The Dim-Post

February 12, 2011

The first question that comes to mind

Filed under: general idiocy — danylmc @ 6:41 pm

Trotter meditates on the awesome implications of today’s news:

THE GREAT HUMAN SPECTACLE of revolutionary passion in Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square has prompted me to think about what could possibly spark a similar uprising here in Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Turns out the answer is Maoris.

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26 Comments »

  1. Spoiler! Aww, and I was really looking forward to that. Never would have guessed it, that’s for sure.

    L

    Comment by Lew — February 12, 2011 @ 6:44 pm

  2. “surprising number of Pakeha” = the new “race traitor”?

    Comment by QoT — February 12, 2011 @ 7:41 pm

  3. I read/heard somewhere to today that an iwi from I think Waitemata believe that a hikoi is called for in protest at the current state of the Seabed and Foreshore revision. The fellow said that they will do it.

    Comment by ianmac — February 12, 2011 @ 7:45 pm

  4. Am I missing something, or is Chris Trotter actually in favour of this happening? He doesn’t exactly sound contemptuous of the possibility.

    Comment by kahitakea — February 12, 2011 @ 8:49 pm

  5. Having now read it, I’m just disappointed. Here I was expecting something original, and I find it’s just last year’s masturbatory honkey revenge fantasy, rehashed to suit current events. Now it’s the Foreshore and Seabed. Then, it was Urewera Terror.

    L

    Comment by Lew — February 12, 2011 @ 8:53 pm

  6. Kahikatea, I put the same to him last time, in comments, and he waffled about “being cursed with a historical imagination”.

    L

    Comment by Lew — February 12, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

  7. trotter is, without doubt, an idiot.

    and a fantastist.

    Comment by che tibby — February 12, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

  8. “Am I missing something, or is Chris Trotter actually in favour of this happening? He doesn’t exactly sound contemptuous of the possibility.”

    yes. then the prols might rise up and reveal him as their ONE TRUE LEADER. fap fap fap fappity fap.

    Comment by che tibby — February 12, 2011 @ 9:18 pm

  9. That can’t be right. I read kiwiblog and I know that the revolution will be of oppressed white people, rising up against the privileged Maori elite.

    Comment by Repton — February 12, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

  10. @9,

    Silly boy. Us righties will only rise for the Queen.. and Sir Colin Meads.

    JC

    Comment by JC — February 12, 2011 @ 11:05 pm

  11. “Right-wing students and business executives, whipped into a murderous fury by right-wing bloggers, attack the protesters still occupying Parliament Grounds.”

    That’s the bit where I LOL’d. Rightwing students! In Wellington! Did they ride up out of the harbour on the back of celtic sea monsters?

    Comment by Exclamation Mark — February 13, 2011 @ 12:12 am

  12. Surely right-wing students and business executives would prefer to pay someone else a market rate to attack protesters?

    Comment by Ethan Tucker — February 13, 2011 @ 1:07 am

  13. In my experience, right-wing students do exist, but they can’t be bothered showing up to anything unless there’s an opportunity to call Helen Clark names.

    Comment by Lucy Stewart — February 13, 2011 @ 9:35 am

  14. “turns out the answer is Maoris” – don’t you mean Maori?

    Comment by John Thomson — February 13, 2011 @ 10:28 am

  15. I wouldnt be as dismissive of it as you guys.

    Lot of smouldering resentment between different groups, ie Maori v Pakeha, rich v poor, worker v boss, farmer v greenie, old v young, mainstream nz v solo mums and so on. Could all blow up soon, Im picking sometime between the this and next years budget, the Welfare Working Group releases its final report soon, and you mark my words, thats going be like throwing a matchstick into an oil spill.

    Though I am picking more of a 1981 style series of riots and demonstrations.

    Comment by millsy — February 13, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

  16. I’ve read better short stories on Harry Potter fan-sites. Trotter could at least throw in a marauding taniwha or two – after all, it is fantasy.

    Comment by Ataahua — February 13, 2011 @ 12:07 pm

  17. back in the late 80s there was *actual* concern about Maori revolution. the Cold War was on, radicals were heading overseas to be “trained”, and people were openly talking about terrorist acts.

    there are Cabinet Papers outlining Ministerial concern. this would be around the time Trotter was anything like important.

    but then we had the Treaty settlements – and resentment is now fostered among those disaffected by big money.

    Comment by che tibby — February 13, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

  18. In my experience, right-wing students do exist, but they can’t be bothered showing up to anything unless there’s an opportunity to call Helen Clark names.

    Well, that’s a nice cheap bit of snark, Lucy. More to the point, I can’t think of any students I knew while at university (left, right, utterly apathetic) who were frightfully interested in killing anyone. Can’t see any evidence that’s changed much either.

    I’d be kind of offended, expect you always get someone pulling a race war out of their arse this time of year. The only novelty is the hook being a little further afield than Waitangi.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — February 13, 2011 @ 4:48 pm

  19. craig, what the hell are you talking about?

    lucy is right on the money.

    Comment by che tibby — February 13, 2011 @ 7:19 pm

  20. “I’ve read better short stories on Harry Potter fan-sites. Trotter could at least throw in a marauding taniwha or two – after all, it is fantasy.”

    Gold. Maybe that’ll be in the movie version. “Trotter’s Dream” => “Sleeping Taniwha” makes sense, after all.

    L

    Comment by Lew — February 13, 2011 @ 11:27 pm

  21. Craig, that is genuinely my experience of right-wing student activism in NZ. It may, of course, be different in other times and places than when and where I went to uni. I’ll cop to snark, but it’s hardly an endorsement of Trotter’s fantasy.

    Comment by Lucy Stewart — February 14, 2011 @ 2:31 am

  22. Che:

    What I’m talking about is five fucking years as secretary of the Victoria University Young Nats. Did a lot more than stand around and chant “Helen Clark is a barren snaggle-toothed dyke”.

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — February 14, 2011 @ 8:10 am

  23. such as?

    Comment by che tibby — February 14, 2011 @ 8:21 am

  24. “…such as?…”

    “Helen Clark is a barren snaggle-toothed dyke FORGER”.

    Comment by Sanctuary — February 14, 2011 @ 9:22 am

  25. I agree with Millsy that if things were to explode in NZ, it would be more like 1981 than Egypt.

    Trotter has gotten most of his predictions wrong in the past. I remember an article he wrote in the now-defunct Independent Biz Weekly in 1999, where he thought out loud on the possibility of Maori terrorists disrupting the APEC ’99 conference in Auckland. Around the same time, there was an incident where power pylons got sabotaged by a disgruntled farmer, and Trotter pointed to that as a possible tactic. I treated the article as a joke at the time, and I still do even in the War on Terror Age.

    Comment by DeepRed — February 14, 2011 @ 10:22 am

  26. I think that if Brash got elected in 2005 and scrapped the Maori seats then we would have had large scale race riots, and the subsequent bankruptcy of the economy in 08 would have seen truly massive unemployment and some ugly scenes – but then we’d have had the election, and Goff would have become PM.

    Comment by danylmc — February 14, 2011 @ 10:28 am


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