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Hard News: Decidedly Undecided

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  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    Yep, in the House she said there were issues around that service. Issues like fucking funding for 1.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    – why only today she is calling for victims of Rolf Harris to come forward, and she will see that they are helped through the complaint process –

    And sadly that will win votes... because Rolf Harris was famous.
    Cunliffe, on the other hand, will be seen as weak and and trying to woo the women's vote, as some seem to think here.
    It takes a real man to apologise, even if that apology is symbolic. It only takes a total creep to say he is acting like a girl.
    Meanwhile The Herald sensationalises the beating of a woman on the LA freeway by showing a vile viral video....

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Joe Wylie, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    I think it sad that even men here find David Cunliffe’s message to battered women posing or preening or fucked up or alienating. He spoke to a women’s group and apologised that they were hurt.

    I 'd think that most men here - or any that can empathise with whatever moved Cunliffe - will already have experienced a similar personal epiphany. Whatever hope I might hold for Cunliffe isn't about his publicly reiterating my feelings, it's about his making a real change. Negotiating the dastardly media has been part of that since before the days of three time loser Bill Rowling.

    flat earth • Since Jan 2007 • 4593 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Whatever hope I might hold for Cunliffe isn’t about his publicly reiterating my feelings, it’s about his making a real change.

    Oh check out the footage Joe, Cunliffe seemed to have an epiphany of his own right then and expressed it openly and shockingly honestly. If he chose at that moment to be guarded ,don't you think , that would be considered preening or posing?The audience he addressed seemed to me to be shocked, relieved and appreciative and thankful. They were in the room with him. Damn the media for expecting a John Key performance.Damn the media with their cheap shots.

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    I ’d think that most men here – snip – will already have experienced a similar personal epiphany.

    The road to Damascus ain’t what is used to be, we live in a dangerously disparate world now with the haves and have mores treading not so lightly on those that strive to better the fortunes of the dispossessed.
    The bickering in the ranks must abate, the must abating can be left to the wankers on the right.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes,

    And before some smartarse says “Don’t be a Dick” perhaps Dick weren’t a bad guy…

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

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    ... as the most recent active political thread, I'll post this piece of nostalgia - make of it what you will...

    Public Liaison Officer
    Murray S. McCully

    As I see it the Public Liaison portfolio lends itself to consideration in two ways. Firstly you are voting for a Public Liaison Officer, someone to present the student body to the public; and secondly you are voting for an Exec. member who will run your Association along the lines you conceive it should be run and give priority to the right issues.
    I believe that I have sufficient of the necessary ideas and experience to promote a fuller picture of the student body, and thus the University. The prejudice associated with students and the University in the eyes of the public (and this affects our grants) is caused by a very incomplete knowledge of what a student or University really does. This must be rectified.
    As an Exec member I would place an emphasis on student welfare, accommodation, sporting and cultural facilities, food co-op, and also student parking problems. I also believe in the increased participation of the student body in matters of concern, and that an Executive must always remain responsive and responsible to the students that elect them. To uphold this would be my aim if elected.

    August 3, 1972 UASA Executive campaign

    (my bolding)

    42 years on, this liaison stuff doesn't get any easier, especially if you dispense with all that being 'responsive and responsible' and 'perceptions' nonsense...

    That CCCP is looking a better option every day...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    especially if you dispense with all that being ‘responsive and responsible’ and ‘perceptions’ nonsense…

    Ah, but… You don’t need the “responsive and Responsible” stuff, you just have to manage the Perception of responsibility and responsiveness being the responsibility of somebody other than yourself to respond to. Simple eh?.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    My first reaction, before I'd read beyond "Murray S. McCully": 'holy shit! Murray McCully was Jesus!' Cue John Key: "He's not the Messiah! He's a very naughty Minister of Foreign Affairs!"

    Another tangent: Sentence 2 of the subtitle of this piece at Le Figaro smacked my gob:

    Mercredi, une association anti-nucléaire polynésienne a manifesté lors des commémorations. Ils critiquent le déplacement d'un mémorial sacré et l'installation d'une stèle à la mémoire de Jaques Chirac.

    I know I don't need to bold anything, having already drawn your attention, but that's how it felt to read. My translation, anybody with less rusty French feel free to improve or correct anything I fluff, fudge or stuff up:

    They criticised the removal of a sacred memorial and the installation of a stele commemorating Jacques Chirac.

    And this for the 48th anniversary of the first French nuclear test in Polynesia. Bloody hell. The sacred memorial to be removed is for the victims of the tests. There's more in there, but I should be packing up to head back into the city, so I'll just assume you all read French well enough. Or somebody will run the juicy bit about the memorial including stones from Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and now Fukushima, through Google misTranslate.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Steve Barnes, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    feel free to improve or correct anything I fluff

    Moved, not removed. But bloody hell, still wrong.

    Peria • Since Dec 2006 • 5521 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Steve Barnes,

    Moved, not removed.

    Oops, thanks. That was carelessness on my part - context made that perfectly clear.

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Sofie Bribiesca, in reply to Ian Dalziel,

    I did go back and look for the halo also :)

    here and there. • Since Nov 2007 • 6796 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic, in reply to Chris Waugh,

    There was mention of pro-Chirac loyalist Gaston Flosse, who's been knee-deep in corruption for much of his career. I remember that TV footage of him wading in the ocean, insisting in nude-emperor fashion that the fallout from the testing was perfectly safe.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5441 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Sofie Bribiesca,

    I did go back and look for the halo also

    I was thinking more the Book of Jobs...

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    By George...

    I remember that TV footage of him wading in the ocean...

    De Mille on the Flosse?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7950 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Kumara Republic,

    Gaston Flosse, who’s been knee-deep in corruption for much of his career.

    And was in the news yet again for that just 10-ish days ago. [sigh] French Polynesian politics.... Meanwhile, back in the Métropole, I've been having a lot of fun watching the spot of bother Sarkozy has found himself in. The French coverage of corrupt politicians is so much more amusing than the Chinese media treatment of the constant stream of corrupt officials dragged before the CDIC and/or courts. Can't think why....

    Wellington • Since Jan 2007 • 2401 posts Report Reply

  • Henry Barnard,

    The number of `undecideds' dropped significantly, from 15% to 10%, in the latest Colmar Brunton poll (pg.5). And it doesn't seem to be going Labour's way.

    Palmerston North • Since Aug 2013 • 65 posts Report Reply

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