Labouring the Point by Trevor Plumbly

Hard Labour It’s interesting how things develop over the years, especially politics. We recently saw our labour party get handed its worst election defeat in 90 years and it was fun noting the waffle of the faithful and those credited with extensive knowledge like ‘chair of political studies’ or just plain ‘political commentators’. It didn’t take long for the proverbial stuff to hit the fan with a vengeance: the Leader, far from being humbled by mass rejection and going the ‘mea culpa’ route, decided, without bothering to consult his colleagues, to grandstand… Read More

It Must be Leap Year by Trevor Plumbly

Rebirth There’s a spring in my step of late, and I have regained the name I was christened with; the anonymous grumpy old git with a white cane tapping along the street has gone, and I now stride as a man of some import should. It is, of course, election time in NZ and I, along with countless other nonentities, have been released from the standard sentence of ineffectual opinion. I am no longer ‘the man in the street’; those competing for my favour feel it’s important for me to see the… Read More