Show Allan Peachey Some Compassion

For the last four days the tip line has been running hot about a move by certain factions in National to remove Allan Peachey on the grounds of ill health.

I have stood back and listened to all sorts of pitches about why Allan should go from all sorts of people who really should know better.

It is common knowledge Allan has cancer, and that he has had a relapse that he is recovering from. My understanding is Allan believes he is well enough to campaign and to remain as MP for Tamaki. He is apparently feeling better every day and is looking forward to returning to work. Last night he told a hastily called meeting that included President Peter Goodfellow and the Regional Chair Alan Towers that he was fit for work. Basically he stared them down.

Instead of being shown compassion Allan has had a massive kick in the guts when he is down from a party that should know better. The thought of returning to work is one of the things keeping Allan going, and now selfish individuals want to tear that away from him. These individuals should remember National is not Labour, and is not a nasty party.

Allan Peachey may not be my favourite MP, but that does not mean he deserves to be treated as badly as this. This is nothing less than?a failure of regional leadership to treat Allan with the respect he deserves, he’s a great New Zealander, one of the country’s greatest educationalists, he would have been a fine Education Minister had Don won in 2005. Instead of white-anting the poor bloke they should have put in a support structure around him, unfortunately though?for the last few years he’s been treated with total disregard by the Party, and by successive regional chairs who didn’t get the man they wanted into Tamaki in ’05.

If his illness does overcome him it will be a tragedy, but this is not a tragedy that should be sped up by a heartless bunch of self interested individuals who are prematurely dancing on his grave.