Monday, May 29, 2017

THE PINSTRIPED DWARF STRIKES AGAIN

Hot on the heals of not knowing whether to applaud or condemn the budget (so he did both) the Pinstriped Dwarf has really excelled himself by pledging your dime to rebuild Christchurch's Anglican Cathedral.     OK, we know he's a  s l o w  learner who very seldom reads his briefing papers but one might have thought that even he would recognise that we have a certain separation of Church and State in New Zealand.

Just why the Christchurch Cathedral?    What about the other churches destroyed or severely damaged in the quakes.    What's the man got against Catholics with the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in ruins; the Presbyterians with Knox Church severely damaged; the Methodists with their Durham Street Church having to be demolished  (after three workers were killed in the 2011 quake); with the Baptists with their Oxford Terrace Church and their Beckenham Church both demolished.    Surely it would be inequitable to deny them Government funding too?    Peters is playing populist politics and this time he has misjudged the electorate completely.

Why do I know that ... there is a lady at our gold club who for the last little while has been singing the praises of Peters the messiah.    This morning she was incandescent with rage.   In buying the votes of some Cantabs who see John Frum as alive and well in the Peters persona he's certainly lost hers and, I suggest, many more besides.     That promise is going to come back and bite him with a vengeance.    Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Why has a mock gothic large church cobbled together in the 1920's (Cathedral is a misuse of the name) engendered such angst?

Older and architecturally more interesting church's in the UK have been turned into houses, bars and nightclubs when congregations disappeared into TV and internet land. The retention of bad experiences in the human mind is about eight years, I suggest that it is levelled to six feet with grassy spaces and seating in the nooks and crannies with a small memorial to those who died so that all the future generations of architects, councillors, town planners and property developers have to walk past it and are permanently reminded that humans are more more important than money and that you do not take short cuts or fuck with nature.

Lord Egbut Nobacon

Chris said...

This church belongs to the Anglican people of Christchurch. It is up to them and no one else to decide what happens to it. Not the Government, not Jim Anderton and certainly no Winston Peters!

paul scott said...

Yes he has misjudged Christchurch. For most of us ghe Cathedral is just a remaining eyesore memory. Many people don't go into central city at all.

The Veteran said...

Gueez Paul ... that's going to get you excommunicated. Here's a thought ... if Winston is committed to helping to rebuild the Cathedral he should front a public appeal for the dosh ... and kick in as a starter the $155k he rorted off the taxpayer to fund his election campaign.

Anonymous said...

Why is it the leading Christchurch Catholics like Anderson, Brownlee and Mayor Dalziel are leading the charge to interfere with other people's property.
Is it to set a precedent to get money from taxpayers to rebuild the Catholic Basilica ?

The Veteran said...

Anon ... I think you meant Anderton. Restoration or not ... the matter is properly left in the hands of the Anglican Church Property Trustees.

Shelldrake said...

Perhaps there are people who would like to see the Anglican church cash up their extensive real estate assets in order to fund the refurbishment of the cathedral thereby feeling up government funds for the other churches. Just keep an eye on all those prominent Rock Choppers named in an earlier post.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I hope you are not accusing the Anglican Church of Grievous Sexual Assault?

For mine, I don't want to see gummint funds used for the resoration of any church. They all carry insurance or should and self fund their large excesses which keep premiums down.

Pete said...

Mr Peters is simply looking to maintain a media profile in an election year. What he adds to his expanding bottom line is irrelevant as long as he keeps getting coverage. It is futile as far as this voter is concerned. He is not the only one working the keep his name on the taxpayers payroll rather than for the good of the country. Others are nearly as bad.

This issue has bounced badly as a dumb matter to pursue. This taxpayer does not have any desire to fund or back anything to do with a cathedral or any church anywhere. Leave it to the church. Time for the busy bodies outside the church who were on the case before Peters stepped up to also leave the matter alone.