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by grouch
Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:22 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

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 grouch
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:45 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Fozzie Out
Replies: 102
Views: 2198

Re: Fozzie Out

I'm finding it hard to enjoy the All Black matches, I keep thinking about this shitty appointment and how we could have been rebuilding and experimenting under an exciting new regime. I have no confidence in Foster and see nothing to look forward to until his contract is up. This team gives the imp...
by grouch
Tue Oct 20, 2020 9:30 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Santa said: I'm fine. I'm worried about New Zealand. An inexperienced and largely operationally incompetent government has just been elected and given the power to act pretty well unilaterally, at a time when a steady hand and cool headed competence is urgently needed. That has largely been brought ...
by grouch
Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Unbelievable and extremely entitled . And Collins maintains that it’s the other side that can’t do anything else ? Tone deaf ? Massive lack of self awareness in the post above. I’m aware hanging on to Brownlee ( let alone as deputy ) is peak stupidity . After getting an absolute shafting these guys...
by grouch
Thu Sep 17, 2020 11:10 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Just watched the news and kinda looking like we will lose the Bled and the RC .. what a cluster Still got the Mitre 10 cup ... chur 🤙 Another victory for the visionless accountants. After 1 round of NPC with full AB participation , the decision to once again gut the best Rugby Tournament in the wor...
by grouch
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:37 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

And while I’m at it , all you here that refer to Judith Collins as Mrs Wong Tung .. that is latent racism and you all know it . If we had an actual Mod this may be stopped . Shame that we have come to this . Well, really. I can't believe how precious National party voters have become. "Mrs Wong Tun...
by grouch
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

That is a terrible list. Any sentence starting with "Took action on..." or "Enhanced..." is woolly as fudge and means they haven't done anything substantive. I'm surprised it doesnt say stuff like "Put trousers on" or "Went to shop for biscuits ". Still - better than the "nothing" that it responded...
by grouch
Sat Sep 05, 2020 10:09 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: North/South: Who are the contenders? Add? Subtract?
Replies: 50
Views: 2641

Re: North/South: Who are the contenders? Add? Subtract?

Dark wrote: Sat Sep 05, 2020 12:09 pm Does bring up the age old question.

Why does the South Island breed better specimens of pure manlihood than the North.
They don't .
The true strength lies in their world leading poaching system.
by grouch
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: North/South: Who are the contenders? Add? Subtract?
Replies: 50
Views: 2641

Re: North/South: Who are the contenders? Add? Subtract?

These are indeed strange times. The diehards have been calling for the re-introduction of this fixture for years. It's on , albeit in a dead stadium but until the Mitre 10 cup kicks off this is all we've got BUT on match day I had to locate this thread on page 3 and give it the kiss of life. Predict...
by grouch
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

If that's who you wish to vote for Enz then it's not a wasted vote. The only wasted vote is the one that isn't made. I'd love to know what the true numbers would be if everyone who could vote did, and they voted with their heart and not their head. It's sad how many people I've spoken to who have s...
by grouch
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:40 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Trump however :roll: Except we aren’t talking about Trump , we are talking about Ardern so your deflection is weak . What’s the approved narrative amongst the Jastapo about Labour fraudulently claiming rent from an electorate office ? I’m guessing if one office is doing it there are many many more ...
by grouch
Thu Sep 03, 2020 10:33 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

For a political she is not a thinker at all. She has no identifiable political philosophy other than be nice and no technical understand of any aspect of anything relevant to political leadership, economics being the main one. Given the parlous state of our parliamentary democracy , it's apparent t...
by grouch
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

This is... Christ what's the word... it's on the tip of my tongue.... no it's gone https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/122618622/nobel-prize-winner-weighs-in-on-nzs-covid-strategy-from-a-poolside-in-portugal A “long shot” email from a Blenheim man has prompted a Nobel laureate to we...
by grouch
Thu Sep 03, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

ACT, naturally a 0.5% party, have benefitted only because of the demise of NZF and National. Take good look at the ACT list . Stacked with competent and articulate Firearms owners. I posted here a year ago lamenting the fact that the only person in Parliament making any sense over the proposed chan...
by grouch
Thu Sep 03, 2020 9:16 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

ACT, naturally a 0.5% party, have benefitted only because of the demise of NZF and National. Take good look at the ACT list . Stacked with competent and articulate Firearms owners. I posted here a year ago lamenting the fact that the only person in Parliament making any sense over the proposed chan...
by grouch
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:35 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Greens will be fine and Chloe will win Auckland Central anyway. Mrs Wong-Tung will do major damage to herself and National in the debates. It's NZF's farewell tour. They have been dire. ACT, naturally a 0.5% party, have benefitted only because of the demise of NZF and National. Just today JA has be...
by grouch
Thu Sep 03, 2020 8:10 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

The Posters/combatants in this phred seem to be clustered in the stands around the half-way mark. There's a few die hard supporters of each of the major brands competing for the middle ground , but generally most are that most fickle of creatures , the Centrist swinging voter. There's a lot of compe...
by grouch
Sun Aug 30, 2020 12:56 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Do you really think a for profit education provider always prioritises education to the best of their ability? Do you really think you'll get a straight answer? Charter/private schools are all about enabling substantially higher funding per child for those in the "know" compared to the state system...
by grouch
Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

This made me laugh. The rest of the thread is as bad. A cult has clearly arisen. That announcement by #NZ Prime Minister @jacindaardern on moving the election surely has to be one of the most succinct & thorough constitutional speeches by a Kiwi leader ever. The level of detail, consideration & def...
by grouch
Mon Aug 17, 2020 11:00 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

"princess cindy" & tory lite . Both Grouchspeak , if I'm not mistaken . Not disputing at all our PM's communication skills , consummate politician she may prove to be , but as yet , not proven. As I said yesterday , her post election cabinet will be critical in advancing any claim to greatness. Muc...
by grouch
Mon Aug 17, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Some good news for Labour's friend https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/300084478/czech-drug-smuggler-karel-sroubek-granted-parole This just beggars belief ! I'm looking for someone to vote for [ on 17 October :( ] , for the first time ever I'm considering putting a red line through all candidate...
by grouch
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Are there seriously keewees on here that don't agree with or feel that Jacinda Ardern has done a great job? Seriously? Response to Covid ? From slow start she/they have done an excellent job. Prior to that she/they were staring down the barrel of 1 term only , with nothing achieved. How they will m...
by grouch
Sun Aug 16, 2020 9:05 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Play this at my funeral - not a dry eye in the house
Replies: 56
Views: 2624

Re: Play this at my funeral - not a dry eye in the house

It will be a coin toss between these 2.

Atheist funerals can be bit awkward .

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oXlkwHECabU

or
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHhrZgojY1Q
by grouch
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:50 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

One of the most humorous concepts I have thought spouted is that Annette King and Little morally stood down for Ardern to waltz up, like Ardern had no actual hand in it. She isn't thick and just grabs opportunities no matter how much adoring Labour supporters seem to think she is. She worked for To...
by grouch
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:38 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

deep and powerful loathing of Mrs Wong Tung in the provinces and the Gnats are in trouble.. Really? what's this all about? I thought the Nat base love her. Not in the Heartland , she is reviled. The polls aren't lying. As a rule for as long as I can remember the First and most numerous election sig...
by grouch
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:36 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Winston Peters now calling for the election to be delayed. Probably the first thing he and I have ever agreed on Agreed. Surely Jacinda can't ignore the pleas of her deputy prime minister and the man responsible for making her prime minister. Come on Jacinda #bekind. :lol: Methinks princess Cindy h...
by grouch
Sun Aug 16, 2020 8:15 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

The PR people will end up telling her to put it off for a couple of months and she will I don't agree , here's why: Mood of the electorate has shifted , quantum fashion. I live in Northland , the folk of northland would vote for a donkey with tertiary syphillus if it was wearing a National rosette ...
by grouch
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:56 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Then again, if he had a time machine I reckon he was referring to the Yanks. You didn't answer the questions TMAB - typical Nats ploy, answer nothing if you can't make up a fib. What questions Enz? Just ask them. I take it you caught Chippy admitting this morning on Q and A they have only now just ...
by grouch
Sat Aug 15, 2020 11:11 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

Then again, if he had a time machine I reckon he was referring to the Yanks. You didn't answer the questions TMAB - typical Nats ploy, answer nothing if you can't make up a fib. What questions Enz? Just ask them. I take it you caught Chippy admitting this morning on Q and A they have only now just ...
by grouch
Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:53 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: NZ Politics Thread
Replies: 33347
Views: 1221080

Re: NZ Politics Thread

https://scontent.fhlz3-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/117673326_10217389598113744_7526588058955268407_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=8024bb&_nc_ohc=Y0tBc3LT9sYAX_a0tJk&_nc_ht=scontent.fhlz3-1.fna&oh=c70576668bb39cba53ffeca0cd12e5ac&oe=5F5EB2BC Then again, if he had a time machine I reckon he was referring to ...
by grouch
Sat Jun 27, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 June
Replies: 204
Views: 2558

Re: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 Ju

OK. So, basically it's open season at Soup level then? Have to say, it seems both confusing and inconsistent in term of development tracks too; so there is no geographical link between ITM and Soup at all? Admin? Funding? The SR franchises all fund academies and development pathways, but the player...
by grouch
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:37 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 June
Replies: 204
Views: 2558

Re: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 Ju

Thought the Blues had reverted to their old selves in that second half. Fair play to the Highlanders who played very well but felt like we were asleep at the start of the second half and started to play some vintage headless chook rugby. Then two of our stars this season faltered. Hoskin Sotutu mis...
by grouch
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:28 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Rebecca Long Bailey goooooooooooooooonnnnnnnneeeee!
Replies: 332
Views: 6482

Re: Rebecca Long Bailey goooooooooooooooonnnnnnnneeeee!

As of 2018, the world's "core" Jewish population, those identifying as Jews above all else, was 14.6 million. The core Jewish population of Israel was 6.1 million. " Semetic" peoples include Semetic jews, lebanese, Druze, Syrian , Palestinian , Jordanian . Anti- Israeli opinion and action cannot , i...
by grouch
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:09 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 June
Replies: 204
Views: 2558

Re: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 Ju

Thought the Blues had reverted to their old selves in that second half. Fair play to the Highlanders who played very well but felt like we were asleep at the start of the second half and started to play some vintage headless chook rugby. Then two of our stars this season faltered. Hoskin Sotutu mis...
by grouch
Sat Jun 27, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 June
Replies: 204
Views: 2558

Re: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 Ju

OK. So, basically it's open season at Soup level then? Have to say, it seems both confusing and inconsistent in term of development tracks too; so there is no geographical link between ITM and Soup at all? Admin? Funding? The SR franchises all fund academies and development pathways, but the player...
by grouch
Sat Jun 27, 2020 10:56 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 June
Replies: 204
Views: 2558

Re: SRA Rd 3: Blues v Highlanders - Match Thread - Sat 27 Ju

Thought the Blues had reverted to their old selves in that second half. Fair play to the Highlanders who played very well but felt like we were asleep at the start of the second half and started to play some vintage headless chook rugby. Then two of our stars this season faltered. Hoskin Sotutu mis...
by grouch
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:24 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Swing Low goooonnnneee?
Replies: 259
Views: 6230

Re: Swing Low goooonnnneee?

It could just me arriving late in a phred that has evolved into much more than it's origin BUT I can't help being confused by the discussion around 'Anglo Saxon' and rights of native peoples. Were the Saxons not german invaders , as were the Angles & Jutes ? The 'native ' celts linger on only on the...
by grouch
Sat Jun 20, 2020 11:08 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Gatland OUT
Replies: 277
Views: 14460

Re: Gatland OUT

GATLAND OUT They're a rabble. A bit harsh . They're suffering from lack of grunt/guile in the second row much as the formerly hapless blues have endured for nigh on 10 years. They really missed Brown since he was injured mid game last week and Ardron is sorely missed. In all likelihood a recruitmen...
by grouch
Sat Jun 20, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Rugby Forum
Topic: Chiefs vs Blues: MATCH THREAD: Saturday 20th June
Replies: 255
Views: 4910

Re: Chiefs vs Blues: MATCH THREAD: Saturday 20th June

what a lovely final pass. Great pass from a loosie. Sotutu is way ahead of any other no.8 in NZ right now. He's got to be in the All Black frame. He's got every skill you'd ever want in an 8. Kieran Read could never throw a pass like that. Hard to ignore his athleticism, graft and skill set, but IM...