The MMP election bribe rort: a reader explains

I love some of the good writing that’s coming in via the Tipline of late.  I’d like to share this one with you

Hi Cam

I just listened to Norman on the radio talking about post-election deal making, and my blood began to boil. Labour and the Greens are using MMP as a shield behind which to hide their true intentions, and they ought to be called on it by interviewers.

In this campaign we all know that you cannot have Labour without the Greens, or the Greens without Labour. Why not tell us what they will collectively do so that we actually know the choice we are being asked to make: Nation v Labour/Green?

Labour can promise to do A, B, and C, and pretend to cost it as funded. The Greens can promise D, E, and F, and pretend to cost it as funded. They then get to attract to the left voters who like any of A through F. But they both know they are never going to do it all. It is not much different to misleading advertising.

They say they cannot put their heads together and decide what they would collectively do until they know how many votes they each get. Rubbish. What difference does it make if Labour are 2:1 v the Greens or if they are 4:3 or 5:3 – who cares. They need each other and that is all that matters – as Al Bundy would have it, you can’t have one without the other. Read more »

Thursday Morning Mailbag

The death threats have stopped.  The bile has stopped.  Polls are up.  The pundits and media lackeys are drowning in their collective bile, and I’m getting great letters:

Hi Cam

I suspect you have got a number of these types of emails over the years so this is just one more, but I really want to share this with you. I first discovered a passion for politics from our current Prime Minister John Key.

He was an inspiration to me. You see, I was born into a single parent home, my violent father left for the fourth and final time when I was 5 months old. He never contributed a cent in the upbringing of myself and two older brothers. I could have easily become a victim of what I call “left mentality”, this is how it is and shall always be. Then I heard about John Key’s background, single parent home (not quite the same circumstances but single parent nonetheless). It proved to me that I didn’t have to play the cards that were dealt to me. I have always had a strong work ethic, am married with two beautiful children.

I have battled demons and endured sexual abuse that no one should have to put up with. Betrayed by those close to me. I suffered depression terribly as a teenager and in my 20’s. Then came you and your wonderful team at your site.You inspire me with your viewpoints on mental illness and you give a lot of people inner strength. I am not sure if you realise just how invaluable you are to a lot of people. I would like to thank you for your wonderful blog site; you treat your readers as free-thinking individuals who have the ability to think for themselves based on well researched information, unlike the media which has a form of sheep mentality and assume their viewers/readers do too. Read more »

Let’s start with some Tikanga Maori today

In an article published last weekend, Maori academic Dr Ranginui Walker scolded the show for [...] bad manners after a Star-Times reporter brought the table-sitting blunder to his attention.

The piece hit a nerve, inspiring dozens of readers to email the newspaper in support of Walker or, more frequently, in total disagreement. Some correspondents – both Maori and Pakeha – agreed that sitting on tables was unhygienic or a cultural gaffe no thoughtful New Zealander should make. Others said they couldn’t care less, that demanding that we all observe Maori customs was foolish or even racist, and nobody was going to tell them where to park their derriere.

But where did this taboo come from in the first place? Why is it so powerful? And when did it begin its as-yet incomplete journey from Maori tapu to New Zealand taboo?

Ngapo, an Auckland accountant of Ngati Kahu and Ngati Porou heritage (not to mention Scottish, English and Yugoslav), grew up knowing that you shouldn’t sit on a dining table or other surface connected to food. It was only as she got older that she realised there was a tikanga (Maori custom and tradition) dimension. Her understanding is that by an association between your bottom and food, “you as a person are putting yourself as food – you are not treating yourself appropriately”.

Sitting on a table is a bit of a faux pas when it comes to Maori culture.  And as the article says, most other people would consider it common sense not to foul an eating surface with the same body part that defecates.

So what do you think of this then?   Read more »

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