Post by James Christophers Post by Rich80105 Post by Crash Post by Tony
Not a bad summary.
Weak governance by Labour.
I agree, and I also agree with almost everything that Peter Dunne
says. It is a well-argued article that those of us who are
politically neutral will find to be of interest.
I agree with the Subject - yes there is some truth in the Heading for
Some is however essentially bullshit. Much is made of Victoria
University's intransigence regarding its change of name. The problem is
that, by design, Miniserial power does not extend tot he detail of a
lot of things, and operational decisions and marketing expenses by
universities is not one of them. Yes the Vice-Chancellor has been
stupid, but that is not unknown in many large organisations. VUW does
in fact spend a large amount of money trying to attract overseas
students - in general universities do form part of the reason why rents
have risen so sharply in many cities, but it does raise money
indepentently of government. Dunne claims that the Minister has stood
by quietly - but has no suggestions for what he should have done.
Threaten government funding? No it is nothing to do with academic
freedom (where he gets that strange idea fom is not stated), but to do
with organisational independence from political interference. I suspect
Dunne is in a dream world of National party authoritarianism where to
think that mafia-like tactics were possible was actively encouraged
while in practice not much happened.
Overall, the article features the ravings of a disappointed acolyte for
parst authoritarianism - the current government is much more inclined
to only intervene in areas where it has real authority . . .
What Dunne misses is the failure of this government to have moved
quickly enough to force government departments and local authorities to
progress a more open society through Freedom of Information - a major
issue relating to transparency and accountability which Dunnes raises
int he heading and then ignores. I appreciate it takes time to reverse
the exxessive secrecy encouraged by the previous government (John Key
proudly said that his government did not comply with the act), but the
public service needs to embrace the spirit of that legislation.
Poor Peter Dunne - he is now an irrelevancy.
So you say, but that is down more to a compliant superficiality of both
politician and voter alike. After all, as a sports-drugged nation, bread
and circuses are what it's all about, surely? Again, when was the last
time a New Zealand coroner's verdict reported that, "The deceased died
from an excess of intellectual stimulus"?
Dunne’s article reflects the intellectual's admirable tendency to a
sober, reasoning neutrality (albeit suggestively conservative with a
small ‘t’); a quiet voice in the general cacophony of combative
politicking which, at times, reaches into the realms of the gratuitously
nasty and mendacious solely for the sake of nothing but crude
Dunne has been under-appreciated and under-deployed more often than not
when his intuitive strengths and deeper insights could have exerted much
more influence on this country’s advancement than I think most people
realise. In the terse stridency of a drive-by sound-bite world, it’s
the decibels that count. This when both politicians and voters of
every persuasion opt for an ‘all mouth and no trousers’ rhetoric and
hubris over more considered and calibrated opinions - as given in the
article currently under discussion.
To me, Dunne has sometimes come over as unapproachable, sullen and
retentitve, these less than amenable qualities having always belied what
I think has always been his true worth.
out. More, having done so, he had the knack of leaving you convinced
that he'd actually listened, which is a rare gift among politicians.
Post by James Christophers
More’s the pity.
Switch over to MSNBC and its rival Fox News to hear artificial
augmentation of the message. Listen very closely: what you'll hear is a
form of distortion - yes stridency - being electronically generated with
what is known in audio engineering as 'gating' and 'limiting' with
realtime psycho-acoustic algorithms applied to the signal - particularly
to chest-voice resonances - to 'project' the voice with an artificial
weight and impact, giving it fist-force and authority. You'll hear the
same thing going on 24/7 on Newstalk ZB et al, and also on every local
TV newscast and other similar material. Trouble is, with the shallow
"Kiwi twang" predominating, rather than elegantly enhance we've ended up
with barking men and quacking women. For me a total turn-off.
This is what the 'magic of digital' has brought us - yet another stick
with which today's world has chosen to beat itself. It all started way
back in the early 70's, punching out TV and radio commercials. Each was
trying to top the next as a way of boosting their hard-sell propaganda,
nowadays to the KFC-and-Tui slump-gut viewer already rendered insensate
by such consciousness-elevating material as The Block, Married at First
Sight and Survivor, not to mention, of course, Seven Sharp.
Some even call this 'progress'...