A collection of political butterflies

Some interesting takes on the Nats’ conference.

The DomPost’s Tracy Watkin’s writes Inside the Beltway about National’s weird (my word) line-up of “new” candidates:

“Do the names Terry Heffernen, Marc Alexander and Stephen Franks mean anything to you? They are the latest political refugees to find a haven in National, joining Tau Henare who has made a successful political come-back with National after an obligatory period in the wilderness post-NZ First.”

A strange collection of political butterflies.

Heffernen’s been most places bar Labour: Social Credit, Democrats, the Alliance, NZ First and now National. Henare went from Mana Motuhake to NZ First to Mauri Pacific to National. Alexander is ex-United Future. Former ACT MP Franks “went to Mao’s China in 1976 to try to experience life on a commune”, but claims to have detested Communists all along. Go figure.

Franks looks distinctly out of place in the concertedly centrist National Party of 2008. He’s really a bit of an ideological anachronism. How this far-right purist fares with the bureaucrats of Wellington Central will be interesting, as they are probably the most politically attuned voters in the country.

Audrey Young blogs about “strange forces at work at Nats Party Conference.” As well as resurrecting old-fashioned Keynesian economics, the Nats have been beating the centrist drum hard, hoping to drown out any echoes of the neo-liberalism of recent times. Thus Katherine Rich, the Nats’ retiring social conscience, endorsed Key in cloying terms:

“I’d like to thank you, John, for pragmatic leadership, your genuine centre-right leadership, and also your social conscience. I know from the way you conduct yourself in the House that that strong social conscience is very much part of your signature and no Kiwi will be left behind.”

Bill English stressed how, “we can afford to protect the vulnerable and maintain vital social services.”

I wonder if Stephen Franks clapped that line?

Perhaps the Nats should adopt the butterfly as their new political logo.

The National Party Conference

The National Party Conference



37 Responses to “A collection of political butterflies”

  1. Anita Says:

    Indeed, as a Wellington Central voter Franks’ candidacy baffles me.

    That said, people keep telling me he’s a good candidate for Wgtn Central because he’s liberal. “Gosh darn,” I say “have you checked his voting record? Are you aware he tried to change the Human Rights Act to make it explicitly legal to discriminate against homosexuals?”

    I’m not quite sure what centrist-liberal cologne National is using, but it seems to be working.

  2. macdoctor01 Says:

    JP: All this is telling you is that National is a strong centrist party able to get consensus across a wide range of political views. Unlike labour, where disagreement with She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed is likely to result in dismemberment, unless you are Winston Peters.

    Perhaps Labour should adopt the Dodo as their new political logo. 🙂

  3. ak Says:

    Heh heh- we can afford to protect the vulnerable and maintain vital social services.”
    I wonder if Stephen Franks clapped that line?

    Thanks Jaff, laugh of the week!

    Rich, herself the author of a notorious beneficiary-bashing policy document, (and sacked by Brash for failing to endorse an even more fascistic bene-bashing progrom), now lauding Flim-flam Flipper for his “social conscience” despite a blatant and screaming vacuum on any pertinent policy!

    As you note, an odd motley of opportunistic neanderthals, gathering nervously under a soft poll umbrella awaiting the inevitable storm of reality from the NZ publc in the next poll.

    (oh and Macquack – word to the wise – like Brash’s racism, the “she-who-must-b-obeyed” – style misogynistic attacks are waning in efficacy – I’d suggest you just stick to the red herrings and whatever kudos you imagine you achieve via parading your purported medical degree – you never know, some naive voters may still attach some respectability to it, despite your concerted (albeit involuntary) efforts to the converse).

  4. macdoctor01 Says:

    AK47: Ad hominem arguments are usually a sign of a weak mind. But as you posted at 1am this morning, I will assume that you were just tired.
    And I’m sorry if my pseudonym appears to offend you. Another word to the “wise” – build a bridge and get over it, sunshine.

  5. AndrewE Says:

    Tut tut JP. Are we stealing other folks bandwidth by hotlinking directly to their images?

  6. jafapete Says:

    AndrewE, Thanks for explaining this to me privately. I was unaware of what I was doing but know better now. Pleased to have moved a tiny way up the learning curve!

  7. Rhoda Hiqiniq Says:

    The reason why i like butterflies is cause i like the colors of them. They seem to be peaceful flying creatures and fly freely. Some butterflies are very beautiful. One day i hope to see a nice colorful butterfly.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    absolutely rubbish could not find the butterfly i wanted

  9. Margaret Says:

    The butterflies image is beautiful.

  10. Daniela Says:

    The Butterflies are a miracle of God.I love them .They are so lovely peaceful,magically,ect ect.I have some clothes with butterflies in it,accesories.

  11. Hayley Briann Grooms Says:

    cool stuff

  12. kenzie Says:

    butterflies are gorgeous. They are lovely.

  13. Anonymous Says:

    i hate you hayley.

  14. Danch Says:

    I love butterflies because it’s symbolize the value of a proper time as “TRUE LOVE WAITS”…

    it’s have a ‘perfect time’ to come in every individuals and you.


  15. chloe Says:

    i love butterflyes do you love you all xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  16. Anonymous Says:

    butterflies iz the gift of god bcause this is the symbol of little beauty so thats why i like butterfly but every one likes mini fly and this is true…..

  17. Anonymous Says:

    its so cool and awesome

  18. alyssa Says:

    oh i wish i had it for a pet

  19. alyssa Says:

    so this is just like were sitting together and my sisters name is cloe

  20. bangladesh Says:



    yo yo yo , someone named shannan yoooo , go find her 😉
    hahahaha she lives in the southern part of mishagen
    butterflys make me feel horny
    like horndog.
    bashahahahah shananan

  22. bangladesh Says:

    and a gurl named lariissa who lives in hungary with a man yeaaa
    AND ohh wait this … is about BUTEEERFLYYYS
    yea i kill tthem if i see them. filthy little creatures. carring around deseases. i wish they wood all just fuck off. then the world wood be a happy place. imagine the world without butterflys. I LIKE IT. fucking savages.

  23. nikki stephanie tejamo Says:

    butterflies????????? I JUST LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!! they’re my favorites in earth!!!!!!!!!!!
    hey bangladesh! who cares if you don’t like butterflies!!!
    mura pud kag gwapo!!! galuto laman ka!!!!

  24. nikki stephanie tejamo Says:

    butterflies are like tiny creatures of wonderland!!!
    luv ya!!!!

  25. nikki stephanie tejamo Says:

    just wanna say hi to angel locsin, anne curtis , and showbe mae embolode!!!

  26. Malinda Says:

    Butterflys are so cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Lianna Says:

    Butterflys are cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  28. Kirsten Says:

    Omg I totally love butterflies there so cute and colorful(:

  29. Kirsten Says:

    Butterflies are Awesome!!!!!!! i have pics of them all over my room

  30. ashis roy Says:

    its v nice.

  31. alexis gabito Says:

    i love butterflies because they are all beautiful.They make me feel happy even just for a glance.

  32. melessa Says:

    i do love butterflies talaga..since then?

  33. anthony Ogario Says:

    i love beautiful butterflies, really!

  34. nikki stephanie tejamo Says:

    i love butterflies

    akong mga classmates-

    azenith agnes sevilla
    vivien quia-ot
    jean dail lumapay
    charife tabanao
    showbe mae embolode
    joelina badilles
    era villagonza
    jayson roque andagan
    john stephen olmillo
    justine francis valmores
    fel marie custodio
    gil torino
    agustin sitones
    peter glenn alonso
    cham sabandal
    paul rey lirasan



  35. nikki stephanie tejamo Says:

    ace… bog tae!!!

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