Nice pictures, just down the road from TV One HQ, easy peasy. It’s still to all intents and purposes a government department you know!
I would say they have no idea what middle NZ is or thinks about. For example, hold up their choice of hosts for Seven Sharp – all jolly well and good but those three are about as far away from ordinary NZers as you could get.
I think most people have accepted there is no point in protesting about anything – the government and all political parties couldn’t give a flying F what the ordinary person wants. That has been demonstrated quite well by all of them, and not just National. Our politicians are so far out of touch with the average person – they may as well be on another planet.
Why bother getting cold, when you can stay home nice and warm and achieve the same result.
Less than a double-figure turnout in a city of over 100,000 (including the country’s most left-leaning university) suggests that the partial asset sales debate is well and truly over, and that John Key and National have won.
Peter George. 1.43pm. Patriot – A person who loves, supports and defends his or her country and its interests with devotion.
Do you have a problem with the US religious right as I would not have linked them to what I was meaning.
then again why should we stand up for what is best for our country as we have no pride. Hell we dont even like our flag. Love them or hate them we could learn a few things from Aussie & America about pride.
I agree its a problem David, but coverage is possibly more balanced than you think.
In January 2008, after the Electoral Finance Act had been passed I turned up at the Greens’ State of the Planet Speech on Waiheke to protest. There was only me and 2 others, and a single placard. Yet we got about 7 or 8 seconds on the TV3 news that night. Not bad for 3 people, albeit we weren’t the lead story.
I watched the protest walk past whilst standing in a shop on Queen st.
Bad drum and bass and reggae thumping out of the lead van drowned out the protesters and the few signs I saw were so badly written and contradictory that by the time I had figured out what the fuss was about the protest was gone leaving a bunch of bemused shoppers who shrugged and continued going about their business.
Actually, I thought it was a pretty good metaphor for the whole debate.
@bhudson the way the protest smelled I am not suprised to learn that they had Karl Marx with them.
“A miniscule number – 0.02% of the population of Auckland or 2 in 10,000.”
True, but do you want media coverage to be based on numbers turning up at a protest? I think if you apply this rule more generally you’ll find there is a whole heap of media coverage of the opinions of people who haven’t ever managed to get even 300 people to march down the street.
Protesters at the National Party’s Mainland Region conference say their mock toll booth was so well-received it may be used again. Keep Our Assets Christchurch members put up a toll booth on the Wairau River bridge, on the road to Hanmer Springs where the conference was being held, saying the bridge had been “privatised”.
The move aimed to highlight opposition to the government’s privatisation of state assets such as Mighty River Power. About 20 members also protested outside the conference venue in Hanmer Springs.
Member Steve Howard said the toll booth was well received, with some motorists even offering to pay a toll. “Of course we weren’t in a position to receive money off people, that’s not what we’re about, so we said ‘no thank you’,” he said. “Most people thought it was very funny. Nine out of ten people smiled and waved and thought it was an amusing way to present the argument.”
Mr Howard said the protest followed a march in Christchurch yesterday.
The toll booth was dismantled about 12.30pm today, but may be used again elsewhere.
“We got such a good positive reaction from the public we will consider what other uses we can put it to.”
What an idiot.
On the concept of toll roading, a toll road can sit perfectly alongside a public road. If you don’t want to pay, you drive on the public road, and take any traffic congestion as you find it. If you do want to pay, you drive on the toll road and get to your destination earlier – and that’s one less car contributing to congestion on the public road. I’ve driven on toll roads, and for each toll road I’ve driven on, there was a public road alternative.
On the concept of “highlight[ing] opposition to the government’s privatisation of state assets such as Mighty River Power”, based on yesterday’s “protest” turnout, well good luck with that!