Posts by Nick Russell

  • Hard News: A thundering clash of, in reply to Euan Mason,

    Yeah, I still don't get why Metiria has been hung out to dry over this but Bill English gets a free pass.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Labour must be fuming. Right now, this looks like the greatest act of Green sabotage on Labour since the Seeds of Distrust fiasco in 2002. Just when National was pondering how on earth they were going to attack Jacinda Ardern without looking like bullies, Metiria has given them a nice big stick and invited them to go for it.

    Go read Kiwiblog if you don't believe me. They think Christmas just arrived.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Yeah. One reason the Government has become so utterly tone deaf and arrogant (cf Alfred Ngaro and Nicky Wagner) is because the Opposition is letting them get away with it. It wasn't always like this. Ask Aaron Gilmore.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    Now if only Labour could stop throwing themselves under the bus

    Not bloody likely. They'll find a way of letting National off the hook, one way or another.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to simon g,

    Nope. Looks like he is going to try to tough it out.

    Pass the popcorn...

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    If you are counting up the indictments on the arrogance in Government charge sheet, don't forget that Alfred Ngaro was caught accidentally saying what he really thinks about NGOs who dare to criticise the Government.

    The point is not that all of these things happened. Rather, it is that the Government is not sufficiently bothered to do anything much about of any of them. And that is the real evidence of a Government that has been in office too long, I reckon.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Access: Being Inconvenient, in reply to izogi,

    I don't know, I think the "sorry if you were offended" type apology, or non-apology, can actually be quite useful sometimes. First, it allows the person who originally made the comment, or their supporter, to say that they have apologised and want to move on. Then, when they are called out for the non-apology they can claim victim status ("it's a pile on! I'm being demonised!"). And overall, the half-heartedness of it conveys very accurately how little the person cares.

    Underpinning all this is the assumption that the person who gives offence should care about giving offence. And often they don't very much. It's a particular problem for politicians who will always be skeptical of whether other people's offence is genuine or manufactured for some short term political advantage. If they don't believe the offence is genuine, the apology won't be genuine. And offence over things people say on Twitter etc is a very plentiful commodity. No real risk of a shortage there.

    None of which is any help at all to someone who is in fact genuinely outraged by something somebody says. But at least in this case they know that the Minister is sorry enough to bother making a cursory apology but probably not sorry enough to mean it, and that that is good enough for the Government. That's valuable information with an election coming up.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Rugby Now, in reply to Tom Semmens,

    I have been whinging loudly about the decision to cancel the daily Fanpass service. That was great - pay your $15 to watch a rugby or cricket match, no ongoing commitment to 75 channels of dross which I just don't want and won't pay for. A great way to get to casual fans who are unable or unwilling to take up a full subscription. Obviously it was too good to last. Sky seem to want all or nothing from viewers. How's that working out for them?

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: How StuffMe looked from the regions, in reply to Sacha,

    I have such a hard time caring about any of this. Have a plan, have 20, the more the merrier. Knock yourself out. But the idea that a borderline large city, which is what Auckland is becoming, will ever really fix its sewers or transport or anything else is ludicrous. Has Simon Wilson ever lived anywhere else? Because every city has these problems and many others. They are never really fixed. Perfection never arrives, only a series of botched compromises and dealing with those is part of the charm of living in a city.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: How StuffMe looked from the regions,

    Meanwhile, on the Spinoff...

    https://thespinoff.co.nz/auckland/04-05-2017/hey-bill-english-its-time-to-champion-auckland/

    I think the perceived view from Auckland and its champions in the media (for which read most of the broadcast and online media) is that Auckland is terribly important and the rest of the country is jolly lucky to have it, so we should be endlessly fascinated about their house prices and traffic jams and crime stories and local government and public transport and sports stadiums. We should be happily handing over colossal quantities of tax revenue to improve life for all who live there. Because really, isn't that better for everyone?

    Sarc aside, local print media, National radio and a diminishing number of truly local radio stations are basically all you have left outside Auckland. I suspect a lot of regions would be far better served if they had truly independent media like the ODT which did not exist primarily as a funnel to transfer money to shiny towers with views of the Waitemata harbour.

    Wellington • Since Jul 2008 • 97 posts Report Reply

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