Open Forum – Friday

3 November 2017


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  1. David

     /  November 3, 2017

    Now we have an opposition, seeing as the fourth estate has now become the fourth member of the coalition charged with running spin and arguably the best performing part so far, perhaps they could shame the government into actually releasing all of the coalition agreement and the how much this is going to cost seeing as we are paying for it.
    It would make my day if there was an 11 billion dollar hole.

  2. David

     /  November 3, 2017

    Where is any mention of repealing the 3 strikes law ? As a basic of politics when your party came a distant second and in 3 years or less you once again face the electorate and have to pick up votes from your opponents why would you do a favour to criminals. No one except far lefties who,s votes you already have gives a shit and a proportion bemoan it doesnt go far enough.
    I have always thought Little arrogant and will be a minister who causes Ardern issues.

    • Gezza

       /  November 3, 2017

      Inclined to agree. Never won a seat. All the “ordinary working New Zealanders I speak to every day” travelled on the bus with him. He just irritated the other ones, according to the polls, when he was the leader of the Labour Party. Oblvious to his unpopularity & the general notion he has no idea what ordinary New Zealanders think.

      • duperez

         /  November 3, 2017

        Yeah, never trust those who never a win a seat. They’re the types who come up, or fall in, 11 billion dollar holes.

  3. Patzcuaro

     /  November 3, 2017
  4. lurcher1948

     /  November 3, 2017

    Donald POTUS45 send these ferals to GITMO for waterboarding…or put them on your team

  5. lurcher1948

     /  November 3, 2017

    This white person killed 3 randomly in Walmart, should he die, POTUS 45 tweet us, give us your expert judgement or is it only muslims you hate???

    • You’ve answered your own question, I think.

      I’ll be interested to see if Trump say anything about this and the three terrorists in the other story.

      In the meantime, give Old Velvet-ears an ear-rub from me.

    • Corky

       /  November 3, 2017

      The Walmart shooter is an American native. If the court decides he dies, he dies. The Muslim terrorist dies without question. Trump has it right. He is a soldier, and should be treated as such.

  6. lurcher1948

     /  November 3, 2017

    Helmets help avoid fatal injuries, but don’t improve body shape.

  7. lurcher1948

     /  November 3, 2017

    So how much did Sir Key and national cost New Zealand with their illegal raid on Kim Dot Com for hollywood and the USA, how much do you think the police paid out??.

  8. sorethumb

     /  November 3, 2017

    What started with Hollywood women denouncing Harvey Weinstein has rapidly developed into a global movement decrying sexual harassment. The #MeToo stories of high profile women working in politics, the media and theatre make for headline news. To some feminist campaigners this represents a tipping point, a watershed moment that could lead to new legislation and cultural change. Hour after hour, more stories emerge, and accusations of rape become conflated with decade-old clumsy flirtations. Sexual harassment has become the moral panic of our times. And when, in the panic, unsubstantiated finger-pointing has the power to destroy careers, we have all the trappings of a witchhunt.

    In the UK, attention this week has focused on Parliament. A spreadsheet detailing the sexual misdemeanors of 40 so-far anonymized MPs, compiled from a secret WhatsApp group of secretaries and researchers, is circulating. Slowly names have emerged. Bex Bailey, a Labour activist, says she was raped by someone senior in the party in 2011 but told that reporting the crime would damage her career. Meanwhile Kate Maltby, an academic and political journalist, has gone public with the revelation that first Secretary of State, Damien Green, put a “fleeting” hand against her knee “so brief, it was almost deniable.”

    In the swirl of rumor and panic, both these incidents come to be discussed in the same breath. It is assumed they are at either ends of a continuum of abuse. But rape and clumsy attempts at flirtation are in no way comparable. To conflate the two trivializes rape. But the advantage for feminist campaigners of blurring the distinction between assault and sexist banter is that it allows all women to present themselves as victims.