‘… and the near winner was’
‘‘He wuz robbed,’’ as several generations of Hollywood tough guys have said.
It only needed a few hours delay in the awards and world opinion could have honoured the moment, taking the whole drama from the red carpet to the handover of an Oscar statuette.
It was well-deserved and wellrehearsed, that sudden burst of volume, arms waving, eyes flashing, the appearance of a world leader in full flight.
Yes, the Oscar emblem might have lacked a winner’s name engraved on it – but that could be overcome, literally in a few minutes backstage.
It then might have read: ‘‘Best actor in a so-far undistributed political production: John Key’’.
That apparently theatrical, spontaneous ‘‘get some guts and join the right side’’ to his political enemies was merely the empty climax to a tactical script.
I just wish apparent parliamentary anger like his would burst out every time shocking details surface over brutal beatings and/or sexual offences against this country’s babies and the young.
Parliamentary parties could and should act together and with real purpose against those making fortunes and ruining young lives.
As it was, the political charade over sending New Zealand military tutors and their bodyguards to Iraq has been played out for months – thinly disguised by the need to tell our allies what and why not.
That script included the visit here by the Iraqi war/foreign minister Dr al-Jaafari who, according to the Cabinet chat at the time, was put through the suspect formalities of actually making a request for help before the Prime Minister and others acknowledged a decision made in principal weeks ago.
As it is, while New Zealand trains to train the outrages go on, the beatings, the injuries, the sexual assaults – and the misplaced energy to save victims half the world away and to thwart satanic brutality practised criminally in the name of a proud religion.
Poser: Was that tiny silver fern on his dark suit lapel a ‘‘we’re on our way (sort of) to Isis’’ or a pointed nudge to Key’s preference in the distant new flag vote?
About recent column lington: Don’t do it!’’.
Fiona Allen, Papatoetoe writes: ‘‘I agree 100 per cent. When I saw a TV news piece late last year where Hutt City mayor looked very flummoxed after a meeting where media were supposed to be present but weren’t (the mayors hadn’t been told) at the meeting about ‘supercity benefits’ I emailed both mayors’ offices.
‘‘My emails basically gave 20 reasons why NOT to amalgamate based on what we, in Papatoetoe, are experiencing (or more accurately, not experiencing) plus the general feeling of a lot of Aucklanders.
‘‘I’m originally from Upper Hutt so I’m always interested in what’s going on down there. I corresponded over a few days with staff from both mayors.
‘‘When my husband and I went to Upper Hutt for a family wedding over the long weekend the topic
‘‘Memo Wel- came up with family and friends from Upper Hutt, Lower Hutt, Wellington and Waikanae – plus a couple soon moving to Carterton.
‘‘Let’s say I bent a few ears! Len Brown has forgotten where his office used to be at Manukau city and by what I saw on breakfast news, Sir Bob Harvey has forgotten where his office used to be at Waitakere city.
‘‘He was trying to convince people in Masterton that Wairarapa should be part of Wellington amalgamation (short memory maybe?).
‘‘Must go to make my monthly call to Auckland Council to remind them that the rubbish bins (all two of them) at Puhinui Park are overflowing again and still haven’t been emptied – again.
‘‘Last month it was 11 days, this time 13 days – so much for emptying every couple of days.
‘‘And then there’s the halfhearted cleaning of the pond plus the ignored inlet and outlet concrete ‘canals’ that once were full of tiddlers and eels but are now so weedchoked the water can’t be seen.
‘‘Lucky old Kohi and Mission Bay where the public bins are emptied every day and the beach is wellmaintained.’’
The details: John Key outlines in Parliament details of the planned Kiwi deployment to Iraq.