Chester is today’s featured new Nat MP. I’ve known Chester for around a decade or so, as he was a third time candidate, and like everyone who knows him was delighted when he made it this time.
As an ex-cop, his comments on the Police are worth noting:
Were you disenchanted with the police and what would you change?
I think to some degree the police have disengaged from society from where they were, say, 20 years ago. Police have almost become a little bit exclusive in who they mix with and what they do within communities. I think they’ve run off down some roads that are more about accounting to the Treasurer than doing what people want. There’s been an over-concentration on road policing and a disengagement from … real crime.
And in terms of MPs from other parties:
I’ve got a healthy respect for Tariana Turia and Pita Sharples. They just ooze mana. I’ve got a healthy respect for Sue Bradford’s intellect. I disagree with her strongly on a number of issues and probably agree with her more than she would care to think. Nandor Tanczos has got a great grasp of social and criminal justice.