Passed away by Susan Grimsdell

Death is the word It’s been a difficult week for me.  What I mourn is not the death of the queen, but the passing away of the word death.  The passing away of placing value on truth and reality, and the replacement of those vital golden values with the dross and fakery of euphemism.  I didn’t hear one single person use the word “died”.  Nor did I hear one single person explain where she has passed away TO.  Considering that a very small percentage of people in the UK and certainly in… Read More

John Key and Xi by Susan Grimsdell

Xi Jinping is the paramount leader of China and has been since 2012.  That means he is the power behind whatever actions China takes on the world scene and no doubt at home.   Over that time period China has crushed democracy in Hong Kong, and now threatens Taiwan with extreme violence.  China has also imprisoned about a million Uyghurs.  Prisons in China are unlikely to be pleasant places to serve out sentences, if indeed the victims have had the formality of a trial and a finite sentence.  It’s hard to imagine so… Read More

Language and bullying by Susan Grimsdell

Pattern of bullying Today it was revealed that along with two mates, one of our National MPs, Sam Uffindell, at the age of 16, violently assaulted a 13-year-old boy at night in a dorm at a prestigious boarding school.  He now describes that event as “stupid” and “dumb”.   I wonder what words the parents of the victim would choose to describe the event.  If my son had told me he had been beaten by three older boys allegedly using wooden bedlegs, I would not say “Well, they were being dumb and stupid”. … Read More

Flying again by Susan Grimsdell

Leadership When Covid first hit in NZ, our Prime Minister took a leadership role right away.  “Stay home,” she said, and explained why.  We believed the science and we believed her and it seems it’s a good thing we did because our death rate was miniscule.  The key to us all complying was her strong leadership.   She didn’t say “We’d appreciate it if you stayed home as much as possible.”  She said loud and clear, “Stay Home!” World wars bring out that kind of leadership – people all over Europe put up… Read More

Making the Roe v Wade decision clear by Susan Grimsdell

The poverty factor It should be a constitutional requirement that all decisions coming out of the Supreme court should be phrased in specific and honest terms.  For example, the recent Supreme Court decision on abortion does not apply to all women and the wording should make that clear.  It will only affect women who are poor.  Well-off women will simply take a trip to a place where they can get an abortion.  The ruling should read “abortion will be considered unconstitutional for women who are poor”.   I wonder how that would go… Read More