Posts by martinb

  • Hard News: Budget 2018: The broadcasting…,

    Is the one year time frame a kick of a can down the road?

    Some projects are ready and just needing a funding tick. Is it possibily that this, for whatever reason and we can hazard a few, is an ambitious pubic broadcasting initiative that is not ready to apply for funding at this time.

    Does the one year thing mean- get your house in order and apply for further funding when you have things organised?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 199 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Budget 2018: The final tick, in reply to Geoff Lealand,

    Sorry under a rock and seem to have missed that Dick Griffin had left RNZ.

    Is this true? Have you got a link? I couldn’t find anything recent in a 2 second google.

    EDIT: sorry found it now. Didn't come up when I googled Richard Griffin or Dick Griffin.
    Two questions-

    How much has he been responsible for recent changes at RNZ, including things such the new late night programme, Wallace Chapman and Jesse Mulligan, the website and so on? These seemed to be very much in line with someone who could deliver RNZ+.

    How much is he responsible for, for example, David Farrar commentating as 'Pollster David Farrar' and the continuity if you like, in political commentary? This is a much less welcome thing.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 199 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Lorde, the council and the…,

    went to a T20 cricket game in the UK. Felt like such a grown up.

    NZ rules would have been 2 4% beers after a 30 minute queue or something like that (1/6 of a T20 game).

    In the natwest they had a problem with pint snakes- disposable cups being put together to make a long line. The solution?

    Two pronged. Firstly, for pints charge for commemorative cups with a refund of one pound, so no one will throw them away and secondly, to give the punters beer in 2 pints disposable cups, instead of one. That's right- a litre of beer in each hand without calling you an idiot or a potential criminal. Didn't see one fight or altercation. Great atmosphere

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

    There was a great quote at the end of that interview which basically said- it's a basically a non-event.

    The tragedy around this is that while a lot of Labour voters obviously got the point (and not all obviously) not all did. There has been a long overdue move away from stigmatising the poor and there needs to be more.

    See the reaction that she dared to be political while on a benefit! A poor person!

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

    Double Dipton, Oravida, signing a painting for charity...my gosh when did they annoint St. Matthew?

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!, in reply to Moz,

    Yep- the Greens seem to have done a fantastic job of tactical voting- if Labour voters had done better in key seats it could have been enough.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!,

    Love it: not being a traditional politician.

    I’d say it is exactly that. He is being a traditional politician. He’s put out a cracking manifesto and held rallies and answered the questions he’s been asked. He’s thrown out lollies to key demographics. He’s built a good organisation and keen followers.

    He is saying something he strongly believes. He’s not putting out mugs complaining about immigration nor tried to be more like the other side because they are in power, but made the case for himself.

    I think the hysteria has worked for him a treat. Everybody had been expecting a craven troll trying to eat the sun because all publications and the BBC were saying that that was what he was, and instead got an old gent earnestly insisting that their kids deserve an education not a debt and that the richest should pay a bit more. Compared to May and the Tories that seemed quite a good idea.

    Oh and the kids are very angry at the leavers taking their future. I think that the referendum will mean the kids will vote early and as often as they can get away with.

    And that said it feels like the Rebel Alliance has failed. Luke got shot down just before releasing the missiles and the death star is almost operational. A tiny bit more co-ordination and tactical voting and you suspect that there could have been jub-jub ewok parties tonight.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2010 • 199 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Oh, this is well known in studies in NZ and the US and elsewhere. And that there is no real downside for a conservative politician to piss all over poor people.

    They both knew what they were saying when they said it. It's how English can say things like that on the one hand and be this great compassionate conservative championing the data approach on the other gets me. Such a free pass.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…,

    Mr Sahrawat said the pool of local talent was already low as highly trained New Zealand chefs and other hospitality workers were opting to work overseas.

    Doesn’t this tend to suggest that pre-NCEA schools (of the kind Mr Hooton attended) were rubbish at teaching logic and reasoning?

    Ahh…Steve got in before me. Professional trolls are good ones.

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  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…,

    Compare and contrast Peter Davis and Matthew Hooton. It's a pity one has so much prominence in our country.

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