This thought sprung to mind today:
The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.
It’s a quote from Havelock Ellis, a British physician, writer, and social reformer who studied human sexuality. He was co-author of the first medical textbook in English on homosexuality in 1897, and published stuff on sexual practices and inclinations, including transgender psychology. He is credited with introducing the notions of narcissism and autoeroticism.
And what brought him and his thoughts about optimism to mind?
The following, dear reader. The following report at Stuff:
The Labour Party has recorded its worst poll result since leader David Cunliffe took charge, but he says the election is “still ours”.
A Herald-Digipoll released today shows support for Labour has plummeted six points to 29.5 per cent.
A big hurrah would have been sounded at National Party branch HQ in Eketahuna.
But wait. There’s more:
Support for Cunliffe as leader fell by almost as much, with him lagging on 11.1 per cent, compared to John Key on 66.5 per cent.
Yep, folks. This was Key’s highest rating since the last election and the data show we Nats could govern alone, if they were translated to election results.
On the other hand it’s Cunliffe’s worst result since he became leader, dipping below the popularity of David Shearer whom he replaced last year.
Cunliffe – let’s put it on the record – said he wasn’t “seriously” concerned. This suggests he is unseriously concerned. Go figure.
“Sure it wasn’t a great poll and it’s been not the easiest couple of weeks, but in fact these things are lagged and we’ve already moved past the tough patch and we’re back on the front foot.
“Last week you saw with [Justice Minister] Judith Collins and the National’s crony capitalism, and moving forward we’ve opened up a debate about jobs and economic development which you’ll see taken further this week,” he told Breakfast.
And then – wait it for it…
Cunliffe said the election was “still ours”.
“And it’s really important to New Zealanders we’re able to lead the next government, because they don’t want to be living in a country that has ghettos and gated communities,” he said.
“They want a country where everyone gets a fair go and that’s what we stand for.”
Of course they want a country where everyone gets a fair go.
And obviously they know which party to support to ensure they get it.