More valedictories

September 26th, 2008 at 8:00 am by David Farrar

From Stuff:

  1. Paul Swain
  2. Tim Barnett
  3. Margaret Wilson
  4. Marian Hobbs
  5. David Benson-Pope
  6. Steve Maharey

’s was very funny. MPs who have served as Minister of Corrections always get some good stories to tell. Benson-Pope’s was ugly and partisan, as one expects from him.

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12 Responses to “More valedictories”

  1. expat (4,048 comments) says:

    I’d like to say I cared, but by god its a sorry bunch of rats leaving the sinking laybore ship isnt it (over all?)

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  2. big bruv (13,559 comments) says:

    Paul Swain was indeed extremely funny, Maharey showed us all what Labour have in store for the nation should they steal another election, if any party has a hidden agenda it is Labour.

    I missed the Benson Pope speech, does anybody have a link for it?

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  3. pushmepullu (686 comments) says:

    I would say good ridden and pleased to see them all go

    But sadly many of these no-hopers such as Wilson, Maharey and Swain have secured for themselves very cushy positions doing non-jobs at the public’s expense. Vice Chancellor of Massey University? So what are you actually going to DO there Maharey, the leftist academics at that particular termite mound are already well up on the art of pushing socialist indoctrination on our youth without needing your guidance.

    A bloody disgrace. Let’s hope John Key has the guts needed to turf these weasels out of their nests come November.

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  4. Neil (572 comments) says:

    Benson-Pope’ valedictory of nastiness and “not my fault” could be expected. He has always been one of the Labor bullyboys – Mallard,Cosgrove and Benson Pope.
    I have heard it said by National female MP’s that BP was one of the rudest and nastiest person around with his vile sexist comments. While he might be quite able he had very serious personal personalities and still had the remnants of the old socialist left in his character. A man of deep bitterness and anger !!!!!!! No loss to politics in New Zealand.
    It all goes to show that many Labor candidates are not a reflection of New Zealand. BP wanted to change NZ for a minority culture.

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  5. yl (31 comments) says:

    Wilson made this statement:

    “”Question time is not truth seeking.

    “That is done through written questions and official information requests.

    “Question time is about political performance. It is about testing political positions and the ability of individuals to stand up to the test.””

    This is a very true comment. I think that New Zealand would benefit more from a greater understanding of how parliament works.

    Question time is political point scoring. I think that the media plays a role in this. The majority of TV time is used to show question time, and question time does make parliament look like a little bit of a joke.

    No wonder some people are disillusioned with politicians and parliament.

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  6. FletcherB (60 comments) says:

    DPF- I/S over at no right turn is suggesting the fact that Benson-Pope has given a valedictory speech is essentially proof that he’s not going to stand as an independent. Comments?

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  7. David Farrar (1,872 comments) says:

    It will be a breach of convention for him to stand, having given one. But I would not rule out him breaching it.

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  8. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    What a sad bunch of assorted tossers if you want I’ll book them a seat on the cattle truck for the works. But after a closer analysis of the list they would probably end up going down the chute anyway.

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  9. Hagues (711 comments) says:

    FletcherB “DPF- I/S over at no right turn is suggesting the fact that Benson-Pope has given a valedictory speech is essentially proof that he’s not going to stand as an independent. Comments?”

    Maybe he knows that even if he stands he hasn’t got a shit show of getting in again anyway. That said if he knows he is going to stand then giving a valedictory speech is a load of bollocks.

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  10. Ramsay (123 comments) says:

    Benson-Pope showed what a truly nasty piece of work he is. I cannot believe he accused National of nasty behaviour towards “presiding female officers in the House”. This nasty piece of shit needs to crawl back under his rock and remember that it was not a National MP who was perving in the girls changing room…………

    Good riddance to this nasty bully – I hope he joins the exodus to Australia, they are welcome to him. Dunedin is much better off without him.

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  11. Hunter (8 comments) says:

    I watched a few of the valedictory speeches, there was a common theme from many, the hatred of the press gallery. I thought it was interesting that none of these comments were reported. The most common thread was comment that the media seem more interested in making the news and being the news than reporting it. I have experienced some of that first hand, its a pity because the press are the vehicle that carry information to the public and therefore a key component of a functioning democracy. Can we trust them?

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  12. mirihika (2 comments) says:

    Marian Hobbs is right. Too many mainstream journalists are ill-informed and get what little they do know from each other. My pet hate is how wrong they keep getting Maori politics – they still think the Maori Party is like all those earlier minorities and it will eventually disappear into oblivion as someone’s coalition partner, even though all its major spokespeople have explained carefully and repeatedly they will never go into coalition and lose their identity but are seeking a Treaty partner who will support the aims they came to Parliament to pursue. They are not for sale! If those journalists watched Maori TV or visited a few marae hui they would quickly discover how wrong and naive they have been. The question is – why don’t they? Is it ignorant laziness or their pervasive belief they know it all and their mission is to make everyone else think the way they do, as Marian is saying?

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