web analytics

Sleezy old granny

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, April 22nd, 2011 - 26 comments
Categories: class, Media - Tags:

The Herald asks: “Is Kate Middleton the best looking UK royal ever?“.

I say: what about Mary of Orange? Phwoooar! Get a load of that!

Seriously, who gives a fuck that some dickhead who might some day be the nominal boss of our figurehead vice-regent is marrying someone?

Why are we meant to swoon like morons over this?

26 comments on “Sleezy old granny”

  1. I’d take her out for a hoon…
     
    …if i wasn’t already taken

  2. Carol 2

    Granny’s just running distractions for their corporate masters.  Over the next week, I will do what I did when I was in the UK at the time of the wedding of Charle’s and “Di”…. not watch the news.  I didn’t see any footage of that royal wedding til a couple of decades later, after Di had passed on.  By that time, the badges (I wore one) & logic for them, put out by the feminist mag Spare Rib, had already turned out to be prophetic.  The badges said,

    Don’t do it Di!

     

    • millsy 2.1

      The only reason Charles married Diana was because she was ‘breeding stock’. It wasant anything to do with love. If you look at the footage of the ’81 wedding, you will see that Diana herself wasant really keen on being there.

      • Carol 2.1.1

        Yes.  But in spite of the fact that some could see the wedding as a sham at the time, it served as a great distraction from where the “young” Thatcher government was actually heading;  increasing the gap between rich and poor, shifting the wealth upwards, and shifting the UK economy from a focus on production of goods towards one based on speculative finance, & setting the direction for the financial bubble & crash in the 21st century.
         
        Wake up, sheeples! Royal wedding extravaganzas are all smoke, mirrors and diversions.

        • Jim Nald 2.1.1.1

          Yay!
          The royal wedding will put bread and butter on my table.
          The royal wedding will lower the price of milk, .. after the end of this year.
          The royal wedding will lower my power bill and make power more affordable.
          The royal wedding will give me lotsa fresh fruit and veggies.
          The royal wedding will put my wages up 30%.
          Magic.

        • M 2.1.1.2

          Carol

          Brilliant summation.

          • Carol 2.1.1.2.1

            Thanks, M.  Well I lived through it once, and with many others protesting all the way.  But somehow it didn’t stop the neoliberal juganaut.  And the pity is, it seems so few learn from history.  Too many are seduced by the promise of constantly new shiny things.

        • millsy 2.1.1.3

          Yes it did. And the same thing is happening 30 years later, with a Tory government that is in many repects is probably further right than her government ever was.

          Theres going to be nothing left by the time this lot are finished.

  3. M 3

    Z, you’re meant to swoon over morons like this because many still don’t get that apart from the UK most other countries aren’t feudal anymore. America has its own version of feudal based on money and maybe the Vanderbilts were the closest they got to a royal swag of useless bludgers. If people really thought about the yoke of suffering they would endure if things were like days of old their fawning would drop off fairly quickly.

    Having said that, with the world imploding financially, right wing governments being elected and the continuing damage of this precious rock we call home it may very well come about that things could become feudal very quickly. Would the mug and tea towel buyers want to swear fealty to some corrupt, amoral and treacherous group and their cohorts be they royal or financial?

    The sooner we become a republic and throw off these useless leeches that the poor residents of the UK have to endure the better.

    • PeteG 3.1

      The sooner we become a republic and throw off these useless leeches that the poor residents of the UK have to endure the better.

      I wouldn’t quite put it like that but I agree with the sentiment. I know a lot of people like the celebrity/royalty fawning thing but we must be able to stand on our own as a country by now.
       
      The wedding is little more than historical hysteria.

    • Jim Nald 3.2

      You mean our Sir Peter This and Sir Peter That and Sir Peter Whatever will have to throw away their titles then?

      • M 3.2.1

        Yes, and the sooner the better.

        If things continue to worsen, and I think they will, a title could be a liability – a modern day scarlet letter.

      • I bet soon  after the coming Royal Wedding there will be Sir John. Just watch this creepy PM  slide and wheedle his way around the royals and their hangers on . We will have to watch the PM of our country bowing and scapping before some of the biggest bludgers world wide.Then when he comes back after stuffing his face he will spend the next few days grinning ,waving and telling us all how wonderful and  beautifull they all are . And we the poor saps at home will have to pay for it .The saddest part is that a lot of our unemployed and low paid workers will all agree/ It beats me!!

    • Draco T Bastard 3.3

      If people really thought about the yoke of suffering they would endure if things were like days of old their fawning would drop off fairly quickly.

      Read any fantasy books recently? The kings are all beneficent and wise while all the bad guys are socialists. This is especially true if you read David Webers Honor Harrington series where the beneficent aristocrats (which includes the dictators) are centrists (IRL they’d be called hard right authoritarians), the hard right aristocrats are snobs and the hard left people are idiots. It’s interesting to note in that series that the general population are never mentioned on the good side unless they get killed and they’re always mentioned as a drain on the bad side.
       
      These are the types of stories that we are inculcated with from birth. We are told, quite simply, that there are heroes who are always rich and handsome whom we must bow down to and the rest of the people are poor losers.

      • Carol 3.3.1

        So true, DTB.
         
        I just did a workout on the exercise machine, watching Prime (for Dr Who intially).  And then came an extended promo for an upcoming series, Downton Abbey set in pre-WWI England, including interviews with writer, cast & crew.  It looks like an Upstairs Downstairs for the 21st Century.  It seems that, back then, the two classess (masters & servants), lived in harmony & close contact, each supporting and respecting the other, and holding the system together.  Sounds like propaganda to support the current wave of promotion of royalist sentiments & disguising the true nature of class divisions.
         
        PS:  There was also a repeated promo on Prime for it’s news, with the newsreader speaking with gravitas & accompanied by suitably heavy music.  He said, “The news comes from the four points of the globe…. North.South….. East…. West.”
         
        Duh!  Well, gee, that all sounds sooo informative.

      • rosy 3.3.2

        I knew there was a reason I couldn’t quite get to grips with the fantasy genre. I prefer the old fairy tales – where the poor and abandoned win in the end 🙂

        • Marina777 3.3.2.1

          Because you naturally think of yourself before anyone, you assume that everyone else will be the same, as you. Not everyone is like you, selfish, cold hearted and egotistical.
          “You” place me in the ‘centre’ of this, because you naturally believe if you were in my position you would make this situation- about yourself.
          Well I have my heart elsewhere- and that is with Ben and Olivia.
           
          Maybe you could learn at least ‘one thing’ about what life is about- learning to love from a perspective other than your own.
           
          Then you might actually know what ‘love’ is!

      • M 3.3.3

        Haha Draco, re the inculcation, yes, many are sold a fantasy from birth and seem to enjoy believing that the rich, good looking, famous etc are imbued with magical qualities but not everyone falls for this con.

        Since my kids were of any age to understand things I’ve used films like ‘Titanic’ to demonstrate that often wealthy people think their money confers sterling qualities or unassailable rights.

        A couple of weekends ago the film ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ was another way to show that because a person has power, position and money that they can treat others like crap and expect automatic deference. The scene where the workers were scurrying like rats because the boss had arrived early showed very succinctly what words may not convey adequately about unbridled power. Of course I enjoyed the film for its lovely clothes but behind the admiration is the knowledge of the whole great swindle that the fashion and “beauty” industry is and how women and more recently men have been its prey. Not saying that people should look like swamp dwellers but if daily showering, clean clothes that flatter the wearer, being well shod with reasonable amounts of toiletries can’t cut it then people need to do some soul searching to get some perspective.

  4. Rob 4

    Is this really unexpected? It is the Herald. I am expecting at least a week long of front covers…

  5. terryg 5

    its important because, unlike last time, Prince Baldy is MARRYING A MUGGLE. The rest of us muggles are now hopeful – the odds of this aren’t much worse than lotto…..

    (ed. sp.)

  6. “Why are we meant to swoon like morons over this?”
    Swoon, and be rudddy grateful for the appoortoonitty.

  7. g_man 7

    “Who gives a f#$k?”
     
    Well apparently you do, at least enough to go the bother of writing about it 🙂
     
    And enough to read an article where the headline should give you a clue what it’s about (and therefore that you might not want to read it … except obviously you do, because then it gives you something to moan about).
     
    If you really don’t like it, don’t read the papers (and I thought nobody who contributes to “The Standard” would deign to lower themselves to reading “Granny Herald”?) or watch the news (which again, most Standard contributers regularly b!tch about).
     
    And maybe – just maybe – you could leave two people, who didn’t ask to be born into their respective positions, and who just happen to have fallen in love with each other, to enjoy their wedding …
     
    But I know you won’t, because it’s too rich an opportunity for more moaning.

    • Treetop 7.1

      I think that Catherine Middleton is a charming well rounded woman.  I am also a fan of the Queen.  I have seen the Queen up close.  I don’t care much for any other royals, apart from Prince William and Prince Harry.

      Providing that Prince William is a husband first in his private life, Prince William and Catherine will have a successful marriage. 

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • Families with new babies victims of today’s veto
    Families with new babies are the victims of an historical “first” for the New Zealand Parliament today. “For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because ...
    4 hours ago
  • Crime on the rise…again!
    The Police Minister’s contention that Police have enough resources to meet the expectations of New Zealand communities is not reflected in the Police’s own statistics, says Labour’s Police spokesperson Stuart Nash.  “Yet again, reported burglaries have increased in every region ...
    6 hours ago
  • Private schools beneficiaries of extra cash
    Plans to give more taxpayer money to private schools at a time when state schools are struggling to make ends meet says everything about the National Government’s twisted priorities, Labour’s Education spokesperson Chris Hipkins says. “Not only did this year’s ...
    22 hours ago
  • Inequality getting worse under National
    Inequality is getting worse under National with almost 60 per cent of the wealth in this country concentrated in the hands of the top 10 per cent according to Statistics NZ figures released today, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. ...
    1 day ago
  • Government freezes elderly out of insulation subsidy
    Government cuts to the Warm Up New Zealand insulation subsidy means it will now only be available for rental properties and could leave many elderly homeowners cold this winter, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. “In this year’s Budget the Government ...
    2 days ago
  • Shewan report delivers rebuke to National
    John Shewan’s report into foreign trusts is a rebuke to John Key and the National Party who have protected an industry that has damaged New Zealand’s reputation, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Three years ago the Inland Revenue Department ...
    2 days ago
  • Auckland Airport rail analysis must be made public
    The Government should publicly release its detailed analysis of rail to Auckland Airport before it closes off options, so the public can have an informed debate, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. The Transport Agency today said it is ...
    2 days ago
  • Minister approved OIO consent despite death and investigations
    Louise Upston must say if she knew Intueri was being prosecuted for the death of a student and under a funding investigation when she approved its overseas investment consent to buy another education provider, says Labour’s Land Information and Associate ...
    3 days ago
  • Brexit vote costs NZ effective EU voice
    Despite being extremely close the result of the referendum in Britain reflects the majority voice, Labour’s Foreign Affairs spokesperson David Shearer says. “While we respect the decision to leave the EU, it goes without saying the move will usher in ...
    5 days ago
  • Pasifika Education Centre doomed
    The Pasifika Education Centre appears doomed to close down this December, says Labour’s Pacific Island Affairs spokesperson Su’a William Sio  “In a written question I asked the Minister whether he would put a bid in for more money. His answer ...
    5 days ago
  • Onetai Station review a shameful whitewash
    A report released today on the Overseas Investment Office’s (OIO) good character test is a whitewash that does nothing to improve New Zealand’s overseas investment regime, says Labour’s Land Information spokesperson David Cunliffe. “The review of the good character test ...
    5 days ago
  • We need a national strategy to end homelessness now
    Long before I entered Parliament, housing and homelessness were issues dear to my heart. I know from personal experience just how hard it is to find an affordable home in Auckland. In my maiden speech, I talked about how when ...
    GreensBy Marama Davidson
    5 days ago
  • Capital feels a chill economic wind
      Wellington is on the cusp of recession with a sharp fall in economic confidence in the latest Westpac McDermott Miller confidence survey, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark.  “Economic confidence amongst Wellingtonians has dropped 12% in the past ...
    5 days ago
  • Dive school rort took six years to dredge up
    News that yet another private training establishment (PTE) has rorted the Government’s tertiary funding system since 2009 shows that Steven Joyce has no control of the sector, says Labour’s Associate Education (Tertiary) spokesperson David Cunliffe. “Like Agribusiness Training and Taratahi, ...
    6 days ago
  • National’s housing crisis hitting renters hard
    National’s ongoing housing crisis is causing massive rental increases, with Auckland renters being hit the hardest, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. ...
    6 days ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    6 days ago
  • A Day with the PSA
    This week, along with Labour MP Kris Faafoi, I accepted an invitation to spend a day working alongside the good folk at the Public Service Association in Wellington. As the Workplace Relations and Safety spokesperson for the Greens, I was ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    6 days ago
  • Government holds Northland back
    New information shows Northland remains the most economically depressed region in New Zealand, says Labour’s Regional Development spokesperson David Clark. “The latest Westpac McDermott Miller regional survey found that more Northlanders believe their local economy will deteriorate this year than ...
    6 days ago
  • Rebstock report into MFAT leaks a disgrace
    An Ombudsman’s report on the Paul Rebstock investigation into MFAT leaks shows the two diplomats at the centre of the case were treated disgracefully, says Labour’s State Services spokesperson Kris Faafoi.  “The Ombudsman says one of the diplomats Derek Leask ...
    6 days ago
  • More families forced to turn to food banks for meals
    Increasing numbers of families are having to go to food banks just to put a meal on the table, according to a new report that should shame the Government into action, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni. ...
    6 days ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    7 days ago
  • We have a housing emergency in New Zealand
    Auckland, New Zealand, where house prices have risen 20 percent in the last year alone We have a housing emergency in New Zealand.  Like many people we are ashamed and angry that in a wealthy country like ours, we have ...
    GreensBy Eugenie Sage
    7 days ago
  • Aussie reforms signal trouble ahead for school funding plan
    Plans by the Government to return to bulk funding are likely to see increased class sizes and schools most in need missing out on much-needed resources, Labour’s Acting Education spokesperson Grant Robertson says. “The signaled return to bulk funding is ...
    7 days ago
  • Toxic Sites – the down low on the go slow
    In  2011, I negotiated an agreement with the National Government to advance work on cleaning up contaminated sites across the country. This included establishing a National Register of the ten worst sites where the creators of the problem could not ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Aucklanders face new motorway tax of up to $2500 a year
    The Government wants to tax Aucklanders thousands of dollars a year just to use the motorway network, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Officials estimate the average city commute is 11.8km. This means for the average Aucklander commuting five ...
    1 week ago
  • 15 corrupt bank managers identified in student fraud
    New information show 15 bank managers in India have been identified by Immigration New Zealand as presenting fraudulent documents on behalf of foreign students studying here, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “Documents obtained by Labour under the Official Information ...
    1 week ago
  • National leaves Kiwi savers the most vulnerable in OECD
    News last week that Israel’s Finance Minister will insure savers’ bank deposits means New Zealand will be left as the only country in the OECD that has no deposit insurance to protect savers’ funds should a bank fail. Most Kiwis ...
    GreensBy James Shaw
    1 week ago
  • Comprehensive plan for future of work needed
    A Massey University study showing many New Zealanders are unaware of the increasing role of automation in their workplace, highlights the need for a comprehensive plan for the future of work, says Grant Robertson, Chair of Labour’s Future of Work ...
    1 week ago
  • Another National Government failure: 90 day work trials
    On Friday last week, the Treasury released a report by MOTU economic consultants into the effectiveness of the controversial 90-day work trial legislation. The report found that there was “no evidence that the policy affected the number of hires by ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    1 week ago
  • Iraq mission extension case not made
    The Prime Minister has not made the case for extending the Iraq deployment another 18 months nor the expansion of their mission, says Opposition Leader Andrew Little.  “Labour originally opposed the deployment because the Iraqi Army’s track record was poor, ...
    1 week ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Denial is a long river
    William Rolleston from Federated Farmers made the absurd claim on RNZ on Saturday that “we actually have very clean rivers”. This statement doesn’t represent the many farmers who know water quality is in big trouble and are working to clean ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Melanoma deaths could be avoided by an early access scheme
      The tragic death of Dunedin’s Graeme Dore from advanced Melanoma underlines the cruelty of this Government in promising a treatment but delaying for months, says Labour’s Health Spokesperson Annette King.  “Graeme was diagnosed with Melanoma last year. He used ...
    1 week ago
  • Assessing the Defence White Paper
    The Government’s recently released Defence White Paper has raised questions again about New Zealand’s defence priorities, and in particular the level and nature of public funding on defensive capabilities. The Green Party has a longstanding belief that priority must be ...
    GreensBy Kennedy Graham
    1 week ago
  • Kiwis’ confidence drops again: Economy needs a boost
    Westpac’s consumer confidence survey has fallen for the seventh time in nine quarters, with middle income households ‘increasingly worried about where the economy is heading over the next few years’, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “This survey is a ...
    1 week ago
  • Relocation grant simply kicks can down the road
    The response by state house tenants and social agencies to the Government’s rushed plan to shift families out of Auckland tells us what we already knew – this is no answer to the chronic housing shortage, Opposition Leader Andrew Little ...
    1 week ago
  • Peace hīkoi to Parihaka
    On Friday a Green crew walked with the peace hīkoi from Ōkato to Parihaka. Some of us were from Parliament and some were party members from Taranaki and further afield. It was a cloudy but gentle day and at one ...
    GreensBy Catherine Delahunty
    1 week ago
  • Children’s Commissioner right to worry about CYF transition
    The Government must listen to the Children’s Commissioner’s concerns that young people under CYF care could be ‘negatively impacted’ as the new agency’s reforms become reality, says Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern. “Dr Russell Wills has used the second annual ...
    1 week ago
  • Bill English exaggerates PPL costs to justify veto
    The Finance Minister has used trumped-up costings to justify a financial veto against parents having 26 weeks paid parental leave, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “Bill English’s assertion on RNZ yesterday that the measure would cost an extra $280 million ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Government must refund overcharged motorists
    Labour is calling on the Government to refund motor registration fees to three-quarters of a million Kiwi motorists whose vehicles were wrongly classified under National’s shambolic ACC motor vehicle risk rating system, Labour’s ACC spokesperson Sue Moroney says.“Minister Kaye’s ridiculous ...
    2 weeks ago
  • 90-day work trials an unfair failure which must change
    A new Treasury report shows the Government’s 90-day trials haven’t helped businesses and are inherently unfair, Labour’s Workplace Relations spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway says. “The Motu report found that 90-day trial periods had no impact on overall employment and did not ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Massey East houses a start but Nick Smith should think bigger
    The Massey East 196-home development is a start but the Government must think bigger if it is to end the housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says. “It is great the Government is finally realising it needs to build ...
    2 weeks ago
  • More changes needed to ensure fewer cases like Teina Pora’s
    Teina Pora spent 21 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, shafted by a Police investigation that prioritised an investigator’s hunch over the pursuit of credible evidence. Yesterday’s announcement that the government is to pay him $2.5m in ...
    GreensBy David Clendon
    2 weeks ago
  • New Zealand Labour sends condolences to UK
    The New Zealand Labour Party is sickened and saddened by the murder of British Labour MP Jo Cox, Labour Leader Andrew Little says. “Ms Cox was killed in cold blood while simply doing her job as a constituent MP. She ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Shameful refugee quota increase still leaves NZ at the bottom of the list
    Minister for Immigration Michael Woodhouse announced this week that the government will put off increasing the refugee quota by 1000 places until 2018.  It’s a shameful decision that undermines the Government’s claim that it takes its international humanitarian obligations seriously, ...
    GreensBy Denise Roche
    2 weeks ago
  • Paula Bennett as a victim hard to swallow
    The National Party spin machine has gone into overdrive to try and present Paula Bennett as the victim in the Te Puea Marae smear saga, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Bill English in Parliament today tried valiantly to paint ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Voters to have the final veto on paid parental leave
    New Zealanders will have the final right of veto on a Government that has ignored democracy and is out of touch with the pressures and demands on families, says Labour MP Sue Moroney. “Today’s decision by National to veto 26 ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Collins should put Kiwis’ money where her mouth is
    Labour’s Police spokesman Stuart Nash is calling on anyone who has received a speeding ticket for going up to 5km/h over the 100km/hr open road speed limit to write to him and he will take it up on their behalf ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Where is the leadership on equal pay for work of equal value?
    The gender pay gap in the public service is worse than in the private sector. I’ve always found this particularly galling because I expect our Government to provide an example to the private sector on things like human rights, rather ...
    GreensBy Jan Logie
    2 weeks ago
  • Kiwis’ real disposable income goes nowhere for the year
    New Zealanders’ hard work for the last year resulted in no increase in real disposable income, showing Kiwis aren’t getting ahead under National, says Labour’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson. “Today’s GDP figures reveal that real gross national disposable income per ...
    2 weeks ago

Public service advertisements by The Standard

Current CO2 level in the atmosphere