Saturday, September 27, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Nandor says

"So, lets look at the silver lining. Lots of people are now motivated to ensure Key doesn’t get a third term. 
 This is a good time to harness some of that energy, not for political party work but for building a genuine constituency for change. 
 The thing that will ultimately define the shape of New Zealand is not politicians but the expectations of its citizens. 
 When there is a broad movement for a socially, ecologically and financially regenerative transformation, then the political parties needed to support that will be elected into Government. 
 But be warned – we are a long way from being able to deliver a compelling vision of the future."

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

What happened? This happened.

(From Bat Bean Beam and very astute he, Giovanni Tiso) is too!)
The rebuild

Morgan Godfery has described his sense of alienation in the days preceding last Saturday’s election – when poll after poll painted an ever-more-accurate picture of the scale of National’s eventual victory –as being akin to ‘a full-scale culture shock’. It’s a very canny observation: we are reminded from time to time, and not just around elections, that our country is many countries. We think we know the lay of the land yet occasionally find ourselves plunged in one of these other places, geographically contiguous but socially and culturally so distant as to make us recoil. Who are these people, these alien neighbours? Who are we?

John Key knows. Not because he lives in every New Zealand or visits there often, nor because he spies on us (although he does that too) but because he speaks every night to his faithful pollster. He has the data. The rest of us are left guessing, extrapolating wildly from local realities that are too small, from media narratives that are incoherent or downright false.

There is nothing so politically disarming as the inability to predict the future, which is to say apply a logic – any logic – to it. For instance: for a whole month I honestly thought that National would lose. It started shortly before Judith Collins was forced to resign, just as the feverish interest in Dirty Politics had begun to diminish somewhat. This is going to keep building, I figured. The stories have only just started to come out. How do you begin to neutralise a scandal when you can’t even trust your people to tell you what they’ve done?

But John Key knew. He could track the waves of popular sentiment from day to day. He knew which storms he needed to weather and where to erect his stonewalls. It would still have taken all his skill, no doubt, and we should never allow ourselves to forget what a formidable politician he is. But he has a fundamental advantage: he knows us better in a collective sense than we know ourselves.

Business as usual

Saturday, September 20, 2014


“The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents. 
 We live on a placid island of ignorance in the midst of black seas of infinity, and it was not meant that we should voyage far. 
 The sciences, each straining in its own direction, have hitherto harmed us little; but some day the piecing together of dissociated knowledge will open up such terrifying vistas of reality, and of our frightful position therein, that we shall either go mad from the revelation or flee from the deadly light into the peace and safety of a new dark age.”

Friday, September 19, 2014


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Monday, September 15, 2014


That's very good.

Tweet of the day - nfw


"Said I would not get embroiled in NZ politics coming here but fuckin hell the #teamkey clowncar wreck is gonna be fun - thanks @KimDotcom

Sunday, September 14, 2014