It’s not that people outside of politics aren’t allowed to have an opinion. ¬†It’s the fact they do so pretending to have come to such views independently, and aren’t really speaking for a political movement.
Prime Minister John Key has defended his Government’s record on supporting the arts, following a stinging attack from acclaimed author Eleanor Catton.
Catton, winner of the 2013 Man Booker Prize for her West Coast-set novel The Luminaries, told reporters in India that she’s struggling with her identity as a New Zealand writer, and is “very angry” with the Government.
“Coming and being an ambassador for my country when I feel that actually my country is not doing as much as they could for the intellectual world in general, but for the literary arts… It’s just a slightly complicated position to be in,” she said.
“At the moment, New Zealand, like Australia and Canada, [are dominated by] these neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture. They care about short-term gains. They would destroy the planet in order to be able to have the life they want.”
“neo-liberal, profit-obsessed, very shallow, very money-hungry politicians who do not care about culture”.
…because that’s how we all speak when we say things off-the-cuff.
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