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A recent post on “bassetbrashandhide" titled “MISSING TREMAIN” was appreciated, bringing forth comments flattering in the extreme. Perhaps an explanation for my silence is in order.

In 2019 I gladly parted ways with the increasingly woke Otago Daily Times after 32 years as its daily cartoonist. A number of readers contacted me to plead that I continue cartooning, despite having no outlet. I advised that should I produce further cartoons I would email such work to them.

They were interesting times under the most incompetent and destructive government this country has ever experienced, which kept me cartooning for nearly another 4 years. Daily output was emailed to 400+ followers, and beyond. It has been a FOC service to them and, for me, an outlet for frustrations.

As this year’s election loomed I experienced unprecedented levels of nausea and decided I would not cartoon beyond the election. I have kept the promise, so far without regret. Nor have I missed the antics of the main players. I have not, in fact, watched TVNZ News or listened to RadioNZ for the past 3 years.

A couple of weeks after this year’s election I began receiving queries from readers as to the state of my health. I assured all that my health is fine.

I may, or may not, produce further cartoons. The current scene is, after all, ripe for satire, with Te Pati Maori and the Greens rewriting history and screeching that democracy be replaced with apartheid: the spectacle of the new Prime Minister bewildered by the weight of responsibility before him, whilst his deputy steals the march by, so far, keeping his election promises: the effrontery of the totally disgraced former government members popping their empty heads above the parapet to spout the nonsensical vitriol that characterised their six years in power. In their desperation to hamper the new government they are assisted by the spoiled brats of the main-stream-media, smarting that they could not get their chosen government re-elected. Like the universities they throw petulant tantrums of spite while indulging anti-semitism.

Equally perplexing are those who voted for the coalition parties and now sit back regarding the job as done. How naive !!! The damage done to this country in the last 6 years will take generations and considerable turmoil to rectify … if it can be done!

Should further cartoons eventuate (undecided at this point) those who have occasionally acknowledged receipt of my work will continue to receive it. Thank you for your support.

Garrick Tremain

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