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How times change

Written By: - Date published: 5:01 pm, August 10th, 2013 - 36 comments
Categories: accountability, john key, Spying - Tags: , , ,

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36 comments on “How times change”

  1. Anne 1

    I remember it as if it only happened yesterday. During the resignation speech on the telly, my late father literally jumped up and down with glee. It was a glorious end to an infamous scandal and a scurrilous US President. But it’s the same old story… each generation has to learn the lessons of the previous generation all over again. History apparently teaches some people nothing.

    NZ’s Spygate will play out differently because no two cases are the same, but I’m hopeful the truth will eventually come out into the open. Kim Dotcom and John Campbell have kicked it off nicely. Now for some more investigative journos and maybe a few brave insiders who will finish it off nicely.

  2. Rosetinted 2

    Perhaps there should be a class dropped at school and human dynamics and the use of analogy as a comparative learning tool inserted. To see beyond what is happening now to something else that has happened would perhaps get us past the barrier we have to history. It’s only in Dr Who etc that humans can move in their minds from one period and see the similarities to another while they are living their lives and experiencing things personally.

  3. Murray Olsen 3

    I think Nixon may have still had some vague memory of what ethics were, which helped him decide to resign. I don’t think Key, or the vast majority of present day politicians, ever knew. Key would have to be removed, sacked, arrested, or whatever, and even then he wouldn’t understand what he’d done wrong.

    • Greywarbler 3.1

      And Jokeyhen no doubt works on the ‘principle’ of ‘If it ain’t broke (for me and my supporters) then don’t fix it’. Naked focussed ambition that suits his present class, not serving the country and its needs – what old hat stuff is that, for fools!

    • Rodel 3.2

      MO; Your comment…….’…..even then he wouldn’t understand…. etc’
      I’ve said it before and will again.. .The mafia are not aware that they are the mafia.
      We are not quite there yet but the thin end is showing its beginning

  4. Rhinocrates 4

    Nixon’s a fascinating character, Shakespearean in his complexity, potential and tragedy. One should never forget his achievements such as the establishment of the EPA, the withdrawal from Vietnam, detente.

    Now Key… Well, he’s as corrupt as Nixon for sure, but he never even had the potential to have been as great as Nixon could have been.

    There’s no tragedy in Key, not in a dramatic sense.

    • Sable 4.1

      Nixon was also responsible in large part for the privatization of US healthcare that has resulted in death and misery for millions. The man was scum.

      • Rhinocrates 4.1.1

        Indeed – I meant in a dramatic sense that he could have been great and that fact that he wasn’t is tragic. It’s purely a literary point no more – Nixon as a “character” could have been great. In reality, he was evil. The gap between potential and reality makes tragedy. The fact that there is no gap at all between Key’s potential and his reality is not the material for art at all – instead it’s mere banality. The banality of evil as Hannah Arendt wrote.

      • Rodel 4.1.2

        Sable
        Interesting..Where can I go learn more about that?

    • Greywarbler 4.2

      Thinking of tragedy I looked up pathos then I thought I would look up bathos too.
      The words seem to be appropriate for our constant see-sawing political scene.

      From yourdictionary.com – seems pretty good reference point.
      Aristotle’s “ingredients for persuasion” – otherwise known as “appeals” – are known by the names of ethos, pathos, and logos. They are all means of persuading others to take a particular point of view.
      Meanings of Ethos, Pathos and Logos
      Ethos, pathos and logos each have a different meaning:
      Ethos is an appeal to ethics, and it is a means of convincing someone of the character or credibility of the persuader.
      Pathos is an appeal to emotion, and is a way of convincing an audience of an argument by creating an emotional response.
      Logos is an appeal to logic, and is a way of persuading an audience by reason.

      Then there is bathosfrom vocabulary.com
      If something starts out serious and then turns trivial, that’s bathos. If you’re watching a serious drama about Poland’s transition to capitalism and it suddenly ends in a giddy car chase, you might remark on the film’s unexpected bathos.

      The word bathos came into English in the 17th century from the Greek word bathos, which literally means “depth.” In the 18th century English poet Alexander Pope gave the word its current meaning of a descent from lofty to trite. We often use it for movies or books. Bathos is usually unintentional — which means you can laugh at it. Bathos can also be used more broadly for something that’s trite or overly sentimental.

  5. Populuxe1 5

    I find it hilarious that Claire has reinvented herself as a defender of privacy and free speech.

    • IrishBill 5.1

      Claire who?

      • Colonial Viper 5.1.1

        Indeed. Clare who? :twisted:

        • Populuxe1 5.1.1.1

          Aw, sorry about the speling, but you remember Clare CV, she was the one who ordered you to STFU? :)

          • Rhinocrates 5.1.1.1.1

            No, she didn’t “order” CV to STFU, she – just like Bennett – tried to use blackmail and bullying.

            But that’s alright, ‘cos if it’s done under the “Labour” logo, it’s good.

            Really don’t know what his/her problem is, actually, seems a mite obsessive…

            BTW, my mother, who turns 80 this year, has voted Labour her whole life… but she’s in Curran’s electorate and has said that this time coming, she won’t vote.

            Note to the ABC club, who do read blogs, even if they call them “rubbish” : we see how you behave and we take notice. Eight hundred thousand stayed at home for the last election. A half dozen soft National votes won’t make a difference.

            But all you care about are your meal tickets at Bellamy’s, right? Bugger New Zealand – look at the menu!

      • Rodel 5.1.2

        Clear what?

  6. Sable 6

    I’m not sure how much worse it has to get for Keys and co to be removed from office. The evidence is clear and yet these individuals have not been stood down. Personally I think at this time democracy is DEAD in New Zealand.

  7. Yeah People like Bradly Ambrose and Nicky haguer should lose their jobs.

    • Pascal's bookie 7.1

      Why? And how do freelancers ‘lose their jobs’?

    • North 7.2

      @ Brett Dale…….re Ambrose and Hager…….the redacted portion of the aspirational bucket list probably. Can you imagine the ShonKey Pythons (which includes Lord Jackson of Miramar Movie Mogul fame) ever having a good thing to say about the likes of them or Robyn Malcolm ?

      The muscles of Power are underused, rightful entitlement not realised, when they’re applied only to further enrich the oligarchy. Ambrose, Hager, Malcolm et al……..fuck them up good !

      That’s how the whanaungatanga of the NAct Beltway, Warner Brothers, the Wellington and Northern clubs, works.

    • Colonial Viper 7.3

      And without journalists like them, how are you going to keep checks and balances against the misuse of governmental powers and decision making?

      Please do try and think more than one step ahead at a time.

      • Sable 7.3.1

        I think the point that needs to be made is we need genuine “objective” journalism and that is a very rare thing in this country today.

    • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.4

      Brett Dale get off your knees.

        • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.4.1.1

          Nope, you’re still behaving like a sycophantic power-worshipper. Hager and Ambrose have more integrity than you. Get used to it.

          • Brett Dale 7.4.1.1.1

            Yeah Ambrose has integrity, thanks needed a laugh on this monday morning.

            • One Anonymous Knucklehead 7.4.1.1.1.1

              I said he has more than you Brett, as you hasten to find him guilty in your mind.

              • Clive Bixby

                Yeah he just left a tape recording running on the PM’s desk, accidentally of course. I can imagine if Slater did that to Shearer, what you would be saying.

                • Colonial Viper

                  I dunno how about “oh I organised this public event with lots of press around and people sitting about everywhere having coffees, I guess I shouldn’t act like a dick and pretend that its a private function”

  8. big bruv 8

    Wow!….all these years have passed yet the leader of the CTU is still telling bare faced lies.

    • Te Reo Putake 8.1

      Wow! Your comment makes no sense. I can’t recall the leader of the CTU lying. Perhaps you are mistaking her for a libertarian MP who lived a lie for 30 years having stolen the identity of a dead child?

    • Tiger Mountain 8.2

      Just been released ‘bruv’? haven’t seen your mate ‘Rod Beater’ aka ‘Red Baiter’ make an appearance for a while either. Helen’s statements are usually supported by thorough research so I am backing her take on Nixon and ShonKey.

      • One Anonymous Knucklehead 8.2.1

        Helen’s summation of Nixon’s demise is fine. Bruv is just throwing his temper.

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    Greens | 17-04
  • Legal high ban worthy of wider pick-up
    Auckland Council’s ban on using legal highs in a public place is an excellent idea that should be replicated around New Zealand, says Labour’s Associate Health Spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. “Auckland Council has implemented a by-law banning the use of psychoactive...
    Labour | 17-04
  • Smith sells state P-houses to first home buyers
    Nick Smith must reassure worried first home buyers that any Housing NZ houses sold under his First Home policy will be tested for P contamination after revelations that three out of seven properties sold in Wanganui tested positive for methamphetamine,...
    Labour | 17-04
  • PM’s China visit assisted Oravida, not Fonterra
    Questions must now be asked whether it was Fonterra or Oravida who really benefited from the Prime Minister’s recent visit to China, Labour’s Primary Industries spokesperson Damien O’Connor says. “Before his departure, John Key said he would wait until all...
    Labour | 16-04
  • New Zealand’s use of ozone depleting gases increases
    A new Government report highlights that the amount of ozone depleting gases New Zealand is using is increasing, the Green Party said today.The report tabled in Parliament yesterday shows that total use of ozone depleting gases in New Zealand has...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Manufacturing Upgrade
    Labour is determined to support and grow our manufacturing sector. These policies grew out of the findings of the 2013 Parliamentary Inquiry into Manufacturing.  ...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Collins must admit misleading Parliament
    ACC Minister Judith Collins must front up and admit she has misled Parliament over ACC’s policy to stop paying compensation to clients who refused to fill in its privacy form, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Judith Collins claimed Labour...
    Labour | 16-04
  • English confirms he has no plan to raise wages
    Finance Minister Bill English has confirmed he has absolutely no plans to lift wages, Labour’s spokesperson on Labour Issues, Andrew Little says. “Bill English told the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that workers could expect a rise in average income of...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Govt careless and callous about threatened birds
    The National Government is increasing the threat to two of the world's most threatened and unique birds by opening up Victoria Forest Park to petroleum drilling, the Green Party said today.Scientists have recently published a ranking of the 100 most...
    Greens | 16-04
  • Genesis: The biggest fire sale of them all
    National has finished its asset sales with a massive bonfire of a fire sale, showing once and for all how much of a disaster this programme was, says Labour’s SOEs spokesperson Clayton Cosgrove. “Just 68,000 Kiwis bought shares in Genesis,...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Interest rates rise but only smokes increasing
    Mortgage rate rises are making life harder for homeowners, and many of them will be surprised the latest CPI figures show inflation would be zero were it not for tobacco tax hikes, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson David Parker. “New Zealanders...
    Labour | 16-04
  • Term One Report Card for Hekia Parata
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    Labour | 16-04
  • Hekia Parata kept exam book errors from schools
    Schools will be appalled to learn Education Minister Hekia Parata knew since January that hundreds of exam booklets had been returned to the wrong students but said nothing about it, Labour’s Education Spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Exams are stressful enough...
    Labour | 15-04
  • What has ACC Minister been doing?
    The ACC Minister needs to front up and explain what, if any, changes she has made to the broken culture of ACC rather than denying that she has any part to play in the dysfunction of her Ministry, the Green...
    Greens | 15-04