Posts by Pete Sime

  • Hard News: That escalated quickly ..., in reply to izogi,

    A quick question for Labour Party experts: Where's the constitution clause that describes the adjusted leadership election process leading up to an election?

    Paragraph B12 on p.150 in the appendices to the rules in the 2016 constitution (PDF):

    Should a vacancy in the leadership occur in the 3 months prior to the announced date of a general election (where known) or in the absence of an announced date the statutory date (calculated according to the date on which the election is triggered or, in the case of a caucus vote, a meeting or speacial meeting is requested), a new Leader will be elected by Caucus majority vote. The new Leader will then be subject to confirmation within three months after the election, pursuant to the Party constitution (i.e. they would need to be endorsed by 60%+1 of the new Caucus, or a full leadership contest would be triggered).

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    In the spirit of openness, I didn't buy a new PC every year with my course-related costs student loan claim.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Media Media Media,

    In regards to the Herald article it sounds like a Press Council complaint could be in order for a breach of accuracy, fairness and balance.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The next four years,

    I'm still at a loss at how I'm going to process the next four years, but I have done one thing and subscribed to print journalism after relying on the internet for years. This month I set up subscriptions for the ODT and North and South as well as digital editions of the New York Times, Vanity Fair (basically because Trump was having a go at them) and The Atlantic.

    Also National Geographic, but I expect their political coverage to be thin - but given the uproar over putting a transgender girl on their cover, maybe not.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Obscuring the News, in reply to Robyn Gallagher,

    My absolute favourite type of empty Herald web story is “The internet is scratching its head over this latest optical illusion”, describing a meme that your auntie shared on Facebook three days ago.

    And on Reddit as much as a month before.

    In fact I did a search and the Herald has been posting stories based on Reddit almost daily since May last year - increased from maybe once a week from May 2013. Stories from before then were pretty much all confined to Ana Samway's Sideswipe column.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Obscuring the News,

    I think RNZ should be applauded for its website overhaul. It’s very clean looking and no-nonsense. The ODT has also overhauled its site and so far they haven’t put up the paywall that they had promised for April.

    Of course I still go to Stuff and the Herald as well, but there’s still some non-clickbaity journalism out there.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Access: The Blue Inhaler,

    I had childhood asthma. I remember some panicky nights with croup and mum running the bath to get some steam in my lungs. Then I had ventolin tablets. Before I grew out of it, I had something called a diskhaler, which would puncture foil discs of the drug for inhalation without the need for propellants. The downside was the mouthpiece that would get pretty groady.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The positive option of Red Peak, in reply to Russell Brown,

    We need some advice on this

    The process is outlined in section 6 of the Flag Referendums Act. It says:

    voters express a first preference for 1 option and may express second and further preferences for other options

    So just ranking one option will be a valid vote.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: So who exactly placed conditions…,

    There should just be a single referendum with the 6 flags. Include the current one and Red Peak with the other four. People wanting to retain the flag can rank it as number one. That's the beauty of STV, it's an instant runoff.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Into the River/Interim Restrictions,

    Andrew. Sounds like a plan. I'll be in touch tomorrow.

    Dunedin • Since Apr 2008 • 163 posts Report Reply

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