Shop til you drop, cover, and hold

The Editor,  The Wellingtonian,  Wellington

22 November, 2016

Dear Editor:

Wellington Mayor Justin Lester has used the government’s cliché mantra of ‘get them back shopping, get them back working’ approach to earthquake threats. Though it would be fair to say that weeks of delay would be discouraging, applying it to Wellington’s current situation, not knowing how much damage there has been, to come back within a day or two shows more of an inclination to neo-liberal correctness than to an understanding of how people are actually feeling and to the realities of the shaky isles.

Perhaps in Wellington at this time, the self-deprecating theme of ‘shop til you drop’ is showing up as ‘shop til you drop, cover, and hold’.


Richard Keller

published 24/11/16


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