Marie Antoinette lost her head … maybe Jamie did too.
So what does a philosopher do?
Thinks about things, the way Alf understands the philosophy caper.
And having done a bit of thinking about things, your basic philosopher might venture to express his or her opinions – but second thoughts are recommended before you express them publicly in this country.
Some thoughts are best left unexpressed – such as thoughts about one law for all.
Or co-governance arrangements whereby only 50 per cent of representatives on a public body are publicly elected and the rest are appointed by iwi.
Advocating one electoral system for all, indeed, is politically hazardous.
Try discussing Maori seats for example, and see where that gets you.
In big shit with Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy, as it happens.
Alf must have over-imbibed last night, because he thought he heard a news item about someone promising to establish a commissioner for animals, to do for animals what a commissioner for children does for the nation’s sprogs.
Mrs Grumble was assigned to do some googling to dig out the item, so Alf could see who was championing God’s Creatures in this way.
Alf is very old-fashioned, when it comes to allowing the recruitment of females to the armed forces and to the promotion of these females too far up the command chain.
He has always held strongly to the view that this can only lead to hanky-panky of a sort best avoided, especially if this hanky-panky were to so preoccupy a couple that the enemy could sneak up on them and catch them with their pants down. This inevitably would put your comrades’ lives in danger.
For the same reason Alf has been disinclined to support the modern-day notions of equality that allow known homosexuals to join the armed forces. It means we are putting the defence of the realm in the hands of blokes and sheilas who may be overcome by their rampant hormones at a tactically vital moment to put a bit of coupling ahead of their military priorities.
“We shall wipe the bastards out before they can ever think of surrender…”
Gotta say the Israelis have more than their share of gall.
Blasting the crap out of Hamas militants is one thing. Hamas militants deserve everything they get.
And let’s face it, the Hamas heavies aren’t too fussy about how many Israeli civilians they kill, although their strike rate isn’t nearly as good as that of their foes in Israel.
Because Hamas isn’t too fussy, Israel isn’t too fussy about what happens to civilians who get in the way of shells intended (in their commanders’ rhetoric at least) for militant Hamas rocket launchers.
One John Colman has demanded the right of reply to something Alf posted so long ago he had forgotten it. He imagines his constituents in Eketahuna North had forgotten it too.
The original item dealt with this Colman feller’s contretemps with the Brethren Church and our legal system and with some of the more robust language he could pull from his colourful vocabulary.
Alf is happy to give Colman his right of reply, but not exactly the way Colman expressed it. He has excised some of the naughty words (exercising his editorial prerogative) and one or two bits of Colman’s story that might land him or Alf in further trouble with the law.
He further points out that Colman won’t win Alf’s sympathy by describing him and Mrs Grumble as dickheads.
But as the constituents of Eketahuna North would tell him, Alf is a fair-minded fellow and willing to allow him his right of reply.