Clayton Consgrove interview

January 16th, 2006 at 11:16 am by David Farrar

Audrey Young interviews Clayton Cosgrove, in a series with new Ministers.

Generally a good interesting interview. However I did have to laught at this line:

Well along with Helen Clark my heroes are [Michael Joseph] Savage and Norman Kirk.

I’m not sure Helen wants to be Clayton’s hero!

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10 Responses to “Clayton Consgrove interview”

  1. Aaron Bhatnagar () says:

    I thought Mike Moore was his raison d’etre for a political life?

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  2. Nichlemn () says:

    “Who was the most successful Labour leader, apart from Helen Clark, and why?”

    This makes it sound like Clark’s position as the most successful Labour leader is beyond doubt. It may simply be used to prevent “Present-day Bias”… but I have my suspicions.

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  3. baxter () says:

    I thought John Tamihere was his hero.John seems to be of that opinion anyhow.

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  4. tim barclay () says:

    He had to say that. But unlike other Labour Leaders Helen Clark has had it easy on the economy. I cannot think of any decision they have had to take that has been difficult there. For that she can thank all those previous governments she condemned.

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  5. RJT () says:

    It never fails to amaze me how anyone can rate Kirk as a good Prime Minister. The guy simply didn’t achieve anything. He was economically-illiterate, and paranoid about everyone and everything.

    Margaret Hayward, his former PA, tells a good story in her ‘Diary of the Kirk Years’, about how Kirk avoided service, including home service, during World War Two on the grounds that he was medically unit. A few paragraphs later she relates how throughout the war he would push-bike 50 miles from Auckland to Thames each Friday evening to visit his fiancee, and return to Auckland on the Sunday. Something’s wrong there…..

    One of my former History lecturers (a real leftie, if ever there was one) summed up Kirk best when he said that he had the incredible good fortune to die before his failings became evident.

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  6. candid camera () says:

    Kirk’s harsh, deprived childhood shaped his vision of a better world but also left personal scars that might well have become more obvious had he lived longer.

    Excerpts from Diary of the Kirk Years

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  7. Ed () says:

    RJT, you’re right that Kirk was a shitastically poor Prime Minister but because he opposed French testing in the Pacific and sent a couple of frigates with two ministers he didn’t like to watch he’s lauded as a hero.

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  8. Whitebread () says:

    You cannot rank Helen Clark up there with Michael Jospeh Savage and Norman Kirk. Clark is a serial liar, a left-wing, socialist feminist, intent on belittling the role of the family and men in NZ society with a vast range of social engineering policies. She has a huge interest in pushing the UN line and securing herself a top job in that organisation. None of this could be said about Cosgrove’s two other heroes.

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  9. nick () says:

    What you people don’t understand was that Kirk was an inspiration for a generation. A great speaker with a sharp intellect and philopsophy.

    I can’t believe you’d use that Arthur Faukner story as being evidence of him being ‘nasty.’ Name a political leader that hasn’t done something like that!

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