No one voted for this

I was actually feeling a bit bad about the donkey-lashing that had been going on here lately. Maybe I was being a bit hard on John Key. After all, he hadn´t done anything too overtly evil yet.

But this is fucking ridiculous.

Sitting parliament under urgency – they will sit until the bills are passed – for bills that are not yet written, named, or even really defined? There is no justification for this sort of behaviour. It is seriously fucking scary in a democracy. It´s like discovering that not only is your mild-mannered, freshly pressed date a rapist who has already drugged you, but that they´re really into stabbing you in the kidneys with a rusty corkscrew while they ream your ass.

It´s like they´ve just totally lost their heads in a power mad rush of blood to their cocks, realising they can live out all their despicable authoritarian power fantasies.

No one voted for this. National never really announced what they were planning to do clearly – and now, even as the laws are being written, parliament won´t even know what they are voting on. This is not the behaviour of a transparent honest government. This is the behaviour of a sneaky, dishonest government, whose agenda cannot stand up to the scrutiny of the populace.

No one voted for this. I´m amazed how much it feels like we´re suddenly back in the Dark Ages under National.

Suddenly the lyrics to the Matilda mix of John Key´s a Donkey seem alarmingly prescient:

Once a lovely country was fooled at election time
By a heartless PR company
Who spun and they lied as they manipulated us
Hiding that John Key had no policy

John Key´s a donkey, John Key´s a donkey
He could only be more smug if he was an Aussie
He´ll sell off our all assets in the name of private enterprise
Because John Key´s a donkey, you´ll see

He teamed up with ACT who are not know for sanity
And will take the Maori down with him
And anyway Peter Dunne will go to bed with anyone
And John Key´s a donkey is a fine ass

John Key´s a donkey, John Key´s a donkey
A slimy lying douchebag, made millions in property
He´ll enslave us to Rogernomics plus and fail to save the environment
Because John Key´s a donkey, you see

He would like to rule alone, as an FPP dictatorship
Forced into coalition one two three
There seems little hope they will temper his empty hubris
Because John Key´s a donkey, a donkey is he.

John Key´s a donkey, John Key´s a donkey
Thinks he´s Obama but he´s a honky
He´ll break any promises and call it an emergency
Because John Key´s a donkey, you´ll see

And while we watch and we cringe and we stare as his ego grows
Let us pray his head explodes
before he privatises life in the name of ideology
Because that´s what donkeys fucking do.

John Key´s a donkey, John Key´s a donkey
It would only be worse if he was a zombie
Eating all our brains and chewing on our intestines
Because John Key´s a donkey…a donkey is he.
[emphasis added]

Fuck this government.

6 Responses to “No one voted for this”

  1.   tatjna
    December 11th, 2008 | 7:17 am

    With you on this one!

  2.   Rich
    December 12th, 2008 | 8:46 am

    Am I the only one who *expected* them to do something like this? I didn’t actually know you could pass bills overnight without going through select committee, coz it hasn’t happened since the last time Tories were in power. (Ok, so the Lange government was economically right-wing and socially liberal, and went under the name of Labour).

    I just can’t believe that intelligent people fully fell for the newspapers propaganda. Because making campaigners put attribution on a t-shirt is a terrible interference with democracy, whilst using parliament as a rubber-stamp is just dandy.

  3.   Administrator
    December 12th, 2008 | 12:12 pm

    I posted back here about the dangers of invocation of “crisis” to put whatever the hell they wanted through. economic crisis. We need to take steps to meet it. *shovel through anything while whistling*

    Propaganda *works*. It is about bypassing reason,

  4.   Scott
    December 12th, 2008 | 12:27 pm

    Rich – while certainly many of us expected this, I think it’s important that we keep objecting, voicing our opinions and not letting these things just happen, expected or no.

    While we may not be able to stop them doing things like this, at least if enough people hear that it’s ‘not on’ then behaviour like this will not be allowed to become normalised and accepted.

    On the other hand, not objecting when the tories act like tories is like not objecting when a pyromanic sets a fire. Sure, both are what we expect from them, but we can’t let it be seen that it’s okay to let their inner nature just run riot.

  5.   Rich
    December 12th, 2008 | 2:54 pm

    I have this idea to make a list of companies that:
    – Agree not to use the fire-at-will law and write it out of new employees contracts (good)
    – Have fired someone using the law (bad)

    So that those that want can favour the former and boycott the latter. One could have a sticker for the good firms and some mark (a big black cross on their windows) for the bad ones.

  6.   Administrator
    December 12th, 2008 | 3:59 pm

    That’s actually pretty interesting. Shame is potent. The trick would be getting it some traction in the first place, which could maybe happen if the unions got behind it…. Scott?