Tuesday, 26 July 2005

Don v Helen: Game on

Speaking on Breakfast News this morning Helen Clark was asked to say something about her opponent Don Brash. "He's an intelligent man," she said, "but beyond that I have no comment."

He is indeed an intelligent man. In fact, Don and Helen between them are the two most intelligent, astute and principled representatives of their respective parties that a New Zealand election campaign has seen for some time -- perhaps ever?

The sheeple will be coralled whatever the final outcome, but if the mudslinging stops and the minor players can keep out the headlines for a while then I for one relish the prospect of watching a presidential style election campaign in which these two intellects debate each other and debate the issues. As NZ elections go and however bad the result on election night, that spectacle at least will be a rare pleasure. If the mudslinging ever stops.


  1. I'm afraid it'd be a remarkably boring debate ...

    Helen Clark: "We support wealth distribution through progressive taxation, nationalized industries including transport, education, and healthcare."

    Brash: "Errr, so do we, really. We'd just lower the tax rates a bit. And let parents choose which state-run, state-funded school they send their children to. Because choice is important."

    HC: "But what about that cornerstone of captialism, the right to own property? We're attacking that daily through the R.M.A., local Government, and sundry other controls over how you may use the property you supposedly own."

    DB: "Right with you on that one. Errr, actually, we don't quite like the way the R.M.A. is written (although we wrote it in the first place), so we'd change things here and there, but leave the intent the same. Oh yes, and we'd give the Police the power to sieze property through civil proceedings."

    HC: "Individual liberties: evil, evil things. Sure, we'll let you shag or marry someone of the same gender if that wins us a few votes, but we'll control what you drink, eat, smoke, drive, ride, fly, inject ... you think you own your own body? Big mistake, sonny. You body is owned by your neighbour, your MP, the Labour Caucus - anyone but you."

    DB: "Of course, this will change under a National Government - your body will be owned by your neighbour, your MP, and the *National* Caucus."

    I mean, watching a serious debate between the two Chief Pollitubbies would be like watching a man having an argument with a fairground mirror about subtle changes in tax rates and reworded legislation.

  2. We work like a horse.
    We eat like a pig.
    We like to play chicken.
    You can get someone's goat.
    We can be as slippery as a snake.
    We get dog tired.
    We can be as quiet as a mouse.
    We can be as quick as a cat.
    Some of us are as strong as an ox.
    People try to buffalo others.
    Some are as ugly as a toad.
    We can be as gentle as a lamb.
    Sometimes we are as happy as a lark.
    Some of us drink like a fish.
    We can be as proud as a peacock.
    A few of us are as hairy as a gorilla.
    You can get a frog in your throat.
    We can be a lone wolf.
    But I'm having a whale of a time!

    You have a riveting web log
    and undoubtedly must have
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    for your intended readership.
    May I suggest that you do
    everything in your power to
    honor your encyclopedic/omniscient
    Designer/Architect as well
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    Please remember to never
    restrict anyone's opportunities
    for ascertaining uninterrupted
    existence for their quintessence.

    There is a time for everything,
    a season for every activity
    under heaven. A time to be
    born and a time to die. A
    time to plant and a time to
    harvest. A time to kill and
    a time to heal. A time to
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    rebuild. A time to cry and
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    grieve and a time to dance.
    A time to scatter stones
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    A time to embrace and a
    time to turn away. A time to
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    speak up. A time to love
    and a time to hate. A time
    for war and a time for peace.

    Best wishes for continued ascendancy,

    P.S. One thing of which I am sure is
    that the common culture of my youth
    is gone for good. It was hollowed out
    by the rise of ethnic "identity politics,"
    then splintered beyond hope of repair
    by the emergence of the web-based
    technologies that so maximized and
    facilitated cultural choice as to make
    the broad-based offerings of the old
    mass media look bland and unchallenging
    by comparison."

    'Thought & Humor' by Howdy
    CyberHumor, CyberThought
    CyberRiddles for your divertissement!!!

  3. What the f*ck was that? I think Not PC has just been spammed!

  4. Intelligent political debating of the issues.

    Another Tui Ad?



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