Don't worry. The comments thread is being shaped and moulded to avoid any negative feedback loops appearing in the focus groups. Me and my monkeys have already been silenced.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g8mynrRd7Ak
Is he nuts?
Sorry but what party does he think he's in!
You know what I find frustrating. I thought and argued and analysed and drew on my hard won education that and then spent a large part of my weekend trying to craft an opinion piece that sets out a different way of looking at welfare, and trying to help to construct a new narrative around welfare, and it's published in a national newspaper, and then there's a whole comments thread under it that shows that plenty of people really do buy into some of the ideas I've tried to set out as clearly as you can in 750 words, written for a non-academic audience, and I even acknowledge my Labour affiliation there...We are all beneficiaries of the welfare stateand it might as well have fallen into a black hole.
Hi Deborah - I'll put up some extracts and a link to the article on The Standard some time later today or early tomorrow.
Except it doesn't provide security. You are aware of what is happening in Europe, they are taking drastic steps in a moment of crisis. Slashing back on everything. We will not need to do that here, because our political parties can talk about it rationally and carry out reforms before a crisis. I for instance, do not see why paying taxes towards Ron Brierleys pension is needed. You obviously support the need to do so, but I disagree. Can we not have this discussion without polemics descibing something as wholey good or wholey bad?
Deborah, your column was awesome. I posted it on my facebook page and everyone who read it was really into it. The majority of people who have the time and the impetus to comment on Stuff are not worth wasting our mind jubes on!
I second that. It was a great column.
Don't go thinking you can offload Mallard to our side. We're happy with him right where he is!But seriously; after Shearer's rev-up to caucus last week, what is Mallard trying to achieve/ And does Shearer have any option but to discipline him?
I suspect that there are various people who intellectually (if one could use such a word) are in full alignment with the goals and policies of the National Party. However, because at the time of choosing sides, their parents/peer group were staunch Labour, they've found themselves pursuing those policies within a nominally left wing party.Hence a sudden desire to channel NACT talking points.It's a bit sad. Maybe John Key will help out and offer Mallard a decent list placing. Or he could join ACT, UF or form the Good Old Kiwi Trevor Mallard Staunch Working Kiwi Party (membership: T. Mallard)
Sorry Rich, but Mallard is very much Labour's problem; unless Winston Peters is doing some succession planning...
I can only hope that Mallard's continuing self-destruction is getting the message home to those misguided Labour loyalists who think his critics are - by definition - all Tory trolls. Surely they can't keep pretending that Labour will be OK as long as there's a new puppet fronting the old fools.Caucus, do your job and get rid. Or are you "able to work, but refuse to"?
No, no, dig UP, stupid.
Not the first time Mallard's played this card. He came out swinging against striking teachers once, during his time as Education Minister.
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