The ASB Finance Debate had the sort of white privilege only Queenstown can pull off.
This is the hyper elite tourism capital of the world and for the first time in their precious little lives the white volk of the South Island’s favourite gated playground are feeling the bite of economic insecurity that everyone else has to live with.
You could hear the crackle of panic in the air from the albino audience fearful for their gold card membership points.
This is speculative Death Cult Capitalism at its lightest shade of pale.
Tova was the host which just seemed to be perfect for the brawl it often deteriorated into.
This was set up, punch down TV and it was gloriously funny at points.
Grant held his own (and was right), Goldsmith looks way less credible than anyone first thought, James was missing in action and no one cared what the fuck Fletcher had to say.
The star performer was Seymour who was quick, funny and sang free market mythology the sweetest.
I mean, it’s all free market neoliberal garbage from a Party hijacked by gun fetishists and anti 1080 acolytes, but dammit, David knows his way around a sharp zinger.
His confidence and clear point of difference is the exact sort of thing that will woo disillusioned white male National voters and I think it was a good enough performance to carve off another 3% from National and gain ACT a double digit election result.
So, in terms of who won based on performance:
1st – David Seymour’s wit and false confidence.
2nd – Grant Robertson for actually being right.
3rd – Paul Goldsmith only because James and Fletcher were fucking dreadful.
4th – James Shaw only because no one cares who or what Fletcher is.
5th – Fletcher Tabuteau – who is this guy? He sounds like a Belgian Accountancy Firm.
Neoliberalism without end was the winner on the night and democracy and the environment were the losers.
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