The situation is more like Um not your questions but............
Why the poor can’t possibly climb out of their class recession?
"You're in a rut you gotta get out of, out of it."
Yes i heard this on the radio newz./
They could overtake Labour as the main opposition party.
They seem more onto it.
I would have to know, before I could comment, what was the basis of her doing it and how and why Wellington Council approved the expenditure.
It does read like a media fishslapping contest.
It comes down to semantics - "he didn't spend the money" & " it wasn't for his benefit".
It is a non issue.
I do, however, have a problem with his Helicopter use.
Mr Washy was always on his side.
A broad issue like social justice doesn't register with him.
The Springbok Tour Protest - Eden Park - The Third test - I went along to protest with a friend, I caught the bus from Mt Eden to Titirangi, met my friend at his mothers and drove to Morningside.
On the way in we stopped at another friend’s place, he was at Uni and into Radio B – we intended on taking him with us but he excused himself along the lines of "Civil Disobedience" and "breaking the law" and where we mad. What is interesting is that in polite civil social discourse I have heard Mr B spout on about how he was there, I have never challenged his delusion. It is what it is BS.
After parking the car we met up with one of the columns and marched. We stayed for a while with the column but go frustrated at being barracked at through a megaphone and not being able to understand any of the commands.
After perhaps ¾ s of an hour of standing around not knowing what was going down my friend and I broke away from the column and made our way towards Eden Park going through people yards, jumping over and through fences and hedges. We eventually got to Reimers Ave and were effectively behind the cordon. We made out way across the car park area to a surround of storm fencing outside the grandstand. At that point we got called out.
The officers that bailed us up asked for an explanation as to “WTF do you think you are doing, Stand still do not move?” The answer I gave was, “Trying to watch the game, Sir”.
They let us go and told us to, ‘FO back home”. We made our way outside and watched a column of riot squad in a march/jog heading toward Sandringham Road, one of the squad members peeled off and ran up to a hedge to relieve himself, he saw us and turned put his finger to his lips and went “Shish”, we all laughed - it was so funny.
We made our way down Sandringham, Road and stood with a bunch of locals watching a column of protestors come up to a barricade of Riot Squad who were in Jumbo Bins partially filled with sand.
My friend and I climbed Tree and watched the collision and the fracas – it was surreal. The adrenaline rush made us feel as if we were floating above it. The stoush was intense and physical; the tide of abuse over whelming. There was more going on than just a protest – it was a vicious game of hit and hit back – batons and signs flying.
On the way back to the car we were chased by rugby supporters and had to run. We were taken into someones yard – they closed the gate and kept us there till the trouble had passed.
It is regrettable about the clowns.
If the front few ranks of the column had gotten hold of a Riot Squad member they would have beaten the living carp out of him.
The images that stick in my mind are viewing the column and riot squad collision from up of a tree and making our way from Morningside to Mt Eden and seeing police in riot gear on the railway lines; “Smith’s Dream” live the reality.
Two years ago I did a roof repair for an academic who lives in the Eden Park area. I needed a peice of timber to extend an outrigger – his wife took me under the house and we pulled out a 1981 Tour Protest Sign from which I pulled off the framing from the back and used it to make the repair. It was lucky for them and for me.
Although it was tumultuous time people were clear about what side they were on and generally there was a degree of respect. The protests were necessary on many levels. It took me along while to watch another Rugby game again – I was sick of it.
Politically we have the leaders of the two main parties who are to my view Mr Wishy – Phil Goff and Mr Washy John Key and overall they just don’t get “it” do they.
Looking back at NZ in the 1970s through to the early 1980s the degree of poverty that is now taken as a given would not have been tolerated, that so many of us are to be and remain disenfranchised and that this is a structural component of the economic landscape taken as a given.
It is surreal that out breaks of measles and other diseases are becoming prevalent, the amount of condescension directed at the poor- including the working poor – via the media.
If you have read this far thanks for taking the time, apologies if you are bored shitless, and all the best we all need it.
The money spent on Key appearing on Letterman is OK.
People will vote for Key because he has been on Letterman, and people won't vote for Goff because he hasn't (been on Letterman).
I'm Ok with it - it is not a big deal and money well spent.