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Open mike 16/03/2011

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  1. Lanthanide 1

    On the (10 minute) drive to work this morning I saw that they’ve started up at least some work on the motorway in Christchurch again. It’s probably not yet back at the levels that it was, but it was a good 3 week break on activity.

    Probably with the damage to the city this road is more important than ever, both for keeping people employed and for adding significant arterial throughput to the outer western suburbs where it looks like we’ll be seeing much more development in the coming decade.

    captcha: inevitably

  2. Colonial Viper 2

    Events in Fukushima result in true disaster: Apple delays Japanese iPad launch

    I can see The Onion running a story on this.

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/15/us-apple-japan-idUSTRE72E64A20110315

  3. KJT 3

    “the main argument against direct democracy is that people do not have the time to make properly considered decisions regarding all votes in parliament (it really is a full time job) so many votes will be based on ‘gut feelings’ – this is often not the best way to make important decisions”

    Don’t make me laugh. The level of incompetence, lack of thought and lack of general knowledge and real consideration of the issues evidenced in Parliaments decisions is breath taking. Do you really imagine the general public could possibly do worse.

    As the Swiss example shows, after the initial idea of people power settles down, it is those who have a interest in the particular issue who vote on it. Politicians also have an interest in informing voters as they will not get policies through without general support.

    At the moment our Government is representative of these people. http://www.independent.co.uk/opinion/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-how-goldman-gambled-on-starvation-2016088.html
    http://www.metafilter.com/88184/Leading-bankers-destroy-7-of-value-for-every-pound-they-generate
    http://www.sott.net/articles/show/225183-Dear-Koch-Brothers-Tea-partiers-union-bashers-Anonymous-would-like-your-attention-please

    They have proved they have no conscience as the take an income paid for by NZ taxpayers while robbing us and selling us out.

    WHILE LABOUR SLEEP WALKS TO DEFEAT.

    How could democracy possibly be worse.

    • Lanthanide 3.1

      “How could democracy possibly be worse.”

      By delivering the same results but costing more money to do so?

      • KJT 3.1.1

        Why would it?

        Getting rid of Douglas was costly enough as the only way to remove him was put Richardson in.

  4. Bunji 4

    For those in Chch wanting info: Today’s Labour Christchurch MP Bulletin.

  5. randal 5

    I though I might get some feedback on my post supporting Brenda Pilott and her letter in saturdays dimpost about roger Kerr and selling state assets but I see all the wannabee policy analysts are stil splitting hairs over nebulosities instead of getting down to the real business of getting this government out.

  6. gobsmacked 6

    Botany result in, after special votes counted. National’s majority down:

    http://www.electionresults.org.nz/2011_botany_byelection/

    • Lanthanide 6.1

      The site doesn’t explicitly break it out (they really should), so I downloaded the excel sheet.

      It looks to me that 220 special votes were cast for Labour, and 206 for National. So the majority dropped by a whopping 14 votes. Woohoo!

      If you also add in the Hospital Votes and Ordinary Votes BEFORE polling day, then Labour didn’t gain any numerical advantage at all, although I think National’s % may have dropped a little.

      • gobsmacked 6.1.1

        I think Labour getting more specials than National, in a safe National seat, is quite significant. They should have been 2 to 1 in National’s favour.

        Specials have played a part in previous elections, especially 1999 (put Greens over 5%, took Coromandel), and 2005 (National lost a seat).

        • gingercrush 6.1.1.1

          Specials have always favoured the left. Advance voting has typically favoured the right.

    • Wow that is unusual. An indicator of a superior on the ground effort by Labour on election day?

  7. ianmac 7

    Herald 3:09 McCulley not the PM says, “Christchurch has been stripped of its seven Rugby World Cup matches due to damage at AMI Stadium following last month’s earthquake.”
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/sport/news/article.cfm?c_id=4&objectid=10712838

    • Vicky32 7.1

      Does anyone care? I assume those in Christchurch have got more to worry about… and I for one, as one of the rest of us, could not give a toss… About the RWC, I mean.
      Deb

      • logie97 7.1.1

        @Vicky32
        The first 7 minutes of 3News at 6 was dedicated to the announcement re RWC. I am afraid that “the rest of us” don’t really count – we are just going to have to get used to it.

        In the meantime, the Japanese tragedy continues to unfold. Given the wall-to-wall coverage we got of the Christchurch quake, for weeks subsequent, perhaps we could have maintained headline coverage of developments from Tokyo.

        Not sure how One headlined tonight, but when it came to the Campbell/Close-up slot, there could not have been two more opposite items covering the same issue – Ken Ring.

        Campbell found two scientists debunking Ring’s methodology while Close-Up fuelled the panic rather than reassured the Cantabrians by dedicating their coverage to a family that was prepared to give Ring credence and were fleeing the area. I guess in the ratings game, one of the networks is going to be able to say “nah,nah,nah,nah,nah…” Despite the criticism of 3 above, here’s hoping it is Campbell.

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