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Open mike 19/03/2011

Written By: - Date published: 6:00 am, March 19th, 2011 - 26 comments
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26 comments on “Open mike 19/03/2011”

  1. logie97 1

    Seems Peter Bills makes some very good points. The A/B’s should now, even more, be playing a game in the South Island. From the original fixture list it looks as though they were never going to …

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rugby-world-cup-2011/news/article.cfm?c_id=522&objectid=10713414

    (Saw an interview with Dan Carter where he said it was sad now that he won’t be playing in front of his home crowd – was he ever going to?)

    As for Key revisiting his comments about Bills – wouldn’t hold my breath.

    Captcha: wonders

  2. Chris 2

    Labour contiues to slip.

    The lat­est New Zealand Roy Mor­gan Poll yesterday shows the Roy Mor­gan Gov­ern­ment Con­fi­dence Rat­ing has jumped 19 points to 133.5 with 59.5% (up 10%) of New Zealan­ders say­ing New Zealand is ‘head­ing in the right direc­tion’ com­pared to 26% (down 9%) that say New Zealand is ‘head­ing in the wrong direction.’

    At the same time sup­port for John Key’s National-led Gov­ern­ment is up 1% to 54.5%. Sup­port for Prime Min­is­ter Key’s National Party is 52.5% (up 3.5%), the Maori Party 1.5% (down 1.5%), and ACT NZ 0.5% (down 1%).

    Sup­port for Oppo­si­tion Par­ties is down 1% to 45.5% — Labour Party 32.5% (down 2.5%), Greens 8%, (unchanged), New Zealand First 4% (up 1%), Pro­gres­sive Party 0.5% (up 0.5%) and oth­ers 0.5% (unchanged).

    If a National Elec­tion were held today the National Party would eas­ily be returned to Government.

    [lprent: off topic – moved to open mike ]

  3. BLiP 3

    Isn’t Wellington an easy city to love?

  4. Chris 4

    Not too long ago Chris Carter stated that he had the names of 17 MP’s that were will­ing to vote against Phil Goff and his lead­er­ship. The Labour Lead­ers called him a liar and that there was no sub­stance to his claims at all.

    The below some of the MP’s are named;

    None other than:

    ■Bren­dan Burns
    ■Trevor Mal­lard
    ■Ruth Dyson
    ■Ross Robert­son
    ■David Shearer
    ■Charles Chau­vel
    ■Damian O’Connor
    ■Maryan Street
    ■Nania Mahuta
    ■Shane Jones
    ■Lianne Daizel
    ■Su’a William Sio
    ■George Hawkins
    ■Clay­ton Cosgrove
    ■Lynne Pil­lay

    I will keep saying this – Goff will not will the election for Labour. He continues to make gaffes – the latest one being on the AM TV show ‘Breakfast’ were he clearly agreed with Key that 10,000 houses will have to be destroyed. He repeated this number. We can bury our heads in the sand but sorry, Goff will not win the election for Labour. He is reactive not proactive, there is no clear election battle plan and he has failed to gain traction. His ongoing criticism of Key will not swing voters. He is perceived as ineffectual by ‘middle’ ground Kiwis. Time to wake up.

    [lprent: off topic – moved to open mike ]

    • The Voice of Reason 4.1

      Chris, did you mean for these two comments to be on this thread? Surely they would be more appropriate for Open Mike? That’s where the Roy Morgan poll was discussed two days ago, the consensus being it was consistent with this years polling so far and that the gap between the current Government and the opposition remains about 9-10 points (ie. the opposition have to lift by only 5% to win power).

      Where did you get the MP names from? Has Carter released his autobiography without telling me?

      • Jim Nald 4.1.1

        That from Chris on Chris Carter!
        Will all respect to Carter and acknowledgments to him during his time in the past Govt, it is sad to see him being so determined to be yesterday’s man.
        Regarding the polls for this first term Govt, most of NZ will today collectively leave the way they have voted until campaigning approaches when they give expression against this Govt and consider Goff.

  5. Pascal's bookie 5

    Some good cracks here:

    http://twitter.com/search?q=%23philgoffevil

    The twitteratti showing Lee how to be funny. (with some righties mostly #failing)

  6. todd 6

    The week that was

    http://thejackalman.blogspot.com/2011/03/week-that-was_19.html

    On March the 11th at 05:46 UTC, a massive magnitude 9 Earthquake just off the East coast of Japan triggered tsunamis up to 10 metres which breached defenses and traveled many kilometres inland. There’s over 3,000 confirmed dead and petrol, food and water is now in short supply in many parts of the northeast…

  7. Chris 7

    It does not take a rocket scientist to figure them out.
    There has been a pattern, as an example – 17, that is right the same num­ber as Chris Carter used, voted con­trary (or not at all) to the way the remain­ing in Labour voted on the Rugby World Cup (Empow­er­ment) bill last year.
    What is even more inter­est­ing though is the fact that despite the rules stat­ing that in the event of split party vote, the said party must IMMEDIATELY present a list of the names of each voter. It took Labour over two hours to do this, and when they did present it they tried to say that they had allowed a con­science vote on the issue as they were a “party that allowed democ­racy”. But this was a split vote on a “Clo­sure Motion”.
    Sorry if I posted the Morgan Poll in the wrong section. I am fairly new to the forum. I am just a fading socialist that can see which direction Labour is heading – and it is ain’t up.

    [lprent: off topic – moved to open mike. You are wasting my time. ]

  8. Notice Key fluffing up to a Prince ,like a faithfull dog following its master,
    What bet’s he’s after a knighthood. Its all pointing that way .
    As a convinced Republican I’m sick to the teeth at the rubbish we are given regarding Royalty. I must admitt we Republicans are taking a beating at the moment . As with any fight for justice we must just soldier on.

  9. just saying 9

    That’s guaranteed.
    I just hope a change of government this year ensures Sir Blankey can never happen

    • I hope you are correct ” Just Saying” However I believe there is some clause or something that can have a special reason for Knighting somebody. Good job we don’t have Lordships here or do we.

  10. M 10

    Sir Blankey? I’m loving it 🙂

    Roll on republic and let’s stop arse licking all the useless arseholes who have stuffed this country:

    Mudldoon
    Shipley
    Douglas

    Aarrgghh, I’m gonna be sick.

  11. M 11

    Gallows humour re Japan on Fukushima story on TOD:

    stiv on March 17, 2011 – 4:30pm Permalink | Subthread | Parent | Parent subthread | Comments top

    Please, we need to recruit international workers to go Fukushima Daiichi plant. All expenses paid.

    This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to support nuclear power and the world community of activists who know that we cannot live without nuclear energy.

    Workers will be paid in the form of life insurance for loved ones or cash up front–your preference. All meals included. Free airfare. Extra work up to the legal limit and then retire comfortably.

    All of our workers will be given lead-threaded suits, breathing apparatus, and full-body monitors.

    EOE

    Tepco Temps
    TEPCOTEMPS.COM

    http://www.theoildrum.com/node/7675

  12. MrSmith 12

    World energy crunch as nuclear and oil both go wrong. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/globalbusiness/8386829/World-energy-crunch-as-nuclear-and-oil-both-go-wrong.html

    And Wonkey and his mates want to sell off our hydro power, what a bunch of morons.

  13. joe90 13

    Disgusting.

    A massive demonstration against Yemen’s government turned into a killing field as snipers methodically fired down on protesters from rooftops and police made a wall of fire with tires and gasoline, blocking a key escape route.

    At least 46 people died, including some children, in an attack Friday that marked a new level of brutality in President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s crackdown on dissent. Medical officials and witnesses said hundreds were wounded.

    • joe90 13.1

      They’re at it in Syria too.

      Hussam Abdel Wali Ayyash, Akram Jawabreh and Ayhem al-Hariri were shot dead by security forces who were reinforced with troops flown in by helicopters. Scores were wounded in the attack in the old quarter of Deraa near the border with Jordan.

      • Pascal's bookie 13.1.1

        Somehow I suspect the Security Council won’t do shit, and nor will we hear a peep about any Duty to Protect from Clinton et al.

        This is the problem I have about the use of that language. It’s one thing if you mean it, but if you mean it you have to be consistent. If you only do it when the action also suits some other strategic purpose of yours, then everyone notices that you are an arsehole, and not only your brand (democracy freedom sexy) gets tarnished, but so too does ‘the duty to protect’.

        • Rosy 13.1.1.1

          I suoect you’re right, but the other difference was that the demonstrators in Lybia got hold of some very big weapons with the soldiers that defected to them. The really interesting comarisons will occur if this happens in othe places. It’s possible that to sacrifice protesters when they are unarmed doesn’t require the ‘duty to protect’, but once they get hold of big weapons and are organised all bets are off.

  14. joe90 14

    Coulter says radiation is good for you…Scientists agree!.

    • Rosy 14.1

      So she’s taking the next plan out to go counsel those nuclear plant operators…. on-site, I guess

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