Let it stand in history that it was the NACT government who chose to exploit the Canterbury earthquake for political gain.
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No Right Turn: Key commits to WFF cuts.
We. Are. So. Fucked.
[Please note: your humble author has been pretty fucking harsh on WFF in the past, especially on the basis of its discrimination against beneficiaries. The idea that children should be left in fucking poverty to “incentivise” their parents to find mythical jobs is one reason your humble author doesn’t party vote Labour. But as NRT covers, cuts to WFF will screw a lot of people. Not cool.]
Today at 12.51pm many New Zealanders observed a two minutes’ silence for Canterbury.
I was at the park on Lambton Quay outside Astoria. It was lovely and solemn and quiet and some people were holding an NZ flag and it was really eerily quiet, besides the sound of the buses going up and down Lambton Quay (because even being able to leave work at a particular time to stand in a park being silent involves having some privilege).
You decided to fire up your fucking amp with your fucking Twin Peaks-esque backing track and crank out a shitty, “mournful” 4 iterations of Amazing Fucking Grace on your fucking trumpet.
Fuck you for making our observance an opportunity for you to perform.
Fuck you for turning a wonderfully secular moment into Christian-focused schmaltz and fuck you for probably just assuming it would be “respectful” because why the fuck should you, old white man, even fucking consider that non-Christians may have suffered and died in the earthquake, or that non-Christians might be showing their fucking respects to?
Fuck you for not even being a good fucking player and using the social pressure of a silent observance of respect to force people to stand and listen to your utterly shitty near-missing of notes and mangling of timing and melody.
Fuck you for leaving me not moved, and not reverential of the tragedy that has occurred, and not feeling a common bond with other Kiwis, but fucking pissed off because you fucking chose to insert yourself into a community’s poignant ritual.
Fuck you for deciding your loud, intrusive way of “showing respect” – as I’m sure you fucking thought you were doing – trumped everyone else’s fucking right to just have a moment’s fucking silence.
This wasn’t fucking about you. Fuck you.
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Thoughts with and good vibes to everyone down there.