What to do with Winston?
The future belongs to a those folk born after Winston became an MP and it's them we need to listen to.
We currently only have this flawed system of voting ...
Please please use your vote to give the post-Winston generation a future worth writing songs about.
Give me effing strength. Winston is so litigious he'll want to do 6 enquries immediately!
Thank you for reminding us that Act/Nat is far right. A couple of months ago I was in a senior briefing by a big kahuna from Business NZ who said “it is clear we’ll end up with either a centre-right government or the most extremist far-left radical government NZ has either seen” and I wondered if he believed it or that view was just a tactic to encourage business voting.
Nick please do not use the wonderful beautiful word “Chaos” ever again for political accident in the amalgam of choices at a crucial stage int the electoral process - which would result int he worst of all possible national choices.
It is a good word and appreciating “Chaos Theory” means the accidents of chance which is the system and reality of uncertainty that we live in. If you are courageous enough and wis enough to accept life as always chaos with margins of choice and influence that are relatively small life will be easier.
Luxon with Seymore will send the country into a tail spin. Luxon with Seymore joined by Winston will mean a government that cannot last beyond 100 days.
Jacinda Adern was wise and nimble. So made good choices on critical issues very fast. She then followed through flexibly and pragmatically with an astonishing integrity guided by well being of the people.
The trio could not find their way out of an untied paper bag if they each had their own pair of scissors. Nor “chaos” a recipe for disaster!
Yes, it's going to be a interesting time all right, did you read hooten's fantasy piece about a nat/green coalition govt ?
Act/NAT WILL BE A DISASTER for all but the wealthy!! Think of the biggest segment of our population! Do they deserve to be uncared for and disadvantaged in their own proud Kiwi country?
Peters did himself no favours on Q&A this morning. He sounded like he's not just consorting with cookers, he's becoming one in his dotage. Nowhere near as sharp as he used to be either. Like watching Ali in1978.
Any result is possible now that the Winston bomb has been dropped. Talk to people. Help people to get out and vote. And VOTE!!!
My prediction: popcorn sales will boom if it comes to Nat/Act/NZF coalition negotiations.
BTW one small nitpick. I know "Shaw" is a useful shorthand for the Greens but actually it's up to the members and branch delegates for a meeting to approve any coalition agreement are being selected now. 75% have to approve any agreement. When James reminds people of this, I always think he looks a bit relieved.
Thanks Nick for a brilliant article, loved it
I guess i remeber the Old Winston from the 90's, Wine Box Days & before that. He was the best dressed MP of the lot & had a "Lucky Tie" that he wore with every Suit in the Closet.
I felt a bit of kinship with Winston, as I had a Lucky Tie of my own that I usta wear as a NAtional Accounts Sales Executive for a Major US Telecommunications company.
It was my Underdog Tie, my lucky Charm. That's how my Clients knew me - I never changed my Tie!
I remember my last meeting with Boeing & how the Presidents Receptionist announced me when I arrived to the meeting, The Tie Guy is here Mr. Strang!
I don't think there's anybody left in Parliament that knows the Democratic Process any better than Winston. He's a walking encyclopedia when it comes to Case History in Parliament & Justice. Winston knows all this stuff by heart well enough that he writes stand up Comedy lines before he debates for added Weaponry to disable the opponentry. How can you cancel somebody with such a wicked sense of humour when you're in stitches after his last retort. Winston is our very own "Look, he Likes it, Mikey Likes it!!", or, "Where's the Beef" Cartoon Character of NZ. He's our Keith Richards, Bad Boy of NZ Politics. What would we do without Ole Handbrake riding Shotgun to the next Genghis Khan Nat Guy with the Chrome Dome. You'll never find stranger Bedfellows than these 3 if a Coalition of Cluster**ck comes to pass.
Are there Sane minds to prevail in these Right of Genghis K Relationships? At the moment, I'd have to say that Mob Rule best describes the Right. The Great White Feeding Frenzy smells Blood in the Water & they're Hungry! Nothing else matters but getting their fill they're convinced they're entitled to. Hungry Sharks have no Moral Basepoint. Principals be damned, let's just roll our Eyelids shut & Charge through that School of Tuna with our Mouth's open. Chomp, Chomp, Chomp.
A year from now, where will the Country Be, if the Abominable Snow-job men rule our Roost??? Will the Tuna be Happier in their newly decimated Schools of Yesterday??? Will they be filling new Boots in Camp, or sportin Prison issue Shoes & Ankle Regalia?? Should they be kicked to the Curb for sending Society a Message that they're sick of being commodified Widgets for Work Camps without Cell Phone Reception a long way from their homes & their Gaming Computers?
Why are we being left behind by our fellow Z-ers to carry the Social Can while you fly off to Aussie, EU, or someplace fun that doesn't treat you like a hunk of Meat under the Knife at the Works. Hmmm, you're not really a Prime Cut, so in the Mincer ya go mate. We'll just package you as Premium Mince & nobody will know the difference once your package up & sold to the lowest bidder... Should we be looking at our Kids like Low Grade Assets to plug Job Vacancy Holes without any Job Vacancies to actually fill???
Maybe kids resent seeing their Dad's & Mums kicked to the Curb & have no intention of becoming like them, that asked WINZ for Help when they lost their jobs at the Works, or a BOP Paper Mill, or Timber Mills that closed down from Lack of Product to produce, or SME's that closed when the Warehouse came to their Town..
Geez, what are the SME's that survived gonna do when Amazon comes to town & Builds a Super Computing Centre in Partnership with Google Di Goop to have the worlds biggest AI Customer Service Centre without any Human Help needed in a neighbourhood near them ???
Maybe this is where Winston comes in? To slow this stuff down & keep us from being absorbed by the Meritocratic Market & the Corporate War Lords banging on the Treasury Door for their pounds of Commodified Flesh, which is far more profitable than just ground up Blood & Guts.
I suppose there are worse things than Winnie that could happen to us, but you won't find anybody more Kiwi than ole Winston at the end of the day. He plays to Local Rules, not Market Rules & still believes in Family Values & Respect for Elders in our communities. Maybe if he shook off his Sidekick it would help a lot in the Credibility Department, as his sidekick is a Has Been Time Bomb looking for a good spot to implode. Winston on his own is a different story, he's Wily & an Alternative Thinker that looks outside the Wine Box & isn't shy about holding Feet to Fire when he sees Smoke. I like that about Winston! He's the best Handbrake we've got in this election, so let the games begin & the Chips fall where they will.
It won't be easy if we end up with the Cluster**ck Coalition from Hell, but with Winston in a Co-Driver's Seat it will be less of a Neoliberal Capitalist Authoritarian Fascist Bloodbath than it would be without him. I can't wait to hear him taming Willis the Shrill Shrew!
We might not get much Relief, or Social Justice from the CFC's, but at least it will be entertaining if Winston's there!
Maintaining one's sense of humour through these times is going to be pretty important, so don't let the Bastards get you down!
I can already see Winnie Rubbing his hands together in glee at the thought of forcin Nicola the Barbarian to resign in disgrace when he foils the Foreign Sales thing National are banking on to Rob our Tax Coffers of Working Capital & prop up their Ship of Fools off the backs of the Unemployed, Disabled & Retired folks hunkered down in the Trenches waiting for the next 1080 drop...
It ain't over till it's over, as they say...
Too many Twisters, twisting and turning. Heaven help us.
Carly Simon sings I thought this song is about me and I visited Dachau not long after it closed but no it's the " kehua who walks", aka the Phantom and his dog Devil or was it Hero, who is the subject of this Koorero . Having just watched Tame interview the fellow I can imagine Luxon in a room watching on and being berated for admitting he would pick up the phone if necessary and ask the Phantom for help