National’s stupid character assassination

National Party President Peter Goodfellow

I struggle with the stupidity of the National party leadership in assassinating the character of Winston Peters. While I gleefully dismiss and denounce the cur privately, and occasionally publicly, here at this site, I am not front and centre of political news in this country, and if I were, I assure you I would be much more circumspect and measured in my public assessment of him.

The attacks on Mr Peters were neither nuanced nor intelligent; they were personal and ridiculous: quote.

we dodged a whisky-swilling, cigarette-smoking, double-breasted and irrational bullet. end quote.

How silly; what the hell is wrong with whiskey, or, for that matter, what?s wrong with the occasional cigarette, better, surely, than the occasional wife-beating, and if it?s a problem that Peters is irrational then what the hell is Nick Smith still doing amongst National?s leadership?

The assassination was snide, pointless and self-defeating; in my humble opinion but it did remind me of a previous assassination, with the same potential for blow-back. What a pity no delegate was brave enough to step forward and mount a response to the president?s words from the floor of the conference. How may that have panned-out?

Scene opens at a National Party conference.


First Delegate

This Winston was a tyrant.

Third Delegate

Nay, that’s certain:
We are blest that National is rid of him.

Second Delegate

Peace! let us hear what That Bloke can say.


You, fellow Nat?s,–


Peace, ho! let us hear him.


Friends, delegates, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Winston, not to praise him.
The evil that men do lives after them;
The good is oft interred with their bones;
So let it be with Winston.

The noble Blinglish
Hath told you Winston was ambitious:
If it were so, it was a grievous fault,
And grievously hath Winston answer’d it.
Here, under leave of Blinglish and the rest–
For Blinglish is an honourable man;
So are they all, all honourable men–
Come I to speak in Winston’s funeral.

He was my friend, faithful and just to me:
But Blinglish says he was ambitious;
And Blinglish is an honourable man.
He hath brought many benefits to our oldies
Who from ransoms did the general coffers fill:
Did this in Winston seem ambitious?

When that the poor have cried, Winston hath wept:
Ambition should be made of sterner stuff:
Yet Blinglish says he was ambitious;
And Blinglish is an honourable man.
You all did see that on previous elections
He has thrice presented opportunity of kingly crown,
Which he did thrice refuse: was this ambition?
Yet Blinglish says he was ambitious;
And, sure, he is an honourable man.

I speak not to disprove what Blinglish spoke,
But here I am to speak what I do know.
You all did love him once, not without cause:
What cause withholds you then, to mourn for him?
O judgment! thou art fled to brutish beasts,
And men have lost their reason. Bear with me;
My heart is in the coffin there with Winston?s character,
And I must pause till it come back to me.

First Delegate

Methinks there is much reason in his sayings.

Second Delegate

If thou consider rightly of the matter,
Winston has had great wrong.

Third Delegate

Has he, masters?
I fear there will a worse come in his place.

Fourth Delegate

Yeah, I?ll say. Remember that strange egomaniac tyrant with the Martian eyes and love-poems; imagine dealing with the likes of that fruit-cake instead of Peters?

Delegates (together, shaking heads)

[much groaning, gagging, and murmurs of dismay].

End of Scene.

Hey; National,

remember the song Mr Trump played on the night of his election? It was ?You can?t always get what you want,? it was by the Rolling Stones, and it continues like this ?but if you try sometimes, you might find, you get what you need[?]? But only if you try. Believe me; character assassination with personal insults is not trying. It?s bloody stupid.