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Hard News: Will the grown-ups ever arrive home?

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  • Sacha, in reply to Craig Ranapia,

    So what the hell does it take for Currie to be put on permanent gardening leave until his contract runs out?

    so wish I knew.
    We all deserve real journalism.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to EE,

    How about comparing him to a dose of the clap

    Before he arrives is pleasure, but after is a pain in the dong.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2931 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Clown 'Prince' taints Crown Prince...
    The curse of Key is strong - no sooner had he met the Saudi's Crown Prince Muqrin when the prince was 'removed'

    Earlier, he woke to the news that Saudi's Crown Prince Muqrin had been removed overnight, only hours after they met. "It wasn't obvious when I had dinner if he did know about it. He seemed in a great mood."

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/world/middle-east/68151195/john-key-chows-down-to-conclude-gulf-states-visits
    and
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/apr/29/saudi-arabias-crown-prince-dismissed

    Sadly, it seems Key could have 'thrown babies out of incubators' in Kuwait and still be loved at home it seems...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7939 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Earlier, he woke to the news that Saudi’s Crown Prince Muqrin had been removed overnight, only hours after they met. “It wasn’t obvious when I had dinner if he did know about it. He seemed in a great mood.”

    It used to be suggested that, after the latest Argentinian junta had been overthrown and a certain general or three hadn’t been seen in public for a while, one should carefully check the contents of canned corned beef from those parts for a telltale human navel or similar. I wonder what the Saudi equivalent might be?

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4592 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming,

    Speaking of children in need parental supervision, is anyone tuned into this Ben Rachinger thing. Seems so very crazy.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2931 posts Report Reply

  • Alfie, in reply to nzlemming,

    Speaking of children in need parental supervision, is anyone tuned into this Ben Rachinger thing. Seems so very crazy.

    It seems quite surreal.

    Here's one blogger's summary of the story so far.

    The extended version from the man himself.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1433 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    How can you "remove" a prince? They are the elect of god, or so monarchists tell us?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Johnny Canuck, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    It's a bit like public opinion polling around "which Windsor should be next" to inherit the throne(s) of the UK and commonwealth realms. The whole point of a monarchy is that public opinion is irrelevant and the public doesn't get a say.

    Plus what would happen if Tuvalu preferred Wills while the traditionalists in Belize preferred Charles, and the non-conformists in PNG opted for Viscount Severn?

    Vancouver BC • Since Feb 2013 • 25 posts Report Reply

  • Alex Coleman, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    #NotALLmonarchists.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 247 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    How can you “remove” a prince? They are the elect of god, or so monarchists tell us?

    Ask Edward VIII. Or Charles I, if you want to remove all risk of a Pretender...

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2931 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Johnny Canuck,

    Plus what would happen if Tuvalu preferred Wills while the traditionalists in Belize preferred Charles, and the non-conformists in PNG opted for Viscount Severn?

    Theoretically, we could do this, as the authority of the Crown in NZ derives from the people and Parliament could change the laws of succession as they apply to NZ. It's more likely that we would got to a republic than this occurring, I think. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarchy_of_New_Zealand

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2931 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to Johnny Canuck,

    what would happen if Tuvalu preferred Wills while the traditionalists in Belize preferred Charles

    Same as when William IV (king of the UK and of Hanover (Germany)) was succeeded by Victoria in the UK but by Ernest Augustus I in Hanover, where women could not take the throne.

    That sort of thing used to happen quite a bit as kings dropped and picked up territories. At one point the King of Spain ruled Spain itself, Belgium, bits of Northern Italy and a road between them.

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz, in reply to nzlemming,

    We had a chance to divide the succession a couple of years ago, with the Royal Succession Bill, which, in conflict with the (modern) NZBORA and our traditions of not having an established church, continues to deny Catholics the throne.

    I notice that in the midst of the questionably sober bullshit from MPs on the last day of the session (who elected these people?) they never got a report from the Attorney General on its compliance with BORA. I wonder if, should a future Windsor convert to Catholicism and be denied the throne, the NZ succession could be challenged on human rights grounds?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 5550 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Withers,

    I first ran into Bob Jones back in the NZ Party days. He was often funny, but I rapidly found he tended to be an arrogant, petty, disrespectful misogynist. His columns are worth reading only because they provide insight into the minds and values of people like him. It's not pretty.....but it is good to better understand how they (often don't) think.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2008 • 312 posts Report Reply

  • nzlemming, in reply to Rich of Observationz,

    I wonder if, should a future Windsor convert to Catholicism and be denied the throne, the NZ succession could be challenged on human rights grounds?

    I imagine they're relaxed about it, just like all the other legislation they've passed that had negative BORA reports.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2931 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Steve Withers,

    .but it is good to better understand how they (often don't) think.

    I just told Chester Burrows to grow up in an article in the Taranaki Times. He left himself wide open. Insights indeed.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford,

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4411 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to steven crawford,

    Although I see that many people find him a pest, I do confess an admiration for someone or anyone like McCready, who makes a stand against what they perceive as an injustice. McCready is retired ,has the time and believes in trying to make a difference. That Amanda has chosen a different path is her choice and all the best for her.That Amanda has felt deceived before with Glucina, I am not surprised she has chosen to deal with things in her own way without outside influence other than which she chooses. It's my hope that they kick Key to the Curb. I hope both McCready and Amanda have success.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Although I see that many people find him a pest, I do confess an admiration for someone or anyone like McCready

    The Pike River families clearly found McCready's intrusion unwelcome.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4592 posts Report Reply

  • Rosemary McDonald, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    "....families wanted authorities to press charges once the mine had been re-entered and all evidence obtained rather than taking a private case."

    From back in the day when some actually still believed the promise to re-enter would be honoured.

    How many New Zealanders have had the wool removed from their eyes?

    Waikato, or on the road • Since Apr 2014 • 1344 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    From back in the day when some actually still believed the promise to re-enter would be honoured.

    As long as extending a measure of good faith appeared to offer a hope of real justice the Pike River families can hardly be blamed for holding to that course until the duplicity they’d been subjected to was clearly revealed. With genuine support they’ll hopefully still prevail. Meanwhile McCready has discovered fresh windmills to tilt at.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4592 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Rosemary McDonald,

    From back in the day when some actually still believed the promise to re-enter would be honoured.

    How many New Zealanders have had the wool removed from their eyes?

    And about time. I was always rather upset at how nice the families always appeared when all these promises were pie in the sky . Key hasn't changed any of his modus operandi from day one. Lies lies lies. So many lies.

    Maybe when this government is voted out, Chch residents will see good changes too. Whatever happened to the donations pledged from the public for Chch? Does anyone know?

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Meanwhile McCready has discovered fresh windmills to tilt at.

    He could be called a Public Cervantes...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7939 posts Report Reply

  • Roger Lacey, in reply to steven crawford,

    The privet prosecution attempt by the pathological guy...

    Getting rid of noxious weeds?

    Whatakataka Bay Surf Club… • Since Apr 2008 • 148 posts Report Reply

  • steven crawford, in reply to Roger Lacey,

    Getting rid of noxious weeds?

    That’s the problem. We ought not be releasing the pigs into the vegetable garden, just becouse they will eat the grubs.

    Atlantis • Since Nov 2006 • 4411 posts Report Reply

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