Thursday, 2 October 2008

Outraged, of Tunbridge Wells

Cactus just insulted me. She called me a "centre-right" blogger.

I'm outraged. "There is no higher insult!" [See Rection E., 'Harden Up,' ed. Woody H.O., Feb. 1998]. I fancy pistols at dawn.

Apparently there's such a thing as "a centre-right blogosphere." People subscribe to that slop. Fancy people trying to make the world safe for the centre-right! What sort of people would waste their life on such an enterprise?

Soft cocks.


Libertyscott said...

centre-right apparently meaning those who want to stop Labour making things worse.

and then outdo them on state involvement in telecommunications, roads, etc.

Anonymous said...

Cactus has been a bit naughty here. The problem with misidentifying PC as "centre-right" is that it is an example of the perpetuation of the myth that all political, cultural and social ideas fall within the left-right paradigm. The implication is that there is no alternative to being lorded over by one gang or another- left gang or right gang. The alternative of freedom from this thuggery is not considered.

This left-right nonsense is known as a false choice. Avoid falling for it.


Elijah Lineberry said...

Love the reference to the fictional letter thingy! ha ha!

Goodness knows what 'Centre Right' is meant to mean; does that mean you favour cutting income taxes from 39% to 36%, whereas a 'Right winger' would cut it to 30%? or 28.7%? and is an income tax rate of 25% getting into 'Extreme Right Wing' territory?!?!

Or what about Health; does Centre Right mean you continue with free Doctor visits for children under 5, but a right wing if you reduced that to 4, and extreme right wing when you abolish it and give the parents a tax cut to pay the Doctor with?!?!


Anonymous said...

After attending the first of the Maxim Institute's election debates last night, it's clear that there's only ACT who talk *some* sense (shame it's not across the board) and the left.

That's all.

Anonymous said...

The problem with misidentifying PC as "centre-right" is that it is an example of the perpetuation of the myth that all political, cultural and social ideas fall within the left-right paradigm

And also that everybody is "centre". Why is it always "centre-left" and "centre-right" in the mainstream media? What we have is actually pretty much just "left"; maybe ACT is "centre"-ish...

Anonymous said...

Well, if they're neither right nor left, they must be centre. Kate has been generous.

Cactus Kate said...



Red baiter

For once you make sense.

There are two tags in NZ politics. centre-right and centre-left. No centre. No right. No left.

Could explain why we still face the prospect of a terrible Labour led government on Nov 9th or a terrible National led government that still does nothing right of the centre.

Peter Cresswell said...

You one-dimensional folk can't even see the real world past your one-dimensional spectrum.

What explains Labour and Labour-lite is nothing more than a Labour government wanting four terms desperately trying not to frighten the horses too much, and typical Tory appeasers who don't want to frighten the horses at all.

Oh, and a party that rates themselves as something different, but who pissed away their opportunities on sequins and scandal-mongering.

Peter Cresswell said...

BTW, there is more to the political landscape than just left and right and centre. Open your bleeding eyes.

Anonymous said...


As stated, you've made a mistake (and now you are continuing to make it- you should stop). PC does not fit into your charmless left-righ spectrum. It offers a false choice.


Anonymous said...


Answer. Is it true you still beat children?

yes, all the time;
yes, sometimes;
yes, but not as much as previously;
yes, but not any more;
no, used to but not any more;
no, not as much as before;
no, not beating, these days it's abuse.

No other answers are allowed save those on the spectrum outlined above.

This is known as offerring false choice.