Posts by Hans Versluys

  • Access: The Driverless Road Ahead,

    Thanks for the interesting read. It also brings home the urgent need for UBI to allow everybody to figure out at their own pace what they want out of life, without the massive stress of "sink-or-swim" bearing down on you.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Broadcasting and the Public Interest,

    "Charter-style public service considerations should be reintroduced with a certain amount of airtime devoted to meeting public interest needs."
    We already do this at Face TV but we're stymied by the inability to get a free Freeview frequency for non-commercial TV (we are on Sky TV only for that reason) and its resulting inability to access NZOA funding. Freeview is a monopoly by Kordia, another SOE charged with returning the highest dividend to government and without a public service charter.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Be careful what you wish for, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Re: the presidential vote graph, Kerry got 3m fewer votes than GWB in 2004. It's not that clear on that graph.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: MMP Review #1: The Party…,

    1 MP parties are mainly electorate ones and they are exempt from the threshold (which indicates that there are two classes of MPs - John Banks always labeled them as Clayton MPs) This 'discrimination' is not solved unless the threshold is 1/120th. Also, the fragmentation of parliament under MMP so detested by majoritarians is due to electorate MPs (and MPs splitting off their main parties) not the list system or threshold. The 5% in Germany isn't actually working very well to keep the Nazis (or Pirates) out of their parliaments either these days.
    Pity we can't have the Israeli system. Maori may actually be better represented by a range of parties under PPR (pure proportional representation) as they will have wider party choice than currently.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: One man’s Meat Puppets is…,

    Come on Eileen Dexy's Midnight Runners: The rhythm is perfect for drunk morons who can't dance even when sober. The lyrics shouted by said drunk morons at dreadful parties give me a worse hangover than cheap liquor.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty deeds done by Digger?, in reply to James George,

    "Bring back Stratos/Triangle - whose disappearance strikes as another murky affair."

    Nothing murky about it. Kordia spectrum monopoly charging was very much the cause of the demise of Stratos. Triangle is still going, by the way, plus live streaming online on e-cast TV, Live News and Scoop.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Cracker: On the Weekend: Rotoroa Island,

    As one of the smug Waiheke dwellers, I can endorse the assessment of our island's micro-climate. We don't grow the best wine in the country without it. Weather bomb-schmeather bomb. Good to hear you had a swell time on Rotoroa. Oh, and if you had ever run out of booze, take a lead from the former inmates in 1914 in this delightful newspaper report: http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=EP19141031.2.133

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: European Horror Stories,

    Greece (and Ireland) could learn a lesson from Iceland: refuse to bail out banks; make banks' international division go bust but keep the deposit taking as the core business of domestic banks; have capital controls to prevent bank runs; go back to basics of fishing (and tourism in Greece's case).
    Result: Iceland has now got a credit rating back, paid off its IMF loan money, is growing strongly economically (even tourism is booming due to a cheap Krona), but still has capital controls.
    Greece would need to leave the euro for this to make its internal prices and costs competitive on the international market by a devalued drachma. German tourists could then support their economy, even if they must get first choice of the sunloungers at the poolside.

    Interesting comparison of economic woes and responses by Iceland, Ireland and Latvia

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dispatches from Summer, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Euro collapses so I can turn forty in Copenhagen in some style at modest expense

    The only snag is that Denmark doesn't use the euro.

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Election '11 -…,

    I'd go with Brent Jackson's suggestion. It will do away with the need of an electorate vote as your list nominee gets to be your MP. MMP would then need only one vote. Vote splitting would be a thing of the past as would coat-tail/tea pot MPs. Total list votes determine the MP numbers with the highest tolling on the list getting in. Simple, easy, democratic, local (you choose your MP instead of a party choosing one for you) and proportional.
    How do I add this to the MMP review process?

    Auckland • Since Jul 2011 • 32 posts Report Reply

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