Some times the truth is the truth Tom
And as for worrying about the dead wood that a National win might expose us all too
Both parties have plenty of that (Judith Tizard anyone) but when you have seen quite as many changes of government as i have you will find thata change of government is not quite as traumtic as you might imagine
The two parties have more in common that they have differences
The sky will not fall
In fact new Labour Governments are much more likely to introduce change than the so called right who mostly just like to have a go with the handles of power and hang on to those by doing as little as possible
Yes, Helen Clark is good if not a great politician (only time will tell on that)
But I think we might find that come election day the electorate are over that
Instead of smart/sharp one answers we want someone who can guide the country through the tough times that are upon us
Not sure that Key is the man for that but someone who has lived in the real world (outside the beltway) is felt ot be more likely to do a better job that a bunch of academics etc
People really do feel that Labour do not know what it is like to try and raise a family, drive a car and keep a their heads above water
I think this perception is the real problem for Labour
And trips to Queenstown and expertese on the snow are not likely to change their minds
You say it so well David, indeed evocative
When I realised what the weather would be like when you were due to cross I rather hoped you might pospone
But it is worth it, just for the views if nothing else
Great idea,how about some Labour M.Ps 'cause some of them are going to be looking for something to do if the polling is correct and they are great at sticking their noses into other peoples business
The only thing that stops this idea as a goer is "whipping them into shape"
Easy to be a tough man on the mean streets when no one else is armed, not so easy when the odds are more even
Russell surely you meant to say:
"You can have my semicolons; when you prise them from my cold, dead hands' "
While to me it has always seemed Bill Sutch was probably one of the good guys you do have to wonder just what he was doing meeting a Russion (KGB spy) in rather strange circumstances
I await the opening of the appropriate KGB file
He was a very clever man, who knew it and that can lead to strange outcomes but I have always thought of him as a NZ patriot so as I say I look forward to the Russian files being opened
As for the SIS what a bunch of plonkers, nothing will ever change my thoughts on those fools
Well, I waved David but you may have missed it as the weather was a little murky.
If you get a chance to go to Stewart Isalnd just do it, really has fantastic bird life and a nice feel to the place
High light for me was the Pantomine with about 50 involved from a population of 400?, really great show with lots of local jokes.
Quizz night at the pub had to be cancelled, everybody was at the show
The after match function went on for quite some time......
My point is, that to my eye the anger is not genuine but manufactured in response to a poll that suggest that ordinary NZers are angry
If Miss Clark genuinly thought there was a problem rather than tell the police how to do their job, she as PM should do something about the culture that allowed two little children to be killed
You can be angry when ever you like but in my experience it is not a helpful way to deal with problems
Now you are being silly David
Do you think Miss Clarks faux anger about the police handling twins deaths came from the heart
Focus group polling pulls her strings as it does the other major parties
You could just about hear the clacking of the cue cards (nice line by the way) as you could in other manufactured rages that she has had in the past
When she says "I have had a guts full" it always sounds so, un-Miss Clark and back bar of the local boozer
Thats politics now, so get used to it
Probably the mutton birds who escaped
Sooty shearwaters and their various relations