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A Parasite on the Body Politic


There are very few people whom I actively despise. Being far from a model citizen myself, let alone a paragon of virtue either in thought or deed, I’m in no position to pass judgement on my fellow man or woman. But there are some public figures whom I do actively despise, without necessarily being able to specify what it is about them that sticks in my craw.

Peter Dunne is one such. I can’t stand the fellow. He reminds me a little of Tim Shadbolt whose unashamed motto was ‘I don’t care where, as long as I’m mayor.’ But Shadbolt was at least capable of self parody. He mocked himself. Dunne doesn’t really care which political party or group wins an election. The very fine balance in political support between the major parties which MMP has produced has made it possible for a minor party, even a party of one, to enjoy a degree of power entirely disproportionate to its numbers. And to introduce and quite possibly to see passed legislation which a majority of Kiwis might not support. Such is the case with Peter Dunne.

In a sense of course this is not his fault. This is what a majority of Kiwis voted for. But they failed to take the long view, to understand the wider consequences of what they were voting for – a tyranny of the minority.

Even making a total ass of himself through his infatuation with a political journalist could not endanger Dunne’s sinecure as a Minister of State. MMP has rendered his position inviolable. This despite the shambles of his involvement in the country’s drug laws.

Well, this is a pretty severe assessment. And I have an old friend who has worked for Dunne and holds him in the highest regard.

But sometimes you have to go with your gut. And it is gut feeling that leads me to regard Peter Dunne as a parasite on the body politic.



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    “the shambles of his involvement in the country‚Äôs drug laws.”
    But he’s just lifted the restrictions on medical cannabis.
    Oh, hang on! There’s a general election coming up.

  2. The hapless Dunne has nothing on thee parasite of them all, Rodney Hyde.

  3. Agree with all the above .At least his electorate voted him in

  4. Neither Dunne nor Hide have anything on the parasite ne plus ultra, Tuku “Underpants” Morgan. What terrifies me is the thought that one of his frequent attempts to run for office might actually succeed.