Excellent essay, Eric!
I've often been struck by a similar thought to that which you express so eloquently here -- that somehow the recovery has managed to find the 'un-sweet' spot between a highly-directed government response (that ploughed ahead with just getting things done) and a totally un-coordinated laissez-faire rebuild. We've somehow managed to enact the worst attributes of both approaches.
Your book of essays sounds like a fantastic idea -- I shall look forward to reading it with interest. Best of luck with the launch!
[BTW: will it be launched anywhere other than Auckland and Wellington? (Like Christchurch, he hints hopefully).]
Yes we we be needing a boat as phase 2, after our deconstruction of the reinforced cement walls. I was just pondering on the feasibility of converting a tattoo machine to be used as a small jack hammer. I might not make much noise, and it could be set up on a jig to quietly chip away by it self.
I figure the Farklands, might be a good place to go for refuge status.
Your plan for escaping the re-education camp is genius, Steven! But I'm not so sure about the Falklands as a escape destination -- I was envisaging somewhere a little warmer. Maybe Samoa as per Robert Louis Stevenson? In anticipation of emulating Stevenson I have already begun to learn his favourite instrument, the flageolet (which is a member of the fipple flute family, in case you were wondering).
Thanks SO much for sharing this petition David – when I read that Harold signed it I confess I teared up a little.
Harold was very pleased to help a worthy cause -- and so am I!
We really appreciate the hard work you're doing, Marianne. After so many of the most repugnant people in Dirty Politics turned out to be lawyers, it's wonderful to see a lawyer who's decided to use her powers for good instead of evil. Thank you!
Just to prove that you can be politically active while having a blood transfusion and hooked up to an oxygen machine, some further details on my grandfather (via my cousin):
[Harold saw] the dirty politics protest petition and he thought it was a great idea. He wanted to sign it, so I typed in all his details and he pushed the "sign now" button...
On another note my thoughts are often with Harold. I hope someone’s taking food parcels!
I am reliably informed that a shipment of stout is being delivered to his hospital room today (stout being, I believe, one of the most nutritious types of food)!
But you are very telepathic in your suspicion that Harold is beginning to tire of hospital provisions -- happened on day 2 of his stay...
I signed, so now I’m on the governments double blowback list
Happy to share a prison cell* with you in the re-education camp, Steven. We can talk about boats.
*NOTE: This offer may not apply if re-education camp is co-ed.
Yes, I did notice the promoter statement, and (briefly) checked out M. Salole before posting this blog. Your information is incorrect.
Salole was the Greens’ national campaign manager in 2011. She resigned this position quite some time ago to start Action Station. Action Station has been developed to focus on digital-age grassroots campaigns (in the style of MoveOn.org, etc.), and is not affiliated to any political party. They say: "We do not accept donations from political parties or the Government".
Action Station also says that Salole is not a member of any political party. I don’t think anyone is hiding anything, and—given her and Marianne Elliot’s credentials—I hardly think this is some sort of a “troll”.
At any rate, as I said in the blog, I personally think this is a good idea. I’d support this petition even if was initiated by Cam Slater.
EDIT: Also forgot to say that Salole is in a ukulele orchestra!
Admittedly, it is rather galling to be giving advertising money to the Herald---who have done so much to promulgate the "public don't care about dirty politics" meme that this campaign is fighting against. On the other hand, I guess it's not going to be a case of preaching to the choir.
Just an update on Harold: he has greatly enjoyed reading all these comments, but has had a few setbacks in hospital, so unfortunately is unable to reply as yet.
My wonderful aunt is currently organizing Harold's voting papers in hospital. She advises any potential visitors: "Harold is hanging out for election anecdotes so remember to pass something on when you see him. If you can think of anything that reflects badly on John Key you would make his day."
My mother moved into a home recently and going through the house I found all the letters I had sent my parents. Some were up to 12 pages long. It was good to see the stories I tell,l were not too far from the truth. Though they were censored, there was no mention of drink. drugs or sex.
I never cease to be amazed by Public Address readers. Something gets published on the most obscure subject and suddenly dozens of people come out of the woodwork who know all about it.
What a fantastic adventure, Paul! With those letters I'm thinking that there may be a book to be written about it all -- I'd buy a copy...