Regular readers will be familiar with Ian Wedde’s 1993 poetry collection The Drummer, which includes my favourite of all his poems, “A Ballad for Worser Heberley”. I was reading the book again today, as one does, and was struck by the cover image. We have all seen the photos of John Key with his planking son, and Peter Dunne making more of a fool of himself than usual.
But who would have thought that a Wellington poet had invented this whole world-wide planking craze 18 years ago? Truly, poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.