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Monday, October 24, 2011

Dear NZ - I don't want to hear another bloody word about rugby after Monday

Yay, our 15 guys are better than the 15 other guys from a tiny selection of countries who play Rugby. Yay.

Now I think that Rugby holds a terribly large hold over the NZ cultural psyche and that sometimes our fixation borders on the obsessive and tends to block much more important issues of public debate, but I'm glad we won, if not only to save me from the deep depression many of my fellow NZers would have fallen into if God forbid we had lost.

But the game is over, we won, and I don't want to hear another bloody word about Rugby for at least 4 years! The manufactured Rugby World Cup chatter has blocked any debate about things vastly more important, like, you know, our election.

The Guardian embarrassingly summed up our myopic rugby obsession...

From The Guardian, Friday 7 October:

New Zealand goes to the polls on 26 November for a general election, with the National party leading Labour by 27%, but a significant proportion of Kiwis have more interest in the World Cup. According to a recent poll, 30% of those surveyed said they placed more importance on who wins the World Cup than the result of the election. The figures make depressing reading for those worried about young people's lack of interest in politics: among the under-25s, 55% said they were more interested in the World Cup

This manufactured RWC chatter has managed to eclipse our credit downgrade, the fact Key lied about Standard & Poor's suggesting a downgrade under Labour, the growing economic meltdown overseas, Key's admission that poverty is growing in NZ, that food hand outs have doubled, that vast erosion's of our civil liberties were rammed through under urgency when no one was paying attention and that the Trans Pacific Free Trade agreement which Key wants to sign will allow for pharmaceutical companies to wage war on pharmac.

I'm all for watching the Haka and getting excited about a game as much as the next citizen, but sweet Jesus Christ, that's a whole lot of shit I have to pretend didn't just happen in the last 6 weeks.

There is a bloody election on folks, the decision of which will radically alter NZs path one way or another, and if sleepy hobbits think winning a Rugby match combined with John Key's vacant aspiration is enough to keep us all singing and dancing, then sleepy hobbits are in for one hell of a wake up call.



At 24/10/11 9:57 am, Blogger Brewerstroupe said...

panem et circenses

At 24/10/11 10:56 am, Blogger Strych said...

Exactly this! The RWC only lasted for six weeks, but the next government will be there in power for the next four years. If John Key is not in opposition after this election I will be so pissed. I'm shocked how many people don't seem to care about voting even when they complain about issues caused by the party. For example "Aaah GST is too high"

At 24/10/11 12:28 pm, Blogger Canichett said...

So true Bomber. Mind you John Key's smile and wave can very quickly turn from being an asset to a huge liability when the news of another downgrade breaks. Also seeing that the Reserve Bank of America is in dire trouble is sad news for John Key as much of his wealth in shares is tied up in that Bank as it merged with Merrill Lynch! It would be nice if the people who caused the world crisis were to suffer personally in the pocket!

At 24/10/11 3:13 pm, Blogger Tiger Mountain said...

Hopefully those that left their brains at the door for the duration of the RWC be reacquainted soon.

Half the nations mental health would have been fragile if the ABs had not won, thankfully the passionate French scared the bejesus out of them along the way so it was not the predicted triumphal walkover.

The “Stadium of 4 mill” now needs to put the slipper into ShonKey’s National crew.

At 24/10/11 4:06 pm, Blogger Elaine said...

Thank God its over - now maybe the ABs will go from being Gods to men again and the mass doping will be over. Though unfortunately I think the everything's-a-ok afterglow will probably last long enough for National to swan back in.

At 24/10/11 4:52 pm, Blogger chinook said...

Nero is probably not a bad name for JK the smiling assassin

At 24/10/11 6:39 pm, Blogger Dave said...

A sober assessment of the actual interest world-wide of this so-called 'third largest' sporting tournament.


33 million watched the final game of the rugby world cup in 2007 (it would not be that much more for last night's match), whereas the typical English Premier League game has a typical live audience for a single match of around 79.5 million.


Really, New Zealanders obsession with rugby and the hype surrounding this relatively minor event called the rugby world cup is rather embarrassing.

At 24/10/11 9:50 pm, Blogger Luc Hansen said...

It's not just JK's aspirations that are vacant...

At 25/10/11 1:48 pm, Blogger Vamptonius said...

People who vote national because "that's what our parents do" should be deported. Fine, vote for them if you like the idea of paying more for less, paying oil companies to take it away for their vast profits, buying shit we already own to stop overseas interests from doing it....

But for phuq's sake, don't do it 'cause you've been told to. Or because you've been told they'll win. With any luck they won't. cd.


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