The Dim-Post

June 30, 2016

Deep thought

Filed under: Uncategorized — danylmc @ 2:54 pm

It’s not impossible that National loses the 2017 election, but that Key announces that he hasn’t looked closely at the results but anyone who reckons that he didn’t win and isn’t still running the country is barking mad, and an idiot, and the rest of us all just go along with it.


  1. Uh… say whadagain?

    Comment by jonothan8 — June 30, 2016 @ 2:58 pm

  2. There is another theory which states that this has already happened

    Comment by Nick R — June 30, 2016 @ 3:08 pm

  3. Your second micro novel! This one feels more complete.

    Comment by Robert Singers — June 30, 2016 @ 3:24 pm

  4. The Nicolas Maduro method.

    Comment by unaha-closp — June 30, 2016 @ 3:24 pm

  5. “I’ve seen those numbers from election night and I’m pretty comfortable with them, but I don’t really think too much should be read into them. At the end of the day it’s not something that’s important hardworking Kiwis.”

    Comment by Richard — June 30, 2016 @ 3:29 pm

  6. “I can’t comment on the outcome of the election. I wasn’t briefed on it. I just don’t know.”

    Comment by truthseekernz — June 30, 2016 @ 3:30 pm

  7. “This is one result, and like lawyers, I can provide you with another one that will give you another outcome.”

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — June 30, 2016 @ 3:36 pm

  8. The Electoral Commission will announce the result. The Taxpayers Union will announce that it was a waste of money, and should be scrapped.

    Only one of these statements will be backed up by a spokesman appearing across all media, so they win.


    Comment by sammy 3.0 — June 30, 2016 @ 3:40 pm

  9. I like #5. It might even work such is the competence of the combined left.

    Comment by Tinakori — June 30, 2016 @ 6:26 pm

  10. Getting harder and harder to spot the oxymora as we get further in…

    Comment by Lee Clark — June 30, 2016 @ 10:40 pm

  11. “If you look at the 2005 election result, you’ll see that Labour does it, too.”

    Comment by Flashing Light — July 1, 2016 @ 7:32 am

  12. Is this just a kinder gentler Key derangement syndrome ?

    Comment by ghostwhowalksnz — July 1, 2016 @ 9:05 am

  13. “There is much more good gained from having a fully functioning government with me in charge than there ever is not having that.”

    Comment by Gregor W — July 1, 2016 @ 9:41 am

  14. I thought responses 5,6 & 7 all captured the JK style well. However the deep thought Danyl suggested with his frame really lies in who can form the next govt, at which point reality prevails over perception, in conformance with the traditional dictum that politics is a numbers game.

    The Insider, in the NZH this morning, reports on the likely controller of those numbers: “business people turned up in droves to hear Winston Peters.. at the Wellington Club this week. Indeed, there was a waiting list to attend.. Peters warning about the imminent collapse of the banking sector, the dangers of immigration and foreign investment with the National Government working for a sinister and mysterious elite, many of whom were apparently in the room.”

    Fran O’Sullivan asks in the title of her column if the backlash against elites will show up in the Oz election tomorrow. She recycles this quote from Turnbull’s speech notes (re voters): “I believe they want our parliament to off-load the ideology, to end the juvenile theatrics and gotcha moments, to drop the personality politics”.

    Substance rather than style? Hmm. Understandable as a preference, but since all political commentators take a stance, adopt a political posture, posturing is the inevitable outcome and it’s human nature to turn that into fun. Speaking of which, Toby Manhire’s casting of Brexit with a Game of Thrones scenario and Shakesperean dialogue no doubt put grins on many a face this wintry morn.

    Comment by Dennis Frank — July 1, 2016 @ 11:57 am

  15. Are we getting a tad tetchy about the lengths this Gov’t is going to, on the ‘poor-bashing’ front yet?
    My goodness, I’ve seen a lot of hyperbolic media responses lately.
    Not to mention the downright delusional stuff.
    What could possibly go wrong, with the program of demeaning & demonising that they’ve got running.
    Ombudsman? Pfft, ignore him.
    Public servants in a tizzy? Sack’em.

    Comment by anarkaytie — July 1, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

  16. “this wintry morn”


    Comment by Ortvin Sarapuu — July 1, 2016 @ 11:16 pm

  17. anarkayte: How about the possibility that NZ’s homeless start reading The Communist Manifesto and learn to handle firearms?

    Comment by Kumara Republic (@kumararepublic) — July 2, 2016 @ 7:46 pm

  18. LoL.

    Comment by Lee Clark — July 3, 2016 @ 8:19 pm

  19. Well, property is theft …

    Landbankers could have property seized by the Government if the land is within certain areas marked for housing development.

    Housing Minister Nick Smith said today that such a hardline measure to override private title for development in certain areas was a “big call”.

    “If you look at many of the other governments in other parts of the world that have used those powers, they have worked effectively.

    “Yes, we are the National Party, but we have responded in a very pragmatic way to the challenges in Christchurch. And that has involved overcoming some of those pure views about property rights. (Herald)

    Pragmatic, Helengrad, tomayto, tomahto …

    Comment by sammy 3.0 — July 3, 2016 @ 8:53 pm

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