Wally of the Year
Written By: - Date published: 7:37 am, December 22nd, 2013 - 12 comments
Categories: articles, david cunliffe, john banks, john key, newspapers -
The Fairfax Political Team has awarded prizes for the best and the worst in political life in New Zealand for 2013. Most of the awards were somewhat predictable although I thought that John Banks was a shoe in for Wally of the Year. This was awarded to Aaron Gilmore but John Banks must have run Gilmore close.
Some of the other awards:
- Politician of the year – David Cunliffe for the most extraordinary political comeback since Lazarus.
- Quote of the year and runner up – Maurice Williamson who became an instant gay icon for saying during the gay marriage bill debate:”One of the messages that I had was that this bill was the cause of our drought. Well, in the Pakuranga electorate this morning it was pouring with rain. We had the most enormous big gay rainbow across my electorate” followed by “I had a Catholic priest tell me that I was supporting an unnatural act. I found that quite interesting coming from someone who has taken an oath of celibacy for his whole life.”
- Loser of the year was John Banks for losing his party, and probably the leadership and his seat not to mention the remaining vestiges of his pride.
- Bob Hope Thanks for the Memories award – This was given to Social Development Minister Paula Bennett for instantly deciding that she was no longer proud to be a westie but was instead a North Shore girl when a new seat was created in Auckland. May she take her fake leotard skirts and go.
- Gutter politics award – This was rightfully awarded to Prime ministerial staffer Jason Ede who was seen getting down at street level to take a picture of some rubbish after the press gallery party and then sent it off to Cameron Slater. Note to all Government Media advisers never, ever, ever piss off the fourth estate. There is no upside, only down …
- Obviously John Key does not understand this because he won the “Knucklehead of the Year” award for describing the Media as Knuckleheads. This occurred at the same time as the Herald started to print the occasional anti Government article.
The full list is here.