What Now For The Trump Show?

What Now For The Trump Show?

Paul Thomas2018-01-14 Among the many things Donald Trump either doesn’t know or doesn’t care about is the Christmas message of peace on earth and goodwill to men. On Christmas Eve, when normal people were wishing each other “Merry Christmas”, he took to Twitter to...
What Now For The Trump Show?

What Exactly Is Trump?

Paul Thomas2016-10-11 As we count down to a presidential election in which the rest of the world will feel it has even more of a stake and less of a say than usual, we wonder: what exactly is Trump? Is he the product of a tainted political tradition or the consequence...
Obama – Lone Adult in the Schoolyard

Obama – Lone Adult in the Schoolyard

Paul Thomas2016-04-22 As never before, the international community wishes it had a say in the American presidential election. Pollster Stephen Mills revealed in the Herald this week that Kiwis are repelled by Donald Trump, the Manhattan Mussolini, and his vampirish...
Is Patriotism Flagging?

Is Patriotism Flagging?

Paul Thomas2016-04-01 History, they say, is written by the victors and few victors have relished the opportunity as much as Sir Paul Beresford, MP. The parliament in question is in Westminster, not Wellington; Sir Paul left this country in the 1970s and now sits on...
Terror Fails as Long as We Stay Grounded

Terror Fails as Long as We Stay Grounded

Paul Thomas2016-03-26 Are the terrorists winning? Donald Trump thinks they are – “totally.” But, as goodtime girl Mandy Rice-Davies said when told a married aristocrat denied having slept with her: “Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?” Trump’s candidacy is based on...
Maria Sharapova and Meldonium

Maria Sharapova and Meldonium

Paul Thomas2016-03-25 So tennis superstar Maria Sharapova has tested positive to a banned substance, been dumped by some big brand sponsors and faces a lengthy ban.Oh dear. How sad. Every now and again, one’s raw, spontaneous reaction to something that, on the face of...
Martin Crowe: Requiem for a Perfectionist

Martin Crowe: Requiem for a Perfectionist

Paul Thomas2016-03-11 Two of the new faces in the 1977/78 Auckland cricket training squad were a journeyman all-rounder (me) and a 15 year old Auckland Grammar boy named Martin Crowe. When I arrived at Eden Park for the first training session, Crowe was having a...
Choice is not a Matter of Taste

Choice is not a Matter of Taste

Paul Thomas2016-03-04 It seems most Kiwis fit into at least one of the following categories on the question of whether to stick with the current flag or replace it with the Lockwood design. Well-known people who think it’s time for a change. Well-known people who want...
Big and Bigger – Jonah Lomu

Big and Bigger – Jonah Lomu

Paul Thomas2015-12-05 Jonah Lomu’s death was a reminder of sport’s essentially ephemeral nature and its paradoxical capacity to engage emotions and transcend race, language and geography. New Zealand Rugby and Richie McCaw contemplated delaying the announcement of his...