They are business people. All of Epsom and no other electorate in the country!They are hallowed. They have amazing decision making abilities. They could even vote for Winston if necessary! These are not your weak-willed, morally hog-tied professionals, your doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers, policemen, firemen and other lily livered public servants!
"Business people are more accustomed to putting sentiment aside for important decisions."
This comes in part from an environment where some journalists print press releases or accept National’s framing without question.
It’d be interesting to ask those people a follow up question along the lines of what makes the Greens far left.
Another anecdote- I had a conversation with a young voter with conservative parents who felt obliged to vote the Nats, but the other party that interested him was the Greens.
Since a sentence ago, huh?
And there seem to be some of the great columnists I remember whose work occasionally pops up there too- recent issue having Braunias and the man with the name at the top as well.
I think it is the only magazine that can compare to the broad appeal of the Listener in terms of its risk taking, in that it has (a lot!) of Steve Braunias's work and writers of the Public Address ilk, as well as Matthew Hooton.
(What do you do with people whose name ends in 's'? Is it Braunias' work or Braunias's work?)
and they keep repeating the $39,000 bs over and over again
"Labour MP Shane Jones said there was no future for Mr Brown in public life after this, and he had to decide whether to leave now or later."
Of all the people ffs
Orsman thinks it bizarre that Brown is not dragged through the street and lynched in the Herald approved manner as usually befits someone that receives upgrades.
15-5 Bernard. What I want to know is how did Dick Quax know about the report before it was released?
Do the opponents of Len Brown have to declare the generous gift he has given them of incalculable political value?
I think that is why we owe such a debt to those who say the emperor has no clothes.
Will it be our grandchildren looking at us over climate change the way we look at slavery? Or something else? Not being careful with our antibiotics?
Claims of Thatcher’s anti-apartheid stance made in the telegraph here:
Nice post Matthew.
I almost want to say- you’re alright (until I remember the whole Brash and Iwi/Kiwi thing) . But all the same, you're alright. I guess we all have a little cognitive dissonance to our positions.
I remember the main thing that interested me is that there was this whole other country where they played cricket, hidden away fossilized like the dinosaurs, and at the age I was at, I remember winning a speech competition asking if South Africa was ready to rejoin international cricket with the following lines:
“Mandela says no, what do you think?”
It wasn’t until much later, after Crowe and Hadlee had retired I realised there was much more to life than cricket and the much greater implications of the great man’s legacy. But the idea of this strange cricket nation emerging from a cave with a metaphorically long cricketing beard was what struck me most at the time, as I guess all I did was talk about and play cricket at that stage of my life!