‘…a country of angry dullards’

From my final Order Paper column in NBR for 2016: On doing better in 2017. [paywalled]

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That’s harsh but doesn’t reflect how things are anyway – most of the New Zealand populace is far from obsessed with politics, they largely don’t know and/or don’t care most of the time.

But amongst the the small minority of people who do care about politics there are quite a few angry dullards, forever raging against what is and raging for the ideals that will never be and can never be.

Hosking is right that most of New Zealand may be barely aware of the changes to our Government and will have given little if any thought to how an English led government may change things.

Most governing goes on out of sight of most people – even those with an interest see little of what actually goes on. And that doesn’t really matter very much.

New Zealand isn’t a country of angry dullards. In the main, when it comes to politics, we are a country of ‘yeah, nah’.

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  1. Gezza

     /  25th December 2016

    Politics? Bah. Humbug! 😃

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  2. Strong For Life

     /  25th December 2016

    The general population is not angry. The angry dullards are most members of the left-leaning mainstream media including the likes of Rob Hosking, Vernon Small, Tracy Watkins, Jane Bowron et al, who still don’t get it.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  25th December 2016

      You misplaced Rob Hosking in that list for sure. You misread his commentary.

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    • patupaiarehe

       /  25th December 2016

      I suspect that if you asked the general population, you might find that they are getting angrier by the day. Maybe more dissatisfied than angry, actually…

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  3. The last thing I want is another overdose of incompetent journalists and paid commentators trying to tell me what is best for me and others. The sooner both give it away as a money earner the better. How about tilling a hectare or two to help feed all of those poor people living in poverty who have neither the wit or the motivation to do the same for their overlarge families? Society can only do so much. The rich man in a group of impoverished fishermen is the one who has the correct gear, the right bait and the knowledge of tidal movement and the habits of the fish. Knowledge is power.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  25th December 2016

      It is also irritating-if one lets it be-when someone patronisingly generalises as this man does. Angry dullards ? If that’s what NZers are, he must be one, too.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  25th December 2016

        Another who didn’t read it properly. He is saying NZers are not like that.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  25th December 2016

          My mistake.I read the headline and somehow missed it in the article. But it’s still very patronising and full of generalisations. Can’t there be a compromise between obsession and virtual lack of interest ?

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          • Gezza

             /  25th December 2016

            There certainly can, although I often oscillate between the two when I visit here.

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  25th December 2016

            Lack of interest is healthy when it shows life is good without needing political influence but bad when it means positive change is impossible. Obsession is good when things are bad and bad when things are good.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  25th December 2016

              Obsession is never good; a passionate interest is, but obsession is, by definition, unhealthy-I would say. Obsession means thinking about virtually nothing else. I don’t agree that lack of interest is healthy, either. One should surely take an interest in the way one’s country is run. It’s asking for trouble not to.

            • I think the reality is that most people don’t really care much about how the country is being run as long as it is running ok for them, and that’s how things are for most people at the moment.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  25th December 2016

              Obsession is not healthy but it is sometimes necessary to achieve something difficult. The world owes a lot to obsessives. We wouldn’t have the theory of General Relativity without it – or smart phones and iPads.

            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  25th December 2016

              … or even the Reformation. But Islam has too many of the wrong kind.

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