Monday, July 04, 2005

Zimbabwe cricket tour

"Kiwis should boycott Black Caps sponsors the National Bank if the team's Zimbabwe tour goes ahead." - former Springbok tour protest leader John Minto

I cannot bring myself to comprehend John Minto's logic. He advocates the National Bank pulling it's much needed sponsorship of the game, regardless of the consequences, in order to make a mere political point. [1] What nonsense is this? What John fails to realize, is that the National Bank holds no sway with the International Cricket Council, with whom the real blame lies. Although I back the majority of Kiwi's saying the tour should not go ahead, I feel we are laying blame where there is none, pointing at the players, the team, etc. We should really be pointing at the Government, Phil Goff, the ICC. We should be demanding the Government put it's muscle behind the majority of Kiwi's and demand the ICC drop Zimbabwe from the series, whilst granting financial insurance to New Zealand Cricket Council to ensure they don't suffer the $2 million penalty for pulling out of the tour. Choosing not to tour Zimbabwe without the consent of the ICC will have dire consequences for the game, but in this case, sacrifices must be made. Regardless of the ICC's decision, the tour must be stopped. Mugabe must not be given the satisfaction of hosting key events and foreign dignitaries under his brutal communist dictatorship. But calling for the National Bank to pull sponsership of the game? That's just idiotic.

Global Peace and Justice Auckland are organizing a protest march against the tour, and although I do not support their politics and general behavior, I urge all Kiwi's to join them in this action. The protest march will take place from the bottom of Queen Street at 12 noon on Saturday July 16th, It will end with a rally in Myers Park. The protest will call for government and Cricket Council action to cancel the tour. It will also call for an end to human rights abuses in Zimbabwe. I plan on attending, I hope you do the same. My God, I sound like a bloody hippy!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Poverty in Africa

Although I commend the motive driving Sir Bob Geldof's campaign, the effort is fruitless without wholehearted implementation on all fronts. As we kiss goodbye to billions of dollars, Robert Mugabe is bulldozing villages and unleashing mass murder on a scale never seen before, building his destructive campaign with the spoils we unreservedly pour into his coffers. It is not poverty that strikes these people, it is indifference. Mugabe is not operating alone, the stench of corruption is entrenched in all aspects of African culture, from Morocco to Somalia, the Congo to South Africa, dishonest leaders raping resources are leaving their people for dead. The average span of power for any African leader is 6 months, often ending in execution, assassination or revolt. One corrupt dictator is removed and another springs into place, it is often said, they have the inability to rule themselves.

When Stuff conducted a poll, 65.3% of respondents claim that Live 8 will not help poverty in Africa [1]. Why the pessimism? Because without the heavy hand of western influence in Africa, the billions will be dissipated amongst the ruling class, resulting in absolutely no benefit for those who so desperately need aid.

Should we help those that cannot help themselves? Is a strong and unified Africa worth the trouble? Can it be achieved, and if so, at what cost? That is the fundamental question. Currently, the combined economy of Africa equals that of a beaten shoe, a vast and abundant continent rendered worthless by it's inhabiters. Without a vast cultural & moral upheaval, Africa is lost. Should we expect a return on our investment? Don't hold your breath.

Kyle Chapman joins Direct Democracy Party

Kyle Chapman has re-entered the world of politics by announcing today that he has joined, and will be standing as a candidate for the Direct Democracy Party of New Zealand. The former leader of the New Zealand National Front says he will be standing for the Christchurch East electorate in the upcoming national election, a move yet to be confirmed by leaders of the party. The Direct Democracy Party, founded by Kelvyn Alp, describes New Zealand as an "elected dictatorship", and calls for more referendums on prominent issues such as law and order, public services and the privy council. Kyle Chapman is no stranger to politics, In 2004, he unsuccessfully contested the mayoralty of Christchurch, placing fifth out of 10 with 1.9 percent of the vote. In 2005 he resigned his high-profile role as the leader of the National Front. He said in interviews that his children were being shunned at school due to his activities. [1]

Friday, July 01, 2005

Saddam's apprentice

I stole this personality test from David Farrar, who in turn stole it from Paula.

Māori Television

Māori TV is probably the largest blunder made by Labour during its 6 years of power. The channel is both a public relations and ratings disaster, with fewer viewers tuning in than ever before. Television is not exempt from the laws of supply and demand, and Māori TV is the biggest looser in this regard. If a station cannot be commercially sustained, it will never succeed because demand is simply non-existent. If 45,000 people watch Māori TV, then the cost is $1,000 per viewer. Ridiculous.

I am in no way criticizing the efforts of Māori TV staff, with the exception of John Davy of course, as much of the programming is highly commendable. Originality is the main problem, as 24 hours of Māori exclusive content 7 days a week will only drive the viewers away. There is only a limited number of re-runs of Once Were Warriors the public can take before tuning out. With television, diversity is the key.

The only feasible option is to divert the $45 million wasted on the station, and use it to create or enhance independent Māori programming & then integrate the result with well established networks. TVNZ's Eye To Eye with Willie Jackson on TV1 is one example. Current affairs with a racial twist, I love it.

The flag debate

I was encouraged to see my letter to the editor published in today's edition (Thursday June 30, 2005) of the New Zealand Herald . For those of you unwilling to spend $1.30 (recently hiked from $1.20) for the Herald, I will post a copy of my letter below:

After reading Alec Field and Viv Courtis comments about the Prime Minister's suggestion for our national flag (28/06), I felt disheartened and demoralized. The flag is not a work of art, nor is it open to vandalism. It is an emblem that should represent our nation, people, both past and present, while granting respect to all national cultures alike. I find no emblem more fitting than our current flag. We are represented by a blue background, indicating vast quantities of ocean and beckoning blue skies above. We have four beautiful stars indicating our place in the galaxy, calling us onward and upward to worlds that lie beyond. We have the Union Jack, referring to our rich colonial past, and the history of mainstream New Zealand culture. Our flag should be flying from every street corner and rooftop, every schoolyard and chapel. Perhaps then it will gain the respect it deserves. - Jason Molloy

I found it disagreeable that Tim Murphy and Co. took it upon themselves to change "our flag" to "the flag", a typical attempt to de-romanticise it's significance. Perhaps I'm reading to far into the matter, but I would prefer my letter to remain unabridged than be published at all.

Thursday, June 30, 2005

My political standpoint

I took the obligatory political compass test today, the second time this year alone.

My result:

Economic Left/Right: -3.13
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 5.33

Once again in graph form:

Over the past 4 years I have slowly etched my way across the political spectrum, my first test in 2001 resulting in a rather shocking Social Libertarian / Economic Left combination (no doubt the result of spending 12 years in the socialist shamble we call our education system). I came to my senses shorty thereafter, resulting in a Economic Center Left / Social Authoritarian score I have neatly maintained ever since. (Although I consider myself Right-Wing)

I am a firm supporter of the National Party, for lack of a better choice. I spent several months contemplating New Zealand First, but eventually dismissed that notion, uneasy over the kingmaker scenario arising in the upcoming election. I don't want to waste my vote on a NZ First / Labour Party coalition, our nation deserves better.

Friday, June 17, 2005

In the beginning

In the beginning Jason created this blog.

And the blog was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of this first post.

And the Spirit of Jason moved upon the face of the blog.

And Jason said, Let there be readers: and there were readers.And Jason saw the readers, that it was good: and Jason divided the readers from the trolls.

Welcome to my world.