AS THE POLITICAL TEMPERATURE RISES

Can you hear a ripple of imminence?

The sense that things are changing impalpably

That we are being morphed to a new state

Amused, bemused, beguiled, placated

Locked into a soporific sauna of clammy lies

And that those who tend the embers envision

Our frog consciousness will slowly dwindle.

Can you feel the rise of prescience?

A fear that rights are degrading irremediably

Being eroded gradually without debate

Abused, refused, reviled, negated

As the fug stupefies and the will dies

And those who intend to rob us of decision

Slop the coals with a swindle ladle.

BRINGING GOD TO THE TABLE

Having watched most of Peter Greenaways’ 1989 film shocker ‘The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover’ on Rialto last night, and recently undergone an intensive short course on Christian morality in writing my article on Hieronymous Bosch’s painting ‘The Wayfarer’, I feel compelled to offer an Interpretation.

[... After recovering from previously reflecting deeply on the beauty of Helen Mirren’s extravagantly bootylicious 43 year old naked derrière].

EMEXIT TRADE DEALS IMMINENT?

Following last year’s referendum in which the East Midlands voted 52:48 to Leave the United Kingdom, details or even sketches of the proposed exit arrangements have yet to be imagined.

The PM of EM ‘St Teresa of Grantham II’ has been coy about whether there will be a soft Emexit or simple Dump.

SOMETHING TO CONTEMPLATE

With the school holidays in full shemozzle, and the international newspapers full of unpalatable Post-Truth and the New Disorder, it is comforting to take refuge in puzzles and conundrums which look to personal understanding.

And what better than to take up Nicholas Baum’s challenge to explain the imagery of the Hieronymus Bosch painting from 1500 known as The Wayfarer.

DON'T WANNA BE LIKE YOU

A precedential primate fantastic

Whose mind is fanatic and manic

In twittering traffic

Rants lies sociopathic

Such that decency’s out-flabbergasted.

REMOTE LOCATION NO PROTECTION

New Zealanders like to believe that, being at the End of the Known World, they are immune from Malaise in the Metropole.

NEW ZEALAND A MISER AND LAGGARD IN OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT

The latest OECD Statistics show that NZ is a poor international citizen as far as developmental aid is concerned.

New Zealand’s Official Development Assistance to Developing Countries fell from US$506 million in 2014 to US$442 million in 2015. Like Australia, New Zealand allocates about 0.27% of Gross National Income to ODA.

By contrast, UK aid spending in 2015 totaled 0.7% of gross national income.

NEVER MIND BILLIONS OF EVEN TRILLIONS OF £ LOST IN TRADE, FUTURE GENERATIONS PENNED IN AN OFFSHORE ISLAND, AND THREATS TO EUROPEAN PEACE AND AMITY – BREXIT IS ALL ABOUT BORIS JOHNSON’S BACK YARD

Quite why our local rag the Dominion Post should feel it necessary to publish an article on ‘Quad Bike Safety’ that UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson recently wrote for The Telegraph – without any qualification or comment – is beyond me.

THERESA MAY GIVES NEW ZEALAND THE BUM’S RUSH ON WAR WITH ISRAEL

Theresa May has distanced the UK from Washington over John Kerry’s condemnation of Israel, in comments that appear to be designed to build bridges with the incoming Trump administration - but which provide less than zero support for New Zealand in its escalating military conflict with the Middle East Super-Power.

[NZ Minister of Defence Gerry Brownlee briefs media about a limited objectives attack on Eilat by the Quad-bike and Ride-on Mower brigade of the NZ Light Horse]

NZ FLAT-FOOTED RATHER THAN WAR-FOOTED

The implications of Israeli Prime Minister calling NZ Foreign Minister Murray McCully to open formal military hostilities yesterday, in regard to this country’s support for a UN resolution condemning Israeli settlement-building in the occupied territories, are beginning belatedly to hit home in God
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