Bob Jones has come bouncing back from a couple of flat articles with a belter about Rod Oram,Â BernardÂ Hickey and John Minto:
New Zealand’s best-known economic doomsdayists are the articulate Rod Oram and Bernard Hickey, both serious Mintoitus sufferers. Life for them must be a living hell, always only seeing the dark side and blind to the overwhelming positives everywhere. Once Bernard and Rod would have received prefrontal lobotomies to brighten them up but those procedures became discredited.
Now it’s Prozac although a bottle or two of red each day would also do the trick and they would henceforth see the world in its happier, more positive side.
Certainly they can be cured, unlike the screaming skull John Minto, for whom the only salvation is a beheading. Minto owes it to himself to end the awful misery of his misanthropic existence. If he wakes to a sunny day then it’s grab the megaphone and bellow about global warming. Should $50 bank notes rain down on him, out would come the megaphone to complain that they weren’t $100. If he answered the door to a naked beauty queen crying, “take me John”, (for plausibility assume she’s drunk) he’d and bawl her out for not bringing lunch. Thank God he’s not an economist or we’d all be suicidal.