Friday, April 6, 2012

The Good Friday Forum - 6 April 2012

It's Friday again, and a very significant Friday it is. We won't be doing a lot of blogging today, but feel free to share your thoughts here.

But away from the significance of Easter to the Christian community, it's also a huge sporting weekend. Easter always used to mark the transition from summer to winter sports, but the advent of professional competitions has blurred those margins, and both rugby and league are already well into their seasons. But there is no shortage of sport to enjoy this year.

First-up, well done to the NZ Breakers. They are still alive in the ANBL after a 94-83 win in Townsville last night. It's now back to Vector Arena on Saturday night for the decider. The Blues were not so lucky; their season of pain continues after a loss to the Rebels in Melbourne last night.

What's in store for the rest of the weekend? TV coverage of the US Masters has begun; golf's first Major of the year. There's a full round of Super Rugby and NRL; the World Track Cycyling Championships are on in Melbourne; the Phoenix are away to Perth tomorrow night in the A-League play-offs, and of course there's the ANBL semi-final decider as well. Who needs chocolate and buns when there's a veritable feast of sport like that?

And if you don't want to talk sport, that's fine as well; this is YOUR forum, so go for it. All we ask is a modicum of respect for the views of others, even if you don't share them.

Have a great Easter weekend; meanwhile the floor is, as ever, yours...


Pete George said...

My thoughts on Peter Dunne's post on liberal centrism:

It doesn't mean wishy washy fence sitting, in fact most people are closer to centrism than either left or right extremes.

It's often misunderstood, as predictably demonstrated here:

Jacqueline said...

Hope you have a very happy Easter KS - despite all that sport! ;)

Anonymous said...

Peter Dunne is the epitome of wishy-washy and efforts to deny that by his pale shadow, Pete George are laughable. Even with Dunne and George standing in a close embrace, we can see straight through the both of them, so insubstantial are they.

Tinman said...

Pete, I've read the quote.

It says nothing except "please don't dislike me, I don't have an opinion" and, quite frankly, it says it badly.

Mr Dunne is simply attempting to mitigate the general perception that he is a political whore - unsuccessfully in my view.

As for the claim that most people are centralist, I doubt that most people are any "ist" at all, swinging from right to left whenever either appears to be the least offensive option.

For mine, I am a right-wing liberal, but then I get bored easily and tv doesn't do it for me.

Anonymous said...

The Greens are kicking arse!
"Achieving 17% support in the latest Roy Morgan Poll is a deserved boost for the Greens leading in to this Easter Break. The Greens have performed especially well in opposition so far, with some stirling efforts from some of our newest and youngest MPs.

National has had an easy run with the press and while they have had scandal after debacle, blame has been effectively deflected elsewhere in most cases. If this current term sees the media developing greater intellectual rigor and a backbone we will see National implode like Act as their leadership struggle for personal survival on their sinking ship and start blaming each other. With Collins being forced to fund her own legal costs, this process is already beginning."

Tinman said...

What are they growing in Southland?

Billy said...

I read the links off this page and it turned my stomach. Someone there please speak out about this abomination going on through Family Planning in Auckland.