FAREWELL

Until the advent of the virus over the previous six decades I’d spent at least half my life abroad. I went and sometimes lived for times virtually everywhere which taught me that people are basically the same, thus I lost any sense of nationalism.

Then suddenly I found myself compelled to stay here for 3 years, thanks to the hermit kingdom absurdity. I was appalled by New Zealanders meek passivity to this and most of all to the ludicrous but now dead Jacindamania madness.

For that matter Jacinda herself was disbelieving, writing in the Guardian at the time how she’d lie in bed bewildered and suffering from imposter syndrome. The then lapdog NZ media, surviving on a $65 million government bribe with taxpayer money, opted to ignore that story.

So for three years now, lots of golf and tennis plus time to deal with hitherto ignored health problems. I had a book published of four novellas. Then someone suggested this Blog as an outlet for my frustration. Initially, I confined it to humour to lighten our days. But as the government’s screaming incompetence, fear-mongering, outrageously divisive racist activism favouring maoridom and much, much more, saw me deal with more serious topics.

The absolute low point of the past three years was the public’s passive acceptance of the imposed nanny state. The “Team of five million” and “Be Kind” mantras belong in kindergartens. For me they were unbelievable. I was ashamed to be a New Zealander as common sense went out the window. The Be Kind childishness was particularly outrageous given the unbelievably cruel, unnecessary and illegal prohibition on thousands of Kiwis prevented from returning home, in numerous cases to farewell dying family members.

At the outbreak of the virus I forecast on this site that when it was all done and dusted Sweden’s “live with it” approach will be shown as the correct one. It’s not yet all done and dusted but that’s now been accepted and widely adopted.

I was correct with my Swedish prediction but will be equally right with my forecast of a landslide defeat for the government next year. The big issue causing bitterness across the land is the ludicrous maori wonderfulness nonsense. Add roaring inflation and a population exodus to Australia and I fear an angry and dispirited nation in 1993.

It’s deja with the 1983-4 mood. At the time, Muldoon, unable to cope with the economic consequences of his bad decisions, adopted the approach of constant foreign travel, babbling nonsense about another Bretton Woods conference. He viewed these travels as photo opportunities with polite foreign leaders, intended to impress the voters back home. They didn’t, a point Jacinda should note having announced a similar foreign leaders’ meetings programme.

Late last year on this blog I wrote that after tidying up some matters I was out of here in the new year as I don’t wish to spend such time as left to me in an angry state. So I’ve now left for foreign parts.

So no more blogs, at least for four months but a big thankyou to everyone who added their comments and helped endure the craziness of an increasingly inept government.

Thanks also to cartoonists Garrick Tremain and Bob Brockie so I’ll close with another on the mark Tremain offering.

 

47 Comments

THANKS BOB, WE’LL MISS YOU!

Adios Sir Bob. All the best.

Thank you Sir Bob for the many laughs you have provided the last two years. I have read all your blogs since and will thoroughly miss your updates. Safe travels!

Sir Bob what a shame I looked forward to you blog posts everyday. Thanks for the opinions and incites. Lets hope you back after 4 months. Can’t say as I blame you, thinking of doing the same. Yep just a matter of time for this Government, they deserve everything that is coming.
Regards Joel

Dear Sir Bob, Thank you for your humour and wisdom.
Steve

All the best and we look forward to some sort of continuation.

So sad you are leaving Sir Bob. I’ve loved your articles. Any room in your suitcase?!

Always enjoyed your postings.
Wish you well in the future and thanks for your sane comments over the last year or so.
Cheers
Ian

Bob – very sorry to see you go but understandable. I am currently telling my grandchildren to re-locate to Australia, goes much against the grain but justifiable with the current facist government. All the best and I hope NZ will maybe see you back one day when the change of government has occurred…

Sorry to lose you,have always enjoyed your columns & books. A few anecdotes from your overseas adventures would be welcomed.

Oh god, your blogs are (generally!) the best part of my week! Bon voyage and come back soon.

Sir Bob your blog has been inspirational and will be missed. Safe travels

Sad to be missing your posts in the future. Enjoy the break away, I’ll miss you

Rob van Lieshout. March 2, 2022 at 5:15 pm

All the best Bob. Thanks for having the balls to say it how it is, I’ll bet many many NZders feel the same about departing but aren’t able to do so for various reasons. I love our back country greatly which has kept me here for 50yrs, however should the nanny state continue I may be forced to reconsider. I hope you return one day to keep a smile on our faces, grim times indeed.
Best for your travels & health.
Rob v Lieshout

Yes I fear you are right. I think she’s already quit. The Maori Caucus, imbecilic covid protocols, constitutional distain & hypocritical use and abuse of the term “Democracy” have morphed into an unswallowable pill. But as you indirectly alluded “in the valley of the blind, the one – eyed man is king”.
Good luck overseas. I’ve long enjoyed your wit.

So sorry that you are going and wish I could have been on the plane with you! Your posts have been amazing! Great time to escape especially after listening to the Prime Minister’s live broadcast just now over the protests in Wellington… she has started a war in New Zealand and I agree with you, she will never be voted back in.

Enjoy your holiday. I too can’t wait till I get to leave this crazy place.

Really sorry to see you go. Have enjoyed your comments.

Thank Bob. You have offered an island if sanity in a sea of lunatic starters

Bugger! How are we going to remain sane?
We will miss your refreshing interpretation of what’s happening around us. Happy travelling.
Cheers MH

Bon voyage Sir Bob – safe travels and good health. Like all your readers, will sorely miss your wisdom and wit. Hopefully, it won’t be too long before we again have the pleasure of reading your very entertaining blogs. Good luck.
Wayne Q

Heather Falkenstein March 2, 2022 at 8:06 pm

So much inspiration and humor – and right every time.

Thanks so much for your smart opinion, Bob. I agree, this govt will now face a landslide loss. I hope there is a huge revamp of all our rights, and measures put into place so such flagrant trashing of the Bill of Rights by an incumbent govt can never ever happen again. I am not impressed with the current National line-up, either! Just seem to be more of the same.

Thanks Bob. We need you in the lead up to the election next year though. Don’t be away for too long bro.

All the best Sir Bob. Your words have been both humorous and insightful. I have thoroughly enjoyed and will miss your daily emails.

You’ll be missed. Thanks for the pithy commentary over the last few years, who knew how fast and how far NZ could sink in the hands of terrified women (Labours voters are 2:1 female:male and clearly vote with their anxious hearts rather than their reasoning heads). Wish I had the freedom you do to abandon the listing ship that is NZ.

Thank you Bob for your daily wisdom, humour and always being able to find an angle that most people miss. In my opinion you are without a doubt the most perceptive writer around. All the best!

See you later enjoy .

Thank you Sir Bob, it’s been a pleasure . Take it easy

Go well Sir Robert your wonderful insight and acerbic and entertaing wit will be missed by this old codger and yet again you are on the money

Thanks for the blog Sir Bob, I’ve picked up a few books and authors to discover because of it.

Absolutely gutted. Your blog was an honest assessment of how a lot of us feel and a welcome relief from the nonsense that the MSM throw at us. Happy travels

gregorcaseygmailcom March 3, 2022 at 8:44 am

Going to miss your Blogs Sir Bob, your comments have kept me sane with this lot running the country.
Travel safe and good health
Greg Casey

Bugger . Enjoyed reading them. Yes there are many angry people out there now. Worst governing and least transparent government I have seen in my lifetime in NZ . 2023 can’t come soon enough.

You will be missed. I wish I could join you but I am trapped in this hell hole for now. Assuming the election is in 2023 I hope you are right about the landslide defeat but I am not optimistic that the potential replacements will be an improvement. This has been the worst 2 years in my lifetime in NZ and I am not looking forward to the future with anything other than worry.

Thanks Bob for all your very perceptive observations and the lack of temerity to say it like it is – sadly, not every Kiwi has been reading your blog – it should have been NZCEA compulsory reading.
If that woman has any say in NZ after the next election, I also will be leaving NZ, but permanently.
Kindest wishes.

Looking forward to your return. Will there be any rational voice in NZ meantime?

A sad day Sir Bob. I’ve really enjoyed your daily humour & thought-provoking commentary over the years.

Mid last year I could clearly see the looming NZ disaster & ‘escaped’ to Australia so I totally get where you’re coming from. NZ is now an angry, confused & divisive shambles.

I do hope we can all look forward to further sensibilities from you at some stage in the not too distant future. In the meantime best wishes to you. Stay well & stay safe.

Thanks for your posts Sir Bob they will be greatly missed, especially the humour.
You’re Farewell post is 100% right. Safe travels.

Bob, I shall miss your perspective on matters that require more than the accepted normal. With thanks.

Margaret Stevenson-Wright March 3, 2022 at 2:25 pm

Travel in safety- and be sure to return.

WHAT A TREASURE YOU HAVE ALWAYS BEEN. GO WELL, KEEP ON

Thanks Sir Bob for our daily chuckle. You will be dearly missed in our household. All the best.

Great reading as always – agree the plane loads of K1W1’s heading for Oz over the next 6 months will be akin to the late Muldoon years (I had my 21st in Sydney)

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