Posts by Sam M

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Hmph, autocorrect. Turei!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Unrelated to Turei, but I have long thought and agreed with the following

    This is, of course, something that may be shifted along with the technologies that don’t forget. It may well be that right now on Snapchat some future Prime Minister is doing or saying something that would be disqualifying for a political career in 2017. Perhaps we’ll all become more forgiving in the future.

    I think as a species, we will have to become more forgiving of each others' foibles as they are played out more in public. I don't think human nature will change and I don't think technology is going anywhere, so the only viable alternative seems to me to be that we all just accept that young (and not so young) people do stupid stuff and it ends up on the internet and should be ignored.

    The sooner we get there the better. Of course, this is different to the main topic of today's discussion!

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to Hebe,

    however the way has been done will inflict massive damage on the Green Party's prospects in this election.

    And with it the entire Left

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That escalated quickly ..., in reply to Russell Brown,

    Agreed! Awesome first up effort, especially given lack of preparation time.

    I loved the fact that they had obviously already decided on the 'tone' they wanted for the campaign. Aspirational and optimistic. She was beaming from the get go which was, initially, a little jarring given the circumstances but made more and more sense as she transitioned from talking about Andrew to talking about Labour, its policies and its future.

    Good work. On that performance, I am likely to be won back from the TOP Party and may even volunteer! Now, just make sure the policies are truly progressive!

    Let's do this

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That escalated quickly ..., in reply to Russell Brown,

    I wonder whether there is a perception driven by their 'fiscal responsibility' (or whatever it is called) position that all of their policies are not much more than tinkering around the edges but continuing within the same basic fiscal envelope that the right has defined as being acceptable...

    Or perhaps it is just me.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: That escalated quickly ...,

    Your list of labour policies is interesting. I'm an engaged left leaning voter and I would have struggled to articulate what Labour stands for at the moment beyond changing the government. What I want to hear is WHY and at this stage in the game it will need to be delivered rather passionately!

    Good luck to Jacinda. I would love nothing more than a Labour led government to be back in power, but I share your earlier assessment - she seems a little underdone. Time will tell.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: With regard to place, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Is that right (all the way to Mangere Bridge)? I hadn't realised you could get that far. That is quite something.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: With regard to place,

    This may not be the place to ask, but does anyone know what is going on with the path from this bit through to New Lynn? It is on the Council AT Website as a project but there has been no updates for over a year and no progress that I can see at all.

    I've been looking forward to this opening, but mainly as part of the continuing network of paths for commuters - in my case from Titirangi to town. It still feels like such slow progress.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Budget 2017: How do we get…, in reply to Paul Conway,

    Isn't the answer to make both labour and capital more expensive? That way, owners of capital are incentivised to ensure it is put to the most productive use.

    Increase the minimum wage, resume more meaningful protections for workers and move to taxes on capital assets.

    I'm interested in the fact we are less productive than Australia. The unions are much stronger there...

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Budget 2017: How do we get…, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Yep. But in reality isn't that what we need (I'm a house owner too!).

    If you think of housing, fundamentally, as a human need (shelter) and therefore a cost rather than an asset in which to measure wealth, then you would want them as cheap as possible.

    Even if you accept there is some benefit to housing as a store of some wealth, the fact they have got so out of whack on real terms vs incomes means they need to come back some surely. No politician is willing to take that line.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 71 posts Report Reply

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