I was asked on the weekend to comment for this story in the Sunday Star Times, ‘IS NZ Ready For A Gay Prime Minister?’ My comments were not used, as from the start I had issues with the way the question was being framed. For me, the first question should be ‘Is our media ready for a gay Prime Minister?’. Time and time again our media outlets show themselves to be third rate in their depiction of gay people and handling of complaints about the foul muck they allow to be said on air.
I was on-air hosting ‘Good Morning’ after Paul Henry dropped his little pearler about gay people being ‘unnatural’. I could not believe he was allowed to drop that clanger, I complained, but TVNZ did nothing about his comments.
Mediaworks happily allow the 1920’s views of gay people to be forwarded on their Morning radio show on ‘The Edge’. The ‘that song was so gay it gave me AIDS’ text happily pushes the ‘gay people give you diseases’ school of thought, but Media works seemingly had little qualms about the idea.
Last Friday on ‘7 Days’ a group of white, middle aged comics dropped some ‘gay ass’ jokes that would have made the 1960’s proud. I am hardly surprised these men were using such crap material, but was that the 2 gay panelists said nothing about the tired gags.
And just today Willie Jackson and John Tamihere interviewed Grant Robertson, seemingly with no idea he has a partner and they are raising children together, after confronting him with the ‘news’ that people did not trust him because he is not a ‘family man’. FFS, do some research and show your guests some respect ya amateurs.
So, for me the media need to sort their appalling depiction of gay people out, that would be a good start.
But for me, the real question should have been ‘Can Grant Robertson defeat National at the next election’? Because national need to go and it needs to happen at the next election. And, for me, the answer is a huge and loud NO. Robertson has zero warmth, an innate ability not to connect with people, and has zero chance of leading Labour to victory next year. The casting of Shearer as leader was a massive mistake, and Robertson will always be connected with his awful leadership, as he was the one who pushed for it, even though he undermined him constantly throughout his ‘reign of disasters’. Robertson was campaign strategist in 2008 and campaign spokesperson in 2011 – both disasters.
It has nothing to do with Robertson being gay. He just has zero appeal, and Cunliffe is the obvious choice to lead. I have adored his mind since I found this peace last year demolishing neo-liberal economics.
This quote is delicious……..
Neo-Liberalism is based on the idea that it’s a dog-eat-dog world. Neo-Liberalism is based on the idea that greed is good, that we’re all locked in an economic life-and-death-struggle with each other. Neo-Liberalism says that compassion is for suckers. Neo-Liberalism says that if the world is going to the dogs, it might as well be the top dogs. Indeed, to borrow from Oliver Stone’s Wall Street, not only is greed good, “it’s legal.”
When the British Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher was asked about the effects that her Neo-liberal policies would have on society, she replied:
“There is no such thing as society… There are individual men and women.”
The amazing thing about the Neo-Liberals is their wilful blindness to how badly their ideas have failed. Not just once, but repeatedly. Neo-Liberal policies directly caused two of the largest financial crashes in history. Did they apologise? No way. Like some mad doctor, when the first dose of medicine didn’t work, they wanted to double the dose.
And so, the Neo-Liberal bandwagon rolls on. Right here in New Zealand, the National Party is still trotting out the same discredited economic policies that got us into this mess in the first place.
I want THIS man leading the country, and I also believe we NEED him leading the country after the election next year. Anyone with any sense wants him to lead Labour.