Category archive: Politics

Miscellany – November

Man hurries into the Auckland airport’s domestic terminal and stops.  It’s just not the place he once knew so well. Not many airport officers around to ask for directions but he does spot a tall Polynesian officer standing nearby. Man thinks he should know and so he stops and asks:

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Jacinda’s enduring legacy

What will be the most enduring legacy of PM, Jacinda Ardern? Will it be the fact that she and her party won in a landslide in this year’s election? Well yes, that’s now history. The fact that she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize? Close – it indicates the regard held for her internationally.

But none of this goes to the core of what she stands for. And a large part of the answer to that lies in two little words she uttered when we first entered our first lockdown: ‘Be kind’ she said.

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Left behind

Elections are hard on old lefties like me. Even the glorious Labour Party win left me subdued when it became evident the National Party voters who lent their vote to Labour had a condition attached: Hands off our taxes. And as a National TV panellist noted with much satisfaction after the win, “We have a centrist government.”

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And the winner is…

The Me generation is usually identified as the one born after us. But there is no Me generation, only Me people and, as each elections cycle shows, the Me people always have a winning vote.

Yet the media focusses on political parties, their policies and their representatives, and, of course, speculation about who is going to win, as if the outcome is unpredictable. Yet we know beyond doubt who is going to win.

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And the winner is…

The Me generation is usually identified as the one born after us. But no matter what the pundits say there is no Me generation. There are only Me people and, as each elections cycle shows, the Me people always have a winning vote.

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Miscellany – September

How the spread of Covid 19 is based on two things.

  1. How dense the population is.
  2. How dense the population is.

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Here’s the best summary of that self-styled ‘stable genius’ – President Trump. It comes from Ed Yong, staff writer covering science for that great and enduring magazine The Atlantic.  It’s titled How the Pandemic Defeated America and it’s a searing description of Trump as he   wrote off the Corona virus.

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Counting Our Blessings

Here’s why we should all feel particularly glad to live in New Zealand at this time, and not only because Covid-19 has gone.

First, because we have no natural predators, and secondly the three rapacious leaders of America, China and Russia don’t think we are worth bothering with. And just in case they do happen to look our way, they will be confused by our headlines.

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Sins of the fathers…

Labour wants it, sort of. Aucklanders deserve it.  New Zealand First at this stage at least, has blocked it.  As a result, Auckland’s roads are quite simply,  constipated. It could be the increase in  car commuting  but also rapid population growth.

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Let Them Eat Cake

I don’t share the wishful thinking of those who believe the Corona pandemic will somehow lead us to a more enlightened way of thinking. As if the blight of dirty dairying, unsustainable tourism and no-tax housing investment is going to be less inviting after alert level one has come and gone.

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