I was going write about the resignations of Nick Smith and Jake Bessant from the National Party and their joining the ranks of Todd Barclay and Hamish Walker (remember them?).
But then I thought – Nah. I’ll talk about my cat.
Her name is Rose.
Now (and skip to the punch line if I’ve told you this story before) but I never wanted a cat.
I like dogs.
We’d not had one for a few years and I was thinking of getting a pup.
Anyway, as it happened, a couple of summers ago I was working in my veggie garden when I heard a plaintive “meow” and beneath a bush at the end of the garden I found an emaciated ginger cat with no tail.
So, I gave it some food and some milk.
In the garden.
(Which I have now learned means “You’re my human.”)
From memory this went on for a couple of weeks.
The cat stayed in the garden.
It wouldn’t come anywhere near the house .
Then, one day, she ventured ,very timidly ,onto the verandah.
It then took about 3 months before Rose came inside – shaking, jumpy, scared.
This was a cat who had clearly been mistreated and had no trust at all in humans.
As I say all that happened a couple of summers ago.
Rose now thinks she is the boss of the house.
She meows to get in.
She meows to get out.
She meows to be fed.
And we obey.
She sleeps wherever she wants .
She no longer jumps at every little sound or movement.
In short, it has taken time but she has regained her trust in humans.
When someone betrays your trust it’s sometimes really hard to get over it.
But , as John Lennon ( quoting ,I think, Groucho Marx) once said : “Time wounds all heels!”
Which of course brings me back to the National party and blue men behaving badly.
PS : A ‘heel’ was ( maybe still is) american slang for ‘ a bad guy’
Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.