He messed up the saying. By saying Zadie Smith, who he claims to like, "does not come close to a cigar" he's calling her crap, not a close second but far down the ranks.
Which is probably just bad writing...
Regarding any putative sidelining of Metiria: this blog is concerned entirely with James and his selection, and what it might mean for where the Greens go next. It really is that simple…
But it isn't that simple.
The screw up on the election results doesn't in itself invalidate your arguments, but it does suggest you're not that interested in the current NZ Green party. Honestly I reckon that's why you ignore the other leader and anything about the Greens that couldn't be read in the NBR.
You need more than old critiques of 90's German Greens.
(Though your conclusion about being careful and not fucking up? Sure, yeah. Yup.)
It's a litle weird that a 1000+ word piece on Green leadership doesn't mention Metiria Turei.
Yes, their vote collapsed yet again last election night. They shed more than 36,500 votes – a 14.8 per cent drop on 2011 – and one MP.
Anyone want to fact check this? It’s really wrong.
247000 in 2011. 257000 in 2014. That’s not shedding any votes.
That's interesting Deborah. In Palmerston North a dick on a John Key billboard and boobs on a Labour billboard. That's the same themes on the National and Labour billboards in Dunedin.
Maybe it's just a coincidence of hoons.
Think you're onto something really big here, Pete. Judging from my limited knowledge of classical Roman graffiti, this secret society of dick and tit favouring vandals is older than the Catholic Church.
Lastly, all of us need to realise that the desires we have for our schools and students, need to be modelled and lived in our communities and in our wider society.
Oh yes this. My local school is 1/3 kura kaupapa. My naive assumption was that te reo would pour out of the those classes and 'infect' the rest of the school. After seeing the place for around 5 years I'm pretty convinced that that isn't really happening, the rest of the kura seems about on par with standard schools (um, I think, maybe my perception is skewed).
I think that's because the tamariki from the kura speak Māori in class, but they don't really use Māori with non-Māori speakers. And why would they? Why should they? - easier to speak English.
For those of us who want our kids to learn more te reo than we did, the onus is on us to encourage them to use it - at home, in the community.
Schools can support that, but if Māori is taught and used only in school it will largely stay only in school. The best thing we can do is become more proficient ourselves.
You should read Meteria's third reading speech on the Foreshore and Seabed bill - about a third of the way down this page.
This Parliament is at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history: to return to our paternalistic past, or take the path of justice and peace, and we are about to blow it. We will blow it on greed, on the desire for power, on intellectual fallacies, and on political expediency. All New Zealanders will hold this Parliament to account for the wrong that the Government is about to commit. For Māori, we have been here before and, no doubt, we will be here again, defending our right to be Māori in our own country. We welcome our Pākehā friends and colleagues who object to this raupatu in their name, to join us in this struggle. Together, we will continue to seek justice and peace in our country—ka whawhaitonumātouake, ake, ake.
I guess you could claim that she's sold out and would vote differently now - though that isn't what you did claim - but you'd need to provide some evidence, especially as your initial claim was really quite wrong.
I have no words. Nice for you that you don’t have to care.
[oh wait, I do, do you actually think that you've "elevated the entire roastbusters debate" or was that retweet deliberately ironic?]
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Some of you should go read WE NEED TO CHANGE HOW WE TALK ABOUT RAPE. It is, as far as I can tell, written by a man, basically to men. So it’s worth reading.
(Deal with the caps lock, you get used to it and it’s worth getting past it.)
[Should say there's some pretty triggering stuff in there, apologies for adding this late]