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  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Not The Messiah,

    I just had a look at that site. What a great idea.

    Sign up for updates from them. Also worth checking out (same young folks organising it) is Action Station;

    http://www.actionstation.org.nz/

    Again, sign up for updates from them. And tell your friends!!!!!

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Not The Messiah,

    John Campbell seems to be the only Media entity out there that gives a damn.

    We purposefully watch One News and then flick over to Campbell Live at 7pm ON THE DOT. It's our way of 'digitally signalling' to TVNZ what a crap show they have in that time slot.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • Not The Messiah, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Done - Thanks for that.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Not The Messiah, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Good call on the digital signal...by chance mostly we do the same. I just can't stand Hosking and the lightweight frilly stuff they do on that show anyway.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Trevor Nicholls,

    Hosking acts as though ignorance is a virtue.

    Wellington, NZ • Since Nov 2006 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Sacha,

    riding the beams into town
    #localproduct

    The geeks for dummy's book, has a chapter on comment humor. I haven't figured it out yet.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    OWW , OWW, I got it.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

  • Jack Harrison,

    You know, they go about how two millionaires couldn’t buy a seat in 2014 but there is another millionaire whose party got given a seat, quite a valuable one and he will always be given it.

    Sometimes that seat has been crucial to the formation of government. Millionaires can buy seats, but just on the right.

    wellington • Since Aug 2014 • 296 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    The Nats took an overwhelming majority of the party votes there (nearly twice that of Labour) – another lie by the PM (?).

    Good thing it didn’t come out before the election. I have it on reliable authority that telling people stuff before they vote amounts to some kind of electoral sabotage.

    Interesting timing for such an OIA release, too, incidentally.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Not The Messiah,

    One of the strangest electorate voting results has to be Ohariu Belmont.
    Apart from being National's lapdog and voting accordingly what policies did he manage to get through Parliament in the last term?

    There was his f....d up Psychoactive Substances Bill.
    It was only after Campbell Live ran story after story on this insidious shit did he finally pull the plug on it. The amount of personal damage this bill caused was devastating and sickening. Did he care...Only when the heat got too much.
    I believe he intends on reintroducing an amended version of this bill again this term. What a dangerous experiment again.

    He introduced the Student Loan Amendment Bill targeting students who haven't or can't repay their enormous student debts and have escaped the country to avoid repayment. Ok these debts are substantial. He has looked at revoking their passports. Shaky ground there.

    Oh yes he had to resign over the GCSB leak, refused to release emails that may have proved his innocence and got caught out unwisely trying to get " friendly " with Andrea Vance.

    And Ohariu Belmont votes him back in again. Oh dear oh dear. What are they smoking or popping there.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Dismal Soyanz, in reply to Mike Graham,

    in many respects the pattern hasn’t changed much from the previous election.

    The leftward rotation of the Labour electorates is very noticeable. Great graph.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2010 • 310 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Oh yes he had to resign over the GCSB leak

    How come resignation only means until the television forgets.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4414 posts Report Reply

  • Not The Messiah, in reply to steven crawford,

    Maybe John needed his shoe licking shitzu back again.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Katharine Moody, in reply to Not The Messiah,

    There was his f….d up Psychoactive Substances Bill.

    You might not have realised that his son (James Dunne), now a partner with Chen Palmer, was the lead lawyer lobbying his Dad on behalf of the synthetic cannabis importers;

    http://www.chenpalmer.com/people/james-dunne/

    However according to Peter - they never discussed it;

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/9985816/Dunne-legal-high-conflict-examined

    How convenient the Cabinet office found no conflict of interest. More Dirty Politics, I suspect.

    Wellington • Since Sep 2014 • 798 posts Report Reply

  • izogi, in reply to Not The Messiah,

    And Ohariu Belmont votes him back in again. Oh dear oh dear. What are they smoking or popping there.

    I suspect there’s a fairly close correlation with demographics. Checking out the Herald’s compilation for Ohariu, there definitely seems to be a marked difference in preference depending on which booths you look at. For anyone who knows Ohariu, the huge swings in his favour were specifically around Khandallah and Churton Park/Glenside, where Dunne won individual booths by many hundreds at a time. Other areas like Johnsonville, Ngaio around to Wadestown, and most of Tawa were usually at most 50/50, if not significantly in Anderson’s favour. Cross the motorway to Newlands and Anderson’s convincingly taking every polling booth except the one nearest to Mark Avenue which is a new development with different characteristics.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 1139 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Trevor Nicholls,

    Hosking acts as though ignorance is a virtue.

    WAR IS PEACE.
    FREEDOM IS SLAVERY.
    IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Jack Harrison,

    Sometimes that seat has been crucial to the formation of government. Millionaires can buy seats, but just on the right.

    Colin Craig counts as centre-Rightish in my view.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Not The Messiah,

    And Ohariu Belmont votes him back in again. Oh dear oh dear. What are they smoking or popping there.

    It's more a case of those who voted for the Ohariu Labour & Green candidates either not grasping tactical voting, or being blindly tribalistic in their voting. Same goes for Epsom. This is despite the Green candidate in Ohariu, and the Labour & Green candidates in Epsom, not actively going for the electorate vote.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5430 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to Richard Grevers,

    “Dad just died!”
    “Oh dear, do you you need me to contact a funeral director?”
    “No, a real estate agent, we only have ninety days to sell the house!”

    Ok, I know that it won’t really be like that, as it would have to date from probate being granted at the earliest. And, unless the timeframe is really generous like 12-18 months, it makes whether or not you pay CGT at the whim of the property market in your time and location. Doer-uppers in Lumsden are probably slow to sell.

    As I understand it it is two years in Australia. That would be fine. As I said, Cunliffe’s comment about 90 days, or one month or whatever, was poor. He, they, really needed a more detailed understanding of their own tax policy given that it was a *new tax policy* and a key difference between National and Labour and bound to come under scrutiny. It’s not like they don’t have a lot of models around the world they can look to, and it’s not like they weren’t already planning a CGT in their previous campaign.

    Building the case for “why I very strongly considered voting for Labour, but then didn’t” is fairly easy. There’s the problem, I guess.

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Parks, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    “The absurdity of it is that the Greens are barely more left than Labour.”

    I would say they were to the right of Labour, in a traditional sense, because the power behind the Greens are the children of the comfortable middle classes that have the time to care about the subjective, whereas traditional Labour supporters are the struggling poor and the exploited workers. Its a Class thing.

    Yeah that could be fair, in the sense that you mean. I was thinking of it more in terms of a lining each party’s policies up against each other kind of way – tick box politics if you will.

    (Not sure what you mean by “have the time to care about the subjective”.)

    Wellington • Since May 2007 • 1164 posts Report Reply

  • Not The Messiah, in reply to Katharine Moody,

    Yes I did know that..makes it even more stinky. Wonder what Geoffrey thinks of it all. and does he still vote Labour? Ms. Chen seems out on the Right.
    I guess lawyers will represent anybody for the money and there would have been lots of that on offer.

    Auckland • Since Sep 2014 • 38 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    I gotta say this having to vote tactically is a mad game, and plays into the 'systems are for gaming' paradigm rather than having a system that lets you follow your heart and head.

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7944 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    It’s more a case of those who voted for the Ohariu Labour & Green candidates either not grasping tactical voting, or being blindly tribalistic in their voting.

    Or, to float a completely cray-cray idea, they actually voted for the candidate they thought would have been the best Member of Parliament out of the candidates on offer. (I don't know because of that tiresome secret ballot thing, and neither do you.) If you want to bitch someone, why don't you piss on the parties who put them on the ballot in the first place instead of condescending to voters in a manner I'm beginning to find rather obnoxious.

    I'm really sorry a plurality of voters didn't put their ticks where you'd prefer they do, but welcome to my world in 1999, 2002 and 2005. It happens; I hope everyone gets through their grieving process soon.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12370 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Campbell,

    Ian: FPP causes you do do that, if I changed anything I'd do an STV for local electorate elections

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2622 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Not The Messiah,

    There was his f….d up Psychoactive Substances Bill.
    It was only after Campbell Live ran story after story on this insidious shit did he finally pull the plug on it. The amount of personal damage this bill caused was devastating and sickening. Did he care…Only when the heat got too much.

    I'm sorry but that's bollocks. Synthetic cannabis was available for sale for years before the bill and for just over one year in a regulated regime under the bill. All kinds of things were screwed up in the execution of the law -- and basically, synthetic cannabinoids were a very poor candidate for regulated sale in the first place. But the idea that it only arrived with the Psychoactive Substances Bill is nonsense.

    I believe he intends on reintroducing an amended version of this bill again this term. What a dangerous experiment again.

    No, he isn't. The amendment bill in May got rid of the interim regime and got straight to the "all psychoactive substances are illegal until proven low-risk" stage. Hopefully the MoH will manage to introduce basic things like proper product-testing if and when a product passes the approval process.

    There's also a major review of the Misuse of Drugs Act coming up. I'm not very hopeful of the Law Commission's recommendations being followed, sadly.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22834 posts Report Reply

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