Should Maurice Williamson run for Mayor? [POLLS]

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Source: NewsJunkee

Given his stellar global coverage at the moment, I reckon Maurice Williamson should capitalise on the goodwill and run for Mayor against Len Brown.

His 5 minute speech in Wellingotn yesterday has reverberated around the world.

Andrew Sullivan blogged about it.

Huffington Post ran it.

The Sydney Morning Herald printed the entire speech, plus the video.

Ronan Keating tweeted it.

NewsJunkee listed the 6 best zingers.

The Age in Melbourne posted the video.

Gawker is running the story also.

This was Maurice’s tweet that kicked it all off:

For those who haven’t seen it it is worth watching again:

Now for quick assessment of his speech for readers, followed by a more serious poll.

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And now to the serious part…should Maurice Williamson announce he is going to run against Len Brown?

I believe he should. He is near the end of his parliamentary career, he can foot it against the half-man that is Len Brown, and he is a whole lot more enjoyable to listen to than the rapping twat who is currently mayor.

Should Maurice Williamson run for Mayor of Auckland?

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  • island time

    Over 220,000 views on youtube already. I was never really for or against the legislation (you do not have to have an opinion on everything) however his speech articulated the effect of the legislation better than anyone else before. He must be feeling pretty good about himself – and I guess in some ways it has stolen everyone else’s thunder.

    • LesleyNZ

      Unless you hold the Christian belief. He has ridiculed all Christians in his speech because of a few crazy ones. Maurice does not have the wisdom to be Mayor.

      • island time

        Ummm I did not hear him ridiculing any particular group of people. The fact he incorporated some humour into his speech surely can not be construed as ridicule. Anyway since when did religion have a monopoly on how people should choose to live? The religions of this world are hardly in a position to be throwing stones when it comes to personal behaviour. Maybe if religions had an ounce of respect for others veiw points then they would be treated the same.

        • LesleyNZ

          I don’t care if you or anyone else here mocks and ridicules – but not from our MPs like Maurice did. When you ridicule a belief you also ridicule those who hold this belief. The rainbow tweet is not what I would expect from an MP like him – but then he has a big majority in Pakuranga so it doesn’t matter. Never laugh and mock about things eternal either. We are all going to go that way – one day. I do not believe that Maurice wrote his speech. He didn’t even know what Deuteronomy was. Then he mocked it.

          • island time

            Nope, he mocked himself for not knowing what a Deuteronomy was. Science will never agree with religion so you will never come to a consensus on what he said about eternity. It does not matter is he wrote the speech – plenty of politicians have speech writers, its just that some still mumble too much. Mind you, I did notice that the sun did actually rise this morning, and no funny clouds were in my part of the world. And the world is not flat!!!! He could be on to some valid points. If I did in fact want to mock something eternal, then that is my choice and do not need a social engineer to control what I think.

          • LesleyNZ

            Never ever thought I would be saying the above about a National Party MP.

          • island time

            To be fair the vote was substantially in favour of the legislation. If it were passed by one vote then that would be a bit more contentious.

          • LesleyNZ

            It wasn’t democratic. MMP is not true democracy.

          • toby_toby

            BULLSHIT. Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi and Eric Roy were both on the select committee, they voted against the bill at every reading.

            Stop lying, Lesley. It was completely democratic. You need to stop living in fantasy.

          • LesleyNZ

            Calm down now. Were they the only two?

          • toby_toby

            A moment ago you said “there is no way they would be bothered taking on board anyone who disagreed with them” now you are saying “were they the only two?” My how you change your tune when it’s pointed out how full of shit you are.
            Do you know how many people were on the select committee?

          • jaundiced

            ‘When you ridicule a belief you also ridicule those who hold this belief’
            Hard to argue with that LezleyNZ. What’s your point again?.

          • LesleyNZ

            Do you need a spot of sunlight today?

          • toby_toby

            Holy shit, cry me a river.

          • LesleyNZ

            That is such a lovely song. Susan Boyle sings it so well.

          • Rodger T

            Had to give you an up vote for that one . LoL

          • toby_toby

            Why am I not surprised that you’re Susan Boyle fan?

          • LesleyNZ

            Susan Boyle is the BEST. She can sing any song. I have all her CDs. Can’t wait for the next one. Her story is wonderful too.

          • Rodger T

            That fact is ,stupid ideas need mockery.

          • Hazards001

            Maybe…but I suspect if one of your kids wasn’t gay you wouldn’t be so quick to jump on the bandwagon..like a lot of the self interested on here. Fucking hard to be a liberal conservative huh?

      • http://twitter.com/mockmywords2012 Not Mark Richardson

        “a few crazy ones”

        nice one

        • LesleyNZ

          Of course you will think I am – so be it.

          • http://twitter.com/mockmywords2012 Not Mark Richardson

            the point was that you consider some christians crazy and some not

            hilarious

          • LesleyNZ

            Why? There are some crazy ones – especially on telly.

          • http://twitter.com/mockmywords2012 Not Mark Richardson

            judge not Lesley lest ye be judged yourself

            fire, brimstone etc.

          • LesleyNZ

            Yeah yeah……….. heard this one many times. Who is judging. You have an opinion and so do I.

          • http://twitter.com/mockmywords2012 Not Mark Richardson

            god judges

            omnipotence is a bitch remember

          • LesleyNZ

            No a bitch is a female dog.

          • http://twitter.com/mockmywords2012 Not Mark Richardson

            argue the point or shut the fuck up Lesley

          • LesleyNZ

            That is real nasty talk NMR. What right have you to use the f word and tell me to shut up. You should look in the mirror and say the same to yourself. A bitch is a female dog. God sure does judge – in His time. Romans 12:19 – Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is
            written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.

          • http://twitter.com/mockmywords2012 Not Mark Richardson

            you called some christians crazy and maurice williamson called some evil

            he should have risen above them according to you

            maybe you should take your own advice

            woof

          • LesleyNZ

            He is an MP I am not. There are some crazy Christians who are badly misguided and not wise in what they say. That is the truth. I don’t care what Maurice says about Christians or me – I do care when he mocks the Christian belief and is continuing to do so as he enjoys this moment of worldwide popularity

          • unsol

            You walked into this one Lesley – probably not a battle you will win via a war of words.

            But you are wrong about Maurice. He was being self-deprecating and the only judgment he passed was against those who had said vile things in the name of God. He called them evil. And fair enough.

          • LesleyNZ

            I don’t know why he called them evil like he did. He should have just risen above them and not given them space in his brain. Good for the dramatic effect though and got him in cyberspace around the world as the gay poster boy and maybe to star in the Ellen show. Wow! I wonder how many emails he was actually sent that were crazy? Kevin Hague did the same – using these crazy emails to get attention and empathy. I don’t want to win a battle of words and don’t expect to because I know I am probably in the minority because a lot of National voters love National no matter what. I know a few. When Maurice quoted the Deuteronomy verse at the end and his gay rainbow – that was the line in the sand for me. He was not being self-deprecating at all.

          • Gayguy

            He called them evil because they are. They are using Christ to push hate.

      • Rodger T

        Which ones are the crazy ones?

        • unsol

          I think for many, the pertinent question is more which ones are not the crazy ones….

        • LesleyNZ

          There are quite a few…..some wear white suits…….and ask for money.

      • Gayguy

        The sad thing is, as a religious person myself, I can tell you Les there are more than just a few crazy ones out there who hold an very nasty anti christian view.

        • LesleyNZ

          That is true.

      • Gayguy

        I do hold christian beliefs. I attend church almost every Sunday, and many Wednesdays when I can. I accept Christ as my saviour and all that jazz And I did not feel attacked or belittled by anything he said. I knew full well who it was aimed at, and good on him I say.

        • LesleyNZ

          I do believe Maurice has done damage to the conservative vote but it appears he and the PM think it is all OK. Gayguy if Jesus is your saviour then you too will stand up for righteousness and honour His name.
          EPHESIANS 6:10-18

    • Dr Wang

      island time – “..he must be feeling pretty good about himself..”

      Maurice always feels pretty good about himself.

  • LionKing

    HELL YEAH! Maurice bring it on!!!!!!

  • Travis Poulson

    good 5 min speech….. sure, here’s your mayoralty, knock yourself out.

  • http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/ Petal

    As the old wisdom goes: Make hay while the sun shines.

    • LesleyNZ

      What is the new wisdom? Does it involve rainbows?

      • Gayguy

        It involves equality and people like you being very uncomfortable.

        • LesleyNZ

          I am not uncomfortable – God is sovereign – the sun rose today. He might even give us a promise of not to flood the world again – in a rainbow tomorrow!

          • Rodger T

            This god of yours ,this is the same god that gave everyone free will but killed them all when he didn`t like them exercising it, yes?

            This god of yours that doesn`t like abortion yet quite happily drowned hundreds of thousands of unborn children ,children and mothers and fathers just to prove a point? According to your Idiot manual the Bible.

          • LesleyNZ

            No – I don’t believe mankind has a free will. You mean the Great Flood in the days of Noah. If you disobey what God says …….. and the people mocked Noah for building an ark………… but God set a rainbow in the sky and made a covenant with Noah that He would never flood the earth again.

          • Gayguy

            Yes God is good, and he is smiling on NZ even more after Wednesday.

          • LesleyNZ

            We have to agree to disagree on this one. God is in control.

  • Bafacu

    Absolutely. It would have the added bonus of allowing new blood into a safe seat for National – something you have been agitating for Cam!

  • cows4me

    Why elect him just appoint him, it’s not like he and his supporters are big on democracy.

    • LesleyNZ

      Agree.

    • Gayguy

      They are bigger supporters of democracy and freedom than the people who demanded that a section of NZ society should be denied rights that others have.

  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    We need someone with a bit of nouse to stand against Bro Brown so he can be dumped and then the ratepayers will save money because Brown wont be wasting it.

  • GregM

    Yep, I have had some dealings with him lately with the earthquake strengthening bullshit that’s going on. I find him to be very pragmatic, calls a spade a spade, and very good to deal with. He would be a bloody good mayor.

  • LesleyNZ

    What a stupid poll Whale – you should know better. I can’t vote. I would rather vote for Len.

  • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

    There’s no option for voting “ignorant”, “mocking” or “awful”. And all that hand waving was seriously disconcerting.

    • LesleyNZ

      Come on Whale – this is not a well balanced democratic poll.

      • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

        I think that’s the point – no dissent will be tolerated. We either liked it, or we have no say.

        • LesleyNZ

          I couldn’t vote the No option – too much like a NZ Herald poll where an extra bit is put in that you don’t think will happen. Just a plain NO and then I could have voted.

        • http://www.cadlow.co.nz spanishbride

          Where is your sense of humour? The lack of dissenting options in the poll IS the joke :) We all know it is not a serious poll and that it is totally one eyed.

          • LesleyNZ

            Just like the NZ Herald polls!

          • http://nzconservative.blogspot.com Lucia Maria

            Spanishbride,

            Well, didn’t think of that option – that it was actually a joke. Now, you’ve gone and confused me!

  • Goldie

    Maurice Williamson is clever and pragmatic – I suspect his tendency to say what he thinks rather than adhere to the party line meant he never went as far as he could in politics. He’d make a fantastic mayor of Auckland.

    • LesleyNZ

      Goldie you got your gay marriage – we DON’T want a gay city with a Mayor who sees gay rainbows all over the place. Maurice is too tainted now.

      • Dave

        Lesely, please don’t let personal bias influence the role of running the country or in this case Auckland. Len and his gaggle of lefties are destroying Auckland step by step. Frankly I would vote for a Reincarnation of Freddie Mercury (Queen) if I thought it could be done. Anyone could do a better job of improving Auckland. Len is only interested in South and West Auckland, his precious train set, oh, and cardboard housing stacks.

        • JeffDaRef

          I agree with you on almost every point – EXCEPT that I live in West Auckland and the headslapping embarrassment has not done a thing for West Auckland! Nor his fence-sitting partner in crime Deputy Hulse.

        • LesleyNZ

          WHAT? LOL. Personal bias? So you are not biased in saying this? Sorry Dave but you have no idea how deeply I feel about what Maurice did. My personal belief is what makes me tick. I would hope that there would be someone else rather than just between Len and Maurice? But if it is between Len and Maurice – never ever thought in a million years would I ever say I would vote for Len Brown. Other than that I would have to abstain.

          • Shadiness

            Why would you vote for Len Brown either – he takes part in the gay parade and most definitely would have voted along the Labour lines if he were in parliament anyway. Burying your head in the sand much…

          • LesleyNZ

            That is true – only if I had no choice but I do so most likely wouldn’t vote. But think there will be other candidates – maybe Penny Bright?

          • Shadiness

            You’re taking the piss – right???

          • LesleyNZ

            Maybe – but depends who stands…………….our water bills are very high.

          • Gayguy

            And all because Maurice voted for equality and actual christian values.

            Kind of a silly reason not to vote for him. I hope you have other reasons.

          • Dave

            Lesley, we are locking horns on this one, and whilst I have some respect for individuals views/opinions, the tribe has spoken, MP’s voted with the best intentions of their electorates, its past time to move on, get over it. There are things I dislike in life, but the reality is, its a done deal, move along and ignore it in your daily life, it will be a rare moment it affects you, unless……. just pray one of your children doesn’t say one day – Mum I’m gay, we are getting married !!!

            Abstaining – is that what most Priests do ??

      • Rodger T

        I believe John Banks voted for Marriage Equality,is he tainted too?

        • LesleyNZ

          Yes.

          • Rodger T

            My,my Leslie, you`re not judging him now ,are you?
            I mean ,you know what your Jeebus said about judging others,don`t you?

        • Gayguy

          No he isn’t. Banks still hates gays, he just needs votes.

        • BR

          Damn right. I have lost all respect for Mr Banks. He has turned out to be a fraud.

          Bill.

      • Gayguy

        He would be an acceptable Mayor of Auckland to this leftie.

        And what you call tainted, reasonable sane people call sound and solid.

        • LesleyNZ

          There we go – he got your vote!

          • Gayguy

            Actually yes, I would vote for him for Mayor. I would have before hand as well, the other night just confirmed why he is a bloody good bloke.

  • Liberty

    The trouble with Maurice is his libertarian ideals only kick in
    once in a blue moon. Apart from that weakness. Maurice would make a very good mayor.

  • Dave

    All over TV her ein Aussie last night, they ran an article on him, and a three minute interview, saying he is one of NZ’s prominent leaders, was proud to be a kiwi again!

  • unsol

    I watched the other videos on your post yesterday, but I missed this one – I had no idea Maurice was such a stand-up guy. Not because of his pro views on ME per se, but more because he actually knows how to articulate kick-ass & kiss-my-ass arguments.

    This debate was mostly a yawn fest as it was shrouded by heaps of silly MPs just waffling – that ex What Now guy (or is it his brother?) was one as was Jonation Young, Chester Burrows * that deaf lady. They failed to follow the unspoken rule in debates: state your argument, CLARIFY and SUBSTANTIATE your argument & close with re-stating your argument.

    In terms of Maurice for Mayor – I voted no because I wanted to see who else did haha! :)

    But I think he should go for it. It is the perfect time, I think he would have a lot to contribute, it would sure up the National vote a bit more (get those liberals onside as they now love him – this clip is now highlighted on You Tube so he is actually world famous!!!) & well, can anyone be worse than that muppet Len Brown? I just don’t think it is possible….well, unless Shearer decided to go for it!

  • http://www.national.org.nz/ Minarchist_kiwi

    Has anyone bothered to ask Mr Williamson about this? he may well be lying on the floor having read this topic and fainted (in horror at the prospect of Local Government)

    • LesleyNZ

      No no no. He will be parading around – like the Emperor who wore no clothes – looking at himself in the mirror and combing his hair…..for interviews! He is famous! Next minute he will be flitting off to the UN to be with Helen and her friends there.

      • Mr_Blobby

        A wannaben emperor with no clothes.

      • Gayguy

        Ever bothered to check out what Williams actually thinks about all this attention Or are you too busy making assumptions based on your own prejudices.

        • LesleyNZ

          With Ellen contacting him and now Campbell Live loving him – he will never have to work again!

          • Gayguy

            He is actually a little baffled by all the attention.

  • JeffDaRef

    Great suggestion WO – one I’d never thought of before!

    He is eloquent and pragmatic – and best of all, he’s not Len!

  • Mr_Blobby

    No he lost my support when he failed to make a decision in the Wanganui with an H debate, instead he went with the bullshit 2 name option. Remember the vast majority of Wanganui residents did not want the change.

    • WayneO

      Not a big issue really is it?

      • Mr_Blobby

        Yes it is a big issue.

        The Maorification of everything.
        Out of control TOW bullshit.
        Seperatism.
        Pandering to an irrelevant minority that is a net economic loss to New Zealand.

        The list goes on.

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  • LesleyNZ

    I think Maurice will be heading to New York soon …………………………

  • LesleyNZ

    Now Campbell Live is singing Maurice William accolades…………………………..

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Fucking oath, Williamson should run for Mayor.
    Did not know he was/is available

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Wow, look at the Loony Len supporters here

  • Hazards001

    I don’t give a fuck about his poofter speech so haven’t watched it. Always rated Williamson and would certain back him against looney Len and his fucked up trainset. Hope Maurice is paying attention!

  • BR

    Anything to get him out of parliament.

    Bill.

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