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Thursday, October 06, 2005

NZ Politics in a Nutshell: A Guide for Overseas Readers

For the benefit of our current influx of new readers, we present this quick guide to New Zealand politics. Ever wanted to learn the nuances of the governance of an isolated and irrelevant tussock-ridden backwater? Well, now's your chance!

The Prime Minister is Helen Clark. Her three defining quotes are "the role of government is whatever government defines it to be", "I sometimes feel I am a victim of my own success as a popular and competent Prime Minister", and (just before September 11) "We live in an incredibly benign strategic environment". In other words she is an arrogant, meddling, statist, terrorist-appeasing idiot.

The latest election (less than a month ago) returned her and the Evil Party to office for a record third term (and, thanks to the wonders of our German-style multi-party system, probably in coalition with the Luddite Communist Envirocult Party, the Racial Separatist Party, and one of the two Personality Cult Parties).

Sigh.

On the bright side, the Slightly Less Socialist party (the main opposition party) doubled its share of the vote from its total disaster of three years ago. Also we here at Sir Humphrey's fight on unpeturbed as a voice for smaller government and anti-terrorist foreign policy. So hope springs eternal. Do pop back and visit us again some time.

Posted by RightWingDeathBeast | 10/06/2005 06:53:00 PM

8 Comments:

Blogger Lucyna said...

Yes, the uncontrollable sobbing stage has passed. Luckily I haven't been online much recently.

10/06/2005 07:51:00 PM  
Blogger Chefen said...

And that was just Nandor...

10/06/2005 07:54:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

Nice. That entry is good enough to add to our wiki.

10/06/2005 07:54:00 PM  
Anonymous Lindsay said...

Whatever your political values are, publishing disrespectful comments that amount to petty name calling just makes you look like a hack.

10/07/2005 09:08:00 AM  
Blogger Berend de Boer said...

And perhaps a fourth thing. Our popular and competent PM has declared Sweden as the shining example for New Zealand.

One would think that this would be an incentive for our newspapers to find out a little more about Sweden. What did she mean by that? Is Sweden an example? In what respect?

But the silence was deafening. Did they know the PM said a stupid thing and they just covered it up (as usual). Or were they too lazy?

This site has been the best news source in New Zealand about Sweden thanks to the excellent work of Chefen. Readers of this site know more about Sweden than anyone else in this country. And it has really started to scare us that the PM thinks Sweden is an example.

Again Chefen, thanks for your all our articles about Sweden. I continue to appreciate all that information.

10/07/2005 11:26:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lindsay:

Respect must be earned. The words and deeds of the labour Goverment over the last 6 years has done nothing to that end.

EXOCET

10/07/2005 12:54:00 PM  
Blogger PC said...

On the subject of Helen's "three defining quotes," you've obviously forgotten her 'arguement'from an earlier election that "The State is sovereign."

10/07/2005 01:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You also forgot her statement to an aussie magazine, where she declared herself to be either a "hero" or a "role-model" (I forget which) to young women in NZ.

10/07/2005 04:05:00 PM  

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