It's socially contagious - people who piss me off find that a wheelchair to the shins impairs their mobility.
"Why are you in a wheelchair?"
"Because I dissed someone in a wheelchair".
What I don't get about articulacy as a virtue is that it seems a skill of politicians rather than voters. In the interests of clear communication I think I understand its importance, but when Grant Robertson's supporters praised his commitment to "core values" it appeared to have descended into inward-looking jargon. As often as not the purpose of jargon is to exclude outsiders, rather than to communicate.
I think the core of the problem lies right there: a huge number of voters can no longer coherently articulate their own values
You seem to be implying that there was a time when they could. How did that make things better?
And No. 17 - "My Catholic uncle went to Lourdes and came back with two new tyres on his wheelchair"?
When will we get to see the phrase “dead beat Dad state” make an appearance in our media?
I think it was Russell Brown who came up with the "wait till your father gets home" state as the possible successor to the nanny state a few years back.
The last major reform of Labour happened in the 1970s, carried out by Anderton and Clark.
Eh? While Clark was sufficiently prodigious to have become a junior lecturer at the relatively tender age of 22, she was 29 with no parliamentary experience when the 70s ended, and had been a member of the Party's executive for barely 18 months.
surely everyone can see that Italy's flag is completely lacking an eagle attacking a snake above a cactus?
They Twinked® it out after Garbaldi beat the Mexicans?
… it’s red white and blue “The USA” … no red white and blue stripes … “France” … no the other way up … “er I don’t know*”...
Then there's the minimalist Indonesian flag. Easily improvised back in the independence struggle by ripping the nether blue stripe from the Netherlands flag.
where’s Labour gone?
Bloody quiet :(
Labour’s Te Tai Tokerau victory has effectively meant one less voice opposing the TPPA.
So why is the government destroying this organisation and leaving vulnerable people stranded?