Chris Trotter has spent most of his adult life either engaging in or writing about politics. He was the founding editor of The New Zealand Political Review (1992-2005) and in 2007 authored No Left Turn, a political history of New Zealand. Living in Auckland with his wife and daughter, Chris describes himself as an “Old New Zealander” – i.e. someone who remembers what the country was like before Rogernomics. He has created this blog as an archive for his published work and an outlet for his more elegiac musings. It takes its name from Bowalley Road, which runs past the North Otago farm where he spent the first nine years of his life. Enjoy.
The blogosphere tends to be a very noisy, and all-too-often a very abusive, place. I intend Bowalley Road to be a much quieter, and certainly a more respectful, place. So, if you wish your comments to survive the moderation process, you will have to follow the Bowalley Road Rules. These are based on two very simple principles: Courtesy and Respect. Comments which are defamatory, vituperative, snide or hurtful will be removed, and the commentators responsible permanently banned. Anonymous comments will not be published. Real names are preferred. If this is not possible, however, commentators are asked to use a consistent pseudonym. Comments which are thoughtful, witty, creative and stimulating will be most welcome, becoming a permanent part of the Bowalley Road discourse. However, I do add this warning. If the blog seems in danger of being over-run by the usual far-Right suspects, I reserve the right to simply disable the Comments function, and will keep it that way until the perpetrators find somewhere more appropriate to vent their collective spleen.
I need something with more feeling Y'know https://youtu.be/fiE2OhvQmYY
The sources I follow point to politics being about culture.
They want politicians to respect their way of life, and their sense of place and belonging; to elevate real-world concepts such as work, family and community over nebulous constructs like ‘diversity’, ‘equality’ and ‘inclusivity’. By immersing itself in the destructive creed of identity politics and championing policies such as open borders, Labour placed itself on a completely different wavelength to millions across provincial Britain without whose support it simply could not win power. In the end, Labour was losing a cultural war that it didn’t even realise it was fighting.
What a wonderful result. They came down from the Dales of North Yorkshire, strode forth from their terraced houses in the Welsh valleys and rolled up their sleeves in the towns and cities of the Midlands and the North to rid Britain of an evil anti-Semite and his coterie of Marxist enforcers while in London the self absorbed metro elite were ready to sell their souls to the Devil. Good, ordinary people recognized the stench of evil while those who consider themselves their betters luxuriated in it. A moral story.
George Monbiot on Brexit
Culture is not working. A worldview which insists that both people and place are fungible is inherently hostile to the need for belonging. For years we have been told that we do not belong, that we should shift out without complaint while others are shifted in to take our place. When the peculiarities of community and place are swept away by the tides of capital, all that’s left is a globalised shopping culture, in which we engage with glazed passivity. Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chainstores.
He is an environmentalist and ecologist but views humans through a different paradigm.
Capitalism is just nature in action. Evolution is random it doesn't care what happens - if we kill ourselves off so what?
Chris - here is an interesting take on the UK general election:
Essentially, UK Labour have successfully mobilised the working class - to hate them.
I don't see UK Labour recovering from this defeat, as all the pointers suggest they will double down on everything that brought it about. In the words of the above article that means extinction.
Just read in that font of knowledge 'The Guardian' that there is a campaign to get Jarvis Cocker’s 2006 single "Running the World" to number one following the election result. It's chorus "“If you thought things had changed, friend, you’d better think again / Bluntly put, in the fewest of words, c**ts are still running the world” seem to sum it up nicely.
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