We’ve been struggling to find a replacement for the word “Helengrad” now that regime change is here. “Helengrad” captured the mood of a decade and the nature of Helen’s regime perfectly, and the search has been on all summer for a replacement. What do we call Wellington now that Key is there?
Key-ev doesn’t cut it. Ta-John-Key-Stan? Too much of a mouthful. John-obyl? Too much explaining to do.
So, fortunately for our vocabulary, if not for our wallets, yesterday’s spend-up announcement jogged Liberty Scott’s creative faculty into action, and out popped the obvious replacement: Keynesia – named after the patron saint of bureaucrats and Bill English.
I can see it now on sign boards all around Wellington:
Welcome to Keynesia!
And I'm sure, like you, I look forward to the economic “stimulus” created by the erection of all those new signs.