Posts by ed pointsman

  • Speaker: Seeking Democracy 2.0,

    Fair enough. Not sure that I agree with the functional equivalence. People's experience (engagement with) of something can be radically different from it's operation. Transforming the latter does not necessarily translate to the former - think of all the relaunched websites that still__suck...

    Also, engagement with government is falling around the world. Voter turnouts in western democracies are in decline (I think we are an exception), so 10 years to __transform that engagement sounds realistic, no?

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Seeking Democracy 2.0,

    From what I can see Clarke, there is no mention of a 2012 goal in the 2003 Strategy: where did you pick this up?

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  • Speaker: You are what you eat,

    handsome...thoroughly charming

    ...and well on your way to becoming a huge fat bastard.

    Geez, was there anything left over there by the time you flew out??

    Your gustatory powers, Che, are positively mythic.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: I have aspirations going,

    Is it just me, or did anyone else who read the transcript of the speech and is ploughing their way through Hollow Men shudder as they worked their way down the page: all the 'buttons' or 'levers' were in place:

    * economy: don't scare the horses
    * maori: kiss and make up
    * environment: ditto with the tree-huggers

    Who wrote this stuff, Dale Carnegie?

    If you can fake sincerity, you have got it made

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Citizen Key,

    William Godwin?

    The founder of philosophical anarchism?

    "argued that government is a corrupting force in society, perpetuating dependence and ignorance, but that it will be rendered increasingly unnecessary and powerless by the gradual spread of knowledge."

    Mike might be right - but Bill obviously has something to add to the conversation...

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Citizen Key,

    When we are holding Laws up as a (good) example my guess is the thread is starting to seriously unravel...

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Of course it's about the book,

    Deborah Coddington blames Brash's wife.

    heh

    ...and Deborah Hill Cone calls her courageous?

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Citizen Key,

    Craig,

    My argument was that Key is (apparently) as rich as Croesus and yet still keen on accumulating more. Greed is a very unattractive trait in anyone, let alone someone who aspires to lead this country.

    You respond by saying: everyone is doing it (which may be true), but doesn't really deal to my point - hence is disingenuous.

    And I agree completely with your point about those who choose to enter political life and bemoan the consequent pay cut. I would add that (not from personal experience, alas) for some, power is far more attractive than cash - particularly once you are already rolling in the stuff...

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Citizen Key,

    Craig,

    Isn't it a little disingenuous to defend John's actions by saying "they are all the same"? John is, financially, in quite a different league than your average backbencher.

    And the concept of leadership material is, for me, predicated in differentiation from 'any other party leader,' not similarity.

    wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 12 posts Report Reply

  • Island Life: Citizen Key,

    A superficial as I am, my opinion of Key was formed when he was busted copping the 'living away from home' allowance...

    Here is a guy worth, what? a metric shitload in any currency, and he is hitting the taxpayer up for a couple extra hundred a week?

    And this is leadership material? Sheesh.

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