Today's quote comes from blogger Cactus Kate. Writing under the heading The Taniwha on The Roof, she concludes her post thus (with our emphasis added):
If asked if I believe in religion the first thing I will say is no, followed by a comment that people can believe what they like. It is a topic one can't win debating with true believers so I don't bother.
The difference is that religious minorities are not in 2012 in New Zealand asserting a non-existent right in wind, rainwater or the natural extension, air.If a small group of Maori who are embarrassing all sensible Maori have rights they should assert them through law. Not hide behind the skirt of a Taniwha to brown mail others. Everyone knows that the Taniwha can be removed with an increasingly large payment of cash.Political leaders who wish to one day be considered a Prime Minister should not be entertaining even a thought that mythical creatures alongside monsters, Smurfs and Gargamel may actually be believable and/or real.The only Taniwha that Shearer should be worried about is the large one behind him with a surname of Cunliffe.He's currently up a roof somewhere having a wee chuckle with his mates at what an accident prone doofus he has as a Leader.
The last two paragraphs are especially pertinent. Parliament resumes today, after a one-week hiatus. John Key is own his way back from APEC via Japan, and won't be in the House this afternoon.
Labour should be launching a full-on assault on the Government this afternoon. But instead David Shearer is being questioned about a thesis he wrote 25 years ago, and some rather odd views that he has recently expressed to Patrick Gower from 3News.
Is it any wonder that David Cunliffe is smiling? You couldn't make this stuff up.