As so many of us did, Max Rashbrooke did some introspection and reflection at the end of last year and his piece is definitely worth reading. He shows that complex issues do not have easy clear-cut answers and solutions. The logical consequence is that people who offer simpleton solutions are not to be relied upon and trusted. I will keep this in mind this year when the snake oil salesmen and women go on the campaign trail peddling simplistic sophistry, rambling reckons, and cunning common sense.
Also beware of the Three Sly Donkeys who See Evil, Hear Evil, and Speak Evil. They are the ones who shout Repeal! Repeal! Repeal! They are the ones who criticise without much substance and who offer no viable alternatives. They are the ones who are all smoke and mirrors and say what people want to hear, not what they need to hear. They offer ‘certainty’ in uncertain times. They are cocksure – confidence is not competence – and show no doubt but are happy to seed doubt when it suits them. They try to be funny and charmy but often come across smarmy. They are invariably dishonest and disingenuous. And it rubs off on their supporters too.
Also beware of the Three Sly Donkeys who See Evil, Hear Evil, and Speak Evil.
Nobody has all the answers, let alone the correct answers, because there is no such thing for wicked problems.
It is going to be an interesting year, also here on The Standard. I sincerely hope that whatever will happen benefits all of and in NZ and not just a few. And no more pandemic is one with of my NY’s wishes as well …
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