Hide: Government is a fairy tale

My six-year-old looked up at the big blue sign on her way to school: “That place has been for sale a long time.

“Oh no,” I replied. “That’s National list MP Nuk Korako advertising himself.

“Why does he want to be famous?

“So people will vote for him.

“Oh, he probably wants to replace that politician that stood down.


“What creates a politician, Dad? What makes them?

“That’s a tricky question. I don’t know. They stand. People vote for them. They get elected. But why they do that I am not so sure. Why do you ask?

“Cos they’re mean and nasty.

“What makes you say that?

“Well, all they do is boss you around and take your money.”

I thought she had summed government up surprisingly succinctly. There was no adornment. She cut straight to the heart of the beast.

That night over dinner, she asked out of the blue, “Do politicians take money off the police like they do everyone else? No. They take money from everyone else to give the police.”

There were those eyes again. She was incredulous. “That’s crooked!”

Sometimes it takes a child’s mind to see the world as it truly is and not how we would like it to be. My daughter had cut through the pomp and ceremony, the wigs and the uniforms, the history and hypocrisy, to see government for what it truly is. It takes a six-year-old to do that.

Inside the beast are the best brains and people of extraordinary experience. They can’t see the beast for what it is. They would pooh-pooh and tut-tut away my daughter’s concerns but they would never answer them. That’s because they can’t.

My daughter’s not all the way there yet. She loves Kings and Queens, Princes and Princesses. She especially loves Elsa and Anna. The story of Frozen is real for her. She even dresses up and makes herself part of the story.

But she knows government is a fairy tale. And not a nice one.

We named her Liberty. It should have been Anarchy. But maybe not. One’s the result of the other.


– Rodney Hide, NBR

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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.

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