Posts by Rich of Observationz

  • Hard News: The new establishment, in reply to Henry Barnard,

    Well no, NZ citizens or permanent residents can just email.

    (I'm not sure why they even bothered putting those clauses into the Act about who has standing to make a request as they're so easily circumvented. If you were an overseas corporation, you'd just have a lawyer do it and I'm sure they do. I guess it just acts as a spam preventor).

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  • Hard News: The new establishment, in reply to izogi,

    But the same effect could have been achieved, just a bit more slowly, if a member of the Australian Labour Party had hopped on a plane and as a person who is in New Zealand lodged an OIA asking for Joyce's citizenship status, if any?

    They might not even need to do that - does the ALP have a branch in NZ, like the NZ Greens have a branch in London?

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  • Hard News: The new establishment, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    So does the husband of a dame get some sort of title?

    And what about David Furnish, who is the wife (or husband if he prefers) of a knight?

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  • Hard News: The new establishment, in reply to izogi,

    The details of anyone's citizenship isn't secret or private information as far as I'm aware. Certainly the register of births is a public document and consequently you can get an idea on anyone's status by birth or descent. I'd think it would be OIA-applicable for that reason?

    I'm opposed to the idea that dual citizenship should disqualify one from becoming a legislator, with the proviso that candidates must disclose their citizenships (along with any other material conflicts of interest) on standing, so that the voters can decide.

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Well, that's one vote the Greens just lost

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to steven crawford,

    Well yeah. People will still have to justify themselves to Winz, the money will just be a bit more generous, until National get back in and quietly erode it back.

    That's the thing that attracted me about TOP - their UBI policy gets rid of all that (it basically removes unemployment as a concept) and reversing it would become a big hurdle for a future government.

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Just to say that (as noted previously) I was toying with the idea of voting for TOP or National (I'd never vote Labour) but now I'm firm on voting Green, provided Mets is still leader at the election, just out of solidarity with her for staunching it out.

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  • Hard News: That escalated quickly ..., in reply to Rob Stowell,

    More notably, urban professionals are increasingly voting for traditionally left wing parties. In the Eisenhower era, an engineer, banker or accountant would more often than not (region, family and considered ideology notwithstanding) be a Republican, and that continued through Reagan. Nowadays, such people would tend to be Democrats.

    Similarly in the last UK election, the biggest swings to Labour were in the most prosperous electorates.

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  • Hard News: That escalated quickly ..., in reply to BenWilson,

    I'm not sure where Winston himself sits, but his support is, IMHO, mostly on the Left (if we define position by political opinion and how the population differs

    I'd say we're seeing a realignment globally (certainly US and UK) from left/right to rational/irrational.

    You traditionally had poorer people supporting left wing parties and richer people right-wing ones. But now, in the US, the wealthier middle classes are Democrats and Trump draws his support from rust belt blue collar workers. Same in the UK with Brexit (and increasingly party politics - Labour winning Kensington, which is one of the richest constituencies in the country).

    On this scale, the Greens and TOP are the rational end, Peters is the shit-thick end and Labour and National are in the middle.

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  • Hard News: That escalated quickly ...,

    If Jacinda loses and (as is conventional) resigns the next day, she'll take the record for the shortest term of a Labour leader. Maybe Grant's being smart and keeping well clear - he'll be able to draw a whole 3 years salary if he's next.

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