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December 15, 2013

Why I don’t write politcal satire anymore

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 6:00 am

Via the SST:

The Conservative Party is poised to stand its high-profile chief executive Christine Rankin against National’s Paula Bennett in Upper Harbour, setting up a potential battle of the former solo mums next election.

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig confirmed to the Sunday Star-Times that the party’s board had formally asked the controversial former boss of Work and Income New Zealand to stand in next year’s general election.

“It’s going to be a fascinating contest between two very strong, determined women,” Craig said. “The word that comes to mind is catfight.”

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19 Comments »

  1. Good god he’s a tool. Capitalisations intentional.

    Although this real life self satire doesn’t excuse you from not writing satire.

    Real politics is boring and only encourages the rabid believers to talk.

    Comment by tricky dicky — December 15, 2013 @ 7:32 am

  2. A tenner on Bennett, Barry and Kaye for the trifecta please.

    I’ll put a fiver on Kelly for rongotai also, a mate in the stables has given a wink on that one.

    Mallard for the win and cunliffe for a place.

    Thanks
    Punter 16584

    Comment by WH — December 15, 2013 @ 7:41 am

  3. National must now be very concerned about Craig, surely.

    They’re stuck between a rock and a hard place with him. If they formally announce they’ll work with him, and he continues to talk crazy, the centre left will look a lot more attractive to centrist voters.

    On that note… I’m itching to see Labour appeal to the centre a little more (or more directly). Cunliffe’s strategy of getting all non-voters out to vote is based on a big assumption about non-voters’ party preferences. While Key remains so popular as preferred PM, I think we can assume a large proportion of those non-voters prefer National.

    Comment by Andrew — December 15, 2013 @ 8:23 am

  4. And this is worse than the Labour party genius who came up with the catchy “Battle of the babes” to describe the Auckland Central contest

    Comment by Raymond A Francis — December 15, 2013 @ 9:24 am

  5. Due to a freak rift in the space-time continuum, documentary footage of the 2014 Bennett / Rankin Upper Harbour electorate battle already exists: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IN-ut_5i_Bw

    Comment by eT — December 15, 2013 @ 9:33 am

  6. Labour party genius who came up with the catchy “Battle of the babes” to describe the Auckland Central contest

    Right. Pushed the envelope on creepy.

    Comment by Joe W — December 15, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  7. Echoes of Seinfeld.

    Comment by Hugh — December 15, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  8. Surely a catfight should be between equals. One of those two is just a bully.

    Comment by xianmac — December 15, 2013 @ 10:37 am

  9. No weirder than most political detritus, the stranger and stranger Len Brown story for example. Or have you just run out of satirical puff and are blaming it on politicians?

    Comment by Tinakori — December 15, 2013 @ 11:07 am

  10. Christine Rankin, Family Commissioner, who likes families so much she’s been through five of them so far, including someone else’s? Christine Rankin, cockatiel impersonator?

    One of those two is just a bully.
    One of them isn’t??

    Comment by herr doktor bimler — December 15, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

  11. I love Colin Craig.

    This isn’t his first pet reference. He said last week that voters in Epsom would elect a dog or cat as their MP if John Key told them to. More, please.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — December 15, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

  12. Citation for dog/cat …

    In fact the whole interview is funny. Paul Henry gives media coaching to Colin, tells him how to answer, Colin cheerfully ignores, Paul gives up.

    Comment by sammy 2.0 — December 15, 2013 @ 1:42 pm

  13. “The word that comes to mind is catfight.”

    Oh, a word came to my mind alright when I read that – not catfight, mind you, but it does start with c.

    Comment by Psycho Milt — December 15, 2013 @ 1:49 pm

  14. When Colin Craig admits that he likes dogfights more than he likes catfights, all will be well in the world.

    Comment by dan — December 15, 2013 @ 2:33 pm

  15. #13: Does it happen to be 4 letters long?

    Comment by deepred — December 15, 2013 @ 3:12 pm

  16. Bonus points if Sue Bradford stands in the seat. Especially given that she ran for the former Waitakere electorate.

    Comment by deepred — December 15, 2013 @ 3:15 pm

  17. “It’s going to be a fascinating contest between two very strong, determined women,” Craig said. “The word that comes to mind is catfight.”

    Good god almighty! How depressingly unreconstructed, coming as it does from a youngish man. Tells us women all we need to know about the Conservative Party.

    Given Rankin’s history – alluded to above – I’m surprised that Craig sees her as a suitable Conservative candidate.

    Comment by Merrial — December 15, 2013 @ 10:18 pm

  18. > One of those two is just a bully.

    Which one?

    Comment by Ross — December 16, 2013 @ 12:20 pm

  19. > Christine Rankin, Family Commissioner, who likes families so much she’s been through five of them so far

    Someone needs to retract their claws and it isn’t Rankin. :)

    Comment by Ross — December 16, 2013 @ 12:22 pm


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