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New Voice for National

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Well we were spared the icy Amy Adams, and the feisty Paula Bennett remains as Deputy Leader of the National Party. So there is some good news for those of us who believe that it’s at least preferable that our leaders present a tolerably pleasing impression to the rest of the world.

I’m on shaky ground here, I know. New Zealanders have the admirable quality of placing greater weight on substance than appearance or mellifluous voices in choosing their political leaders. Think Savage, Kirk, Rowling, Key, Clark… But their tolerance for idiosyncrasy is not without limit. Bob Jones effectively put an end to Rowling’s career by dubbing him ‘the mouse’ on account of his very light voice.

I have reason to remember this particularly well. In a previous incarnation I hosted a late night TV show called Edwards On Saturday. We had Bill and Glen Rowling on one night as the main guests. Glen played the piano and Bill talked to me. The programme was broadcast live.

About half way through, as I was interviewing Bill, there was a minor commotion. Bob Jones walked in through the studio door accompanied by a human-sized mouse on a leash, squeaking. Inside the mouse costume was broadcaster Jim Healey. Bob had told security that he and Healey (sans mouse costume) were late guests on the programme and been allowed in.

There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that this guest appearance of ‘Mouse Rowling’ was a factor in ending a very decent politician’s career.

You may not like it but, in politics, image really matters.

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7 Comments:

  1. More the image of a couple of stand ins for an appearance on Shortland Street. I doubt whether it will be mice that ends the Bridges and Bennett show, more likely and inside “crusher” job.

  2. No doubt at all that image matters, but these two bear an uncanny resemblance to a couple of TV evangelists seeking to take control of both your wallet, and your first born: people looking like them knock on my door at tea time! They could be Brian Tamaki’s coaching team.

  3. “…About half way through, as I was interviewing Bill, there was a minor commotion. Bob Jones walked in through the studio door accompanied by a human-sized mouse on a leash, squeaking…”

    Sometimes it is good to be reminded of the progress we’ve made in marginalising offensive bullies like Jones.

  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fNLhxKpfCnA

  5. ……just nod if you can hear me…..

  6. Rowling’s appearance in an election ad flailing a Ping-Pong bat in attempt to strike a Kiwi Sportman’s profile did not help…..

  7. Labour said Keep NZ Rowling. Muldoon said things that were rolling were usually going downhill.

    That was my memory of the moment he lost the election.

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