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Dildos, Mickey Mouse, rent-a-protest and that flag

Posted by Philip on 6 February 2016, 11:16 am in , , , , , ,

It's been a troubling week with the signing of the TPPA and the Prime Minister flip-flopping over his attendance at Te Tii Marae at Waitangi. These events weren't troubling in themselves, but his reactions were. John Key called the kawa (protocol) of the marae "Mickey Mouse" and TPPA protestors "rent-a-protest".

Josie Butler, an anti-TPP protester, threw a dildo at Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce, shouting "that's for raping our sovereignty". And then Key was seen wearing a lapel badge of the most popular alternative flag at a formal event.

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Labour leaders' narrow answers to a narrow question

Posted by Philip on 12 September 2013, 11:13 am in , , , ,

Over on Labour's blog, leader-hopefuls David Cunliffe, Shane Jones and Grant Robertson fail to inspire me with their answers to one of the most fraught questions of our nation's history – and now, it seems, our future:

  • How are you going to blend the two main traditions we have in New Zealand, Maori and Pakeha, to provide the basic identity profile with which we can go forward into a multi-ethnic future?

I'll critique the question later. But first, the answers, as I said, don't leave me with much hope for the present or future of Labour's leadership.

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Public holidays: honour or habit?

Posted by Philip on 25 April 2013, 12:31 pm in , , , , , , ,

They say old habits die hard and, when it comes to public holidays, old habits seem to be to glorify death and other rituals that are way out of date.

ANZAC Day is one of my pet-hate public holidays. When will we stop glorifying war? It should at least be a day of shame, but to continue etching war into the psyche of New Zealand and Australian culture by having a holiday seems pointless.

I've often shared my thoughts about Christmas. Easter is another cluster-fuqq* of paganism, Christianity and capitalism. Queen's Birthday isn't (and, by the way, will it change when she carks it?) and Labour Day, well, the forty hour week is fast becoming a thing of the industrial past.

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Of treaties, gay marriage, belonging and other fitting things

Posted by Philip on 6 February 2013, 11:32 am in , , ,

Many years ago I had an inkling that I didn't fit in. Nonetheless, for years after, I kept trying. The disabled community, the Youthline community, the gay community, even the comedian scene (it's not really a community) — in each I tried to find a common thread, a sense of belonging or, as Seth Godin might say, my tribe.

Alas, each time I threw myself with open arms into these groups — whom I thought would surely embrace me and with whom, in return, I would live happily ever after — I emerged feeling disappointed, rejected, irritated or just reluctantly affirmed: I didn't fit in.

Brené Brown has made an important distinction – in her work on shame, vulnerability and wholeheartedness –between fitting in and belonging. Fitting in, she says, is not belonging. Fitting in is changing yourself to be like the people with whom you want to feel a sense of belonging. True belonging, by contrast, is being accepted for who you are, fully and without exception, by that group of people.

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