The blog has been an outstanding success. A year ago I would have been content to reach 500 page hits a day. This figure was surpassed as a daily average in May and has been over 1000 a day since August, at times reaching more than 2000. By blogging standards this is very modest indeed but it shows there’s a thirst for sound information and analysis in our small community and citywide.
The island’s mainstream media simply lack the knowledge and expertise to understand what’s happening in local politics. My three years on the first Waiheke Local Board coupled with my publishing background and retirement put me in a unique position to be able to run a website that has become the de facto news, information and analysis site for the island.
A blog is a reflection of the writers own views. I have made no secret of my political leanings. They are there for all to see. There is an honesty in this that is totally lacking in the island’s mainstream media which clings to the shallow pretence that it is unbiased. In truth, as I’ve said before, they are no more than mediums for the views of their owners. They are printed blogs.
Looking back on the year there are a few themes that stand out
Locally - The failure of the Waiheke Local Board
Auckland - The failure of the Len Brown mayoralty
Nationally – The failure of the government to defend democracy
Internationally – The growing tension between super-national and national government
My blogs have focussed primarily on the first two. In the new year I will be taking a greater interest in national and global issues, especially how they play out locally. Here is a taster.
If I believed in signs and portents I’d be thinking this morning’s ominous red dawn was latent with foreboding: that it heralded a breakdown in society at the very least or ‘end of the world is nigh’ from our alarmist enemies at worst. These miserable examples of humanity are in full swing at present preaching their Gospel of doom and gloom ready for their next round of universal troughing at ‘world conferences’ where they decide how to battle Nature.
I wonder why they bother given that these watermelons hate Mankind when Nature herself, according to their philosophy, seems to be doing the job for them. Let’s face it Mankind is but a blip on the history of the planet which has been happily cooling since time began, but its all grist to the mill of the Doomsday cult. You only need glance at the first page of the latest edition of Liz Waters ‘Little Book of Harm’, Waiheke’s weekly dose of the weird and wonderless, to see how cult followers think. No wonder this is called Cadbury’s Island.
There are stormclouds ahead for her Waiheke Local Board which has ended the year in dissention, backstabbing, and accusations of bullying after a truly annus horribilis. They have lost the community $12million of funding in this year alone leaving precious little for the future. Of course, that could be construed as good news because, with little or no money, the harm they can do is minimised.
But one person’s alarm is another person’s calm. The festive season is upon us and I am an optimist. The blog is picking up steam, the Local Board is in disarray, the NightMayor of Auckland has lost all credibility, the people of New Zealand are prepared to fight to retain democracy and globally there is a backlash against super-national government.
Merry Christmas everyone.