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Open mike 24/09/2022

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  1. joe90 1

    Can't be long before the Mullahs' thugs start shooting.

  2. ianmac 2

    Funny how Nicola Willis was left out of the Uffindell saga??? Does this hint at trouble in the Luxon mill?

    Willis, who has more political experience than most, was excluded from the conversations and decisions about what conclusion would ultimately be presented to caucus.

    Jo Moir is onto it. Something smells.

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/nicola-willis-strikingly-absent-from-uffindell-report?utm_source=Friends+of+the+Newsroom&utm_campaign=64d36aac60-Week+In+Review+17.09.2022_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_71de5c4b35-64d36aac60-95522477

    • Incognito 2.1

      Yes, good piece.

      I’d say that NZ politics and thus the country would benefit from Willis as LOTO. Problem is that National are not ready for this by a long shot, it seems. National will always be guided by the [Curia] polls and they seem to think that on current trajectory they’ll take the Treasury benches next year with Luxon as the next CEO of NZ.

    • miravox 2.2

      Strange how Willis didn't mention she went to Kings to finish her education. She's only 2 years older than Uffendell so could have had something to say about the culture there.

      https://www.magzter.com/stories/Womens-Interest/Australian-Womens-Weekly-NZ/NICOLAS-SECRET-TO-SUCCESS-Attitude-is-e-everything

      "Her high school years were spent initially at the elite all-girl Samuel Marsden Collegiate. Nicola would commute in the car with her dad, listening to Morning Report on National Radio. The pair would debate the issues, a sign of things to come perhaps.

      Nicola was, even then, a strong character. She decided she wanted to spend her last two years of school boarding at King's College in Auckland. “I liked the idea of being independent and, frankly, having boys in the class.”

      It didn't go well. “After two weeks, I called Mum in tears and said I wanted to come home. She told me, 'You've made the commitment – get on and make the best of it.'”

      Nicola continues, “I was raised a feminist, then suddenly, in that environment, boys were in charge. There were different expectations. I'd never been pretty. I wasn't cool or the most popular. All of a sudden, I felt judged differently." Her obvious intelligence wasn't rated."

      Also, I hope we're not getting the British disease of conservatives preferentially selecting private school people as MP candidates.

      • Anne 2.2.1

        Also, I hope we're not getting the British disease of conservatives preferentially selecting private school people as MP candidates.

        Its always been there in the National Party miravox. Private school education was – and to a certain extent still is – a favoured prerequisite for candidate selection. The conversations would go something like this:

        Member 1 "So and so went to [insert name of private school of choice] you know."

        Member 2 "I didn't know. That makes all the difference. I'll vote for So and so."

  3. Finn McCool 3

    Maybe, maybe not. It seems to me a similar situation to Jacinda cutting down her exposure to situations, that for whatever reason, she doesn't want exposure to. The question about Willis is: was it self imposed exile? If not, something more than smells.

    • ianmac 3.1

      Finn. I watched Nicola's face while Luxon was giving reporters his day after speech to justify his actions and she was deadpan except a tiny nod at the claim that he wanted to get to the bottom of it all. And he has not got to the bottom of a satisfactory answer for me.Perhaps Uffindell was banging on the wall and not the door so that would mean he is off the hook.

      • Ad 3.1.1

        Hygenic deniability is good politics.

      • Blazer 3.1.2

        Willis is way more politically savy than Luxon.

        She is the perfect foil for Ardern…and will attract women voters.

        I expect her to get the leadership before the next election.

        • Matiri 3.1.2.1

          Willis also comes across as more considered than Luxon and also kinder, a better bet apart from her awful tone of voice. Luxon is unappealing all round. I'm not a National voter but think she is a better choice for the Nats.

          • Shanreagh 3.1.2.1.1

            Yes what is it about these Nat voices? Apparently the Nat parents have money and could afford to help children speak clearly, carefully and not harshly. Simon Bridges also had a hard to listen to voice.

            NW voice is a turn-off to me, I cannot listen to it and I went to a private school as did my sister and father's family and none of us speak like that.

            • Kat 3.1.2.1.1.1

              Helen Clark was wise enough to have media training, I would imagine Nicola Willis would likewise benefit from some elocution training. Although Jacinda Ardern is a natural communicator I have noticed her tone is becoming less effusive with more subtle tones of gravitas.

              For whats its worth my thoughts on the coming election is that Labour will win a third term, Luxon will be moved move on and Willis to lead National.

              Thats not too bad an outcome if it happens…..is it?

              • Shanreagh

                Let us hope that she does does get elocution lessons, they would be of benefit. For instance after I heard her once I reminded myself not to listen to her again. Same with Bridges. I just watched them with subtitles and the sound off. Yet I don't find Luxon's voice difficult nor Ardern's.

                For whats its worth my thoughts on the coming election is that Labour will win a third term, Luxon will be moved move on and Willis to lead National.

                Thats not too bad an outcome if it happens…..is it?

                I'll drink to that with the caveat about media or elocution training.

            • Belladonna 3.1.2.1.1.2

              Given the way that the right make fun of Ardern's accent, I find it better to concentrate on policy, rather than the way people speak.

              It's almost as bad as commenting on the appearance of female politicians.

              Surely what they have to say is far more important than the way they say it, or what they wear.

              • Shanreagh

                Surely what they have to say is far more important than the way they say it,

                Of course.

                Voices (accents, inflections, diction) are important though and can 'interfere' with a person receiving the message, hence my desire to find out about the message by looking at the written word rather than the spoken word when Bridges and Willis are/were speaking. I rarely listened to Paul Holmes either because of his mannerism of moving the intonation and stress in a sentence, that screwed up meaning When you are busy trying to 'translate' these sounds it does detract.

  4. Stephen D 4

    Is Tom Scott retiring? If so, he will be missed.

    https://i.stuff.co.nz/opinion/96288672/tom-scott-cartoons

  5. Poission 5

    UK chancellor read minibudget last night,bloomberg live streamed with pound value falling by each paragraph.

    Big write offs last night as all markets sold off,as traders called bullshit.

    • Blazer 5.1

      Tax cuts for the rich!Where have I heard that b4?

      Rotten tomatoes rating of Truss…10/10.

      • Poission 5.1.1

        Same hymnsheet,and the markets response would be equal as the reality is obvious,you dont cut income as debt and the cost of servicing debt increases.

        nationals main plank fails 12 month out,better start rewriting the manifesto.

      • Drowsy M. Kram 5.1.2

        On trusses and tomatoes [for Tomato(es) read Tory/Tories, throughout]:

        Considerations
        In the case of larger tomato varieties, the fruit can become quite heavy on the vine, and in some cases, the weaker stems of the trusses can't support it. Truss ties and clips are available that reduce the burden of weight on the trusses and help hold them up until all the tomatoes have been harvested, says Helpful Gardener. Clips extend from the truss to the tomato plant's main stem or to the support system, such as a cage or other structure, holding the plant up.

        The full flavour of Truss Tomatoes and their bright red colour is 100% natural (no artificial ripeners), so every Truss tomato tastes and smells just like a tomato should.
        https://australiantrusstomatoes.com.au/

        Shame about the colour.

  6. Jacinda Ardern is a treasure. Her address to the UN was delivered note free and with clarity of conviction.
    Perhaps someone would kindly put that up?

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