Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

 “…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 […]


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 […]


While never the twain shall meet the Prime Minister made it clear today that he fully agrees with the sentiments of the late Samuel Clemens in that the reports of Wellington’s death have been greatly exaggerated.

At a Beehive Press Conference Mr Key said that, after the cessation of recent heavy rain, he obviously meant to say that “Wellington is drying” when addressing Takapuna business leaders last week…