I went away for the weekend, returned to find this thread was top of the recents list and thought damn, how did I miss it. Relieved to discover it's last year's thread.
Rob is clearly trying to get an unfair advantage for this year's competition.
I was 5, living in Edinburgh, and JFK was shot. I remember reading the front page of the newspaper - my parents never bought the newspaper but they did that day.
The Nats might be a more effective opposition than they were a government. Let's hope they have time to get used to it.
He must be skirting close to treason at the moment.
Depends whether your disloyalty is to the Constitution or the President.
I don't think it's ignorance. It's spin doctoring. It's trying to put another column on record for the idea that National still has a moral authority to be the government.
if it were to mean that many people's first election was when they were still in a school environment
got to eliminate the charter schools first then!
The parties really have no case for objecting to a version of MMP which returns one MP for a party based on a no-threshold party vote, because right up until the 2017 election they have shown themselves perfectly happy to make accommodations that produce one electorate MP for a party that fails the party vote test.
Patronising claptrap from somebody called Stacey who has apparently earned an opinion column in Stuff: https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/97367387/stacey-kirk-honour-above-the-environment-greens-hold-a-deck-of-aces-theyre-refusing-to-play
While the Greens remain stubbornly ignorant of what they could gain from National, a deal won't work.
I don't know why she couldn't write "While the Greens are aware of what they could gain from National, they also recognise that a deal won't work and so are not offering one." Except that wouldn't make the Greens look stupid or stubborn, which is the impression I think she wants to put across...
So keeping the Greens happy is the price of keeping National in power.
But getting National out of power is the price of giving the country a sustainable future.
Fairly easy calculation if you are genuinely supportive of green issues, I'd have thought.