Mr Hyde ousts Dr Jekyll, doctors concerned
Chris Trotter’s alter ego Mr Hyde appear to have written Trotter’s SST column for today. The resemblance to a rational human , Hyde’s opposite Dr Jekyll, who Adam presumed was the author of Trotter’s Friday column in the Dominion Post, has disappeared. Hyde has penned a venomous attack upon Tariana Turia, the Maori Party and John Key. Key is cast in the mould of colonial oppressor and Tariana as a traitor to her race and ancestry, as are to a lesser degree Pita Sharples and Hone Harawira.
The column is not yet on line, but thanks to a piece of nifty software Adam provides a MS Word document chris-trottersst16nov
Trotter is of course entitled to his views. It is the venom with which he expresses them and the way in which he attacks people for having the temerity to hold views different to his own that is so offensive.
Yet if someone wrote a column attacking him personally, Adam suspects that Trotter would act very offended.
Adam suspects that Trotter has great issues with coping with democracy when it delivers an outcome with which he disagrees, or when people take decisions and choose paths of action which he opposes.
It is tempting to conclude that this attack was because of genuine belief in what he writes, coupled with a realisation that significant, possibly momentous change is underway in NZ politics. Whilst he may recognise that change is occurring Trotter is not. His so called analysis is through the prism of a world view formed years ago. He cannot conceive that other people may wish to do things differently from his prescription. he cannot accept that he may be mistaken.
It was not political commentary. It was bilious drivel.