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Respectful politics – time and place

Posted by on October 6th, 2012

Last night I attended the 101st anniversary of the Republic of China (Taiwan) anniversary, along with other parliamentary colleagues, Rajen Prasad, Hon Peter Dunne and National MP Jami-lee Ross. Peter Goodfellow, National Party President was there, and Paul Hutchinson attended, but had to leave early.

This was one of those occasions when we were there as invited guests to help celebrate the community’s pride in their country’s history and their place in New Zealand. When MPs attend these kind of events, we are welcomed as an important part of the celebration. As guests, our job is to respond appropriately and join in with the spirit of the occasion.

Speakers from all sides of the political spectrum spoke respectfully. There were no party politics, just an acknowledgement of the friendship and links between our countries, the contribution of the Taiwanese community in New Zealand and the celebration of their 101st special birthday.

But one person got it wrong. Colin Craig, Conservative Leader was also an invited guest.

He chose to use his speech to try to draw links between the Conservative party’s “family values” and Taiwan. For example,  (he said)  Taiwan has lower divorce rates than New Zealand.  And then he launched into a political speech about the marriage equality bill.

Maybe he thought he was onto a vote winner. But he caused embarrassment to his hosts and other guests.

And he showed appalling judgement.


15 Responses to “Respectful politics – time and place”

  1. Alby says:

    John Keys future coalition partner the Conservative Party is full of right wing religious head cases such as their leader Colin Craig.  Labour would do well to declare ruling them out if you haven’t done so already. Force Keys hand ‘now’ and keep the pressure on them, we know National see them as unpalatable as Labour does.     

  2. Ehoa says:

    Colon Craig, John Banks, Peter Dunne and John Key — what a coalition of force!

  3. Spud says:

    Whoop! 😀 😀 😀 😀 😀 !!!!!

  4. Fortran says:

    Why is anybody afraid of Colin Craig ?

    I do not understand why he is feared so much.

  5. The Al1en says:

    “Why is anybody afraid of Colin Craig ?

    I didn’t know anybody was afraid of him.

    “I do not understand”

    You’re from Epsom, aren’t you? 😆

  6. Allyson says:

    Hi Darien. If I were You I’d be more worried about the Greens than Colin Craig. You know they seem just like Labour but without those awful Trade Unions.

  7. Acting up says:

    @ Allyson. Comment utterly irrelevant to the post. Try to follow the discussion. It’s about the total inexperience and lack of social awareness of the leader of a self-purchased political “party” that the John Key govt may have to cuddle up to in two years time, in order to retain power.

  8. bbfloyd says:

    “those awful trade unions”…. spoken like a true ignoramus….

    I despair of the seemingly large group of people that insist on spouting ignorant bigotry that hasn’t a shred of relevance to the real world, and the role unions played in creating a prosperous, egalitarian society that made new zealand the envy of the world…

    Is it just me, or is it that obvious just how lacking in understanding tories are when it comes to realising just how badly they are cutting off their noses to spite their faces…once working people have been successfully emasculated, watch just how fast the country will disappear from under us… your money won’t save you then, and your children will have left for a real life overseas…permanently..

    Earth to tory dreamers… without the unions, this country would never have been able to take it’s place in the first world….

    And, we would have been much better placed now if the tories hadn’t spent their entire existence trying to eradicate them, by mainly foul means…while skimming off the wealth created by a workforce earning enough to live with dignity…

    Respect is a word that seems to have bypassed the national party, especially when it comes to those “salt of the earth” people who used to be the backbone of our wealth creation successes…..

    It seems that now, the only people deserving of respect are the most successful bludgers in society… the ones skimming off billions of dollars that could have been put to better use rebalancing the inequities being forced on us now…

    Yea that’s right it’s really the fault of those “nasty unions”, and that “nasty labour party” for the banking sector using nz’s treasury as their own personal piggy bank…. and even more so for letting private contractors make easy profit from what used to be regarded as part, and parcel of good governance..

    Yea….. the nats didn’t do ANY of that, did they….

  9. jennifer says:

    Colin Craig not only thinks the world is 6000 years old and was made in 6 days, he also thinks it’s flat. Perfect political partner for Key, I reckon.

  10. Peter says:

    Mr Craig needs to get out a bit more, The Taiwanese would have been mortified with his actions, and would have lost face and felt very insulted.

  11. Jimmy says:

    It’s good to see that you are a fan of respectful politics. So what do you think about Trevor Mallard calling Mitt Romney a f***wit?

  12. Anne says:

    Colin Craig not only thinks the world is 6000 years old and was made in 6 days, he also thinks it’s flat. Perfect political partner for Key, I reckon.

    Ahhh… the Flat Earth Society. Here is their proclamation of the truth. Look at the diagrams. They prove their hypothesis. Dunno what’s happened to the Southern Hemisphere but guess you have to turn it upside down for that.

  13. Jack Ramaka says:

    Interesting to note that the tories need the worker bees in NZ to do the manual work so they can make the big fat profits for the enterprises they own.

    Unfortunately John Key and his tory cronies don’t realise that it is a symbiotic relationship between bosses and workers in order to keep an economy moving and growing.

    Soon we will be importing Chinese workers to do the work as they will work for less per day than Kiwi workers.

    John Key School of Economics free market economy.

    However the wealth transfer continues from the have nots to the haves.

  14. bbfloyd says:

    Too late jack, …. Check out botany, in auckland, any day of the week between 6.30am-7.oopm…Monday to Sunday… Try to count the numbers of Chinese workers on those sites…. most of them are on three month work visas… The ones you see will be the replacement crew, who replaced the last crew, ad infinitum….

    Then try to spot any obvious kiwis…. no no…keep looking, you’ll spot one soon…