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Anzac Day – Menin Gate 2014

April 18, 2015

Many do not forget

The Saturday Rant – April 18th 2015

April 18, 2015

Adam is rather incensed this week about several things.

1 The Flag nonsense

John Key is wasting political capital on the flag change referendum. All he is doing is irritating many natural supporters and handing Winston Peters yet another opportunity to give National and Key a bloody nose. Frankly he should drop the whole idea until after 2018 at least. It is downright insensitive to be doing this now as we embark on several years commemoration of the events in WW! which cost this nation dearly. It is unnecessary; especially if a option is adopting the NZRU emblem or variant thereof.

2 The abhorrent and repellent Taniwha Tax proposed in Auckland.

Auckland Council should be ashamed. All the councillors who allowed this to emerge should be voted out at the next election. This proposal will add yet more cost and delay to infrastructure and housing projects. Furthermore it will fuel a backlash against Maori. It is wrong and should be stopped now. No wonder there is a housing shortage in Auckland. It seems the council and the officials are more concerned with fuelling a shortage not resolving it.

3 Water rights

This issue should be stopped right now. On no account should local bodies be enabled to reach individual accords with iwi. The idea that yet another resource should be allocated to one racial grouping is ludicrous; especially when that grouping is itself essentially mixed race anyway, so pandering to a part of their ethnic mix is just plain wrong.

Taniwha Tax – a modern variant on Danegeld

April 18, 2015

Reading this week about the Taniwha Tax proposed in Auckland, reminded Adam of Rudyard Kipling’s poem Danegeld. It seems to Adam that this proposal is a modern variant on Danegeld . It should be resisted strenuously.

Danegeld by Rudyard Kipling

It is always a temptation to an armed and agile nation
To call upon a neighbour and to say: —
“We invaded you last night–we are quite prepared to fight,
Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
And the people who ask it explain
That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

It is always a temptation for a rich and lazy nation,
To puff and look important and to say: —
“Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
But we’ve proved it again and again,
That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
You never get rid of the Dane.

It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray;
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say: —

“We never pay any-one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost;
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that pays it is lost!”

The Band Played Waltzing Matilda

April 6, 2015

Eric Bogle’s great song

Carrickfergus (Jim McCann with the Dubliners)

April 5, 2015

A great rendition of the classic song

PC triumphs

April 5, 2015

Adam is disconsolate. Why? Well the BBC has now introduced a cumbersome ‘joke approval’ process. It seems unbelievable, but is apparently true. Indeed, some jokes have to be signed off by the Director-General. Mary Whitehouse would it appears be cock-a-hoop. In reality though this marks the nadir of free speech in many ways, as the current climate of people taking offence at the slightest imagining of a slur has clearly reached epidemic proportions in the UK. However, we see signs of it here as well. Not for nothing has Rowan Atkinson campaigned against proposed ‘hate’ speech laws as providing the framework for limiting freedom of speech and the ability to crack jokes.

The world is becoming a very sad and humourless place indeed.

Easter Hymn (Regina Coeli) – Cavelleria Rusticana

April 5, 2015

The beautiful Easter Hymn from Cavelleria Rusticana

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