Philosophunculist – one who pretends to know more than they do to impress others.
During the 2002 election campaign we knew National’s chances of winning were slim but those of us working in Otago didn’t expect to lose the seat as well.
I could be wrong, but I’ve always thought Labour’s candidate, David Parker, didn’t rate his own chances very highly in the seat and possibly didn’t even want to win it. I’ve always wondered if he was standing to lose the seat but gain a toe in the door for a Dunedin seat when one of the city MPs retired.
However, whether or not he intended to win he did and served three years as an electorate MP before Jacqui Dean won the seat back for National in 2005.
Boundaries changed and the electorate’s name changed too. He stood in the new Waitaki electorate in 2008 and this time made it quite clear he wasn’t trying to win. He conceded to Jacqui at a public meeting in Geraldine a couple of weeks before the election much to the consternation of Labour Party volunteers who were supporting him.
They made it clear to their party HQ that Parker wouldn’t be welcome back as a candidate. When he didn’t put his name forward to succeed Pete Hodgson in Dunedin North it was assumed he’d decided he preferred being a list MP. His decision to stand in Epsom doesn’t change that because he’s very unlikely to win.
Why, then, is he doing it?
Could it be because this seat will get a lot of media attention which will help his leadership aspirations? Could it also be that he’s not only looking for Phil Goff’s job but his seat as well?
Is he standing in Epsom not to win but to make a showing in Auckland and help his chances at selection in Mt Roskill when Goff retires?
P.S. His media release included this:
National and Act are taking the people of Epsom for granted and treating them like sheep to try and construct an outcome that brings MMP into disrepute . . .
That’s a bit rich when one of the aspects people most dislike about MMP is not accommodations made publicly between parties before elections, but that MPs voted out of an electorate come back on the list in exactly the way he did.
Attacks from outside or from nature are bad enough but the riots which are spreading across London are from within.
The Guardian reports:
As disturbances entered a third day, the scale of civil disobedience reached unprecedented levels, with incidents in all corners of the capital.
The violence, which began in Tottenham, north London on Saturday spread south and east to Brixton, Streatham, Walthamstow, Edmonton, Enfield, Oxford Circus and Islington on Sunday.
By last night further outbreaks of disorder involving hundreds of hooded yobs had taken place in Hackney, Clapton, East Ham, Lewisham and Clapham Junction. Property and shops were set on fire in Peckham and Croydon . . .
. . . Riot officers, whose numbers had been quadrupled in anticipation of widespread violence, seemed largely powerless to intervene as they were outnumbered.
Other areas including Barking, Brent Cross, Palmers Green, Kilburn and Shepherds Bush were expecting violence as gangs of youths congregated. Shops across the capital closed early amid fears that the riots would spread further. Teams of riot officers were on standby in every borough in London.
West Midlands Police confirmed that extra officers were on patrol after the force became aware of a message circulated on social networking sites suggesting that Birmingham city centre would be targeted.
This isn’t politically motivated action against an evil regime. It’s mindless violence aimed at innocent property owners and people.
The BBC reports:
Metropolitan Police Commander Adrian Hanstock said: “This is not groups of people acting on behalf of communities or with any consent.
“This is individuals who are actually attacking communities, businesses, properties and houses and actually causing a huge amount of upset and criminality.”
The culprits are mostly young and Liberty Scott says they just want some free stuff:
. . . It is not because of the protest of the shooting of Mark Duggan, in a case that is now under investigation. One can’t remotely claim that those rioting in Tottenham, Hackney, Wood Green, Enfield and now Lewisham are some response to the Police. Petrol bombing shops, flats and buses, is not about some sort of protest. There was a peaceful protest on Saturday about it, and Duggan’s family long called for an end to any violence . . .
Rebel Sport, one of the All Blacks sponsors, is threatening to send All Black jerseys back to Adidas which also sponsors the team.
Rod Duke, general manager of Rebel Sport and Briscoes, told NewstalkZB’s Murray Deaker he was absolutely furious at the price difference between New Zealand and other overseas markets.
The Rugby World Cup edition of this year’s jersey costs $220 in most New Zealand retail outlets but the same jersey can be picked up for less than $105 online in the United States.
New Zealand has now been taken off destinations to which the jersies can be sent from at least one of the online outlets, worldrugbyshop.com.
Anyone with friends or family in another country will be able to get round that by directing the jersey via them but its still a really bad look for Adidas.
A price differential which takes into account GST and currency differences would be acceptable, but doubling the price at local retailers is just stupid.
It’s a lot more about business than sport. But sponsor vs sponsor and other retailers is bad business and it’s also unsporting.
Emmerson says it all in a single picture.
Hat Tip: Keeping Stock
Quote of the week from Rob Hosking (print edition of NBR):
The PSA’s claim of political neutrality is a bit like the Japanese whalers’ claim they are only killing whales for scientific purposes. They have to say these things but there is no particular reason for the rest of us to believe them.
He goes on to show that Labour’s little helpers are long on emotion and short on facts. Public servants have done much better than the private sector over the last decade:
For 26 of the past 40 quarters, rises in public sector earnings outstripped those of the private sector.
What is more, in seven of those quarters, rises in the public sector were above 6$, something which never happened in the private sector in the entire decade. . .
But the fact is the public sector is not suffering anything like as badly as its professional bleaters would have you believe – and certainly not as badly as much of the private sector.
One of the reasons for New Zealand’s economic problems is the way Labour let the public service grow on the back of high tax takes. That was bad enough when the government was running surpluses, but it was unsustainable and one of the reasons its now running deficits.
The private sector is doing a lot of belt tightening. In spite of what the PSA would have us believe as they
campaign for Labour put their case for higher taxes to keep them in the style to which they’ve been accustomed, the public sector has not been doing as much.
48 BC Battle of Pharsalus – Julius Caesar decisively defeated Pompey at Pharsalus and Pompey fled to Egypt.
378 Gothic War: Battle of Adrianople – A large Roman army led by Emperor Valens was defeated by the Visigoths. Valens and more than half his army were killed.
1173 Construction of the Tower of Pisa began.
1483 Opening of the Sistine Chapel.
1631 John Dryden, English Poet Laureate, was born (d. 1700).
1814 Indian Wars: The Creek signed the Treaty of Fort Jackson, giving up huge parts of Alabama and Georgia.
1842 Webster-Ashburton Treaty was signed, establishing the United States-Canada border east of the Rocky Mountains.
1854 Henry David Thoreau published Walden.
1862 Battle of Cedar Mountain – General Stonewall Jackson narrowly defeated Union forces under General John Pope.
1877 Battle of Big Hole – A small band of Nez Percé Indians clash with the United States Army.
1892 Thomas Edison received a patent for a two-way telegraph.
1896 Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist, was born (d. 1980).
1899 P. L. Travers, Australian author, was born (d. 1996).
1908 The Great White Fleet – 16 American battleships and their escorts, under the command of Admiral C. S. Sperry – arrived in Auckland.
1922 Philip Larkin, English poet, was born (d. 1985).
1925 Kakori train robbery.
1930 George Nepia played his last test for the All Blacks.
1936 Games of the XI Olympiad: Jesse Owens won his fourth gold medal at the games becoming the first American to win four medals in one Olympiad.
1942 Mahatma Gandhi was arrested in Bombay by British forces, launching the Quit India Movement.
1942 Battle of Savo Island – Allied naval forces protecting their amphibious forces during the initial stages of the Battle of Guadalcanal are surprised and defeated by an Imperial Japanese Navy cruiser force.
1944 The United States Forest Service and the Wartime Advertising Council release posters featuring Smokey Bear for the first time.
1944 Continuation war: Vyborg–Petrozavodsk Offensive, the largest offensive launched by Soviet Union against Finland during Second World War, ended in strategic stalemate. Both Finnish and Soviet troops at Finnish front dug to defensive positions, and the front remained stable until the end of the war.
1949 Jonathan Kellerman, American writer, was born.
1961 John Key, Prime Minister of New Zealand, was born.
1963 Whitney Houston, American singer and actress. was born.
1965 Singapore seceded from Malaysia and gained independence.
1965 A fire at a Titan missile base near Searcy, Arkansas killed 53 construction workers.
1969 Members of a cult led by Charles Manson brutally murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate, coffee heiress Abigail Folger, Polish actor Wojciech Frykowski, men’s hairstylist Jay Sebring, and recent high-school graduate Steven Parent.
1993 The Liberal Democratic Party of Japan lost a 38-year hold on national leadership.
2001 US President George W. Bush announced his support for federal funding of limited research on embryonic stem cells.
2007 Emergence of the Financial crisis of 2007-2008 when a liquidity crisis resulted from the Subprime mortgage crisis.
Sourced from NZ History Online & Wikipedia