Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

“Nobody does self-deprecating humour better than I do,”  Donald Trump modestly addressing 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 […]



“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 […]

In this North Korea career limiting move,  as Jong-Un’s PR machine cranks up creekily in a strangely childfree orphanage, someone stuffed up- or was very brave- and either way would have been in the serious Winnie the Pooh. Photograph 3* is the naughty denouement-but look at the assiduous note taking in Photo 1. Not the […]