Here we are just 5 and a bit weeks from Election Day and there seemed a dearth of political and campaign news and analysis.
The biggest story seems to be that Uncle Helen and John Boy stitched up a deal to keep out the smaller parties from a tv leaders debate.
Meanwhile, the world maybe on the edge of an economic abyss, we have rising inflation, high fuel prices, recession, constrained incomes, severe crime problems, fear on the streets, problems with drugs and under-age prostitution, failing health, education, and other government services.
Globally, we have unsafe food from China, threats of terrorism and for the believers, climate change.
Yet, are these issues being addressed or considered? Hell no! The media remains obsessed with trivia, gameshows, hollywood movies, reality shows; and when something politically important happens, like Winston Peters appearing before the privileges committee, Tv3 turns it off for the Simpsons!
Our politicians also refuse to engage in a proper debate, prefer to reduce everything down to simple slogans and even use the most ironic of them like saying it's about trust while they resort to cheap muckraking.
When we see such big issues facing us all and our tweedledum and tweddledummer parties barely addressing the issues and being more concerned about not frightening people instead of winning them over, it is becomes somewhat frustrating.
Indeed, how can you fill a bog with ten posts a day when there seems to be sod all happening, when that is obviously not the case:)
Old Holborn has found a film clip we should perhaps all adopt for this election campaign.
Maybe we should all open our windows and shout it from the rooftops!
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