Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Speaker: Britain: the crisis isn't…,

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    Yeah, I think the OP could win some kind of award for outstanding un-prescience.

    And I'm loving the irony that following one of the charges on Corbyn's indictment being support for a terrorist-linked political party, May now depends for her majority on, guess what, a terrorist-linked political party.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to BenWilson,

    GOP?

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  • Hard News: Touching Waterview, in reply to Moz,

    Wellington has 90% of that, with the 10% being that the only simple way to access real time bus data is on Metlink's clunky-as website - I think it should be possible to feed Google the data and Google would tell you when to leave home.

    Also, Wellington has overloaded buses at peak times in the inner area - a lot of the time several go past before one has room. And the pricing is counterproductive - the buses out in the burbs are empty-ish, but you pay more to travel there and less in the CBD - a flat rate would remove this and be way easier to implement as no need to tag off.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to BenWilson,

    A party nomination is in the gift of a party, subject nominally to its rules.
    Being elected an MP is a personal office and lasts until the next election, or until one of various events including conviction for a moderately serious crime occur.

    Parties have in the past been able to sack their list (but not electorate) MPs but this was repealed. The remedy is with the electors to be careful who they vote for in the first place.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    So basically the PM *can* effectively "sack a National MP who's become a liability", even if they get to work out their notice for the next few months?

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    If you don't want videos at all, Adblock Plus will sort them out.

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  • Hard News: Grenfell: a signal moment,

    Just to point something out - that building was put up 50 years ago, minus the cladding but also with no sprinklers (which were standard issue on commercial buildings even then). There was a Labour government then, another one from 74-79 and the Blair government from 97-2007. Clearly none of these governments did anything to mandate better fire suppression in residential buildings.

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    The thing is, it's currently unlikely that we'll get a non-National government that doesn't have NZ First in it, who I abhor more than National.

    And currently, we have a constrained, fairly liberal right-wing government, by global (or any) standards.

    A centre-left government led by Andrew Little and James Shaw is likely to be a repeat of Helen Clark's policies of saying the right thing and being a good manager of capitalism. That doesn't address the fundamental issues of declining living standards and increasingly precarious career prospects. Which in turn is liable to lead (as happened with Obama and Blair) to a disgruntled section of society looking for populist solutions - and enabling a hard-right idiot to spring up in the National Party (or an isotope thereof).

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    Winston Peters is no stranger to dodginess himself.

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  • Hard News: Grenfell: a signal moment, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    Well, yes. And those professionals are probably taking lower pay to work in social housing rather than sorting out the asses milk reticulation for the oligarchs house down the road.

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