Thursday, August 28, 2008

Is it just me....

Dammit - I reckon this election is shaping up to be one of the most dirrrty in ages. This is unsubstantiated and, since I've been out of the political loop for the last wee while, certainly contestable, but consider a cursory glance at the evidence:

1) Secret recordings at a National Party Cocktail party by person or persons unknown from the left. Being on the sqeamish side I'm hoping it was done right before the person concerned exited the country for an extended OE.

2) The recording and subsequent reporting of a casual suggestion from the floor at the Labour Party congress earlier this year. Instant scandal. Note the way this, coupled with the first in a string of donation scandals linked to Owen Glenn, resulted in the ill-advised offer of party president Mike Williams to resign.

3) The debacle that calls itself Winston Peters coupled with Owen Glenn's continuing embroilment in matters to do with political funding. Political philanthropy has hit the mat and looks like it won't be getting up in a hurry.

4) The revelation the National uses the odious Crosby-Textor. Nasty - just nasty. Democracy in New Zealand takes a round-house right in the eye.

5) In keeping with the CT approach, National's annoucement that it will put breast cancer treatment Herceptin on the list at Pharmac - a clear tug at our sympathies towards breasts and the women attached to them and devoid of a well-developed health policy context. Remember - a vote for National is a vote for your mum's boobs but exactly what else is still debatable.

6) Robinsod, Whaleoil (whaleoil.co.nz) - no further comment required.

7) National's apparent attempts to control editorial content at a number of APN newspapers after the Bay Report quoted John Key saying he "would love to see wages drop".

8) The Standard's continuing campaign against John Key. Solid, oh so solid and featuring such notable moments (in addition to the CT and Bay Report threads) as the "Clocks" copyright fiasco, and the observation that Bill English was the one who dobbed in Key for visiting his "batch" in Hawaii. Fran O'Sullivan's sudden arrival on the comments threads on at least two separate occasions had reasonable comedy value also.

I'm sure there's more - feel free to weigh in....

4 comments:

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l_d said...

I think our elections are always terribly trashy events. I'm beginning to believe that Kiwis can't do politics. The only political topic we can seriously discuss in this country is that of our race relations, sometimes, and for that I'm grateful. All else is a pile of mindless turds. And the humour in our politics is likewise deficient. American politics is depressing for its direction and the general thrust of its loins but it does yield an awful lot of good subversive humour. In NZ would someone have considered linking this photo with the title Sarah Palin Holding Her "Special Needs" Child, or even better, in no time at all turn out a Photoshopped image of the potential VP doing this? This is what makes politics dynamic and keeps even the jaded souls coming back for more. We're so po-faced in NZ with our politics, so earnest, and for the most part, so flat-lining brain-dead. How else can John Key's lead be explained but for the dying matter of our nation's brains?

At the very least we should be able to laugh about it, or enjoy it .. shouldn't we?

P.S. Lyn come back I miss you.

Lyn said...

I suck I know. And there's no particular sign that it'll be letting up any time soon. I've just quit marking for the day but I've still got another giant pile to get through tomorrow and then all of the admin that goes with it. Sigh.

At the moment the majority of my political whatever comes from Drinking Liberally and the BF. Oh dear. I miss you too l_d. Let's do coffee next week.

Anonymous said...

No worse than anywhere else. One can only hope that the poor won't suffer, and that someone will nail the bad directors of bad companies who hide behind limited liability to be allowed to screw people over again and again.

But no, we'll see the decaying office blocks and 'developments", the poor gettting poorer and the wealthy triumphant. Though, it was little different over the last 9 years.

I work sixty hour weeks for exactly the average salary, and I don't want the gracy train, I want to be able to sleep with my conscience...