The Son of Man (French: Le fils de l'homme) 1964 by  René Magritte.

The Son of Man (French: Le fils de l’homme) 1964 by René Magritte.

For some reason, listening to the ACT Party leader John Banks spouting slogans on Focus on Politics prior to the Party’s Saturday conference in art lover Alan Gibbs’ barn, I thought of this surrealist painting.

What hope has ACT got of “rejuvenation” with John Archibald Banks (66) as their leader? His kind of political pragmatism (there are other words we could use) seems repellent to young, enthusiastic, idealistic political wannabes. They learn quick, unlike their elders, it seems.

The Party stands or falls with Epsom and the National Party’s (legitimate, for now, but whiffy) electoral ‘arrangement’ to deliver a blue seat to ACT. That just doesn’t seem viable.

Where have the big ideas gone?

I can see why Cactus Kate left.

– P

PS Read this: Old White Guys by Cliff Schecter at Al Jazeera. Interesting.