Open Forum – Friday

24 February 2017

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26 Comments

  1. lurcher1948

     /  February 24, 2017

    Darn im a selfish greedy baby boomer,and PROUD of it Mayor of New Plymouth,WORK HARD you are paying for my pension,just saying

  2. Nelly Smickers

     /  February 24, 2017

    👿

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 24, 2017

      The Herald has only had one comment on that cartoon that was in earlier this week. It’s one of its best ones ever. I have cut it out-thank goodness it hadn’t gone out with the recycling. It’s a classic.

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  February 24, 2017

    I see Kim Jong-nam was killed by a nerve agent that can be generated from two reagents. Looks like the two women were given one each to apply to his face and then wash off themselves asap.

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/kim-jong-nam-north-korea-malaysia-nerve-agent-face-kuala-lumpur-airport-a7596746.html

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VX_(nerve_agent)

  4. lurcher1948

     /  February 24, 2017

    Some alternative truth from Nick Smith thank god he isn’t in power….WAIT
    file:///C:/bungthebore/photos/a.1018714941549000.1073741828.1018668581553636/1284163855004106/?type=3

    [A local file link won’t work for anyone else. PG]

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  February 24, 2017

      That will never fly, Lurch. No-one except the GCSB can get at your C drive.

      • Anonymous Coward

         /  February 24, 2017

        The last time someone did that it went C:/their real name/…

    • lurcher1948

       /  February 24, 2017

      UP and BNSF working,if we had bought units like this and not chinese crap our railways would hum…just saying

      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  February 24, 2017

        Passenger trains work fine in Europe and Asia too, Lurch, where they can compete with air travel on speed and price. But they need to connect big population centres and we don’t have them.

  5. patupaiarehe

     /  February 24, 2017

    This one is for you Lurch…

  6. Missy

     /  February 24, 2017

    Yesterday there were two by elections in ‘safe’ Labour seats, Stoke on Trent and Copeland.

    In Stoke Labour held on, despite it being the ‘Brexit Capital’ of the UK, and some thinking that UKIP could pull it off. Thought it should be noted that Labour won with a smaller majority (5179 in 2015, 2620 in 2017), and lost approximately 2% of its share of the votes, the same number UKIP went up by. It is thought by some that Nuttal (UKIP candidate) lost ground after he was forced to apologise for an untrue claim on his website that he lost good friends at Hillsborough.

    Copeland is the real talking point this morning. The Conservatives took out Copeland, a safe Labour seat, the first time a Governing party has won a by election since 1982. Labour has held Copeland since it was formed in 1983, and has lost it with an approximate 3% swing to the Conservatives. Copeland is reliant on the Nuclear Power Plant for their economy, and many voters believed that Corbyn would not protect their jobs and livelihoods – a damning indictment on a party that is supposed to be for the workers. Labour campaigned on the NHS, but discovered that wasn’t what was important to the voters there. Some believe that unless there are some major changes Labour are heading for a catastrophic defeat in 2020.

    • patupaiarehe

       /  February 24, 2017

      MOD No disrespect Missy, but this belongs elsewhere…

      • Missy

         /  February 24, 2017

        Sorry, where does it belong if not in Open Forum?

        • patupaiarehe

           /  February 24, 2017

          In a thread of it’s own Missy, there is one for US affairs, so why not European affairs too? I for one appreciate the regular updates from our ‘european correspondent’, & don’t think they should be ‘lost amongst the noise’ of Friday night OF. Fair enough?? 😉

          • Missy

             /  February 24, 2017

            Yes, sorry I thought you meant something different. 🙂

            I agree, a thread for European Issues would be good, especially as this year will be a big year for Europe, with Brexit, elections etc.

            Also, with the time difference it will mean I am not posting amongst all of the youtube videos during my morning. 🙂

            Pete, what do you think? Can we do this please?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  February 24, 2017

              Yes Pete, can we? I’m having a little chuckle to myself ATM, about you complaining about me ‘crying MOD’, Missy. You should know by now that I’m not easily offended 😀

            • Missy

               /  February 24, 2017

              I will admit to being a little puzzled as I did know you weren’t so easily offended, but now I know why, I have a warm glow for the rest of my Friday. 😀

              Speaking of, better go and do some work. Have a good night, and I will catch you later – hopefully with a European Issues Thread. 🙂

            • patupaiarehe

               /  February 24, 2017

              You too Missy, & I suspect you will. Ultimately it is up to Pete, but I suspect there are many more folks than I, who will vouch for you…

  7. patupaiarehe

     /  February 24, 2017

    Speaking of ‘noise’… Good noise, that is…

    The lead in this one is pretty intense, but there are regular ‘breaks’. Having said that, it is far from easy. People who don’t play, will appreciate this almost as much as those of us who do Just watch this guy…

    • patupaiarehe

       /  February 24, 2017

      Hey PDT, post something better…. 😛

      • Conspiratoor

         /  February 24, 2017

        An oldie but a goodie pat. Get that son of yours layin down the rythm while you throw some lazy vocals over the top. Cheers,c