The speed with which Oliver Anthony’s Ballard of working class pain has sped around the internet is proof positive of the incandescent rage of the working classes left behind by a rigged capitalism that benefits the wealthy.

The middle class woke clutch at their pearls and cry fat phobic at Oliver Anthony’s song of pain and anger at a neoliberal free market system he can never beat.

The middle class woke fear his words because the power of them challenge the same neoliberal free market middle class comfort they enjoy, the way the Wellington Maoists screamed Nazi at the Parliament Lawn Protestors.

Anthony strikes the same chord as Tennessee Ernie Ford’s 16 Tons or Johnny Paycheck’s Take This Job And Shove It  or Billy Bragg’s Which Side Are You On?

Compare the raw working pain against the rigged game of the rich channeled by Oliver Anthony’s Ballard with our own great Waa Waa of the North, Shane Jones…

Watch: Shane Jones appeals to voters with rendition of rock classic

NZ First candidate Shane Jones has posted a TikTok belting out a rock classic.

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Appealing to Northland voters, Jones sings Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, swapping the original lyrics to focus on him and his achievements.

“I took the PGF (Provincial Growth Fund) then gave the funds to our people,” sings a disembodied Jones floating above a Northland landscape.

Jones managed the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund during his tenure as Minister for Regional Economic Development.

“I took a billion trees and planted everywhere,” he sings.

“Croatian Māori, from Awanui.

“I’m back and making Northland great again,” closing his eyes as the music swells.

“Shane Jones! Believing!” he belts, giving Journey’s lead singer a run for his money.

“Taking Far North to the ceiling,” he sings raising his finger to the sky.

“Put the K back in the iwi, oh yeah!”

The video has received over 500 likes and 50 comments in the seven hours since it was uploaded.


Not the incandescent rage of the working class so much as the smug hand in pocket contempt for anyone under the age of 60 stylings of a man who refers to himself in the third person so much he has become 3 dimensional:

“Shane Jones is very Shane Jones about being so Shane Jones”, said Shane Jones.

Look at the pain and the emotion of Oliver Anthony’s Ballard with the graceless imitation of a NZ First candidate whose casual half arsed attempt is somehow cultural mana from heaven.

Nothing manages to sum up where we are in the West better than the juxtaposition between those two songs and the ocean of need and desperate anger in between them at a rigged system of capitalism the working classes have no power to change.

Rich Men North Of Northland and woke wets south of Wellington.

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