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From Key/English to English/Bennett

Posted by Philip on 12 December 2016, 8:22 pm in , , ,

So we've seen probably one of the quickest voluntary political leadership changes since I don't know when. In NZ? In the world? I don't know. But I'm not aware of another political (or any) leader give a week's notice.

Trust John Key. He's such an arrogant wanker. Only he could say, "I'm bored. I'm over it. I'm off to Hawai'i next week. Sort it."

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The age of the one-off

Posted by Philip on 11 June 2015, 9:17 am in , , , ,

It seems like neo-liberalism has reached its farcical extreme in the last week or so. First with Lecretia Seales' bid before the High Court for the right to die with dignity.

Then Peter Dunne gives Ministerial approval, on compassionate grounds, for the one-off use of Elixinol, a cannabis product, for Alex Renton who is in "status epilepticus", a kind of prolonged seizure.

The latter is made all the more ironic given Dunne was behind the prohibition of legal highs. Add tot his his disclaimer, "Ministerial approval in this case does not extend beyond Mr Renton's application and should in no way be construed as setting a wider precedent," and I'm left wondering where this is heading.

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A new conservative era?

Posted by Philip on 14 December 2014, 11:00 am in , , , , , , , ,

Cyndi Lauper with her chequerboard shaveRemember the 1970s? Hippies, free love, communes, punks, safety pins, Saturday-Night Fever, John Travolta, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, long hair, muslin shirts?

Remember the 80s? Androgyny everywhere — Boy George, high hair dyed every colour, guys with eyeliner, Annie Lennox with orange hair, Cyndi Lauper with her chequerboard shave?

Remember the 90s? The internet boom, the Human Rights Act condemning discrimination on the grounds of disability and sexual orientation, poor fashion choices, outstanding hip hop and alt rock music?

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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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