Deborah Coddington takes her column to its logical conclusion and complains about people going to the toilet more often than they used to. Apropos the Leonard Cohen concert:
And what has happened to the modern Kiwi bladder? People were going in and out, back and forth, from 7.30 when Hunt came on, until 11.30 when Cohen finally allowed the cheering crowd to let him retire. Ban the ubiquitous water bottle.
If men and women can’t last four hours without a toilet stop, then they’ll have to go thirsty.
Bill Ralston has entered the ‘It’s-Friday-afternoon-so-I-guess-I-better-churn-out-something-mildly-provocative‘ phase of the newspaper columnist life cycle. A shame, his articles were some of the best in the country for a while there. His latest brain-child is that politicians should simply abandon our adverserial style of democracy and just work together:
Of course, Goff and Labour aren’t doing themselves any favours by constantly whingeing about virtually everything the Government does. To quote Obama again, they need to realise, “The ground has shifted”.
In the current climate the public don’t want to hear the same old stale political arguments.
Both parties would earn far more brownie points if they worked more co-operatively together and only chose to maul each other when there was a really vital issue at stake.
I don’t remember Ralston being this concilatory two months ago when Labour were in power. Maybe he’s had a road to Damascus moment.
Strange that there’s no by-line on this Herald political story:
Most people call John Key “Prime Minister” – but Max Key, aged 13, has taken to calling his dad “Captain Tubbs”.
A rueful Key, 47, admitted yesterday that (what with elections and economic crises and whatnot) he had put on a few pounds over the course of the past year.
“It’s Max’s to speak to, but I’m growing in stature in more ways than one,” he said yesterday.
Well, maybe not so strange.
Bernard Hickey – the lazy finance journalists best friend – has a column up about economic conditions in the US with some fascinating historical titbits :
A Democrat-controlled Congress may actually be more troublesome than a Republican one. We all hope it can avoid the mistakes of the Democratic Congresses in the 1930s, which embarked on a wave of trade protectionism that deepened the Depression.
As anyone who with the slightest knowledge of US political history knows the trade protection policies – the most famous of which was the Smoot-Hawley Act – were passed by a Republican Congress during the Hoover administration of the late 20’s. I’d recommend Mr Hickey read Jeffrey Frieden’s Global Capitalism for a pretty good overview of 20th century financial history, although he also might want to take a look at Phillip K Dick’s Man in the High Castle . If you’re going to write alternate history fiction you might as well do it right.
I miss Agenda.