There's been some wonderful discussion going on on the Labour blog with Brendon Burns, Christchurch Central MP, around his party's support for the Canterbury Earthquake Response and Recovery Act. Here are some quotes:

"I now had some understanding of what my late mother experienced in living through the Blitz in Liverpool."

"Well try telling that to the 300 people who turned up tonight at the first of the two meetings I am doing to put EQC, insurance, council and government agencies in front of those still reeling from 4/9."

"Try mounting an argument for constitutional niceties with people who for nearly two weeks as Clayton elegantly puts it, have been shitting in a bucket"

"OK, so we’re off the Christmas card list of some people for supporting the Government’s Canterbury recovery bill. That’s despite having said throughout that some of us as MPs have obvious and shared reservations about the law and will be watching for it being used beyond the assurances given."

"As Phil notes, the legislation is limited to Canterbury. In all respects."

"Did every last 121 MP, for the first time in living memory, unanimously support such a bill because they were all wanting to be Tory toadies? Or because we believe that these are extraordinary circumstances and hope we can trust Government, central and local, to do what’s required and what is right?"

So there we have it - not-so-subtle allusions to World War II and 9/11, parliamentary supremacy as a 'constitutional nicety', "we felt a bit squeamish about it so that makes it OK", blatant factual inaccuracies about the contents of the legislation, and an appeal to 'hope and trust' to excuse the granting of dictatorial powers.

This is a classic case of the 'my party did it so it must by definition be right' syndrome that's endemic in party politics.

Christ. How depressing. I couldn't be more over it.

New Radar Angel track, and Avalanche

I've just released a new Radar Angel track, In Love and War/Holy Blood.

If you haven't heard my previous tracks they're also available on my Soundcloud page.

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I'll also take this opportunity to pimp my other project, Avalanche, which features myself, Annemarie Duff (aka Mmdelai) and the Permanence/Primary crew. There are a few acoustic demos up on Soundcloud, with full recordings on their way.

Farewell, sweet Livejournal

Has a proper blog now (albeit on Tumblr. Yeah yeah, I'll migrate to a proper platform when I can be bothered learning to use one).

Violent Passion Surrogate

And now I shed a single solitary tear for my LJ, which pretty much lacks any raison d'être. I'll probably leave it open so I can infrequently check various communities and catch up on those who are still using it anyway, but yeah.

It's funny looking back at my posts from when I first started using LiveJournal. I really wanna go back and give 2006 Danny a punch in the teeth (I'm sure certain others would share that sentiment).

Screw you, 2006 Danny. From the future. I hope you grow up and then hate yourself slightly for being such a whiny bitch, it'd serve you right.

Uhhh, yeah. Bye LJ!
twin peaks, shock, sarah

I wish I had words for how incredibly upsetting I find this

Current Stuff Poll: What is the National-led Government's major achievement in its first year?

Steering NZ through stormy economic times: 1946 votes, 6.9%
Successfully managing a broad coalition: 503 votes, 1.8%
The Auckland Super City: 160 votes, 0.6%
National Education Standards: 144 votes, 0.5%
New FTAs: 272 votes, 1.0%
New laws on using phones while driving: 436 votes, 1.6%
The national cycle way: 245 votes, 0.9%
John Key's Letterman Appearance: 24334 votes, 86.8%