Wednesday, January 01, 2020

Person of the year

Well, it certainly won't be our happy clapper Pentecostal Prime Minister Morrison who is trying to ram religion down our throats, who bashes off on holidays to Hawaii when a national bushfire disaster is unfolding and he is even worse than staunchly Catholic former PM Tony Abbott, who actually went out and fought the fires, as another former PM Rudd once waded through flood waters. The proportion of Pentecostal religious people in his government as against the the percentage of Pentecostal followers in Australia is alarming.

These Change.org petitions flow thick and fast into my email inbox, and once you have signed one, you are bothered to sign more. No matter the cause, I have only signed seven. I did recently sign this one though, https://www.change.org/p/federal-minister-for-education-hillsong-church-is-trying-to-proselytise-their-religion-in-australian-schools-we-say-no

I don't seem to remember Pat Cash acting badly on the tennis court. Patrick Rafter was a good sportsman but then lost my respect when he moved his money to the Cayman Islands to avoid tax. Lleyton Hewitt was argumentative. Mark Philippoussis, spoilt brat.

But oh my god, how bad behaving are our current male tennis players Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios. I won't mention rugby player Israel Folau beyond a possible petition I saw which I expect was in jest, Gays raising money to fuck Israel Folau. Everyone has their price.

Or the cricket cheat sandpaper bloke., which I think may have been the year before.

The shining beacon among sports people this year have been former Aboriginal footballer Adam Goodes, a person who made me cry when he recounted the racism he had suffered when he was an Australian Rules football player.

The other is tennis player Ashley Barty, who is a winner at tennis, a good sportsperson, who does not get herself onto the front page of newspapers for bad behaviour and just seems like a thoroughly nice person who is really good at tennis. Go Ashley.

But person of the year for me must go to New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. I've heard she won't be re-elected and I don't know why. I have little understanding of NZ politics and its system. To remind you, we were half an hour away from Christchurch on a ship cruise back in March when an Australian gunman allegedly shot up umpteen worshipers in a mosque. While non New Zealanders may have seen a good bit on tv, on New Zealand tv itself as she addressed the nation, Ardern was just magnificent, explaining, comforting, informing and visiting. Kiwis do perhaps expect earthquakes and other disasters, but none expected such a  massacre to happen on their soil. She gave great comfort to the country, and to visitors like ourselves.

Yet again, she was there at the frontline after the recent volcano eruption and the loss of mostly Australian cruise ship lives.

This may have to be corrected, but while forty homes were burnt in NSW yesterday as I write this, our PM Morrison flew off on holiday to Hawaii. I don't begrudge politicians holidays but they have to be around when disasters are happening to offer support, comfort and solace .

This very politically cynical old gay bloke asks you as Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, to take a bow as my person of the year. You were magnificent at a time of a national disaster and wrote a script for politicians all over the world.


But it could also be our Australian firefighters.

20 comments:

  1. Happy New Year & All The Best In 2020

    Cheers
    P.S. Jacinta For Sure!!

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  2. I would give it to the Australian Firefighter! Every last one of them. They have worked day and night, with little rest and not given up! They have care for both man and critter and I am in awe.

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  3. Definitely Jacinta AND the firies.
    I believe Jacinta recently won a poll for preferred Prime Minister of Australia. She would assuredly have my vote.

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  4. I see Canadian firefighters have flown and joined yours to combat this horror. ScoMo is a disgrace, running away like that when his country weeps all around him and people lose their lives.

    I, too, am a great admirer of Jacinda and second your choice. Grace and courage and compassion in the face of devastation and sorrow.

    I hope this plays in your country, Jacinda and Stephen Colbert, a US satirist.

    https://youtu.be/DUPo62ouU84

    XO
    WWW

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  5. The fire fighters, most of whom are volunteers, are my choice.

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  6. Jacinda and the firefighters definitely!

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  7. Jacinda Ardern is definitely person of the year. Plus she was becoming only the second prime minister to give birth while in office! When my babies were born, I was too exhausted to even keep the house clean.

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  8. Jacinda's dentist could very well be the person of the year.

    Have a great one, Andrew! :)

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  9. I admire both Ms Ardern and the firefighters; they have very differing talents but are both sorely needed and appreciated in the volatility and danger of this world.

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  10. How does your prime minsiter compare to our "TRUMP"

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  11. What? He's scarpered back to Hawaii?? So soon and with the fires still burning? How disappointing. I cried again when I watched the news last night and daily I text my daughter who lives in the hills area here to be sure she and her family are safe. So far so good, but they are packed and ready to go if needed.

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    1. Scomo hasn't gone back to Hawaii, River.

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  12. Whilst talking of tennis players, I was surprised that you didn't mention the delightful Margaret Court! What a plonker that woman is. She should keep her mouth firmly SHUT.

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    1. Look at her surname Cro :( She had no option but to be a plonker :( Or worse

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  13. Anonymous8:32 pm

    Hi

    My NZ friends tell me Ms Ardern is a lovely person but her Government has been hopeless with money, ie, they have spent a lot of borrowed money they could not afford and this is why she is unlikely to be re elected. I know national debt for Australia is about $23,000 per person and for the US it is about $65,000 per person. In a way, I think China is unlikely to let the US go broke cos who would they then sell their phones etc to. However, Australia and NZ have to face up to eventually paying the money back, and we won't like it. Our infrastructure built in the prosperous days of the 1960s is failing, and I think NZ is likely to feel the pinch before us because we have coal and iron ore and they only have tourism and meat/dairy. I don't envy any future Government, but they will spend at least ONE term blaming the previous one.

    On another topic, if Barnaby Joyce thinks the fires are God's way of smiting the wicked, I wish God would have a bit of a look at BARNABY's adulterous little soul.

    Marie in WA







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  14. The firefighters deserve person of the year awards for sure. I also like Jacinda Ardern.

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  15. At a time when many politicians "fake" sincerity, I believed her.

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  16. Happy New Years,

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  17. This is the thing about being in the public eye, and reminds me of why I'm not famous. At some point you'll be on someone's best or worst list(lol) Happy, Happy New Year, and sending lots of hugs your way! RO

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