(Belated) Beer Haiku Friday and Beer, Civilisation and Politics Explained

There is over a week to go but planning is already underway for Superbowl Monday. Details are yet to be worked out but it involves American craft beer and cheese burgers. To celebrate, today’s Beer Haiku is called “Superbowl Traditions“:

Beer, food, and football
Surrounded by family
Watching commercials

At the Malthouse Blog, the latest post explains why beer created civilisation which in turn created politics, then asks every political leader in New Zealand for their favourite and gets a 100% response rate, the favoured beers of our political elite are then revealed in a world exclusive. It is called “Beer, Civilisation and Politics“:

Last year, this blog literally stumbled over a media report on a British website claiming that Prime Minister John Key’s favourite beer was Bath Gem, a tasty ale from Bristol. Always thirsty for the truth, we decided to test this theory and directly ask the Prime Minister for his favourite beer. In the interests of balance and impartiality, the same question was put to the leaders of every political party currently represented in the New Zealand Parliament. They all provided answers and these are reproduced in full below.

Glass Tips – Beer Haiku Daily and Malthouse Blog

Beer and Politics

Even the chronically media-averse amongst you will now be aware that the election campaign is in full swing. Lie and counter-lie fly over the airwaves and the only respite is a nice beer in a great pub (preferably without a television).

I’m going to be part of the problem rather than part of the solution though and ask you to think about the issue of taxes. To do this, I’m going to post a beery allegory which has been doing the rounds on the magic tubes for many years. It’s still apt though. Economists will refute the gross over-simplification, but it’s something to think about as you sup your pints and marshal your thoughts on who to vote for.

The tax system explained with beer.

Apologies for the strange site link, but it was hard to find a copy which wasn’t falsely attributed.