Revolt to change everything back to how it was

It is a week to go until the French presidential election (round 1) but many voters remain undecided, and the outcome is far from certain. A dominant sentiment is dissatisfaction with the status quo.

The French want “everything to change, so things can go back to being the same”.

Sound familiar? But it’s only political activists from the hard left and hard right in New Zealand who want an impossible revolution.

Stuff: With the French presidential elections, anything is possible

“Tous les scenarios sont possibles. Tous.”

These are weird political times, and France has caught the bug. More than a third of the French are still undecided on their vote for who will replace the Socialist French President Francois Hollande.

Many voters may simply stay at home. Political science is struggling to make any confident predictions about what this all means for the result.

“I’ve covered French presidential elections for 30 years and I’ve never seen one like this one,” says Philippe Marliere, professor of French politics at University College London.

“This campaign has been a roller-coaster of minor, major upsets, surprises, twists and turns. And it isn’t over yet.”

This is a country of people sick of the status quo, who feel the country has gone down a dark, depressing alley. They want everything to change, so things can go back to being the same.

They want a revolution. They want heads to roll. They’re angry, and they’re about to vote.

That sounds much like the US situation, and to an extent Brexit in the UK.

But I don’t think there is anything like a widespread heads must roll type of anger in New Zealand, yet at least.

There is anger here, but but not so much against the current Government.

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  1. Corky

     /  April 16, 2017

    The French do revolutions well. Instead of the aristocracy, I can think of a better demographic this time around. However, I think the revolution will fall just short of dusting of the guillotine.

    As for New Zealand, I believe we are tinder dry for revolution. Immigration and Maori rights will be the spark. Only our lack of energy is holding the revolution up. It just takes one person to say ” fuck it, we are going to war.”

    I went into town yesterday. I have never seen so much anger on the street. A mobster on a Harley was harassing police at an accident. He then held traffic up with no consequences.
    Two fights outside the Warehouse ensued. And I, for some strange reason, was accosted twice by feral Pakeha who took offence at me for walking past them. A younger me would have demanded utu. The older me just wanted muffins and coffee, and to listen to my middle class tribe spout inanities.

    Aotearoa is boiling away under the surface and its a potent mixture of dissatisfaction and a ‘ I don’t like you,MATE, attitude.’ Something will give, and many wont be expecting it.

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    • I don’t see any significant sign of revolution in New Zealand outside The Daily Blog, The Standard, Whale Oil and Crusader Rabbit.

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      • Corky

         /  April 16, 2017

        Surely Pete you are picking up the anger many in the middle-class are feeling about their life and future prospects?

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        • Where do you see the anger of many outside of a few blogs and some media and politicians with a vested interest in stoking a perception of anger?

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          • Corky

             /  April 16, 2017

            Where??

            1- In the sour don’t care attitude of too many service staff.

            2- In the Freudian slips of the middle-class regarding their attitudes towards Maori and immigrants hardening.

            3- The anger of talkback callers regarding bureaucracy.

            4- On the marae. Muttered oaths of making the colonials pay.

            5- The annexing of Europeans from certain parts of New Zealand. They are now made most unwelcome..

            6- The anger against authority. Now very extreme..

            7- The racial profiling of Maori as Blazer did on me.

            Now, many of these things have always been around. My point is they are all intensifying, becoming larger, intruding on our lives to a larger degree. changing the mindset of many Kiwis, creating distrust.

            Need more proof? Donald Trump and Brexit.

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            • Trump and Brexit have little to do with attitudes in New Zealand.

              “they are all intensifying, becoming larger, intruding on our lives to a larger degree. changing the mindset of many Kiwis”

              Is that your opinion, or is it measured or measurable?

            • Blazer

               /  April 16, 2017

              ‘The racial profiling of Maori as Blazer did on me’….you are a sensitive chap…never even realised you are Maori.I referred to your ATM incident which you described on this forum.On that basis it was a valid conclusion.

            • Corky

               /  April 16, 2017

              ‘Is that your opinion, or is it measured or measurable?’

              Both. Next time you are in the city pretend you are an alien and all you can do is observe and perceive.. Forget about that ‘special’ you must have. That customer you must ring. And flipping the bird at that Asian driver.

              What will you observe apart from the obvious? Maybe that near imperceptible slap a middle-class mum gives her child who refuses to be restrained. The harsh look between a couple parked in a car. The mans jerky hand expressions telling you all isn’t well. The look between two young bros. They are probably from different parts of town. Look at their hands by there sides. Their fingers subtly making gang signs. The middle aged European man in cargo pants and quality tee shirt. Try as he does his disdain for Maori and immigrants is given away by a hard mouth and steely look.And the Freudian slip as he puts his arm around his young daughter. The surly Maori who can hardly stomach dealing with the confident young European checkout counter. The prick wouldn’t be so smug if his ancestors hadn’t stole our land, he thinks. The poor beneficiary shopping with little money…stinking mince and potatoes again as her eyes jealously spy the laden trolley of a well to do matron. The trolley is piled high with choice meat cuts, exotic fruit and other stuff her simple palate will never taste. The well to do women is oblivious to that stare. Beneficiaries don’t figure in her world. The Muslim women, smug in her knowledge she is superior to those filthy infidel around her. Again the Infidels are ignorant of what that look means.

              All this bubbling away under the surface, Pete. You just have to observe.

            • Observing from your own worldview, especially if it’s as suspicious of others as yours seems to be, is not a measurement.

            • Corky

               /  April 16, 2017

              How am I observing from my own worldview. Where is the suspicion, apart from the ‘Muslim look” observation “?

              I refer you to Blazers comment:

              ”The racial profiling of Maori as Blazer did on me’….you are a sensitive chap…never even realised you are Maori.I referred to your ATM incident which you described on this forum.On that basis it was a valid conclusion.”

              Don’t quite agree with that. But experience allows for consistent measuring and conclusions. Blazer’s mistake was he base his conclusion on one comment.

            • Corky

               /  April 16, 2017

              Like I say, its all about observation and perception. When you don’t know how to do that……well.

              https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/04/young-labour-touch-avocados-flat-whites/#more-306948

    • Blazer

       /  April 16, 2017

      ‘, for some strange reason, was accosted twice by feral Pakeha who took offence at me for walking past them’….not because you strut around with an aggressive ,challenging demeanour ….of course.

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      • Corky

         /  April 16, 2017

        I have never been like that, Blazer. You just wish I was so you can hang your prejudices on me. Shame on your mono cultural and racist worldview.

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        • Blazer

           /  April 16, 2017

          not at all….just surprised given a previous incident you described, when you were applauded for being a ‘sherrif’ in public.Maybe you just don’t realise that you radiate….peace and brotherly….love!

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  April 16, 2017

      Corky, the world is full of idiots but there are also lots of good people. The trick is to stay away from the former and enjoy and work with the latter. In doing so you make your own luck and happiness.

      It would be nice to fix the idiots but it is not going to happen any time soon.

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