Posts by James Littlewood*

  • Hard News: Campaign 2017: Buy a…,

    Why doesn't Labour simply come out and say they'll reduce GST? Are they still embarrassed by the fact that they introduced it all those years ago?

    The non-hole formerly known as $11b seems trivial, considering Labour is campaigning without a tax policy.

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  • Hard News: Campaign 2017: Buy a…,

    Labour do seem to have found their own version of Teflon John. While the media can't be blamed for that, it certainly plays for ratings, and better than policy analysis.

    Where coverage does focus on policy, there is a strong tendency for it to do so in terms of its popularity. I.e. analysis focuses on what the policy means for the future of the party advocating it, rather than what it means for the future of the country.

    Any exceptions, I will hungrily pursue.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 396 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: A genuine original,

    Celia? Damn! Damn!

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  • Hard News: Media Take: Scandals, selfies…,

    It's a cute line of National's.

    Meanwhile, almost every area of social policy is literally dying of cash starvation. Housing. Income equality. Education (or rather, the lack of it). Environment. Not everything's bad. Just all the basic stuff. Did I mention health?

    So as a hard working New Zealander, I'm only too happy to cop a tax hike if it gives me some certainty that the train will get me to the doctor who'll have what he needs to patch me up; that good teachers can afford to live near good schools (and that there are no bad ones); that the twenty kids who currently die each year in cold, damp homes might escape such a miserable destiny.

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  • Hard News: A thundering clash of,

    I think she’ll make an awesome anarchist.

    Me too.

    Ex Green Party Female Co-leadership Nominees' club. That's an elite group I'd like to see.

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to Craig Young,

    Bravo!

    While it’s true that Metiria’s roll of the dice might not have turned up quite what she was hoping for, I don’t think it’s a bad outcome at all. I think both the Greens and Labour have demonstrated an ability to move fast and decisively and they’ve dominated the headlines now for the thick end of a month while National wallows in Colemanitis.

    I think it’s good that bigger Labour is now clearly positioned to the right of smaller Greens. I think that will work to the strategic advantage of both: Labour’s there for disaffected MOR National 2014 voters, and Greens are there for both disaffected Labour voters and those on the hard left.

    So even if there’s a push-me-pull-you between the Labour and the Green share of the party vote, there’s a coherency to the #ChangeTheGovt movement which was sorely lacking 2014.

    Link includes a plug for Craig’s useful list.

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    Hahahahahaha! The Greens wouldn’t know class if it bit them on the backside. Typically self-righteous of them though.

    Seriously? I don't think that's very fucking funny.

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  • Hard News: That escalated quickly ...,

    The curious thing is that Labour has actually done a lot right in the past year.

    They do a lot right a lot of the time. But not since big-shoes Lange have they had a leader who people feel they _know_.

    I've long felt Jacinda is that person. She oozes compassion, even when (and maybe, mostly) when she's angry.

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  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    If you had an unemployment benefit, and decided to apply zero abatements for additional income, would that not be like a baby step towards UBI?

    Meanwhile students are positively encouraged to work on a benefit granted them specifically to relieve them of the need to work.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Russell Brown,

    His diction

    Q1: briefed much?

    *gulps* Not formally no.

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