Nineteen Eighty-Four – Now?

My 1969 Penguin Modern Classics edition of George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four You know you live in curious times when satire merges with reality, or rather reality begins to assume the form of the world that has been satirised. Increasingly that’s how I feel reading about developments in the United States, Russia, China, India, the UK … Continue reading Nineteen Eighty-Four – Now?

Beware National’s New Caring Face

Christopher Luxon’s first National Party caucus retreat, held in Queenstown was a curious affair. More than curious, it was characterised by strange connections, decisions and utterances. TV One News reported Luxon as saying that “his party should care about people, not just the economy”, that "what we have to demonstrate to the New Zealand people … Continue reading Beware National’s New Caring Face