Who would have expected to read this from Brian Connell upon his departure from Parliament?
In a backhander against his own party, he praised Prime Minister Helen Clark, her deputy Michael Cullen, and front-bench Labour MPs Phil Goff and Annette King. Cullen was “a pretty good treasurer” and Clark had been “a very fine prime minister for New Zealand”, he said.
Connell…decided not to make a valedictory speech to Parliament – a right of all MPs who retire undefeated. “I wasn’t prepared to stand up and articulate views that I found hypocritical,” Connell said. “If you haven’t got anything good to say about people, it’s best to leave it alone. I’ll shake hands and walk away.”
I would have liked to hear his observations about his caucus colleagues, and what sort of job they would do on the government benches. Perhaps he has his doubts….?