On that note, does everyone need to go to university? In recent years, it seems more and more people have been going to uni, not to expand their minds and discover the next E=MC2, but as little more than a passport to middle-class jobs. The decline in vocational options over the years in the Anglosphere has a large role to play in that.
Labour coalition govt - yeehah - so far so good!
Against seemingly impossible odds too.
Meanwhile a Golden Dawn of a far less virtuous variety continues to flourish. I say in response...
Last night's RNZ Mediawatch episode tried to do some tracing of where the National Green coalition story came from.
Latest I've seen on Twitter is that Matthew Hooton has purged his Twitter account.
That aside, I haven't seen much about the 1st MMP government with Winston and Jim (Bolger, not Anderton) - and later Jenny, who kicked out Winston and went downhill from there.
Why don't we all cut the bullshit and just say the major block on any Teal Coalition is that the other grand coalition would be the grassroots of both parties uniting to burn the motherfucker down?
If NZ First somehow manages to survive Winston's retirement, it'll probably and unfortunately be on the back of the twin tidalwaves of Brexitism & Trumpism - I sometimes wonder if there's always going to be a protest vote for NZers cynical of both major parties. As for the Greens, they're the only minor party to have an active succession plan and stand out in their own right, rather than being dependent on major parties to prop them up. A good MMP threshold for NZ would be anywhere between 3-4%, so long as the coat-tail clause is scrapped (we're looking at you, Judith).
The very phrase 'bluegreen' makes me immediately think of toxic cyanobacteria aka blue-green algae.
Or an unripe blueberry: green on the outside, blue on the inside.
It works for a huge part of the readership who is feeling left out because essentially they voted National and haven't grasped that there's a good chance that more than half of the country has had enough of that and National swallowed up all the other options. Basically, they don't have the numbers, but they feel like they should. Like every loser of every close election ever thought.
They're also up against a global sea-change in the air on par with the formation of Bretton Woods (driven by the Great Depression and WW2), and the Supply-Side era spearheaded by Thatcher & Reagan in the 1980s (which came out of Bretton Woods being thrown into disarray). The Great Recession threw supply-side economics itself into disarray, and Brexit & President Trump have sadly filled a void left by mainstream social democrats who've worn blue clothes for too long.
Those IGMFY types profiting big from the current order won't go quietly - expect them to relitigate the outcome of the election for the next 3 years if they find their self-declared monopoly on power suddenly loosened.
Having just watched Winston's media conference (or onslaught), I am now officially "relaxed" about the negotiations. If NZF can support Labour on confidence and supply only, I'm fine with that.
But if he wants to be a Minister, National can have him.
Or something less controversial like Racing or Foreign Affairs, as was the case in 2005-08. Immigration and Maori Affairs should be off-limits to NZF.
I'd like to see journalism activities regulated more explicitly, given that the media industry has shown us quite clearly now that it cannot be trusted to keep to basic ethical standards.
I've said it before, but what NZ needs is to bring Justices Leveson & Finkelstein here to chair a Royal Commission. If there's a regulatory template to follow, it's Scandinavia, which ranks in the RSF's Media Freedom index top 10, while still holding journalistic misconduct to account.
But Jenna Raeburn's presentation as some sort of commentator when she was literally part of the National campaign has been absurd.
Raeburn is coveting Matthew Hooton's seat. She sounds just like Kellyanne Conway, complete with all the "alternative facts".