Posts by Euan Mason

  • Hard News: Shots Fired,

    Thanks for this. I have been quite skeptical about legalising cannabis, because smoking pot is a dumb thing to do IMO, but after listening to Chloe v Bob, I've changed my mind. I still think it's a dumb thing to do, but treating it as a health issue rather than a crime will very likely minimise harm, as she suggests. Bob's argument is about as effective as one of those laughable, 1950s era anti-pot films we were shown in high school.

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  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the…,

    Water quality
    Swimmable
    Wadeable
    Zealandia

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  • Hard News: Memories of the news,

    Sputnik. My Dad took me outside to look at it, then JFK's assassination.

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  • Hard News: What we learned yesterday…, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    t does seem odd to have a referendum. Shouldn't a decision on the best way to deal with drugs be evidence based, within a framework of political philosophy (such as whether people's bodies are their own, or chattels of the state? You could have a referendum on that.)

    Politics is always as much about public opinions as it is about evidence. A referendum can promote information of the public.

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  • Speaker: The Government lost the election, in reply to David Cormack,

    I also wholly agree with your point about debates, get 'em all in the room together.

    And bar the door before that twit Hosking shows up.

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  • Speaker: Polling 2017: life beyond landlines?, in reply to Bart Janssen,

    At present you have to conclude one or more of the polling companies is doing it wrong - pretty badly wrong as well.

    It makes for easy entertainment and fills minutes on the news - but personally I don't think it adds any value to our democracy and could well be doing harm.

    Completely agree, Bart. It will influence how people vote. For instance, Labour voters will be tempted to vote Green to get Greens across the line this time around. If the polls are biased then people are misinformed about impacts of their voting choices.

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  • Up Front: The Surprisingly Sincere Up…,

    Don't tell Barnaby Joyce about voting from a foreign country, OK? Just sayin...

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

    Future generations should not be an ATM for the National Party.

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  • Hard News: A thundering clash of, in reply to Steve Withers,

    The best the Herald could do was that English had legal advice it was OK…..

    So if you want to commit fraud, just pay a lawyer to tell you it’s OK. Then the judge will know you made an effort to comply and it just didn’t work out. Your butt is covered.

    Yeah, but he made a false declaration to Parliamentary Services. He’d need a very low IQ to think that, just because a lawyer tells him so, it’s OK to lie in order to pillage the public purse.

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  • Hard News: A thundering clash of,

    It’s a sad set of circumstances. If she had paid it back beforehand, as you say, or even if she had stepped down as leader but remained on the list as late as Monday, the issue would not have been so destructive for the Green Party.

    As it stands, she has set an example by resigning that Bill English should consider. He made a false declaration in order to claim housing benefits as an MP & a Minister, and relied on obfuscation and friendly oversight to avoid Metiria’s fate. He should not be shielded from the accountability that Metiria has so admirably, if belatedly embraced.

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