Posts by Zach Bagnall

  • Hard News: The Day After Tomorrow, in reply to Ben Austin,

    Most people I know in UK go back regularly (although appreciate that isn’t the norm everywhere), every 1-3 years so most can vote if they want.

    Same - most of my friends in the UK go back every year or two, but then most of them are very high income IT types for whom it's not a burden. I'd much prefer the UK's 15 year policy, or at least some increase to the time window.

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

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

    They have to have visited NZ in the last 3 years and I suspect a lot won't.

    The three year rule is irritating. It's really an economic test - affluent expats who can afford a big NZ vacation between each election get to vote and the rest do not. Really feels like NZ doesn't want citizens back after a few years away (eg non-residents cannot start a KiwiSaver account).

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

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

    Huh, I always thought push polling was using questions designed to produce a specific result which is then presented as objective, not actually influence the person being polled.

    I'm curious about the statistical adjustments made to account for only calling landlines, and how current the model is.

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Is it true pollsters are still using land lines only? I haven't had a one for over 10 years and it wouldn't surprise me at all if land line users were now a minority of voters with a heavy demographic skew.

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A thundering clash of, in reply to Nick Russell,

    Yeah, I still don't get why Metiria has been hung out to dry over this but Bill English gets a free pass.

    Blessed are the homeowners.

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: One big day at the drug symposium,

    Amazing.

    For instance *facts from study of outcomes following legalization in CO* but that flies in the face of *waves hands in the air*. Checkmate!

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Grenfell: a signal moment,

    This does feel momentous. I recall arguing with a private landlord (who owned hundreds of London properties) when my flatmates reported smelling gas fumes from the boiler but the landlord's dodgy handyman who checked it out said he couldn't smell anything. A month later we were given notice to vacate. A management company working on thousands of properties on behalf of a public council is on a whole other level.

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!,

    DG above got lucky then!

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!,

    So hung parliament eh. Tories will now scrounge up some compliant randoms to prop them up?

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!,

    Oh duh, British :) Where do I even live again?

    Colorado • Since Nov 2006 • 112 posts Report Reply

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