Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

“So many people at the higher ends of intelligence loved my press conference performance in Helsinki…”  @realDonaldTrump 9:53 PM – Jul 18, 2018 Well I certainly failed that IQ test, so ask not for whom the Bell-shaped curve tolls. Though I do think that we may have belatedly discovered an exception to John Donne’s accompanying […]


“Nobody does self-deprecating humour better than I do,”  Donald Trump modestly addresses politicians and journalists in Washington, DC March 2018. Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist David Cay Johnston’s book “The Making of Donald Trump”*, published just before the 2016 election, is deeply researched and compulsive reading. It’s a shame it wasn’t compulsory reading pre-election . The […]


 “…you understand the expression ‘prime the pump’?……Have you heard that expression used before? Because I haven’t heard it. I mean, I just…I came up with it a couple of days ago and I thought it was good. It’s what you have to do”. President Trump 4 May 2017* The group of editors from The Economist […]


“Our ties with Mexico will be much more firmly established in 2012 because, some time within the next 50 years, the Mexican border will become as the Canadian border, a free one, with the formalities and red tape of ingress and egress cuts to a minimum so that the residents of both countries can travel […]


  “This story is a fabrication and has long been discredited. I am amazed it is still making the rounds.”  Brian McAllister Linn, historian and author of Guardians of Empire: The U.S. Army and the Pacific, 1902-1940. With the usual mix of fascination and incredulity I watched part of the live broadcast of Donald Trump’s […]


FLAGGING IT

03Apr16

“A new survey has revealed that 74 per cent of New Zealanders now approve of the use of medical marijuana to numb the effects of enduring chronic flag-referendum analysis.” Andrew Gunn 1/4/16 * Flag-waving More Histagram than Instagram, the January 1954 Press photo in the weblink below*, has an image of me, front row, sixth […]


 “$1.45 million has been spent on airfreighting 900 pregnant ewes, from New Zealand to Saudi Arabia for a pilot research breeding programme in a demonstration farm…”* Ex-Prime Minister Robert Muldoon was the instigator of the infamous Stock Retention Scheme when Minister of Finance in Keith Holyoake’s 1969-1972 National Government.  Soon to be PM Norman Kirk […]