Margaret Mahy was a fabulous writer and this post pays a wonderful tribute to her. We have lost a great deal but we have a magical legacy to treasure.
There was a pretty wide spread view at the time, that the cops knew that Thomas had done it but couldn't pin it on him. This was always told to me in an approving manner as we all felt that the police were there for us and that we could trust them. The current view of police would, I hope, not be so accepting.
It is quite horrifying to think that a whole country was prepared to look the other way but meshes with the ideas I have of the old days in NZ.
And, although already mentioned once, P.J.Harvey's "Let England Shake" is about the best thing evah.
From Soup to Nuts.
Well, partly. The election seemed to have been decided in many people's minds long before it actually took place. I thought Goff did well, aside from his numbers gaffes he was credible and energetic. People seem not to have been clever enough to see it and contrast it with Key's disinterest with the whole thing.
Given:The people of Epsom ignoring Teapot Drone and doing what they always do, and
Given:The presence or absence of Phil Goff seeming to have no bearing on the poll numbers for Labour, and
Given: The statement by John Key that he would not work with Winston Peters having no effect on the backwash of NZF into parliament, and
Given: The low election turnout.
This year's word should be Elecshun
Yeah, they didn't understand the card, FletcherB. It's a little difficult to see how that could happen but it's a funny old game, the voting game.
I helped at a polling booth and I can't say that it was enjoyable. The actual handing out stuff and dealing with the public was fine but the counting was a nightmare. It was cool to see folks voting and taking it seriously though.
They won. That's why they are in politics, to win. To start declaring them the underdogs after such a bloody good win is to stretch the limits of punditry to infinity and beyond. Lord knows what the next 3 years will bring, I'm picking magic ponies for everyone, myself.
So why do it? To get the left over confident and not too worried about the loss, "Yeah it was bad but if we just keep on keeping on".
If I could see it then it's probably visible from space, honestly.
And change is what Labour need to do. Williams put it very well that it's time for his generation to move on. Time for him and Trotter and the like to mosey off in to the sunset.
Well I guess I did listen to them. Because I tend to analyse what people say, I felt that Hooten was playing up or exaggerating the problems for the National government so as help keep the base energised. That's what he does. He's an activist i.e. one who is active. I'm sure he is happy to get mentioned at PAS.
I disagree that National will be the underdog in 2014 and feel that two days after the election is too early to call the next election. I feel that stressing the negatives for the government is propaganda (information, esp. of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.) at this stage.
Did anyone else hear M.Hooten on the radio this morning "National will be the underdog in 2014".
Laugh, I nearly started. He was going overboard on how it was a bad win for them and they had better watch out.
Gotta keep catapulting the propaganda.
Goff did well enough that he doesn't need to go now. 6 months time would be the time for it, let people get their heads around what needs to be done and get the generational change sorted out.