If you are the Anti-Stadium person who didn’t take no for an answer the other day at the Farmers Market, get the message now. Sod Off.
I am pro stadium, and last time l looked this was a freaking democracy and I was allowed to be pro stadium, even if you think it’s going to bankrupt Dunedin. I don’t think it’s going to bankrupt the city, nor do I care that my rates are going up to accommodate it. But boy did you get hot when I flippantly suggested that i’d happily pay twice the amount in rates for a new stadium – it’s my right in a fee democracy to think so. F___ it, there and then, I’d happily pay 10x the rates.
When I go to the Farmers Market on a Saturday morning with my sons (2 and 5) to get some produce then head over the road for a fine coffee, I don’t expected to be shouted at and told that I am wrong. My 5 year old asked “why was that lady angry at you dad” the correct answer should have been because she is a tossing busybody with more time to annoy people than necessary and the lack of decency to acknowledge that others don’t agree with her, but she has the audacity to preach to others. But I replied, because she doesn’t like something I do. To which he replied “does everyone yell at people when they don’t like what you do?” Nice work love, can I bring my boys along next week to subject them to more of the same.
If the anti-stadium people are out on the streets and trying to muster support, great, but if you get someone telling you that they are pro stadium, accept it, because do you really think they are going to have some epiphany about their convictions by being yelled at in that moment, you are so sorely mistaken. You couldn’t handle the simple fact that someone else wasn’t a “yes” person to you. If it was as simple as standing on the streets yelling at people, I’d be in the Octagon tonight trying convert the whole town to supporting Everton – but it ain’t is it, because other people have other opinions and good on them for it.
I can tell you now, that the 4 people whom I didn’t know walking next to me, without knowing me or who I am, might not necessarily be pro stadium, but they sure as hell aren’t anti stadium, for the very fact of the rubbish that you were yelling at me and for having cutzhpah to defend my rights.
Tosser – and you know who you are. There’s a time and a place for debate, and that isn’t it. Besides which if I have told you I’m not interested, and am walking away with my 2 boys, get the freaking message and shut the hell up, don’t continue with the “you’re delusional, it’ll kill Dunedin” assorted frothing – I am walking away (not that I even stopped to engage you), we are done and my boys were startled by your fervour.