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Letter to the Editor: Lies, damn lies, and media sensationalising

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from:          Frank Macskasy
to:               Dominion Post <letters@dompost.co.nz>
date:          Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 11:06 AM
subject:     Letter to the editor

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The editor
Dominion Post

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Tracy Watkins  recently wrote; “Recent displays of crowds chanting “f… John Key” and his effigy being burnt could either be put down to youthful hijinks or something more sinister”.  (12 Aug)

Watkins has missed the point.

Discontent and anger against the current government has been rising steadily for years with,

* Cuts to education whilst giving massive tax-breaks and subsidies to corporations.

* we became aware that the wealth of the top 1% has doubled since 2004, whilst wages have stagnated.

* young people can no longer afford to buy their own homes, whilst speculators/investors make huge tax-free gains.

* tax-cuts for the rich, whilst GST and prescription charges were increased for the rest of us.

* Christchurch’s housing shortage crisis worsened – and Gerry Brownlee’s response is that the “free market will sort it out”.

* rising child poverty and inequality, whilst National passes punitive policies to attack the poor; the unemployed; solo-mothers; low-paid workers, etc.

This is why people are burning effigies and telling our dearly beloved PM to get f—-d.

Their anger has finally boiled over.

The media –  comfortably esconced in their middle-class bubble – have been caught utterly by surprise.

Which shows just how far out of touch the media have been.
-Frank Macskasy

[address & phone number supplied]

 

 

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References

Dominion Post:  New lows hit from the outset

Other blogs

The Daily Blog:  Oh now John Armstrong and Vernon Small want to talk about policy?

The Daily Blog:  Bullet holes in Hone’s electorate office vs bonfires and drunk chants

The Daily Blog:  What’s worse than Key lying about Internet MANA effigy burning on Breakfast TV?


 

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Kirk

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

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  1. Jo
    12 August 2014 at 3:22 pm

    There is no excuse for the burning of effergies. What’s next direct physical attacks? It’s not impossible, How would you like it if the same thing happened to Cunliffe et al?

    Ask how many of the people involved will use their democratic right and vote? I suspect about half the student’s in the F*** you incident won’t.

    • 13 August 2014 at 12:12 am

      What’s your thoughts on burning Guy Fawkes effigies, Jo?

      As for your guess that half the students won’t vote – well, let’s wait and see, eh?

  2. Jo
    21 August 2014 at 9:12 am

    I have done it in the past but I grew out of it before I hit my 20s. That is a very English thing to participate in.

    Yeah let’s wait and see the turnout for the 18-25 age range.

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