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Luis Suarez, Rip van Winkle, and John Key

The Editor, The Sunday Star-Times, Auckland

30 June, 2014

Dear Editor:

Was Steve Braunias really commenting on the Luis Suarez biting affair (29 June, Secret Diary of. . .)?  I couldn’t be sure, though he seemed to be saying, and I would agree, biting is not a classy thing to do.  But what is clear to me is that Braunias’ metaphor captured beautifully both the character and voter appeal of John Key in a few short sentences, “ . . . but at the end of the day we should get some sleep.  New Zealand’s all good.  Close your eyes”.

While the New Zealand electorate may be in a sleepful trance now, electorates are notoriously fickle.  It could be woken up at any time by an unexpected event.  But when?  Would we be able to recognize our new world of climate change and unusable (!?) nuclear weapons, and act accordingly?  Or, like in the story of Rip van Winkle, we may awaken confused and tied down unable to move (by little robots, perhaps).

Sincerely,

Richard Keller

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