Monday, November 26, 2012

Green Dream*

Phew, that politics is tough, innit? I mean, you go through your life with some ideas about the sort of politics that you think are a good way for your country or province or town or dog catcher service to run so you vote for them.
Ah hah! That's your first mistake! Note this admission from Our Glorious Leader Mr. John Key 
Prime Minister John Key has likened New Zealand's "100% Pure" brand to a marketing campaign by hamburger giant McDonald's - and says no-one expects it to be 100 per cent true.
"It's like saying ‘McDonald's, I'm loving it' - I'm not sure every moment that someone's eating McDonald's they're loving it . . . it's the same thing with 100% Pure. It's got to be taken with a bit of a pinch of salt."
This is the "100% Pure" slogan that the Government slips into every environment statement it ever makes and in general statements whenever it can.
Now, of course you all know that teh New Zild slogan is "100% Pure" and this relates not to the contents of our spotless minds but rather to the content of our streams and air and land and such, i.e. Blooming Nature.
The Jo Key pronouncement  is in answer to a naughty academic, not unknown to this reporter, who has said that our 'Clean Green' image may be getting a bit on the nose. 
Now, this being the best Democracy that Warner Brothers could buy, some persons do not agree with Doctor Joy. But I think we should perhaps make a point of difference between reasoned opposition and late night-mails with no factual basis .
Mr Unsworth's email - which was sent at 12:15am under the subject line 'Ego trip' - was posted by Green Party co-leader Russel Norman on his Facebook page today.
In the emails, Mr Unsworth said although he was an academic, Dr Joy had "let his ego run riot worldwide" while risking jobs and incomes from decreased tourism.
"You guys are the Foot and Mouth Disease of the tourism industry. Most ordinary people in NZ would happily have you lot locked up," he wrote.
"You may not care given your tenure in a nice comfy University lounge, but to others this affects income and jobs.
"Comfy University lounges" fascinates and appeals to me and I have tried to subscribe to Unsworth's newsletter but there appears to be no recognisable address.
Of course, FARAMZ BE OUTRAGED!! and show it with humour that an elephant would be embarrassed to call elephantine :

 Mark Unsworth gets our nomination for quotes of the week. Something to make Manawatu farmers smile
If any of it were anything more than arguments about a marketing campaign it might be of some importance but it's just the environment.
* A veterinary science reference.


mikey said...

Another example that your fascists are still just pikers.

Sure, your fascists would like an unquestioned slogan that would bring people from around the world to stay at your inns, swim (and pee) in your seas and kill your kangaroos, thus adding jobs and contributing to economic growth. But you see, our much more completely evolved fascists have gone well beyond that - they'd like to eliminate the EPA and burn more coal because THAT would help the economy grow so much faster now, and later, when the landscape is unlivable, think of the jobs in mitigation, not to mention all the newly necessary gravedigger jobs...

Another Kiwi said...

I think that there will also be new jobs in the hearse souping-up business so that the funeral procession does not get dissolved by the rain.

Smut Clyde said...

Most ordinary people in NZ would happily have you lot locked up

Demuring from some fraudulence from the Marketing Department of NZ Inc = TREASON. Clap harder!

Substance McGravitas said...

I just came across the word "agritourism" and once the mason jar was closed I had to marvel at the sunny optimism of such a construction. Tours of various man-on-sheep love nests is a big enough industry to get a word?

Another Kiwi said...

Sir! under the Santorum Bill, all participants are legally married and in long term relationships.

Smut Clyde said...

All the other sex tourism options were taken by the time we heard about it in NZ (or ZN as you say up there).