Posts by Paul Campbell

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    To me the issue is very simple, if the law let's children go without food, for any reason, the law is an arse, and needs to be changed

    Metiria is shining the public spotlight on this ugly corner of our society at risk to her own future, that makes her a step above those people who are guarding their precious status quo and quietly sweeping the hungry and homeless under their rug of mediocrity

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Toby Morris's most excellent Greed Vs. Need

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Not only clean slate legislation, but a 10 year statute of limitations on such electoral issues

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    The point made by several people that exactly this sort of intense scrutiny into her personal life is exactly the same as what WINZ submits beneficiaries continues to be the point that just keeps on giving .... this latest stoush came about because someone used the old electoral roll information to try prove who she was sleeping with 20 years ago ... which was nobody's business 20 years ago and is nobody's business now

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Friday Music: Remembering Roi, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    What about bulletin board services? Or was that more an early 1990s thing?

    there were BBSs in the US in the early 80s (when I moved there in '84), none I knew of in NZ when I left. Buying stuff from overseas, especially computers, modems was hard in the Muldoon years (was there a 40% input duty on computer hardware?) and tough exchange control (because Muldoon was screwing our economy by secretly borrowing from overseas).

    I do remember Oz showing up on usenet (before NZ) - they used to email weekly mag tapes across the pacific ...

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: On benefit fraud,

    I think the big upside to universality is that because it applies to everyone the rich and powerful are invested, they've been paying in all their lives too

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Our own fake news,

    I just had this joke shared with me:

    Two Trump supporters are on their way to a rally when they get into a car accident and die. Being believers, they both go to Heaven and meet St. Peter at the Pearly Gates. One says to the other, "So, are you going to ask him?" "Ask him what?" replies the other. "You know, about him." "No, you ask him." "Fine."

    "Saint Peter," he says, "Where was Barack Obama born?" The venerable saint replies, "President Barack Obama was born in the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, in Honolulu, Hawaii."

    The Trump supporter turns to his friend and whispers, "This thing goes even deeper than we thought!"

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance, in reply to Paul Campbell,

    to be fair is conceivable, but highly unlikely, that he was out of the house on each and every one of those days and had someone exercise his proxy, but if you believe that I have this bridge ....

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

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

    Oh for heaven’s sake – since Bill English has been in parliament he’s voted on changes to section 216B of the Crimes Act in 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2009 and 2012 – how can he possibly claim he doesn’t know it exists?

    Unless of course that is he regularly votes for things he doesn’t understand, and doesn't read – but that would make him an incompetent MP

    Dunedin • Since Nov 2006 • 2531 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Barclay and arrogance,

    So English is reported in today's paper as trying to excuse Barclay with "he didn't know it's illegal" of course for us plebs "ignorance of the law is no excuse" ....

    However if you become an MP surely the first thing you do is sit down and wade through the entire corpus of NZ law - I know it's big and it's hard, but as an MP the law of the land is your thing, sort of a sacred thing that's now in your trust.

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