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Tuesday, May 17, 2005

It Had to Happen Sooner or Later

After all, with this many in the caucus, you'd have been mad to bet against something like this.
Labour MPOccupation
Helen ClarkFailed Teacher
Michael CullenFailed Teacher
Steve MahareyFailed Teacher
Phil GoffFailed Teacher
Trevor MallardFailed Teacher
Pete HodgsonFailed Teacher
George HawkinsFailed Teacher
Paul SwainFailed Teacher
Marian HobbsFailed Teacher
Chris CarterFailed Teacher
David Benson PopeFailed Teacher
Harry DuynhovenFailed Teacher
Mita RirinuiFailed Teacher
Mahara Okeroa
Failed Teacher
Hon Margaret WilsonFailed Teacher
Helen DuncanFailed Teacher
Martin GallagherFailed Teacher
Mark PeckFailed Teacher
Diane YatesFailed Teacher
And those Labourites not on that list are virtually all failed trade unionists (tautology alert). What of diversity? What of embracing all sections of society?

Posted by RightWingDeathBeast | 5/17/2005 11:10:00 AM

20 Comments:

Blogger Lucyna said...

All these people were corrupting the young of NZ before they got into parliament????

5/17/2005 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

How many did social studies / history?

5/17/2005 11:14:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I thoguht political studies (ie leftist political strategy) and Victorian economics (Karl Marx) were the favoured topics of Labour teachers.

5/17/2005 11:18:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Jim Sutton sticks out like a sore thunb. A successful farmer. What would you call Dover? Failed kaumatua? Mr Ching- failed JP?

5/17/2005 11:23:00 AM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

I'll have to do some internet searching later. Have to work now .. this is so distracting!

5/17/2005 11:26:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

RWDB: You should add a column for each Ministers worst stupidity.

For Phil Goff its the holding hands with Yasser Arafat. Theres a photo of that on Labour Scandals.

5/17/2005 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger TomV said...

AL: Is that like Donald Rumsfeld holding hands with Saddam Hussein, or a different kind of stupidity?

5/17/2005 11:47:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

All politicians shake hands.

Goff held Arafats hand.

One is politeness, the other is a display of sympathy or some other sort of emotional reaction.

Can you guess which one is which TomV?

5/17/2005 11:53:00 AM  
Blogger RightWingDeathBeast said...

tomv: Get a dictionary (big book full of words) and look up the difference between "shaking" and "holding."

Shaking hands with people from terrible governments is part and parcel of diplomacy. On the other hand, snubbing a visit with democratically elected officials of Israel to go and express your sycophantic ideological sympathies with an illegitimate terrorist who masterminded the murder of innocent civilians by holding hands like a hormonal schoolgirl, is not.

Idiot.

5/17/2005 11:57:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Too much reading Daily Kos does that to your mind.

That Rumsfeld hand-shaking thing is a perfect example of media bias. Only someone who already thinks Rumsfeld is in bed with the devil could possibly come to the conclusion a hand-shake between two politicians is evidence of a conspiracy or secret alliance.

5/17/2005 12:17:00 PM  
Blogger Murray said...

Dork filter not working here by the look of it.

5/17/2005 01:06:00 PM  
Blogger lloydois said...

Too funny. Clearly the only person here with a sense of humour and all his brain still intact is tomv.

5/17/2005 01:28:00 PM  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

TomV: I can see where you are coming from, to the untrained eye it might look that way.

To the trained eye, the type of handshake, the duration, and the pressure can make a big difference. In a slow motion reply, frame by frame, you would see that Goff actually had his nose in Arafat's backside.

If you are looking for a similar kind of stupidity, you might examine the slow motion replay of the handshake Chirac gave Saddam in 1975, or in 1984. Slow motion there reveals his other hand deep in Saddams pocket. Saddam at the time groped around and pulled out 2 nuclear reactors.

Good of you to pipe up TomV, but in hindsight I hope you are now more conversant to the subtleties of foreign diplomacy and the art of the handshake.

5/17/2005 02:26:00 PM  
Blogger TomV said...

I've noticed the hand holding thing is pretty common in the ME. It seems pretty equivalent to a handshake. There's been plenty of hand holding at Camp David during ME summits over the years.

Of course Rumsfeld is in bed with the devil. He's made no secret of the fact he'll get into bed with anyone if it furthers the interests of the US, or in his opinion enhances their security. The only issue is whether peopel think the ends justifies the means or not.

You made the point beautifully anyway AL. Only someone who already thinks Goff is in bed with the devil could possibly come to the conclusion a hand-hold between two politicians is evidence of a conspiracy or secret alliance.

You guys talking about subtlety is like Mike Tyson talking about non violent dispute resolution. But don't stop. It's highly entertaining.

5/17/2005 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

TomV, curious to know how much you know about NZ politics are why you are interested. Are you the Canadian TomV of Single And Living It ?

5/17/2005 04:34:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Goffs behaviour was inappropriate as an individual. Doing it as our Foreign Minister was abhorrent. You may notice no-one glorifies Rumsfeld shaking Saddams hand by laughing at the situation. That is because as it turned out dealing with Saddam was probably worse than helping an enemy of Iran. But of course whatever Rumsfeld did has nothing to do with what our own Foreign Minister did.

You can of course think terrorism is funny if you wish. But please take your laughing elsewhere.

5/17/2005 04:38:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Back to the actual point of this post, so far I've found Steve Maharey who :

Steve has a B.A. and an M.A. (Hons) in sociology. He was a senior lecturer in sociology at Massey University before entering Parliament. He has published widely in his specialist areas of interest: media and cultural studies and social change. Earlier in his academic career Steve also taught business administration.

Somewhere else I found that he lectured in "Women's Studies". The mind boggles over this.

5/17/2005 04:46:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Phil Goff lectured in Political Studies

5/17/2005 05:03:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Paul Swain - degree in sociology and then later, economics.
Chris Carter - masters in history
Mahara Okara - sociology (taught history)

And of course Micheal Cullen - history degree and H1 - Political Science.

The bottom 4 in the list are not ministers. The top 15 in the list are ministers out of a total of 26 ministers.

OMG, we are being ruled by teachers!!!! And to think, I thought I left school to go out into the real world...

5/17/2005 05:45:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Lucyna, AND they are failed teachers! One suspects a "not achieved - NCEA" thingy means go straight to Parliament. Of course the rest are failed unionists.

Not an inch of real life experience amonst the lot of them.

5/17/2005 09:37:00 PM  

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