Posts by linger

  • Legal Beagle: A submission on the…,

    It isn't clear that MPs necessarily "betray their electors" by leaving the party for which they were elected. The "electoral contract" may be mediated by the party, but to the extent that a list MP has sufficient individual support to have contributed towards the party support, then the "contract" is (also) between the electors and the individual MP.
    Moreover, that "contract" needs some protection against the possibility of a party suddenly changing direction after an election sufficiently to alienate its own MPs, whether list or electorate (cf. Jim Anderton vs. 1980s Labour).
    The problem is simply that for list MPs (unlike electorate MPs) we have no reliable way of apportioning that support between party and MP.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Harkanwal Singh: What really…, in reply to mark taslov,

    Is “migrant worker” someone who has come to NZ short-term for work, or someone following a job from place to place within NZ? In either case, it’s not clear we can generalise from their behaviour to the “culture” of a nation or of their current workplace.
    Better evidence for "workplace culture" would be coworkers’/supervisors’ response to that behaviour.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…,

    Note the potential for abuse involved in connecting these dots:

    early assertive social interventions based on statistical data

    -->

    “convicted” on a balance of probabilities

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: We are, at last, navigating…, in reply to Michael Meyers,

    the Minister was “just taking advice”

    equates to, just taking the advice she wanted to hear,
    and ignoring all evidence to the contrary.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Protecting privilege in Epsom, in reply to Russell Brown,

    the local residents are quite capable of scaremongering themselves

    though as the local residents constitute the largest concentration of Act (in effect, Seymour) voters in NZ*, that is not necessarily an independent data point.

    * ignoring DWTS (or did people just vote to prolong his embarrassment?)

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Loops and Diamonds, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Not impossible if the power is diverted to propellers, though the end result would barely be recognisable as a bicycle, cf. the entirely human-powered Gossamer Albatross in 1979.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Loops and Diamonds,

    P.S. As it happens, my main bike got stolen from home two weeks ago. Like most mechanical contrivances my father has had a hand in, it was assembled from odd second-hand parts, repurposed materials, and a considerable amount of luck, but somehow it stayed on the road for decades, and I was used to its little idiosyncrasies. I heartily wish the thief personally experiences all of the mechanical breakdowns it’s overdue for. Though I suspect they’ve just stripped it for parts, which would annoy me even more.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Loops and Diamonds,

    Possibly an idiot question, but given what "AA" actually stands for, it's not immediately obvious: how can one become an AA member if only a cyclist without any driver's license?

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: The remarkable rise of…,

    How does the pendulum swing back from polarised politics and fragmented world views? This does not seem like something that can self-correct.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Real Victims, Here,

    Similarly, when setting up mental health support for victims of sexual harassment, it's probably desirable to create a safe space for women for that purpose; but that doesn't mean there are not also male victims.

    In both cases, there may be some unintended consequences -- siloing, marginalisation of minorities, barriers to wider sharing of relevant experience -- but there are also important reasons for doing it that way.

    Tokyo • Since Apr 2007 • 1790 posts Report Reply

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