So what political 'scandals' do we have running at the moment?
The eating-itself-Labour Party, the SkyCity silliness, and the Banks abuse-of-anonymous-allegations. If they were movies and you were booking seats, which would you rather go to?
I'd flag them all in favour of Titanic in 3D, something I have sworn black and blue to avoid.
But what is noticeable as you read the news reports, the blogs, listen to the commentators (which seem lately to have exploded like a rabbit population), and watch the telly, is the domination of the male.
These wrangles are tawdry substitutes for a real contest; a dignified and meaningful expenditure of testosterone for a worthy cause.
Mallard, Banks, Joyce, Trotter, Shearer, Edwards, Whale Oil, Farrar, DotCom, Roberts, Brown, Campbell, Garner, Gower and other lesser known players. All men.
(No, you aren't at the Hand Mirror).
I make this generalisation. Women involve themselves more in policy matters, in advocacy and practical coalface stuff. For this I respect them.
The trouble is, they are nearly all socialists. Even those characterised as on the 'right' are not particularly radical and at best will broadly maintain the status quo.
So while the afore-mentioned dramas play out, behind-the-scenes legislative matters, those that will really affect lives, form the more important battles.
(And note that Jacinda Ardern has kept a very low profile media-wise. Politically smart if not policy clever).
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