...the cool thing about TOP policy's on the web, is that they ask for feedback. They want to know what we want.
I can just picture him & Plunket - "Kitchee-koo, you unwashed tree huggers."
Are there any other tricks to handling American-sourced data (oh, other than their idiosyncratic date order convention)?
Duhhh, 2d animation standards are specified in decimal inches, i.e. 10 inches between background registration peg centres. Hollywood never really felt the need for the metric system. Most US art supply stores can do a ruler graduated in tenths of an inch, though they'll fall about laughing if you mention a rubber when you mean an eraser.
If Metiria really was motivated by altruism, that was fairly unencumbered by her own desire to score politically, she could always go out there as the lawyer she is, and do some human rights work. Possibly in the defence of people on benefits, who get pushed around by bullies.
That question asked on Backbenchers about Robin Hood, reminded me how the Tops party would like to see superannuation beneficiaries means tested, then money that rich old people don’t need, transferred to children who do need it.
"He steals from the poor, and gives to the rich, stupid bitch."
This is not something that Greg O'Connor personally supports. He said that only in his capacity as President of the Police Association...
Thanks for that Matthew, I'm somewhat reassured to read that and stand corrected.
So, Finlay, the poor of this country would have been better served than by the likes of Metiria fessing up the way she did. Oh Really !!!!!! BY WHO?
Apart from the token bleeding heart "poor are always with us" window dressing, Macdonald's contribution to the pile-on is the kind of thing I'd have expected from Karl du Fresne. Describing Turei's supporters as "mewling" only demonstrates what Kiwiblog-style toxicity has reduced things to since Macdonald's Listener heyday.
The Green Party installed Materia Turei as there co-leader rather than Sue Bradford, who had been seriously working on social welfare. It’s anyone guess why that happened. I guess, they felt like haveing a “rebrand”.
"In 2009 Sue Bradford ran unsuccessfully against Metiria Turei to replace Jeanette Fitzsimons for the co-leadership of the Green Party. On 25 September 2009, Bradford announced her intention to resign as a Member of Parliament in late October, citing her disappointment at the loss and wish to take new directions,"
It's a strange mix of social liberal 'evidence-based' and radical market.
It seems to be a feature of the petty personality cults that NZ politics throws up. Like Greg O'Connor, whose "progressive" attitude on drug law reform is touted as so compelling that we're encouraged to forget that given the chance he'd arm the police tomorrow.
the likes of Gareth Morgan
In the mid-90s I met a prosperous though mildly malcontented tradie who told me that voting was a waste of time. What the country needed was "the Warehouse guy telling us what to do". Around a decade later when our paths crossed again I asked if he still felt that way. He informed me that my recollection was wrong, what he'd advocated, and still stood by, was having "the TradeMe guy" run things.
While I was tempted to argue that TradeMe hadn't been around at the time of our earlier meeting I decided that it was better to accept nature's jewels as they were offered. If we meet again I might ask if he'd settle for the TradeMe guy's dad.
Share an Idea was a world-leading piece of civic engagement. Not every part of that Council was incompetent. Makes Brownlee's utter betrayal of the initiative even worse.
When none of the intended benefits ever materialised, who's to say that the 'award' wasn't just a form of circle-jerkery? A quick search reveals that Share an Idea still looks good on a few online CVs from back then, but that's about it.
While Council staff may have laboured in good faith on the project, at least they were compensated. Unlike the trusting citizenry whose submissions, given for no reward, were supposedly what Share an Idea was all about.