In times of inner turmoil it's always nice to be able to turn one's attention to the outside world - yes - it's still there, even if this becomes disturbingly easy to forget this while being all lovesy-smuvsy and in the dreary disbelief of a break-up.
We have an election this year. And while New Zealand politics is almost always annoying parochial back-biting and the same tired old shit wearing a slightly different navy-blue suit as far I'm concerned, the reality is that where the suits position themselves on the political spectrum allows us to better predict what they might do when in office. And their decisions, like it or not, grossly affect many facets of our lives. No matter how irritating and/or dry media reports on national politics are in New Zealand, we should try to pay attention since what our politicians and their parties decide in between offending each other across the house and behaving badly outside of it affects us directly.
Since I started uni I've had s sneaking suspicion that even extremely well-educated people who should unquestioningly know better really have no clue about what the political spectrum is. I consider this to be a complete indictment of the New Zealand school system and I invite what might be left of my readers to submit comments stating where they position themselves in relation to communism and facism, or whatever bland centre-bound party they'd like to navigate from - Peter Dunn, anyone? I predict a resounding silence and I'm refusing to entirely blame the paltry nature of my readership.
If you're confused I suggest trying this little number for some lefty commentary with a heavily Labour slant, and this for some more right-leaning babble. Each of these blogs claims the other is being run by a political party at the opposite end of the spectrum. Given the anonymous quality of the writing and much of the commentary, it's anyone's guess, but the ping-pong quality of the exchanges between the two often expressed is almost reminiscent of a little parliament and press gallery going hard in the cyberspace. Instructive and often hilarious, if somewhat plagued by trolling and parochiality of the highest order, these blogs are at the very least far more interesting than page "just shoot me now and be done " A2 of the New Zealand Herald.