On guest posts

From time to time I’ve said that guest posts are welcome here. Just email me ideas, links or fully written posts. It’s quite a different level to commenting, but I have always encouraged diversity of information and opinion, whether it be via comment or post. Sometimes I post things here that I don’t agree with but that I think will encourage a good discussion.

Some thoughts on this from Gezza:


Corky / 22nd May 2020

… To be fair [new National leader Todd Muller’s maiden speech after election to Parliament] was a good speech…not that I’m any expert on maiden speeches. Too soft and accommodating for my liking. I can get all that stuff from Labour. I want National to be hard; uncompromising and forward thinking…not inclusive. We have had the bs inclusive approach for over 30 years…has it been a success?

Gezza / 22nd May 2020

Ah yes, but the thing is, being truly inclusive as a leader can or should also mean disciplining those who harm that inclusivity with anti-social & anti-inclusive behaviours.
PS: Define “forward thinking” please. No idea what you think that means at the moment. Very vague.

Corky / 22nd May 2020

”Define “forward thinking” please. No idea what you think that means at the moment. Very vague.”

Not really. Forward is the opposite of back or behind. So, if we move forward in the political sense, what has been left behind?

  1. Maori bs.
  2. Weak policing ( corrupt policing?)
  3. Marxist education.
  4. Moronic Covid legislation and rules.
  5. Immigration issues.
  6. Woman’s Affairs. Race Relations Office…and other quangos I forget.
  7. 
RMA.

Have no fear, though. It will be business as usual with Muller. Maybe a few tweaks, here and there. The test of his mettle will be when he pisses liberals off.”


Thanks for that, Corky. Straight up, honest, & to the point response. I think those are all very valid “hot button” issues that are directly relevant, & important, to New Zealand’s political & social scene, to voters, & to all governments’ policy settings.

Thinking about them, I’d say most – maybe all – of those “headliners”, each encapsulates a broad range of related sub-issues – which is probably why simplistic solutions such as “getting rid of them” hasn’t been just been “done & dusted” by any goverment, despite them nearly always being high on the political agenda. (But you have expanded on some of those in more detail in past debates which are now yesterday’s ‘fish & chip paper’.)

Meaty stuff in all those for possible future blog debates. Who knows? We might both even be surprised at some shared views on some of them.

If PG’s happy to accommodate me, & I get some time & headspace for it, I might have a go over the next few days or weeks at knocking up some posts on some of those topics, to see what others have to say about the unavoidable sub-issues they raise.

Or perhaps even you might like to? Your writing’s certainly up to it.

No one here seriously expects literary or journalistic excellence.

PG’s frequently said he’s willing to host guest posts, but very few contributors have shown the gonads or commitment to do substantive posts, preferring instead to just pop a comment here and there into Open Forums that sometimes get overly long & convoluted, broken up & peppered with unrelated discussions; to just post links to where others have done their thinking for them; or some to just snipe occasional riddles or BB rounds they think are RPGs from the sidelines & then run away again.

You or anyone else can either email guest posts to him, or post a substantial (not necessarily long) <i>Comment</i> in Open Forum & he can lift it & turn it into a post – either off his own bat, or in response to a timely email – as he’s done with many of Missy’s “London Correspondent” reports- & occasionally with others’ hoped-for thought-provoking efforts.

The guy virtually has to carry this small but mighty blog on his own. I dunno how on earth he does it, day after day, year after year. I couldn’t find the energy. He’s something special in that respect.

But I reckon we regulars who take advantage of his hospitality & generosity could do more to contribute post contributions & make YNZ broader & discussions more focussed. There are some good thinkers here. They influence my own views & I welcome their contributions as I’ll never have all the answers & nearly always mull over new information or cogent arguments. We probably all should.”

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  1. Duker

     /  23rd May 2020

    So the Old-right gezza responds to the Hard-right Corky.
    Thats going to be ‘DEEP’

    or as gezza says often enough …Too boring , didnt read..bye ( who even has time to respond ‘arent interested’ as the only idea in their head?)

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  23rd May 2020

      Well that was a waste of space.

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      • Gezza

         /  23rd May 2020

        Just a pea from a pea shooter. And wrong again as usual.

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        • Gezza

           /  23rd May 2020

          🤔 Actually, thinking about his adhom “style”, might be more accurately described as “Just a pee from a pee shooter.” But not sure if that honest opinion will survive a cull. 😉

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      • Gezza

         /  23rd May 2020

        Beautiful sunny no wind morning here at Pookden Manor.

        I read duker’s cheapshot jibe out to Sweety & asked what she thought of it.

        Says it all really.

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        • Really, Sweety, you were brought up to be a little ladybird. That behaviour is very rude. Yes, I know it was called for, but even so….

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          • Corky

             /  23rd May 2020

            Oh, for Pete’s sake… that bird isn’t covered by the RMA. It can crap where it wants…unlike cats who continuously crap in my garden. My neighbour has a permanent solution for that problem. I find his solution annoying because I get cat owners knocking on my door asking if I have seen their pet. I, of course, say, no.

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            • Gezza

               /  23rd May 2020

              You allowed to own pets, Corks?

            • Corky

               /  23rd May 2020

              I used to love cats until two factors finally sunk into my skull.

              1- Cats are untrainable.
              2- Cats are destructive on their, and others, environments.

              I actually had birds and pooks way before you took an interest in them.

              The other problem is they die, get run over or are killed by predators. Not good if you develop an emotional attachment to them.

              I have had Dobs…and Srotus, my Alabama Swamp Bulldogge, will be my last pet.

              My final years will hopefully be about ME!

            • Corky

               /  23rd May 2020

              ps- I’m downticking you for unfounded musings.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd May 2020

              Yep. I can identify with that. Have had, & loved, 3 cats – the last of those 3 would pounce on a white butterfly on the lawn, & then lift her paw & let it fly away. Gentlest cat I ever knew. And a foxxy. Was devastated & heartbroken to lose all of them. If you have no children, they fill that gap.

              And one semi-wild cat I took on from moving rellies, not knowing it had been one of 3 & that this one basically lived in their garage down below, had access to outside from there, & hunted day & night. She tried to kill everything that moved that couldn’t kill her. Jumped 3 feet up & hooked an air-dancing tiwaka right out of the air right in front of me one day. It was dead on the ground before I could move a muscle.

              Then I had a couple of short spells in hospital & two operations needing recovery time. There was no one around here I could ask to look after them. So. No more pets for me either. My wild pets can take care of themselves when needed. And I get loads of pleasure from just interacting for 10 – 15 minutes a day with some, & observing & videoing others in an accessible wild world just over my fence.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd May 2020

              ps- I’m downticking you for unfounded musings.

              Shame, but then there are people like that last cat of mine too. That’s life. I got rid of her. Gave her back.

            • Gezza

               /  23rd May 2020

              How apt. Went into my kitchen & there was a tiwaka, on the fence. Fanning its tail, & flew a couple of circuits of my tall camellia, cheeping, & then flew down to the stream with a final wave of its tail fan. Weird how those things happen.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  23rd May 2020

              Corky, can you share your neighbours solution to the cat problem. My soft methods to date have failed. And no I dont want a pitbull to deal with this problem

            • Gezza

               /  23rd May 2020

              Oh, for Pete’s sake… that bird isn’t covered by the RMA. It can crap where it wants…

              Fuxake, Corks. It’s gentle humour. She’s anthropomorphising. Employ a little bit of lateral thinking & for god’s sake try & broaden your humour repertoire.

            • Corky

               /  24th May 2020

              I was just having a little fun.It didn’t take the bait. The setup was too simplistic.

            • Has your dog changed its name as well as its breed ?

          • Corky

             /  23rd May 2020

            High powered air rifle. Single shot. Single kill. No suffering.

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            • Gezza

               /  23rd May 2020

              The owner, sure. But what about the cat?

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  23rd May 2020

    Impression of Muller so far:
    1. He can speak
    2. Cautious, managerial
    3. Reminds me of Bolger – Catholic, conservative, gently paternalistic
    4. Dependent on how bad the economy gets in the next four months
    5. Labour can probably b.s. their way through that before the money runs out.

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    • Gezza

       /  23rd May 2020

      An improvement on Bridges? Might staunch the bleeding of undecided centre voters?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  23rd May 2020

        Definitely an improvement re presentation. Waiting to see on strategy and policy.

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        • Gezza

           /  23rd May 2020

          And … We don’t know anything of any backroom negotiations at NatCentCom. Might even be an agreed Rescuer & caretaker leader while someone else is groomed?

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          • Duker

             /  23rd May 2020

            Politico is saying Amy Adams who ‘wanted to spend more time with family’ and was ‘tired’ is going to reverse her decision to quit this election.
            At least it confirms her decision was because Bridges dumped her for Goldsmith and she saw ‘no hope’ Clearly she voted for Muller

            Hooton has deleted/suspended his Twitter account, fueling rumours hes on the way to Wellington to work for Muller ( a friend of 30 years!).
            So much for the claims of future harmony, with a head kicker like Hooton (possibly) on the payroll.

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            • Gezza

               /  23rd May 2020

              Fascinating. Be interesting to see if you finally get something right.

  3. Conspiratoor

     /  23rd May 2020

    Last night’s interview revealed a keen wit and self deprecating humour when queried about his achievements. However will take more than shits and giggles to overcome an incumbent who can turn double digit unemployment into an 80% approval rating. I doubt whether this has ever been achieved in the history of mankind

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    • Duker

       /  23rd May 2020

      NZ Unemployment at end of Mar quarter was 4.2% Not even 5% let alone ‘double digits’
      That was a full 1% better than Oz.

      Australia has 5.2% at end of mar quarter and 3.5 mill people on Job keeper ( still working ) the unemployment for Jun Quarter ( projection but probably wrong) of 10%
      Approval rating of Scott Morrison has reached nearly 70%or more.

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  23rd May 2020

        No, prob then around a million NZ workers were unemployed and on the Govt wage payout. That is an actual unemployment rate of 30% not 4%.

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      • Conspiratoor

         /  23rd May 2020

        The March quarter? Why is that relevant?

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      • Pink David

         /  23rd May 2020

        “Mar quarter ”

        As you know very well the lockdown started on the 25th March. 4 working days before the end of the quarter.

        Let’s see how this unemployment goes after the wage subsidies have stopped. Then we can see how many lives you have devastated.

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  4. Gezza

     /  23rd May 2020

    Just spotted this & thought, “Wtf – that’s not me!
    … … … …

    Gezza / 22nd May 2020
    ”I’d already gained the idea Corky that you want National to be “hard; uncompromising and forward thinking…not inclusive.” And that being inclusive is bs.”

    You can’t have an inclusive society. It’s not possible for a variety of reasons. What you must have is a society that doesn’t stop the individual
    giving life his/her best shot. Rich or poor…everyone has that right in NZ.

    Inclusiveness is just liberal bullshit for separatist laws; different standards of accountability depending on race and morally corrupt taxpayer funding depending on what is considered appropriate under the concepts of political and cultural correctness.

    Ask yourself why I think that way..and you don’t?
    … … …

    PG – how did Corky? end up getting approved to post under my moniker?

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  5. Corky

     /  23rd May 2020

    Well, that’s a good question. I posted that last night. I had a Wtf moment myself when your name popped up on my post ( I felt violated). The post went into moderation and disappeared…only to reappear again, it would seem.

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