Peter Goodfellow on Ending the Blokefest

Peter Goodfellow spent a goodly amount of his speech today trying, in vain, to rebut my series of recent posts.

Lord knows how he intends to end the blokefest though. He has been rabbiting on about more women candidates for over a year, and was rightly heckled by Hekia Parata last December.

Even a man as breathtakingly inept as Peter Goodfellow should be able to read the National Party constitution, or at least get his able lieutenant Peter Kiely to assist with turning the pages.

It is the jealously guarded prerogative of electorates to select their own candidates, provided they have 200 members. Board selections occur only in red seats where the candidate will not get elected, and the board is only one small part of the list ranking process.

So the option of Peter taking a nuanced approach to selection under the current constitution to get more women into parliament is unlikely to succeed. In Peter’s defence he is unlikely to make any effort as thought or hard work are not his natural bedfellows, and it is widely assumed he wouldn’t know a nuance even if it snuck up behind him and whacked him on the back of the head.

Reviewing the constitution to allow the party to promote women candidates could open a can of worms Peter is ill equip to deal with. A small group of committed people could easily hijack the constitutional review process, and air all National’s dirty laundry in the process.

Delegates should ask Peter the simple question: “How are YOU going to get more women into parliament”. Watch him squirm when he can’t answer this.

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