Judith Collins and David Seymour.
Opinion: It would be nice to call Auckland’s mood ‘flat’ last week.
On the top shelf of my fridge, a month old, purple onion is better than half a super city. Like the brown, broken beetroot lying on my stomach on my balcony and the light black mold in the windows. (I want to clean it up, but I’ve been saving all the little cleaning jobs as a Sunday treat.)
There is a weak side to our madness right now. As we all had a cup of tea “Screw everything!” Avoid screaming, painting yourself blue, wearing lions’ skulls and post-toilet paper clothing, and entering the Thunderdom.
When friends ask me what I need, I can say a million things: real coffee, glamorous loungewear options with no ankle flexibility, animal skulls for spring and summer after I tell you The collections begin to fashion.
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But what I really want, after last week, is for politicians to stop being unnecessarily provocative and to stir up our confused moods in an effort to get cheap political points.
Basically, stop trolling.
Trolling is deliberately opposed to increasing people. And that’s exactly what Judith Collins feels like, and up to David Seymour earlier this week.
Seymour kicked him, Leaking access code.If he leaves without a meeting, he allows Maori to be shocked, and at one point acts like a little, little Batman fighting against the demise of an egalitarian society over a morally enraged tweet.
Now, obviously, everyone wants a fair and just health system. But the problem, he knows, is that the “let’s approach every group” approach doesn’t work. Maori is under-represented in vaccination statistics, and if we want to change that, we need Maori-targeted vaccination efforts.
But he’s smart, he knows it, and it’s not about it. He is despicable and unnecessarily provocative in order to get tweets and airtime by harassing everyone.
Similarly, Judith Collins landed on Twitter-Rant-Provocateur when she Siouxsie torn in Wiles Being a hypocrite, he must have known better before accepting some dodgy ass janitor-paparazzi video as a reality on the weekend’s right-wing smear blogs.
But he didn’t care, launching a bizarre personal, vitriolic attack on Wells and legitimizing a smear campaign, painting him as a hypocrite. (When Wells’ only crime was really, Heaven saves, doesn’t stop his partner from paddling at sea.)
It is clear what Collins is doing. She is trying to provoke her supporters who are cheating against the lockdown sanctions (they go ahead and talk about how they hate the Viols, what to do with it) and with the cowardly rule breakers. They also exploit our collective jealousy.
So she’s infuriating us, trying to open this sharp vein of public anger, and using it to take off a troubled, left-haired pink-haired scientist who appears to be in Jacinda’s pocket.
And we’re irritated right now. Social media has already created a vicious, everyday bitch culture. But increase the lockdown, and it feels like someone has pinched our noses, dragged all our patience and empathy out of our left nostrils, and we need someone and everyone to relieve the pressure. Be anxious to start a fight with. And she’s trying to use it to get some limelight.
Now don’t get me wrong, I am happy when opposition parties hold the government accountable on sensible, important issues. As Chris Bishop does. But not when taking advantage of public fatigue and frustration in an epidemic to get airtime and profile is a lousy occupation.
This is politics, not Twitter.