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Open mike 05/01/2021

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, January 5th, 2021 - 33 comments
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33 comments on “Open mike 05/01/2021 ”

  1. Sacha 1

    Home of the brave..

  2. aom 2

    Oh dear, is the grandstanding Simeon Brown showing his ignorance once again? At approximately 5:40 mins in he says, "…this has destroyed one of New Zealand's prisons and its something that I don't believe ever happened in New Zealand before…." He should obviously have aware of the riot that occurred at Spring Hill Corrections Facility on June 1, 2013, which was described as the largest and most destructive incident experienced in New Zealand prisons subsequent the 1998 riot at Paremeremo. Both of these were in his own lifetime! Of course, historically there were other destructive riots such as the Mt Eden one in 1965 where the facilities were set fire to as well.

    It is also illustrative that Brown's contribution to the joint interview was to assert that the Green Party makes excuses for criminals without there being any evidence or justification for such an outrageous assertion. What a pathetic ill-informed apology for a politician.

    • tc 2.1

      RNZ's providing soapboxes again with no critical input. Dog whistles ahoy !

      • Morrissey 2.1.1

        For the last several days, the first words of RNZ's "news" bulletins have usually been: "The National Party says…."

        • Westykev

          Because Labour said fuck all

          • Morrissey

            You're dead right, my friend. And when they do say something, the most prominent voice will probably be Stuart "Tough Guy" Nash, who will sound almost identical to the appalling Simeon Brownshirt. I'm more than disappointed with the non-performance of Kelvin Davis; a few years ago he was a forceful and principled advocate for New Zealanders being harshly treated by the rogue Australian regime. He travelled to those disgusting detention centres and severely embarrassed Key's do-nothing government.

            But now that he's in a position to actually do something about the prison system here, he's leaving it to the National Party to make mischief as he stays silent.

            If only he put as much effort into his portfolio as he does into his poetry.


        • Bearded Git

          I was listening to BBC Radio 5 last night when they interviewed a sensible and eloquent woman who was complaining about the UK governments hopeless Covid response ….the interviewer said "where do you get your facts from…you sound like a Labour voter ."


    • mac1 2.2

      It's interesting that Brown used "I believe" in his phrasing. Belief systems don't always rely on facts for they can conflict with the belief or preferred story line.

      I wonder if Brown actually researched before he spoke?

      It does call into question 1. his personal research skills, 2. his desire for factual accuracy, 3. his fundamentalist approach and 4. whether anything he says is valid and worth considering.

      • Phillip ure 2.2.1

        and the answers are:

        1) none..

        2) non-existent..

        3) yes..with bells on..

        4) no ..

      • Sacha 2.2.2

        It's interesting that Brown used "I believe" in his phrasing.

        Standard rightie tactic to dodge fact-checking. Works if media and opponents let it.

        • Nic181

          "Belief closes the mind. Thought reaches no final conclusion, it looks forward, always, to new evidence." Maurice Gee. The Plumb Trilogy.

    • Adrian 2.3

      I also think you may find that every one of those occured under a national government.

      • mac1 2.3.1

        And well into their terms after 5, 8 and 2 years respectively, so difficult to blame on a previous government.

  3. mosa 3

    " What a pathetic ill-informed apology for a politician "

    I was going to add human being but i don't think there are any left in the Nast Natz.

  4. gsays 4

    What a great time to be a cricket tragic.

    Approaching 900 runs in three days, skipper looking great at the crease…

    Edit. When he is dismissed, every opposition player congratulates him, some running to do so.

    • dv 4.1

      Geez Gsay
      He’s Now out!!!!


    • bwaghorn 4.2

      I'm considering laying a complaint over cruelty to foreign cricket teams !!!

    • Bearded Git 4.3

      I woz there…..great crowds at Hagley Oval …and today they turned the lights on for the first time.

      But the wonderful University Oval in Dunners is being deprived of international fixtures…this is a mistake

      • gsays 4.3.1

        It looked like a wonderful day out.

        Another great day ahead, or two if tomorrow isn't that successful.

        • logie97

          It will be even better as a viewer if: the commentators stop saying

          "The running between the wickets". Where else do batsmen run for goodness sake, to the boundary or square leg? Why can't they just say the "calling" or "understanding between the batsmen" was very good or bad as the case may be.

          "… the second new ball is due after 80 overs…

          No the (first) New ball is due after 80 overs. The second new ball is due after 160 overs.

          Ian Galloway and the old school commentators would never have called it.

          "That is a beautiful shot!" The viewer can see that. Oh for the days of a John Arlott or Richie Benaud – let the picture do the talking.

          • dv

            How about the comment on 1 news that Pakistan have to score 354 to win!!!


          • Bearded Git

            Agreed Logie….and they say the two batsmen at the wicket are "not out" when they give their scores……d'oh!

            Arlott would have said “Williamson 215, Nicholls 107 New Zealand 483 for two”.

            Note: not “Blackcaps”….this is fine as a nickname but it should not be on the scoreboard.

  5. bwaghorn 5


    It's time the government made it clear that if you buy coastal from now on you will receive no financial or ather taxpayer funded help when the tide comes lapping at your door.

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