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Terrible Trump and Clunky Clinton

Posted by Philip on 17 March 2016, 12:45 pm in , , , , ,

I'm no expert in politics but I'm feeling quite concerned about what's going on in America right now. Actually, I'm more than quite concerned — I'm a little terrified.

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump shouting

Never before have I been so apprehensive about the outcome of a foreign election campaign. But what started as a joke — Donald Trump running for US President — has emerged into a sure possibility and, even more scary, the alternative of Hillary Clinton seems less than hopeful.

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Election reflection

Posted by Philip on 21 September 2014, 4:45 pm in , , , , ,

I've had a theory for some time now that the early decades of each century are primarily conservative and the later decades are liberal. I'm no historian and I've got no research to back it up because I couldn't be bothered researching.

But I was born in 1967 in the hippy flower power era, followed by the 80s with its androgyny and outlandish fashion; the birth of the internet; and civil right movements left, right and centre. All at the end of the century that saw two world wars, the industrialisation of society and alcohol prohibition.

Now, just 14 years into the 21st century, NZ elects a National government for third term with the highest majority since god knows when and the second lowest vote Labour's ever had. Sure we've had gay marriage, but that has just increasd the numbers trapped by a conservative institution. And I won't be surprised if we prohibit alcohol again once we've made tobacco illegal.

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I had restricted access to voting booth then was treated like a second-class citizen by election officials because I use a wheelchair

Posted by Philip on 5 September 2014, 3:29 pm in , , , , , ,

orange elections mascotUPDATE 09 September 2014: I'm pleased to say I have been contacted by the Electoral Commission and the Grey Lynn Returning Officer since writing this email/post.

Email to the Electoral Commission


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How balanced is your ego?

Posted by Philip on 21 November 2011, 12:20 pm in , , , ,

French relationship expert Françoise Simpère writes:

"The arrogance of megolomaniacs is generally a cover for a chronic lack of self-confidence. Self-confidence is when one is aware of his or her qualities without falling victim to false modesty, while humility allows one to recognise quietly that even though he or she is a wonderful person, there may be qualities that he or she lacks. An individual with a balanced ego is fully aware of his or her own existence and does not need others to confirm it." (F. Simpère, The Art and Etiquette of Polyamory, 2011)

Chance would be a fine thing to find a politician on Earth with a balanced ego. Ironically, democracy as we know it couldn't exist without them needing confirmation from others of their existence. We'll be doing a lot of that next Saturday.

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Political policies I'd die for

Posted by Philip on 7 November 2011, 7:02 am in , , , ,

I remember saying once at a political forum I addressed as a comedian, "If I ever get into politics, someone shoot me." I still stand by that directive.

But were I to lose all reason for some reason and start, say, the Diversity New Zealand Party, here are some policy ideas I'd like to rabidly bark out in true politician style, before I received a bullet to the temple:

Health policy

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