Posts by simon g

  • Legal Beagle: Careful what you wish for:…,

    Well, this doesn't deserve to go uncommented. Perhaps we're all watching the World Cup. Entrench Gareth Southgate, I reckon.

    Moving from Graeme's legal analysis to the grubby politics of the issue, you can see an unintended consequence. A party officially against the existence of Maori seats is a bit like the passive republicans: it's a policy, you support it, but you don't really expect to do anything about it (essentially that's National's position on the seats, post-Brash).

    But a move to entrench could force this "passive policy" out into the open. If it passes (it won't) then there is an easy target for the opposition, or a new conservative/authoritarian party. It's one thing to say "leave well alone", but quite another to defend a change. And opposition moves from rhetoric to action: "We voted against it". That's an easier (and more dangerous) sound bite.

    Underlying all this is the contradiction that (IMO) makes the status quo the best option. The argument goes: 1) "We don't need the Maori seats, because we have MMP (Royal Commission is then referenced)". Also 2) "Let's dump MMP".

    It tends to be the same people saying both these things, but not on the same day.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Behind those Herald…,

    As so often happens, it's the apology that makes it worse.

    Herald guy apologises if ...

    Delete IF. Get IT.

    (but in fairness, the other voices in this story do "get it", and don't deserve to be tarred by association. The Herald, on the other hand ...)

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    One of the craziest media takes (not least on dear old Stuff comments) re- the PM's baby is that we've endured "saturation coverage", "being rammed down our throats", etc. Here's a reality check:

    Precisely zero minutes have been added to the 6 pm news bulletins, or any other prime time programming on the main TV channels. The story has led the bulletins, but has still taken up less time than sport in those same bulletins. Regular programming has been almost untouched. No marathon "specials" have been broadcast. It's a news story (obviously), and that is all.

    Also reality :

    About a month ago those same channels devoted more than six HOURS of Saturday prime time to a wedding. The groom is the 6th in line to be New Zealand's head of state.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: Are we seeing the end of MSM,…,

    Latest from the crazy world of Stuff comments:

    A story on the PM giving birth was opened up for comments, and the bitter and twisted duly turned up. Controversial socialist statements like "Wishing mother and baby all the best" would get downvoted by the voices of Common Sense. The birth was a distraction, sheeple!

    Stuff then started deleting the abusive comments faster than the trolls could type. If only they could have predicted this by ... I don't know, reading Stuff comments occasionally?

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    Newsroom reports on "weaponising gossip": in effect, the media protecting the sources of rumours, not news stories.

    Psych 101: If there are no consequences for your behaviour, why stop? Dirty politics works, and will therefore continue.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

  • Legal Beagle: Littering!, in reply to Craig Young,

    Because National wanted to give Scott Simpson something to do? Preferably something that does not involve being interviewed on Morning Report.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Dirty Politics,

    So ... police apologise to "screaming left wing conspiracy theorist" who should "get lost" (both quotes courtesy of John Key, when he was Prime Minister).

    One of those 'law and order' stories that National might not be highlighting.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Bourdain,

    Thanks for that, Russell.

    I’ve always loved the respect he showed to the people he met on his travels

    This, very much. Not "me, me", but "them, them". Many people on television today could learn from him.

    Desperately sad news this morning.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

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

    It's not even necessary to go to Kiwiblog (and I'd rather not), the wisdom of Stuff comments will serve.

    Respect for evidence has lasted about 24 hours before the myths and spin return.

    The phrase "err on the side of caution" is a recurring line - so reasonable, so responsible, and so much easier than getting information.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

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

    It's worth remembering that Gluckman was appointed by John Key to be the PM's science adviser, a post Key himself created soon after taking office ...

    "This appointment delivers on the Government's goal of including science at the heart of our decision-making. ... This role is one of vital importance that demands not only a high level of science expertise, but also the utmost integrity to fairly represent the state of science knowledge."

    Somehow Paula didn't get the memo. And judging by National's approach to opposition, including their private members' bills, the memo has now been shredded.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 1244 posts Report Reply

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