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by Gordon Bennett
Sat Oct 31, 2020 5:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

If I was a Greens member, I wouldn't accept it. If they'd been offered Conservation as one of the portfolios, then perhaps yes. As it is, Davidson has been offered a tough hospital pass and Shaw can take the blame for anything the rural folk don't like. I can't really see the benefit to the Greens i...
by Gordon Bennett
Fri Oct 30, 2020 5:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I haven't had cannabis since a very unfortunate, highly paranoid episode with some at a party in my early 20s. For me, one of the main benefits of legalisation is you're much, much more likely to know exactly what it is you're smoking than when you're getting some from some acquaintance of a friend ...
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 28, 2020 10:22 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Parrot/parakeet
Replies: 20
Views: 385

Re: Parrot/parakeet

I had a male eclectus. Lovely birds, not dusty and relatively quiet compared to most parrots. Unfortunately, he was quite smart and he worked out how to unlock his cage. Eventually, despite padlocks and other security, he got out and was hit by a car. Anyway, he was a great pet - good with the kid. ...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 27, 2020 11:16 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Having kids ... yay or nay?
Replies: 124
Views: 1910

Re: Having kids ... yay or nay?

I found the first couple of years really hard. I didn't especially want kids, and there's not much you can give a child when it's a baby. It may sound callous, but when their under about 18 months, you keep putting in and you don't get all that much back. It was a pretty hard time. Now, my kid's 6 y...
by Gordon Bennett
Thu Oct 22, 2020 2:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Mr Mike on sterling form over the last couple of pages.
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I'm not convinced that the Nats narrative that they lost the election as voters swung to Labour to lock out the Greens makes much sense. Firstly, if that were the case, then it shouldn't have had an effect on constituency MPs. You're hardly going to vote out Gerry Brownlee or Herete Hipango in orde...
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Personally, I just think this kind of Machiavellian voter is a massive minority. Agreed - it's a political spin to try and make the hurt seem less. A massive minority would be 49.9%, I assume he meant a tiny minority. That ruined the entire post for me. I’ve had to put Gordo on ignore to try and ge...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I'm not convinced that the Nats narrative that they lost the election as voters swung to Labour to lock out the Greens makes much sense. Firstly, if that were the case, then it shouldn't have had an effect on constituency MPs. You're hardly going to vote out Gerry Brownlee or Herete Hipango in order...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:32 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Collins, Brownlee and Nick Smith all staying on then. Not much chance of a refresh of the Party. Seem to be putting their head in the sand regarding the message from the election. Mind you, if special votes break against Shane Reti in Whangarei and against the Nats in general, Smith could still be t...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 20, 2020 2:03 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Your favourite player.
Replies: 104
Views: 1901

Re: Your favourite player.

David Holwell. What a legend.
by Gordon Bennett
Sun Oct 18, 2020 6:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I still can't believe Gerry 'Take some personal responsibility for your weight' Brownlee lost my local seat in Ilam. Fantastic stuff from the people of Christchurch and a long time coming for him and Nick Smith. I am absolutely delighted that these two have lost their seats. Also the Whanganui MP H...
by Gordon Bennett
Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:00 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Glad to see Nick Smith lose Nelson. Probably still high enough up the list to get a seat, but not sure whether he’ll stay on as a list MP - might be timely to make way for some new blood. Same for Brownlee if he loses a true blue seat like Ilam.
by Gordon Bennett
Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

You guys are so lucky to have a leader like Jacinda compared to our twat like Boris. Our MPs are going to get a massive pay rise in stark contrast to the stance in NZ. Respect Is it more than the 10% jump NZ politicians are scheduled get on 7 January? Did they ever end up taking that 20% pay cut? C...
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:21 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

'PM in waiting' wrestles with a supporter over a MAGA sign. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/resizer/H_-2EDCGoHmKqTOpzjS40SNVaZw=/1440x810/smart/filters:quality(70)/cloudfront-ap-southeast-2.images.arcpublishing.com/nzme/GCRPSUQQMBBZDOF2BW6ZA2WRFQ.jpg Car crash politics. :lol: Love the expressions on the...
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Oct 14, 2020 3:28 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Lewis Hamilton - Greatest British Sportsperson
Replies: 229
Views: 2592

Re: Lewis Hamilton - Greatest British Sportsperson

Matt Neal winning a BTC race in an independently funded Nissan Primera being very unfairly ignored here. I think he even won the BTC as an independent subsequently in a converted standard Honda. What a legend.
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I find it ridiculous that you only have to have visited in the last 3 years I could still vote in the UK for 15 years after having left - with no obligation to visit over that 15 year time period. My electorate would be the one that I last lived in. If I had voted, it would have been pointless anyw...
by Gordon Bennett
Thu Oct 08, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Otago/Southland road trip today. Mosgiel - Balclutha - Clinton - Gore - Hedgehope - Invercargill. Good mix of National and Labour billboards up on rural properties. Mainly Nats, but that’s not surprising. That Taieri constituency that’s replaced South Dunedin’s pretty massive - I can see why some ar...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Oct 06, 2020 8:47 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

What electorate are you in Kahu?

Still tossing up my electorate vote. Bishop is the better MP, but many of the local causes he's supporting, I don't like (e.g. the Cross Valley Link and P2G). Probably made up my mind on the party vote.
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Sep 30, 2020 10:08 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I find Obfuscation Studies to be much, much more egregious.
by Gordon Bennett
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:42 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Those courses used to be and should be the backbone of a proper western education but they have become vectors of bullshit and rubbish thinking. They need to go. They are worse than worthless. They are poisonous. Can you point out any courses that support this claim? From my point of view, if stude...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Sep 29, 2020 10:48 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Those courses used to be and should be the backbone of a proper western education but they have become vectors of bullshit and rubbish thinking. They need to go. They are worse than worthless. They are poisonous. Can you point out any courses that support this claim? From my point of view, if stude...
by Gordon Bennett
Sun Sep 27, 2020 10:01 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I've got a dumb question to ask. If it's in the country's best interest to have more qualified medical doctors in the workforce, why is there a cap on numbers of students in training? Please don't answer this question if you're just speculating - even I can do that. We only have two decent medical ...
by Gordon Bennett
Sun Sep 27, 2020 8:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I've got a dumb question to ask. If it's in the country's best interest to have more qualified medical doctors in the workforce, why is there a cap on numbers of students in training? Please don't answer this question if you're just speculating - even I can do that. We only have two decent medical ...
by Gordon Bennett
Sun Sep 27, 2020 12:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I agree that it’s a pretty damning report from two authors with a fair bit of clout. It’s hard to not pay equally in the tertiary sector anyway because each tier of academia has set specified rates. To prove bias, you’d have to prove unequal outcomes in promotion processes. Promotions are managed by...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Sep 22, 2020 9:21 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Awful and cringeworthy in equal measure. I actually agree with Jambanja here. Too much of the raised eyebrow and too much of the middle-distance staring concerned look. Ugh.
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Sep 22, 2020 6:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I met Piri a fair few times. One of those people with a real 'presence'; a lot of gravitas. Anyway. How embarrassing is it to National to have two $4bn holes pointed out in their financial forecasts after Stephen Joyce's ephemeral budget hole in the last election. Not a great look for them being the...
by Gordon Bennett
Thu Sep 10, 2020 11:43 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

David Seymour /act is sounding more appealing by comparison atm..I’m in the Epsom electorate and thinking I might vote for them to get them over the line as national seem doomed anyway Do you actually support ACT's policies though? A friend of mine said he was going to vote ACT because he's a gun o...
by Gordon Bennett
Tue Sep 08, 2020 11:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

That BERL report that Dark has linked is actually quite interesting. I've only had a skim read, but my interpretation is that legalisation would perhaps increase harm in the short term, but significantly decrease harm in the long term. I'm also in favour of - at the very least - decriminalising cann...
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Sep 07, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Yeah all good fun ... but I hate your “ Natz ... Natzi ... “ rhetoric , you know what you are implying and would sook all over the web if someone did it to your “ saviour” They do and I don't. It just identifies their (and my) bias) I have never heard Labour compared to the Nazis in my life. I have...
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Sep 07, 2020 10:58 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Nothing wrong with it - just two sets of fans having some fun. I was happy to stir up some national fans with "Jong Kee"; Cindy, Jasiah, Jacinta - m'eh, who cares?. All it does is position the views of the poster in my opinion. Yeah all good fun ... but I hate your “ Natz ... Natzi ... “ rhetoric ,...
by Gordon Bennett
Fri Aug 28, 2020 11:40 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

The point about dwmwntia ia also a bitbsilly aeeing as it can bw a very long slow degeneration wherein the person is perfectly capable do making election decisions for a long period after diagnosis. Which is specifically why I referred to those who've lost the ability to make their own welfare deci...
by Gordon Bennett
Fri Aug 28, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

The point about dwmwntia ia also a bitbsilly aeeing as it can bw a very long slow degeneration wherein the person is perfectly capable do making election decisions for a long period after diagnosis. Which is specifically why I referred to those who've lost the ability to make their own welfare deci...
by Gordon Bennett
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:44 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thre

Fair enough. That will be you saying the right to die bill should be changed to 16 If the reason that 16 year olds can't vote is that they don't have a developed enough brain, then you shouldn't be allowed within a kilometre of a polling booth. Your stupid side step away from the question appears t...
by Gordon Bennett
Fri Aug 28, 2020 2:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thre

Dark wrote: Fri Aug 28, 2020 1:58 am
Fair enough.

That will be you saying the right to die bill should be changed to 16
If the reason that 16 year olds can't vote is that they don't have a developed enough brain, then you shouldn't be allowed within a kilometre of a polling booth.
by Gordon Bennett
Thu Aug 27, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thre

I have already asked, and you refused to answer, but could you please clarify which of the following 16 year olds should be able to do given your post, and why. The right to die Smoking weed legally Going into battle Voting Going to adult jail Okay, I'll bite as your logic is so atrocious. Firstly,...
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:49 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

That is massive false equivalence - and if I have to explain why, you’re a bigger imbecile than I thought. And tax is a massive red herring as well. If you can’t or won’t debate the actual points without resorting to bullshit false equivalence then I’m not going to waste my time.
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Aug 24, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I see that the Greens and Labour are trying to get 16 year olds to get the vote again. I know the Greens are desperate, but far out https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/424324/teens-ask-court-to-lower-voting-age-to-16 Do you have a problem with 16 year olds voting? If so, why? Personally, I can't se...
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I see that the Greens and Labour are trying to get 16 year olds to get the vote again. I know the Greens are desperate, but far out https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/424324/teens-ask-court-to-lower-voting-age-to-16 Do you have a problem with 16 year olds voting? If so, why? Personally, I can't se...
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:19 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

I see that the Greens and Labour are trying to get 16 year olds to get the vote again. I know the Greens are desperate, but far out https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/424324/teens-ask-court-to-lower-voting-age-to-16 Do you have a problem with 16 year olds voting? If so, why? Personally, I can't se...
by Gordon Bennett
Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:21 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33411
Views: 1223822

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Good. Despite signs on the trains this morning saying only sit in the window seats, some pillock with a clear cold and no mask came and sat next to me. Ugh. Not sure about the change on regional levels though. The outbreak seems to mainly be confined to Auckland at the moment and is still running it...