Ten things I stopped believing in 2010
The number of things about which I am certain is shrinking all the time. Here is a Top Ten list of things I believed on 1 January, 2010 that I have now filed under “bullshit”:
- Same-sex marriage is a bridge too far. My conservatism on gay rights issues has been melting away as I have come to realize it is really no more than a fairly transparent expression of self-loathing.
- Bono is cool. No-one has moved down in my estimation with more startling alacrity than this tax-avoiding Jesus freak.
- Prince William is hot. Seriously, it’s like a genetic practical joke.
- John Key is a “mediocre political figure presiding over a low-octane government”. New Zealand’s PM has seriously impressed throughout 2010. His government continues to be policy-lite, but Key’s crisis handling after the Canterbury earthquake and the Pike River Mine explosion has been textbook. I wrote about this in September (a post that still attracts significant traffic for some reason).
- Keith Olbermann rocks! I can no longer bear to listen to the MSNBC anchor’s overwritten diatribes, often in the form of opportunistic Obama-baiting from the left, delivered with a level of non-ironic pomposity that blows the mind.
- The NZ cricket team has a certain underdog charm. The Black Caps are a national disgrace, bereft of talent, charisma or even the slightly redeeming quality of eye-candy hotness. Daniel Vettori matches Prince William in the declining looks department.
- Kevin Rudd may be an arsehole, but there are worse people alive.
- Twitter? Nah. As with Facebook, I was super-slow to grasp the awesomeness of Twitter, and am still catching up.
- Ted Baillieu is too thick and lazy to become Victorian Premier. It turns out he is not too thick and lazy to become Victorian Premier after all.
- Christopher Hitchens will live forever.