One weeks ago L&G sub-editor James Marr put the following questions to Richard Meros about his new book Privatising Parts. He had this to say.
James Marr: Hi Richard. So how has life been in New Zealand since Helen left office
Richard Meros: No idea. I have been freedom camping for the last couple of years, avoiding the newspapers, bloggers and even the six o'clock news.
JM: And while you were freedom camping you wrote Privatising Parts?
RM: Amongst other things. Actually, I wrote seven books, but three of them are not publishable at this stage.
JM: Oh, yeah? Isn't that for the publishers to decide? And what were these unpublishable books about?
RM: Their titles pretty much speak for them. The three books are: Tino Rangatiratanga Motherfucker!, The History of Art and other essays and Fear of Novels.
JM: But doesn't that mean that love is already private?
RM: Well it is private in that it is for the individual and not for the institution, but it is actually part-public and part-private. Love exists in the intimate sphere. And it was Labour's job to nationalise love by having Helen take a young lover. Once love had entered the public sphere through nationalisation (institutions for couple making and for continual assessment) then National could privatise love and make it gloriously efficient.