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Old 05-16-2008, 09:39 PM   #211
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Well, National apparently won't sell it in their first term in power, but just wait four years.


I don't trust those bastards. I hope my father's cynicism proves right and Labour forms government despite National receiving a higher percentage of the vote.
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I don't trust those bastards. I hope my father's cynicism proves right and Labour forms government despite National receiving a higher percentage of the vote.
We live in hope.
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We live in hope.
As long as the Greens and NZ First stay in parliament, there's a good shot.

Is Jim Anderton or whatever his name is (formerly of the Alliance) still on the scene too?
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As long as the Greens and NZ First stay in parliament, there's a good shot.

Is Jim Anderton or whatever his name is (formerly of the Alliance) still on the scene too?
I love how quick the Maori party were to sell themselves out last time, all happy to form an alliance with National.


And yeah, he's still kicking around with the Jim Anderton Progressive Party. That's actually the name of the party, i believe.
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I love how quick the Maori party were to sell themselves out last time, all happy to form an alliance with National.


And yeah, he's still kicking around with the Jim Anderton Progressive Party. That's actually the name of the party, i believe.
Which surprises me, since you'd think Labour rather than National would be the major party more likely to give a shit about the Maori. National surely would be only too happy to sell Maori land and I imagine most of its voters are appalled about things like "Mount Cook/Aoraki" and "Mount Taranaki".

Ha. Well, at least he's exploiting the name recognition he has ...
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Been thinking about it.
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Which surprises me, since you'd think Labour rather than National would be the major party more likely to give a shit about the Maori. National surely would be only too happy to sell Maori land and I imagine most of its voters are appalled about things like "Mount Cook/Aoraki" and "Mount Taranaki".
Exactly. I lost pretty much all of my respect for them when they showed they'd rather sell their principles out and have a hand in power.
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Exactly. I lost pretty much all of my respect for them when they showed they'd rather sell their principles out and have a hand in power.
That's politics for you.

I know my father in his "OH NOEZ NASHNULZ GONNA LOOSE" paranoia thinks the Maori Party this time around will basically just allow whoever can form government (i.e. Labour) to govern by not blocking supply bills, and then vote on its own terms for everything else.
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Federal funding: discuss.
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Federal funding: discuss.
What about it? I'm amused, disappointed, and unsurprised that the bulk of Kevin Rudd's recently announced "Building Australia Fund" for national infrastructure will go to road rather than rail. I love how politicians blather on about keeping trucks off the roads and reducing congestion by encouraging public transport ... then build more highways. Idiots.
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I think i've had an exam question like that before.
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I don't know, you were talking about politics and I just wanted to jump in with something generic since I know nothing about non-American politics.
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Not that it's a hugely pressing issue in New Zealand, given the provinces were abolished in 1876.

Can't wait to write about that in my Honours thesis.
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