"It's a question of not if, but when" — Helen Clark
I have only two criticisms of Helen Clark, the former Prime Minister of New Zealand - that is, the sound of her voice and the words they form:
The most remarkable topic in her speech was when she asserted New Zealand will inevitably give up the British monarchy as head of state.The Prime Minister of Australia too has been guilty of this "not if but when" republican arrogance, as have many others before. It is an attitude that pronounces with totalitarian authority a ruling to which it allows no appeal. Like Moses they command that the monarchy is toast, thou shall not even question the inevitability of what they are saying.
"It's a question of not if but when," she said during her farewell address, which was light on emotion.
She also took the opportunity to attack the return of titular honours, introduced by the National government shortly after their return to power.
I for one am not so arrogant as to presume what will eventually happen, but I can perceive no weight of inevitablity to the republican position. Our constitutions are not political feathers, they are tablets that can only be changed with sustained hurculean concerted effort. Perhaps that is why republicans talk like Moses, because it would take the equivalent of a Moses to remove the Crown from our constitutions.
You know, there just might be something to the recent academic theory that Moses was hallucinating under the influence of a mind-altering drug at the time of his biblical achievements. It has been revealed that the acacia tree, frequently mentioned in the Bible, contains one of the most psychedelic substances known to man. Republican Boomers know all about psychedelic substances - it is high time they stopped smoking them.