Posts by James Littlewood*

  • Hard News: Every option has costs, every…, in reply to Lynn Yum,

    what happened in and since 2013-2014

    For one thing the govt released the handbrake. And about that time the Christchurch rebuild would have been kicking into top gear.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 385 posts Report Reply

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

    Don’t you think NZ is great because it has a small population?

    Reckon. Sort of. It's also what makes us kinda suck.

    If there's a magic number that balances the need for in-demand labour categories against growing infrastructure costs, I'd really like to see it.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mike Moore: A pretty ordinary…, in reply to Tinakori,

    has a tendency to leap from part thought to part thought without an effective segue.

    Got as far as when he bemoans the "Marxist detour", and claims there are no blue collar workers any more, and that unions make up only 10% of the workforce.

    That's not just a lousy segue. That's

    a) an outrageous and misleading exaggeration (no workers)
    b) an omission of the fact that low union membership is not a lack of workers, but a result of his government's policy and action to dismantle unions

    As Clive James said of Albert Speers, "He said something, but I couldn't tell what, because his mouth was full of butter, and it wasn't melting."

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Mike Moore: A pretty ordinary…,

    Seems nice, candid, thoughtful, insightful even.

    But being Labour Party policy doesn't make the TPP any more attractive.

    I don't care that this puts me onside with the great orange man baby. It stank.

    Since Rogernomics, about which Moore is both blase and defensive, the steady increase in power given to employers over workers has resulted in the ever growing increase in wealth inequality. Or, as he puts it, adding to Kirk's dictum: more people with nothing to lose.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…,

    Aucklanders are wage slaves forced to live in far flung suburbs many miles from where they work in crummy underpaid jobs while their bosses do cushy innercity commutes.

    Still more cruelly much of the public transport infrastructure is of most benefit to people who live centrally. The further out you go, the more dispersed PT becomes.

    Many thousands of us sat burning fossil fuels on the NW last night for way too long. Bah.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: A tale of two festivals,

    It's us

    Quite.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The long road to Hit and Run,

    Bit of an aside, but can you imagine what we would or would not know if weren't for these two journalists?

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Media Media, in reply to Stephen R,

    I don’t know that they care about being able to brag to advertisers

    Obviously, whatever they're in it for, it's nothing to do with advertisers.

    But touting one's ratings clout is good for listenership and sends a message to funders, I'd have thunk.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 385 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Media Media,

    Soz if you've already covered this.

    I don't get it. Did Nielsen or whoever does the survey give RNZ a discount on the fee for inclusion?

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  • Capture: Where have you been all Summer?,

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    So, we got back from sailing ok. Those who know me know that mechanical aptitude is not something that appears in my Myers Briggs profile. Nor is detailed knowledge of Myers Briggs personality modelling.

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