08 January 2008

You have a point there, Eric

'Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt yesterday said he had no desire to be in Parliament - despite a history of failed candidacies and mixing it with Beehive heavies over tertiary education funding last month.
Invercargill National MP Eric Roy said he had already been confirmed, unopposed, as the National Party candidate for Invercargill at this year's general election. Mr Shadbolt obviously felt he had the mandate to fight for SIT, as the council had put about $2 million into the zero-fees scheme -- and had not talked to him about any wider political ambitions, he said. Mr Shadbolt would probably not be pursued by National to be on its party list, Mr Roy said.

"There's probably a good representation of white, middle-class caucasian males on the National Party list," he said'

- Southland Times, 8 January 2007

["Beehive heavies"?  Sheesh.  I don't think anyone has actually threatened to strike Mr Shadbolt forcefully on the back of the head with a blackjack.  (Yet)] 

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