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December 13, 2011

Episode IV: A new hope

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 5:52 pm

I’ve felt sour and dyspeptic about New Zealand politics for a looong time now, so long I’d forgotten what optimism feels like – but I felt it today for the first time in, I think, five years: an unfamiliar buoyant feeling that some point in the not too distant future our government might be run by people who know what they’re doing.

It might not work out that way – we’ll see what happens in Shearer’s reshuffle, for starters – but right now it’s nice to think about New Zealand politics and feel something other than the same old sick, queasy cynicism, and to congratulate David Shearer and Grant Robertson and wish them good luck for the future.

17 Comments »

  1. Here is hoping.

    Comment by nw — December 13, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

  2. oh well…

    it does my political aspirations heaps to know that i could parachute into politics and be almost running the big show within 2 elections.

    Comment by pollywog — December 13, 2011 @ 6:28 pm

  3. WTF?

    Almost human.

    Comment by Redbaiter — December 13, 2011 @ 6:30 pm

  4. No you’re not.

    Comment by Guy Smiley — December 13, 2011 @ 7:35 pm

  5. Obama syndrome.

    Having a child has fucked with your mind, man.

    Comment by Gregor W — December 13, 2011 @ 8:18 pm

  6. Aww young love. It’s so sweet. Just see him all giddy and swooning.

    Danyl, you might want to have a lie down on your fainting couch.

    Comment by Quoth the Raven — December 13, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

  7. When looking at the Labour leadership debate, I am reminded of Mao Tse-Tung – “Learn from the masses, and then teach them.”

    Comment by Sanctuary — December 13, 2011 @ 8:39 pm

  8. This is bad for David Shearer.

    Comment by Richard — December 13, 2011 @ 8:47 pm

  9. Oarsum, getting a warm fuzzy because Labour almost has some potential hope of retrieving a modicum of credibility after Hels and Mike screwed the pooch in their last term by leveraging up the Govt. books like a coked up CDS trader.

    Comment by will — December 13, 2011 @ 9:00 pm

  10. our government might be run by people who know what they’re doing.

    Many people felt the same way when John Key leaped atop a stage one humid Auckland night in 2008.

    Just sayin’.

    Comment by Phil — December 13, 2011 @ 9:56 pm

  11. I worked very closely with Shearer on the Mt Albert by-election and he is top guy, a strong leader and a very good addition to the heart of our democracy. I think he’ll do a good job.

    Comment by Conor Roberts — December 13, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

  12. for the first time in, I think, five years:

    About seven here. Since the wall-to-wall press fellation of Orewa One, subsequent rise of Barabbas and years of cringing at persecution.

    There’s promise in a shiny 21st key presented at a staged event: but burnish and the illusion of freedom rapidly pall.

    Every muscle and sinew of the shearer is honed by toil to maximum, beguiling efficiency: his is artistry and deceptive strength.

    Honest labour at last.

    Comment by ak — December 13, 2011 @ 11:08 pm

  13. test

    Comment by Rhinocrates — December 13, 2011 @ 11:10 pm

  14. Ah, so it works again…

    Effing WordPress.

    “Oarsum”

    Careful Lil Stevie/Lil P/Son of Lil P or whoever – you need to be consistent in your troll persona. “Will” is a pensioner obsessed with the aphids on his rose bushes and would NEVER use a term like “oarsum”. Try harder.

    Comment by Rhinocrates — December 13, 2011 @ 11:13 pm

  15. Rhinocrates, you seem a bit sensitive about the Labour leadership result deary.

    Comment by will — December 14, 2011 @ 6:45 am

  16. The leadership combinations of the two major parties in the last five years (Clark/Cullen and Key/English) have been extremely capable. They may have made choices you did not agree with and the former two made some very cynical choices indeed in their last three years but their combined ability is about as good as it gets in the english speaking world. I think your excessively utopian expectations of politics and politicians and what they can achieve might be more profitably channelled into the world of religion. Politics is inherently sinful and politicians are all sinners – to use religious language – although the Greens might try to pretend otherwise. The Mormons dress well, the Anglicans and RCs have nice churches and the Baptists dont fuck standing up (cos God might think they are dancing), so there is plenty of choice for you there, Danyl.

    Comment by Tinakori — December 14, 2011 @ 9:03 am

  17. Every muscle and sinew of the shearer is honed by toil to maximum, beguiling efficiency: his is artistry and deceptive strength.

    Yes, I can see it now.

    Comment by Quoth the Raven — December 14, 2011 @ 4:37 pm


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