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  • Alfie, in reply to Lucy Telfar Barnard,

    My interest in the Labour Party just died a little further.

    Same here I'm afraid. I don't know Andrew Little at all so this is only my gut feeling, but I was hoping Labour might choose someone intelligent and articulate with a sense of humour. Someone capable of giving Key a run for his money. While Mr Little doesn't immediately seem to offer any of those qualitites, I hope that time proves me wrong.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Alfie,

    Back to the Sutton story... former CERA communications adviser Tina Nixon knows both parties and calls the resignation performance a "breathtaking PR snow job". She questions whether "people really think that a hug was what it was all about".

    The woman at the centre of the incident had done more for the post-earthquake Christchurch community "than many people I know", Ms Nixon said.

    She criticised the State Services Commission for its "useless" investigation into the claims, especially after the complainant had "jeopardised her career" by laying them in the first place. "I for one have no confidence in their ability to conduct any unbiased inquiry after today," said Ms Nixon.

    There's a lot more to this story than is being told publicly.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to ,

    Hence, the talk about ditching policy’s that thay them selves have argued, are important.

    His view was that voters showed their policies didn't get any support and hence the situation they ended up in and therefore he was choosing to listen to the people. A herald column by Isaac Davison gives some insight into Andrew Little
    I also suspect he will be a strong advocate for workers rights and his legal degree has already helped towards assault victims having better rights. He might just have the smarts required to go up against all the other Lawyers in Nactional.
    I'm not into personality politics so refuse to believe they have lost the plot before they started. I'm happy to let him make his way and see what becomes of Labour here on in. I don't give a shit whether he's conservative or flamboyant but I would never have either of that as a prerequisite to do the job. sheesh.

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

  • Alfie,

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    s/he didn’t have to take a settlement of their arrangement

    if she wanted any further public sector jobs. The power imbalance is high. Hence expectations that senior CEOs behave impeccably.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Sacha, in reply to Alfie,

    Thank you. Was about to link to that. Is the sort of journalism we've been sorely missing.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19745 posts Report

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    Another fascinating insight, courtesy of NZ Computerworld's Darren Greenwood, written at the time the Employment Relations Act was being passed nearly 15 years ago.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5446 posts Report

  • nzlemming, in reply to Sacha,

    How much of that culture is coming from their new Minister?

    To be fair, that's always been their culture. One of the problems with the public service is the SSC. And it's structural as well as cultural. They don't actually do anything, except appoint CEOs.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2937 posts Report

  • nzlemming, in reply to Alfie,

    More Sutton, and Andrea Vance absolutely nails it.

    My respect for Vance grows with every article she writes.

    Waikanae • Since Nov 2006 • 2937 posts Report

  • Alfie,

    There's another good piece from Andrea Vance in today's SST which contrasts nicely with some of the more sycophantic articles like this one which have been published by the Press in Sutton's home town.

    Dunedin • Since May 2014 • 1440 posts Report

  • NSA,



    The Secret Life of Kim Dotcom: Spies, Lies and the War for the Internet can be purchased here.

    Fort Meade, MD • Since Sep 2014 • 34 posts Report

  • Angela Hart,

    Some powerful double speak by Bill English on the Nation today. Did you know this government is the most transparent we've ever had?

    I thought Bill had qualms but he must have been treated for them.

    Christchurch • Since Apr 2014 • 614 posts Report

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