The youth grow up to become the people they despised

By Gavin

I have been following all the uproar from the disappointed remainers in England who have been protesting, throwing tantrums and showing general discontent at a successful democratic process. What struck me as most absurd was the vocalised belief that the older people have stolen their future, and their needs have been overridden, despite the fact that a democratic process was followed. If they had won they would be jubilant and praising democracy for giving people a say etc – yawn.

But here is the rub that the moaning-youth are blissfully unaware of. The youthful activists and protesters who despise older people will one day be them. They will, in fact, become the very people they despise.

Let’s take a local example: Phill Goff. He started out as a long-haired anti-Vietnam War protester spitting at soldiers returning from Vietnam and riding his Norton motorcycle. Supporting all the right causes: Labour party member, socialist and anti-capitalist, socialist union organiser for the Insurance Workers’ Union and political studies lecturer at Victoria University.
CC001820160706Supporting all the right causes, he was elected to Parliament in 1984 in the Lange landslide to get rid of Muldoon. He then changed tack somewhat to championing Rogernomics, even being involved in introducing university fees – not that the MSM would mention that when Andrew Little was banging on about free education, just recently.

It was even rumoured that he considered joining the Act Party in the 1990s.

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Then we move to the Clark era and Mr Goff holding hands in solidarity with Yasser Arafat. This rather shady character held power for nearly 30 years by removing his enemies, permanently. I was in Israel when he refused to sign the peace accords in 2000 and become the first president of the Palestinian state. He turned that down as it is easier to keep fighting and throwing rocks than build the infrastructure of a healthy state. But, Goff was there is full support. The anti-war protester had become Minister of Defence.

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Then there was the signing of the China FTA by Goff as well. He is so special he gets to support the TPP because he worked on it – LOL.

After the Clark era we have the legendary Swiss ball affair and the MP resigning and being whisked out of the county before the brown stuff hit the fan. Again, Goff was doing his best to keep it out of the media and the public interest.

Then we finally come to the chosen one for the Auckland mayoralty in the twilight of his career, being supported by the media party as a replacement for Len Brown.

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Which brings me back to the beginning. I wonder if his actual path through politics and aspirations would be one he would have protested at, himself, when he was a naïve self-absorbed youth.

There is one thing older people have that youth is oblivious to, and that is a sense of history and the way it repeats itself with each generation. Some call it wisdom; I call it experience. So my question to readers: would Goff have protested his current self and progress when he was a young activist?

The last thought I leave to the legendary SonovaMin to capture Goff’s nature and style:

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