Archive for July 14th, 2008

“..it’s called ‘intelligent radio’..bill..”

July 14, 2008

I was intending to post on Ralston’s vapid attack on our public radio services. (Can’t link to the full article and don’t recommend buying the Listener at the moment; certainly not to read Ralston. Suggest a quick look in the supermarket.) Fortunately, I didn’t, because Russell Brown covers it exceedingly well.

Ralston derides Radio New Zealand as “dreary”, “dedicated to servicing an audience that also passed away years before.” It is a “rest home” serving “an insipid menu of stewed apple and bananas” with a side order of “smug, hand-wringing liberal contortions.” And so on.

The usual diet of half-baked ideas and smug prejudices strung together with nary a thought to anything except the sound they make, that we’ve come to expect from Ralston.

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Another over-hasty, ill-thought out, policy burp from National

July 14, 2008

Today’s Brownlee policy burp shows up yet again the off-the-cuff, amateur-hour nature of National’s policy-making. It’s scary. These people could be in government in just a few months.

Yesterday SOE Minister Trevor Mallard announced that the Government is doing an exploratory study to see whether we can assemble trains in NZ. As Steve Pierson at The Standard points out, National has come out against the idea even before the report is complete.

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