“History doesn’t repeat itself, but it Rhymes.” Mark Twain’s quip resonates loudly in my mind’s ear every time the Labour-NZF-Green government does something which reminds me of the Norman Kirk-Bill Rowling-led Labour government of 1972-75. The parallels with that doomed ministry are striking and – from the perspective of Jacinda Ardern’s centre-left supporters – deeply troubling. Come with me then to the good old days when, as they say in the original (1981) version of Goodbye Pork Pie: “you could drive your car whenever you pleased, when petrol stations were always open, and gas was less than a buck a gallon.” Like 2017’s, the general election of 1972 came at the end of a very long period of National Party rule. Not the nine-year sentence of John Key and Bill English, but the twelve-year stretch which New Zealanders served under “Kiwi Keith” Holyoake and (for a few months) Jack Marshall. The post Trotter: The rhymes of ’75 appeared first on Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media.