last week i was introduced to 'gam'.
it is alternately the shapeliness of a woman's leg, or, a bunch of whalers talking at sea.
i've had trouble trying to establish any connection between the two definitions.
i'm inclined to agree with webweaver. the entire matter smacks of "plausible denial".
john howard and the AWB are another example. that evil little shit.
bassett is alleged to have edited orewa.
now there's a freaking surprise... reading his columns makes me want to write angry letters.
weston, wasn't meaning to sound angry. it's just that the orewa-line really grinds my gears.
i can't really comment on National party policy or lines of argument, but can say with conviction that the "saved from irrelevance" argument always seems trite. when has the National Party not been the natural alternative govt?
maybe they just needed to understand that 'minority bashing' and 'consensus-building' are two entirely different animals? brash obviously didn't.
weston, i think you might find that the largest movement on treaty politics was in fact advanced by 'the right'.
the 4th Labour Government opened the pandora's box of historical grievance, but then did nothing to address the results (i'm thinking specifically of Prebble's patronisation and mishandling of the Tainui settlements in the late 1980s).
meanwhile, National under Bolger and Graham picked up the ball and produced a workable solution. the late 90s (and current) treaty consensus descends directly from that work.
Brash's Orewa speech was a quantum leap backwards into colonialism and assimilation of 'the hories'. fostering racial dissent is not a reflection of democracy in action, i.e. tapping the 'national mood', it is demagoguery or the worst kind.
ditto to david. i also grew up in a state house, but in pre-boom mount maunganui. and my background is a little more, umm, 'difficult' than David's. statistically, i should be in prison.
as for making it out of that mire, let's just say that the attitudes of some conservatives were less than helpful.
you think NZL doesn't have a 'class-ist' attitude? try looking up from where i started.
phew... would hate to think people caught me out making shit up. again.
what the? where's my score of ten!
i tried this last night and got ten by answering yes to everything that sounded vaguely like something a liberal economist would vote for, and no to everything a moral conservative would vote against.
i.e., "those homos better tax me lightly, or not at all".
damit! pipped to the post by hamish.
good to see they're "acting as individuals" in Victoria too, just as they did in Tasmania.
with exactly the same message. and agenda. and almost the same method.
but i suppose a misogynistic cult is a misogynistic cult. <strike>burkha</strike> headscarve for your ladies gentlemen?