serving columns if he can’t truly take responsibility for his actions.
Meh, I take Michael Field's point but only as far as it goes. But I'm also thoroughly over the media doing some blame-shifting and enabling of its own. Tony Veitch didn't sneak into the Herald newsroom in the middle of the night and use his mad hacker skills to get that column printed. Choices were made, and I get why people in the media don't like saying that too loud. After all, the media village in New Zealand is a very small one and you don't shit where you eat. But someone has to start speaking truth to power, because the media is never going to be part of the solution until it genuinely own how big a part it is of the problem.
I don’t believe anyone’s saying “you should work longer hours because family” but, when you advertise your bank as equivalent to any other bank, you need to mean it.
This. And I don’t think I’m a corporate tool for believing that if you’re going to offer a service (and charge handsomely for it) you should support it properly. Cue the first world problems eye-rolling (I sympathize) but David and I are going to London for a friend’s wedding in August, and will be stopping over in Hong Kong to visit family. And we're going to be on a very tight budget all the way. Don’t really want to miss a flight because we can’t close out a hotel bill.
It’s healthy for someone to be keeping the pressure on, but I’m not sure Willie actually serves Te Whakaruruhau by focusing almost exclusively on it.
Well, you missed your calling in the diplomatic service there Russell. :) Honestly, Willie is entitled to his opinion but I really wish media would stop presenting him as some kind of disinterested observer because he just isn't. Perhaps inevitably, given New Zealand's media scene is a village and its not as if mainstream/Pakeha media outlets don't sledge the competition with unedifying glee. But watching him sledging public radio, and prosecuting some kind of bizarro vendetta against Mihi Forbes in particular, isn't adding anything worth having to the korero.
We have fully-staffed Treasury and IRD with the requisite analytical skills, public duty and powers to address these issues
But you know what Treasury and the Inland Revenue Department does NOT (and never should have) the public duty or powers to do? Write tax legislation.
I reckon Facebook and Apple are two good cases to make an example of. You don’t necessarily need a law change – more aggressive enforcement of existing laws, including testing grey areas in court, could get us on a good path.
Which is all very nice, and I don't disagree, as far as it goes. But you actually need to properly resource "more aggressive enforcement" and if you don't, corporations that make hundreds of billions every years from aggressive global tax avoidance will sure as hell pay for a downright feral defence.
I wonder if the fact that IRD etc do nothing about it has anything to do with politicians holding shares? or am I being too synical
I think you're being way too cynical, or cynical in the wrong direction. Because I don't see any government going into an election year trying to make the political case for a sharp increase in Vote IRD.
I'd also note that we're talking about tax avoidance here NOT tax evasion. It's pretty rich blaming civil servants for lax enforcement of a tax code that was all to often deliberately designed to be riddled with "grey areas" from the start.
I admit I still struggle to call it "marriage equality" rather than "same-sex marriage", just on factual grounds.
Well, up to a point. I think we might want to be very careful to nuance that where the "T" in LGBT is concerned. ALL trans people deserve equal access to marriage (and civil unions), full stop and period.
but I did not see or hear anyone shouting her down
Uh, on reflection I think we might me talking past each other. I'm pretty sure I've never said anyone got "shouted down" but I'm not proud to admit you can do an awful lot of unpleasant sledging without getting picked up by microphones sitting directly in front of people. Again, Marc, I'm going on people I've talked to I trust -- and aren't prone to drama queening.
I went also for a walk through the Viaduct Harbour development, seeing all these nice developments for the filthy rich, who park their luxury yachts in the harbour outside. That is the “affordable housing” for those earning enough, at the upper end of course
Another reality check, Marc -- find me any city on the planet where waterfront residential property is cheap. Look, I don't think you're going to find anyone around here perverse enough to argue property bubbles are good things or easily deflated. But you really think yesterday's shenanigans are going to do shit about that? If anything (and I'm wide open to be proved wrong)the contrary appears to be the case. I'm not pretending the Unitary Plan was, is or ever will be perfect. Nobody is. But it was a series of meaningful steps in a much better direction that hoping unconstrained sprawl will magically create a liveable city for anyone other than those rich pricks you despise so much.
Somehow we are on the wrong track in this country, where the rich have gotten even more rich, own their nice patches and more, and where most struggle to afford their homes, which ever more of them can only rent. This country is stuffed, and neither central government nor Council seem to have the answers.
And that’s going to be fixed by the Quaxian fantasy of endless sprawl until Hamilton and Whangarei get absorbed into Mega-Auckland One? Be really careful what you wish for, Marc, because there’s plenty on the current Council who would be quite happy to see all those icky poor and brown people as far out of sight as possible. Take another look at the social geography of Sydney some time. And then take a look at the history of “intensification” in Hong Kong, because I suspect the people using that city as some kind of urban planning bogeyman wouldn’t have cared about the people who were dying in low-rise slums there either. Hong Kong’s public housing projects may not be pretty or large enough for villa fetishists but they actually saved lives.