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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Whacked on the head by an Act supporter

That's how Colin Espiner described his encounter with Madeleine Flannagan. He says she hit him on the noggin with an Act billboard, which contradicts Madeleine's claim to have been holding something made of paper.

There's other interesting stuff in his latest two "blog" posts:
There's been an intriguing appearance on the campaign trail of Speaker Margaret Wilson, ever since the shock Colmar Brunton poll at the weekend that Labour has officially decided doesn't exist. (We wonder whether, should Labour lose the election, Pete Hodgson will declare the result a rogue statistical anomaly and demand a fresh poll).

Wilson lives in Tauranga and has no portfolio responsibilities so we can only surmise she's providing moral support for Helen in her hour of need. She's an old friend, after all - they were at university together.

She's also been carrying the PM's handbag. Judith Tizard must have been unavailable.
Brash's people are keeping his days short this week so as not to tire him out too much before next week's final assault. Not so Labour's candidate Helen Clark, who continues to sail around the country clocking up 12-hour days and air miles but I'm beginning to wonder whether she's on the right flight path. She gets a rock star reception in shopping malls, often being asked to stop for photographs or to sign autographs.

How much of that is the pulling power of prime ministerial office, I'm not sure. Maybe people simply want a picture for posterity's sake and still plan to toddle off and vote National next week. In 2002 Bill English traipsed happily around the country convinced the polls were wrong because he got such a good reception wherever he went. It wasn't until election night when the votes started rolling in that poor old Bill realised that Kiwis are a friendly lot and are mostly happy for a chinwag even if they have no intention of voting for you.
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Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 9/11/2005 05:39:00 am


Anonymous Madeleine Flannagan said...

Colin Espiner has apologised to me on the phone for making that statement and promises a retraction later today on his blog.

I did not hit him on the head. Further, I was holding up a paper sign, not a billboard.

9/12/2005 11:38:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well, I wonder if he will explain how it is anyone can believe anything else he has ever writen or might write. I would vigorously disagree with your apparent theological position and perhaps your political leanings but the least you can expect is to have jounalists refrain from telling blatant lies about you or your activities. When this election is over I think Natinal/Act will win and the losers will be the pollsters, the news media, Labour and WP, in that order.

9/12/2005 12:09:00 pm  

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