Posts by Joe Wylie

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to nzlemming,

    If you had a process for dismissing members on allegation of wrongdoing, it would be chaos with allegations being made every 5 minutes.

    Richard Worth's exit seems an interesting example of how the Nats have handled such things. Word at the time was that his real crime was to presume that his Party grandee status entitled him to tell Key where to stick it. While the allegations that ended his political career were never proven, they achieved their purpose without having to proceed that far.

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  • Speaker: Seeking out the Spomeniks,

    He's a bee keeper from Slovenia.

    Dang, did you get any beehive shots? Slovenia's the beehive art capital of the world, ffs!

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  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to izogi,

    Shouldn't parties be explaining to voters how they're going to make it so their MPs and Ministers can't get away with the kind of stuff that Barclay's being accused of?

    I don't recall too much of that during the long, slow and often faltering pursuit of "Taito" Philip Field. There seemed to be extended periods where, apart from Lockwood Smith's dogged persistance, the old horror appeared set to brazen the whole thing out thanks to a lazy opposition.

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  • Hard News: Grenfell: a signal moment, in reply to Bevan Shortridge,

    Here is a long form, eloquent interview with Joe Delaney, one of the residents from the Grenfell building.

    Phenomenal. Thanks so much for that.

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  • Hard News: Grenfell: a signal moment, in reply to Rich Lock,

    There is talk that the cladding was added purely for cosmetic reasons - private tenants in surrounding properies didn't like the look of the Grenfell Tower, so the cladding was added.

    Potemkin village.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!, in reply to BenWilson,

    It's a huge deal. It's insane in a democracy to have had so little public debate of the detail. But I think it's a society that literally does actually not have a strong idea of what it wants at all.

    Except for the young people who "really, really don't want it"? Seriously, I agree with most of what you say, with the exception that without digging rather deeper into how things came to be in such a mess there seems little point in further scolding a justifiably cynical electorate that's heard it all before. Right now I'm finding this helpful.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!, in reply to BenWilson,

    Far less important than the immediate future of the country was solidifying support internally and talking domestic agenda. That's how dysfunctional the political system has become, that not publicly debating the most crucial issue of the time, and then shaving in with a narrow loss is being heralded as a fucking revolution.

    Wasn't Brexit the "most crucial issue of the time" du jour simply because May and her media enablers decreed it? In light of the unprecedented voter turnout I'd have thought that a little more reflection on why what seems an arbitrary rule was ignored wouldn't hurt. For a media establishment long used to setting the terms of manufactured "debates" before calling time on them at their own convenience, losing that kind of control probably does pass for evidence that things have turned to dysfunctional custard. How dare those pesky kids.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I think Jeremy Corbyn may be the PM of the UK by Xmas. I want to be the fly on the wall when he meets Trump…Oh, to live a real democracy with real, mass membership parties.

    Your occasional number one local political mancrush hasn't exactly rushed to volunteer to have Jezza's baby.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    No Little or Turei

    Hey my bad - Metiria Turei gives it a go and, unlike some of the heavyweight-ranked punditry, at least avoids setting herself up for posterity to make a prize goose of.

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  • Hard News: Interesting Britain!, in reply to DeepRed,

    ...Little, Turei and Shaw.

    Local political worthies offer their $0.02 on Corbyn, c. November 2015. No Little or Turei, though Shaw gives it a surprisingly decent shot. Dunne manages to banish any doubt that he sees things in any other terms than self-serving careerism.

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