Posts by Ewan Morris

  • Hard News: Burning down the house to…,

    Before Trump's election, there was support for Trump from sections of the right within the US, but outside the US people across the political spectrum (with the exception of the Farages, Le Pens etc) were pretty much united in saying that Trump's election would be a disaster.

    One thing that's disappointed me since Trump was elected, however, is that many on the right are now trying to normalise Trump's behaviour and to say the left is being hysterical and should get over itself. This despite all the evidence that a Trump Presidency will be at least as bad in reality as it was in prospect. I know people, whether on the right or the left, are often inclined to excuse the behaviour of 'their side', but it's the suddenness of the change of tone on the supposedly respectable right that I find somewhat depressing.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Brexitrump - combines two of the major shocks of the year, and also useful to describe how one shock can top another ('X has brexitrumped Y').

    Bubble-bursting - there's been much talk this year of people living in (political/cultural) bubbles, and being forced by events to confront the views of those outside those bubbles.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Populism.

    Not very catchy, I know, but it encapsulates a lot about what's been happening politically this year.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Trumpelstiltskin

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  • Hard News: Trump's Dummkopfs, in reply to Zach Bagnall,

    And further from the Guardian, this piece from David Eggers, who attended a Trump rally, makes it more difficult to write off all Trump supporters as stupid and bigoted.

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  • OnPoint: Yeah nah, but what *do* we…, in reply to George Darroch,

    That flag is the flag of the independent Kingdom of Hawaii.

    It was, but it's also been appropriated as the flag of the US state of Hawai'i. Despite this, it is still used by many Native Hawaiians as an assertion of Hawaiian sovereignty.

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  • Hard News: Everybody has one,

    Over on Pundit a little while ago, Tim Watkin was arguing that Hosking, Henry, Espiner, Williams, Garner and Campbell were all 'talented question-askers' who have 'earned it' with their 'broadcast skill'. I asked him what exactly Hosking 'does' and what his 'skill' is. Didn't get a very convincing answer.

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  • Polity: Saudi sheep: Misappropriating…, in reply to Russell Brown,

    And let's not forget another McCully special - refocusing New Zealand's aid programme away from a focus on poverty elimination, without actually bothering to review the effectiveness of the existing programme (short version here).

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  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…,

    Quite right – and neither can any democratic process. But threaten the commercial arm which benefits from the folly – and you just watch how quickly those in power respond. Much of the power the public has lies in its spending power.

    So you don't think anything can be solved by democratic processes and boycotts are the way to change things? Would you be happy with the so-called "Sensible Sentencing Trust" picketing the offices of defence laywers? This approach to social change is a dead-end street that doesn't do anything to change people's views or attitudes.

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  • Hard News: Judicial caprice is no way to…, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    The Whangarei community should boycott/picket the firm

    The idea of boycotting or picketing legal firms because of the position they advocate for in a trial is a dangerous suggestion. It might sound superficially appealing in relation to this case, but think about, for example, a defence lawyer who defends an unpopular client to ensure he or she gets a fair trial - would it be OK to boycott or picket that lawyer or firm?

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