Posts by william blake

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    As the protege of English, Collins, Bennett et.al. Barclay must have talked about recording or taping his staff with someone with knowledge of the law. So it would be reasonable to assume that someone in the office was committing a crime to warrant such a drastic measure, why else expose yourself to the risks involved? Does anyone know if it is still illegal to set a recording device to catch a crim? Otherwise what, paranoia?

    Since Mar 2010 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    "I don't think of itself it is damaging. These sorts of issues arise commonly in politics, and this one has been dealt with I think pretty decisively. Principally because of the decision by Mr Barclay to stand down." Bill English.

    Yes, no, no, er yes.

    Since Mar 2010 • 324 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!,

    Mays’ sociopathic rant re. terrorism being mitigated by getting rid of the UN human rights convention, probably did more harm than good, in preaching to the isolationist choir. Locking people up with no evidence does flag your party as fascist and gives swing and ‘missing’ voters something to vote against.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: The price of imprisonment, in reply to DeepRed,

    'The house I live in' (2012) outlines how so many black Americans are incarcerated and the rise of entire towns that exist solely because of private prisons. A collision of twisted drug laws, racism and capitalism.

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  • Hard News: Drugs and why Dunne did it, in reply to Matthew Hooton,

    hasn’t this been a massive slow u-turn by Peter Dunne?

    Hmn..only if decriminalisation of of all unregulated drugs is in direct conflict with Dunnes’ alcohol and tobacco interests.

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  • Hard News: Drugs and why Dunne did it, in reply to Ross Bell,

    Plus investment in health interventions.

    I can see centrist governments going Californian and taxing the drugs but meaningful investment is rehab is unlikely with the current decreases of investment in the public sector.

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?,

    Owls already took that one.

    Yeah I know but do politicians deserve to be associated with wise owls?

    how about a battery of dildos?

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  • Up Front: What's the Big Idea?,

    Collective noun of dildi: a parliament.

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  • Hard News: Friday Music: Things to know,

    The only musical argument this week was if Alison Krauss' version of dreaming is better than this one.

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  • Hard News: Media Take: We need to talk…,

    I'm not buying the binary; legalise pot so we can concentrate criminal efforts on P.
    So cannabis is everywhere but you can't buy it at a tinny house, eh? I suspect pot is a musohippy thing and P is a fuckitgenrent thing. I would be following the drug foundations approach to any drug use, namely any drug can fuck up your life, use needs care and friendly criticism and support. Legalise all drugs and get rid of the black market, legal sanctions and social stigma that interfere with a healthy attitude to recreational drug use.

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