Whose column was more pointless? Art Critic Soper or Truancy Officer du Plessis-Allan?

By   /   July 19, 2018  /   7 Comments

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I get the Troll Farm at the NZ Herald need to churn out hate against the Left every day, but deciphering scribbles and criticising a Minister for not participating in a process he’s not allowed to participate in is pretty desperate even for the Troll Farm. 

Barry Soper is on journey into the mind of Jacinda Ardern. He asks deep questions of the psychological hellish landscape that is our Prime Minister’s subconscious as he critiques and probes a pice of  art she donated to charity.

A man who is barely able to provide weekly insight into politics is apparently perfectly suited to be an Art Connoisseur who can slice into the creative and understand the heart of the human condition…

The original “Doodle” on paper is a continuous swoop of circles beneath which the PM has printed “The political cycle.” Now if it was mapping out the route taken by a cycle, you’d have to question the sobriety of the cyclist but if it was a depiction of politics, it’s a mess.

…A MESS divines our Sigmund Freud of the canvas…

what it actually says about the artist is interesting if you look at the psycho analysis of someone who draws in circles. Circles we’re told, depicted in this way, represent a need to find unity and peace. They can indicate someone who is struggling to draw everything together and make sense of it. After the year Ardern’s had, you can certainly understand that.  

…can we just pause and appreciate that Barry Soper is seriously trying to do a psychological evaluation of Jacinda Ardern based on a fucking scribble?

While we are doing that, how about we compare his wife’s latest absurdity, playing truancy officer with the Health Minister…

David Clark was on holiday. In the three days leading up to the strike, he flew his family to Australia. It was a long-planned holiday. He says he cut it short and got back in time for the strike. Someone reported seeing him at Wellington airport after 9pm on the eve of the industrial action.

Did nobody in the Beehive think how that would look? Did no one demand he cancel his trip and stay in town? With the first nurses’ strike in 30 years imminent, shouldn’t the guy in charge of our health system be at his desk looking like he’s doing everything he can to prevent it? Shouldn’t he look like he cares?

…look, the Health Minister can’t get involved directly with the collective bargaining process between the DHB and the Union, that’s actually not allowed.

Heather du Plessis-Allan is attacking David Clark for going on holiday during a negation he can’t be party to anyway!

I get the Troll Farm at the NZ Herald need to churn out hate against the Left every day, but deciphering scribbles and criticising a Minister for not participating in a process he’s not allowed to participate in is pretty desperate even for the Troll Farm.

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7 Comments

  1. CLEANGREEN says:

    Those two are a joke, and worthless to watch as it is an insult to my intelligence.

  2. R.P Mcmurphy says:

    this pair are greedy and venal right winger whores doing their masters bidding. he should have been pensioned off years ago and she will do anything for money

  3. Tommo says:

    Same with Tovar OBRIEN who went on about David Clark being away. Completely out of her depth.

  4. mosa says:

    These people were f****n quiet during the outrageous behaviour of Key and his henchman for the last nine years.

    They don’t have one ounce of credibility between them and it just proves again the type of enemy this government is up against.

    I miss Muldoon and Clark, at least they defended themselves and would not allow this type of criticism to go unchecked.

    Its time the left got tough and give some of this shit back !

  5. Danyl Strype says:

    I note that like most NZ “political” writers these days, these writers are obsessed with “optics”. They write only about how the activities of politicians might *look* to the public. It reminds me a lot of how royal watchers write. Since the royals have no policy to write about, all they can do is write gossip columns that pretend to be serious analysis by speculating about what any given day-to-day activity, clothing choice, or hand gesture might tell us about what the royals are thinking or planning.

    How did we get here? How can we get to a place where serious political writing that actually focuses on *policy* (policy, policy, policy!) can get published in the newspapers of records, instead of politician watching?

  6. Heather du Plessis-Allan is attacking David Clark for going on holiday during a negation he can’t be party to anyway!

    Valid point.

    I challenge Ms Heather du Plessis-Allan to explain how David Clark’s presence in Nw Zealand can be of any benefit to industrial negotiations.

    I’m truly curious how she believes Clark can be involved.

    Perhaps she can see her way clear to contribute a short piece to TDB to explain how it would work?

  7. countryboy says:

    How much are they paid? Does anyone know?
    How much money do those two each make in a year?
    I think it’s something we need to know.
    I watched a middle aged guy tending to his road works duties in Auckland the other day. He was a Maori man in his forties and he looked exhausted. He looked depressed and he looked like he’d been working his arse off. His hands were chaffed and his face was lined with dust and sweat and around him was a bustle of mostly Asian people. Across the road and up an alleyway of one way traffic and busy shoppers there was a Lamborghini aventador parked up. I couldn’t help but think. ” Oh yeah. Our government’s taking care of the Kiwi working poor alright.” Up on a wall of the Chinese restaurant we went to, was a news paper clipping of yankee doodle psycho jonky-stien arm in arm with presumably the restaurant owners. I only spotted it on the way out. Otherwise I’d a not eaten there. Perhaps the moral of my story is that Asian people take care of each other while we do not while some of our own, like the flies they are, are busy buzzing around their money.