The 1%

This election coincided with a worldwide protest of hippies that came up with some nice slogans but not much else other than up-twinkles and down-twinkles.

A few smelly hippies are still camped in Aotea Square but they are largely ignored, mainly because Len Brown refuses to look after the interests of ratepayers.

One of the claims of the Occupy movement and one enthusiastically parroted by useful idiots who prefer slogans to solutions, people like Martyn Bradbury, was that they represented the 99%. they represented the 99% against the evil and power hungry 1% who allegedly controlled all the wealth.

Elections are a contest of ideas. The Mana party embraced the Occupy movement, their strategists peppered Hone Harawira’s speeches and sound bites with slogans from Occupy. Martyn Bradbury tallked up the Mana party endlessly on his television shows, He constantly said the 99% would rise up and Mana would deliver 3% of the vote and several MPs into parliament. He constantly talked about “cheap brainfart” telephone polls that missed the disenfranchised poor and at the same time lauded dodgy polls like Horizon which were web-based and likewise discriminated against the disenfranchised poor.

I note that Martyn has bee strangely silent about the “cheap brainfart” polls and also strangely silent about his predictions of the election. He is always quick to gloat about his predictions coming true but has been silent about his predictions this election. Almost every episode I endured of CitiZen A with this bigot he brought up his ideas on polling and how on the basis of one poll in Auckland for the Mayoral elections all poll, except Horizon, were wrong.

So int eh contest of ideas were the slogans true?

Well in a way they were and they weren’t

We discovered that the 99% were in fact the 1%. Mana scored 1%.

We also found that the 1% were also the 1%, with ACT scoring exactly that.

So now we can say that the 1% is actually the opposite ends of the same scale and take up as much space politically…1%.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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