Don Brash lives on

National TV

See anything wrong with this animated gif from the National Party website? Does that look like the past leader, Donald Brash, on the TV screen, alternating with a much smaller and less prominent picture of John Key?

John Key and his state of the nation

National’s leader, John Key is finally beginning to reveal his policy. Today he delivered his ‘State of the Nation’ speech.

I was nearly impressed.

But I was also a little deflated that he was playing the ‘law and order’ card using that small subset of New Zealand society – youth.

It’s easy, especially looking over the occurrences of the last fortnight, to say that the country is going to hell at the hands of miscreant youth.

And it’s easy to conjure the names of every small child that has been beaten, murdered, or abused for the purposes of making a political point. This sort of sentiment will always appeal to the large group of voters who have no desire to look deeper than the pixels on their TV screens, or the ink on their newspapers – they’ll always believe everything they are told.

National intends to use the Defence Force to straighten these young people out.

They are also going to be handing over great wads of cash to educational institutions to keep 16 and 17 year olds engaged and off the streets. How does that really differ from keeping children at school longer? It’s transferring the problem from one institution to another.

This is a small policy and the news media shouldn’t be lauding John Key as the next leader of the country on the back of it.

Download the document here, and read the spin between the lines. It’s artful, and clever, but that’s all it is.

Borat banned?

BoratBreaking news on Stuff tonight – Borat costumes have been banned from the Sevens !

Excuse me? Banned?

They will be turned away this year, Inspector Kevin Riordan told TV3 tonight.

“It’s a family event and there will be children there,” he said, appealing to fans to have “a sense of decency”.

Surely this is over the top – a bit (but not quite) like individually wrapped chocolate fish.

Borat is a universally recognised character. The whole purpose of the Sevens is not to watch the rugby but to get dressed in funny costumes and drink a lot of alcohol.

My message to Inspector Riordan is “Get a sense of humour”.

Sir Edmund Hillary – 1919-2008

Sir Edmund Hillary, 1919 - 2008

Obesity and sleep #2

I have just watched more inadequate reporting on TVNZ’s late news.

Hannah Ockelford (Reporter and 2007 Qantas Award winner in the Student Category ) declared the Auckland University Study making a relationship between obesity and sleep was a “world first…”

As I said in my post when the report was released around a week ago on doing a Google Search using the terms “obesity” and “sleep” I found several studies, some as old as 1982, making this connection.

Obviously research hasn’t extended to discovering whether the press releases journalists are handed are old news or new.

Travelling by air

I wish I could write like this…a very very funny blog post on air travel primarily aimed at the American traveler.

Each time I fly is it my imagination or is there less leg room, and does the seat in front recline 2 inches further than it used to?

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