Music with heart = Politics with heart

Luke Thompson keeps popping up on my music radar. He seems to work with great videographers and the songs stay with me long after the sound is off.

Look the Other Way is 4 years old but has an inventive video and a song that expands my world. Back in Auckland, New Zealand it’s a long weekend and I’m listening to 6 albums I’ve never heard through before.

Lukes –  Water EP has some clips I’ve seen before but his song “look the other way” has real cut through.

I love the line in this song “You can never say you didn’t know” can apply to so many things but I love how effortless it all seems in this clip.

The quote below comes from the Greens conference address called Getting Heart* (“Progressive means we are in the business of creating the future, of genuine transformation.”) I am all in favour of transformation. Political parties ? not so much…

“Nelson Mandela once said: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”

Twenty five years ago, New Zealand children lived in one of the most equal countries in the OECD.

Since then, the gap between those who have the most and those who have the least has grown faster here than anywhere else.

Our children now live in one of the most unequal countries in the developed world.”

We live in a country where the current government makes a point of looking the other way while Rome ( think Christchurch is in ruins) burns.

Despite Paula Bennett and John Key being beneficiaries of NZ social help policies in days gone by they seem to be intent on putting the boot in and dismantling all of the safety net policies that “have a heart”.

Its Sunday afternoon so I won’t ask them (nats) to read Naomi Kleins “The Shock Doctrine” ( they absolutely should) so that they will stop repeating bad economic history and instead listen to a song or two instead.

They say music can soothe the savage beast.

I’m hoping that it can find a politician with heart.

Earth calling the National Party – will anyone pickup? New Zealand needs to wake up and stop random politicians asset stripping the country. They wouldn’t know what a strategic asset was if it bit them on the butt.

Most voters in NZ never even voted in 2011  and the lowest voter turnout since 1887 just says that voters think the election is an irrelevant charade which is also the wrong way to look at this. One Big Voice , Get When

  1. Voting now is a complete legal fiction. Low voting trend will not go away
  2. Having a competition to pick the best policies for our government.That is completely freakin brain dead. (Luca Belgiorno-Nettis at TEDxSydney on this topic was magic)
  3. We need collaboration, innovation and change for the better.We need circuit breakers from the bottom up – not top down.

Jeremy Heimans has the right idea with Get Up and other movements

“Created by Purpose principals Jeremy Heimans and David Madden, GetUp! is an internationally recognized online social movement phenomenon – with more members than all of Australia’s political parties put together. GetUp! and its members have helped to reshape policy, enfranchise voters and transform the national debate on issues like refugee rights, civil liberties and carbon pollution.”

In 2005 Jeremy co-founded, an Australian political movement that now has more members than all of Australia’s political parties combined.

Politicians from all parties – can you please read that last sentence again. “More members than all of Australia’s political parties combined.”  The New Zealand political party system is morally bankrupt and disconnected from the people it used to serve. Australia, UK & U.S all have similar issues with their broken electoral systems.

Last weekend at TEDxSydney I watched Jeremy and other speakers put the case for a new way of re-framing our political systems.

We have to stop “looking the other way.” Can’t say it any better than Luke here.

BTW – Luke Thompsons website is over here

Disclosure: I am not a member of any political party although I do vote Green whenever I get the chance. I am personally impressed by  Metiria Turei MP – Russel Norman – ( Not so much) and I was at university with Green MP’s Eugenie Sage and Kevin Hague so I know both of them have been very committed to change for 30+ years now.

I started out working for David Lange before he became Prime Minister – a very long time ago. How I miss his “I can smell the uranium on your breath speech” but just maybe Metiria has what it takes – I hope so – Getting Heart is one heck of a speech.