“kiss and tells”–or rather –“donate and tell”–can leave all involved looking rather shabby or the original target even rejuvenated after a suitable time, interesting the number of commenters prior to this that commented on Cameron’s chubby, ruddy appearance as “porcine” though
and what about the poor pig, meat is still murder as Morrisey has reminded http://www.uncut.co.uk/news/morrissey-slams-david-cameron-over-piggate-allegations-70851
love that typo…?
“hoping the Irish (with the only Northlander at the cup, or some brilliant unknowns become the hetroes of the tournament”
was bought up on rugby and detest it still, the excusing complexities skate over me;
let me count the ways…
–forced to play on pain of ridicule at primary school and punishment at int/secondary when athletics was my choice
–sitting next to Ron Don on a plane in ’81 and arguing all the way
–the winter of ’81 a blur of demos/helmets and taking your “HART/Stop The Tour” badge off for a few minutes peace sometimes while out in public
–harassed by plain clothes cops for months later for exercising freedom of speech and association
–defacto Nat party networks are often formed by rural rugby clubs, lodges and firestations
–the slippery Cavaliers South African tour
–the relentlessly bullying macho culture
–dear leader–alt AB captain according to Rugby News cover 2014 election
–the John and Richie approved flag and parliamentary “Rubber Wool Cub” launch
–the assumed toryness of ABs until proven otherwise–good on you Piri–public exceptions are rare, something to do with contracts?
I understand some sporting obsessions–like the Bathurst 1000 V8 race which is an annual holiday for me, but rugby is too embedded in “kiwi” reactionary conservatism to make a comeback in my lifetime
“just because we can’t defeat them doesn’t mean we have to join them”–Bob Dylan to Hunter Thompson–I’d personally add in “yet” after “defeat”
archetypical intellectually lazy kiwis have certainly grasped the narrative of supporting winners–“Key Love” club, over “losers”–everyone else in NZ politics
probably a combination of a nasty outbreak of negative equity among rentiers and eventual political organisation among the currently young and alienated will be needed, the TPPA activism shows some at least are still capable of shaking off “zombie mall shuffle” orthodoxy
good list from popular usage, half of it could combine into a stream of consciousness mumble by dear leader in any interview.
And just to plug my also ran “FJK!”, this will feature via fabric paints on new T-shirts on the inevitable ‘rainy day at the bach’ in Jan.
I hope some fellow scribes publicly support Nicky Hager in this episode which is pretty clearly intimidation. Some more Rawshark material published would be good confirmation also that not all journos are engaged in compliant weaseling.
The coppers have bagged Nicky Hagers property but are they allowed to examine it yet? And on what basis. Could drives be cloned and sent elsewhere perhaps so technically the local plods can say ‘they’ have not looked.
Jason Ede pops up like a floater in the Hudson a day after the election.
Keith explains well a good part of why Ede did not have company.
He is all sided in his take to the point of being sympathetic to journalists. Any empathy from me for the ones that have articles ready to post within minutes of OIAs being issued and spray battery acid in personal blogs and tweets ran out long ago.
As Bob Dylan said to author Hunter Thompson re US politics–“we may not be able to defeat the swine, but WE don’t have to join them”.
I find researching and writing my own stuff and reading others shared efforts online soothes the burn from the ‘pros’.
One toot over the line... more fear and loathing ahead on the never ending campaign trail 2014–17. The ‘dark kiwis’ may get the narrow election result they desire but they will have won little.
There are wounded tory beasts out there, Slatergate blowback will take them down by attrition over many months. But are enough media, corporate and National people willing to make some amends for their dirty tricks brigade?
Lawyers, particularly ACT aligned ones for some of us are forever in the “better call Saul…” category and not necessarily the best pick as political columnists, great we have so many hi quality options via blogs.
Though it is mildly amusing that Cactus withdraws while “Whaledump” stays for now at the SunHerald.