If the forces of cyberspace have brought you here, then welcome! After spending an increasing amount of time in the blogsphere of late, I've decided that it's time to have my own presence. The General Election is now not much more than a year away, and if the Labour Government manage to push through the Electoral Finance Bill in its current form, this may be the only place where one can safely and legally criticise. New Zealand's mainstream media are strangely silent about this obnoxious peice of legislation, so it's time for the man or woman in the street to leave the safety of the silent majority - that's the theory, at least!
What can you expect from me? I have opinions, and I'm not backwards in expressing them. I'm deeply disturbed by the course that the Clark Labour-led government has taken New Zealand, and I want to see the back of them in 2008, or sooner! I'm not averse to a good, old-fashioned argument. Work commitments will limit me to some degree, but I hope to post most days. It won't all be politics, especially when there is a Rugby World Cup to be won in a few weeks! Likewise, where there's a news item of interest, I'll have my ten cents worth.
Once again, welcome, and do visit again!
Four years; whew! It's been a great ride so far, and it's far from finished. As was the case when we began, the Rugby World Cup is just around the corner, but there will be no Cardiff in 2011! And the countdown is on to the General Election at the end of November; both events will feature strongly here. The battle on the Electoral Finance Bill, which was our raison d'etre may have been lost, but the Labour government was defeated a year later, and that brought considerable satisfaction.
We've put a fair amount of effort into this blogging caper. Since we began there have been 4681 posts, nearly 17,000 comments, and we're closing in on our half-millionth visitor, with close to 600,000 page views. We didn't install Sitemeter until we'd been in business for around four months.
We enjoy blogging, but it would be far less enjoyable without the interaction we have with those who visit and comment. We don't agree with all the comments, and it's pretty obvious on occasions that commenters don't agree with us and that's great. Away from the comments section, we have e-mail contact with a wide range of people who visit here; even a chap from Riverton whose brain we will be picking when we move in a couple of months to a property with a small orchard! Though we may have different political opinions than some who visit, there are always areas of common interest to be found.
So thank you one and all for your support and encouragement. We look forward to a memorable fifth year!