Grant Robertson, Prime Minister? – Appearance

Grant Robertson

David Farrar poked fun at Grant Robertson in a post about a fun run in Wellington.

Also of interest or amusement is that a bit of a meme going around Wellington in the last few weeks has been that David Shearer no longer has to worry when David Cunliffe shaves his beard off, but instead when Grant Robertson shaves off a few kilos!

By coincidence I saw Grant taking part in the Round the Bays today.

For a known schemer and plotter the one really surprising thing about Grant is his appearance. No political leaders anywhere in the world wear glasses, and it is hard to think of many that are podgy. Glasses and podgy don’t win votes, and unlike many gays Grant appears not to be totally fanatical about his appearance. Just look at the criticism of  Chris Christie who is copping flak at present in the US about his weight, even though he isn’t even in the race for the GOP nomination yet.

Farrars point is telling. If Grant was serious about being leader he would run some of the lard off his arse. He doesn’t have to be ripped, just look healthy like John Key or David Shearer do. He may have a bit of ambition showing though because my close Labour sources tell me that Grant has in fact lost 6 kilos since Christmas.

Glasses create a barrier between politicians and voters, which is why no leaders wear them regularly. We will know Grant is serious when he gets contacts or laser eye surgery.

Grant’s weight and his glasses are controllable factors. Politics is a world where there are huge numbers of uncontrollable factors, and Grant needs to control the controllables. Grant slim and without glasses will be a clear indication he wants to be leader.


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  • Gazzaw

    Correction to your last sentence WO.

    ‘Grant slim, without glasses and without a boyfriend will be a clear indication that he wants to be leader.’

    Doesn’t matter what you or what I think, I still don’t believe that NZ is ready for a gay male PM.

    • Craig Cottam

      I think NZ, generally, is beyond gay discrimination. I think most NZ’ers are more concerned about policy than bedroom antics. Grant hasn’t been overt and I think he could get away with it.
      Put it this way, do you think National think they would get away with pulling the gay card on Grant if he lead labour?

      • Gazzaw

        Doesn’t matter what I think Craig. Going into an election where the winning/losing margin between left & right is so tight being a gay male is definitely more of a disadvantage than an advantage. I don’t believe that labour will risk it unless the rainbows somehow gain the ascendancy in the party’s rancid internal political feuding.

      • Whafe

        It shouldn’t matter at all if he is into the pink or the brown, each to their own. However, the fact he is gay is irrelevant, it is what he stands for etc etc, and in this case’ that is sweet fuck all. The policies or distinct lack of tell all about Grant R..

        Is NZ really ready for a gay (openly gay) prime minister? It doesn’t bother me, best person for the job, however I am not so sure NZ is.

        • Gazzaw

          It doesn’t bother me either Whafe but it bothers Waitakere Man, Southland Man and a lot of Kiwi blokes in between. It also bothers the PI vote. In a tight election he’s not worth the risk.

          Chris Carter bothered a lot of people when gallivanting around the world with his boyfriend on the taxpayers’ tit. How will people feel about the PM doing the same? You may argue that Clark did it but at least it wasn’t in your face (unfortunate expression).

      • Alf is a bloody goos guy, beer drinking, rugby playing kiwi bloke…probably make a better MP than his wife.

      • kehua

        Bullshit, NZer`s do not give a toss about Policy hence the Green Vote.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      Gazzaw – NZ is ready for Sheep. That is all it matters.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Winnie has glasses… One in each hand supposedly…

  • TeacherUnionsRscum

    More cushion for the pushin

  • DavidW

    Julia Gillard on the other hand has always been a bit of a lard-ass and she has only recently taken to wearing glasses (presumably contacts prior). Always need an exception to prove the rule though Whale

    • Patrick

      She is trying to create a distraction/diversion – from the lying, corruption, broken promises & rorting MPs of the ALP.

    • the glasses are a prop to hide behind, since she can;t grow a beard or a moustache..though being a Labour woman I’m surprised he doesn’t have one.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Tories – Here is hot news from my spy network. When Sheep overtakes Naked Emperor in middle of 2013 and Labour touches 50+ popularity Granty will make his move and dethrone Sheep. Grantie – Jacaranda ticket will then fight the 2014 election and romp home comfortably. So how he looks doesn’t matter folks.

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  • cows4me

    Wouldn’t vote for him even if he wore a welding helmet. It’s not his appearance that is the problem it’s his bullshit politics. He offers nothing but more misery and a further decline in our lifestyles, he and his mates are useless tosspots.

  • parorchestia

    It’s a hell of a world when form means more than substance. And Grant has plenty of substance!

  • island time

    It didn’t hurt David Lange to wear glasses and be over weight

    • blokeintakapuna

      …except when he popped his clogs earlier than a healthy individual would have. There’s plenty in Parliament that are partial to far too many pies.

      Eventually all cheques written must be cashed…

      • Craig Cottam

        WTF is the point of your response? How has Lange’s death 11 years after he left office got anything to do with his political career?

    • Auto_Immune

      Absolutely true. I guess the main difference was that Lange had fantastic oratory skills and a more relatable personality. Did people vote for Lange/Labour despite his appearance or did they genuinely not care?

      • island time

        After Muldoons drunken snap election call there was really no choice – but Lange was very clever.

    • Grizz30

      He got away with an extramarital affair as well.

    • He had presence, could orate and actually was different from Muldoon…who was hated. John Key is still well liked, and being a fatty with unpressed suits and glasses won;t be enough to overcome Key’s popularity

  • Grizz30

    John Howard wore glasses and was a bit podgy and was PM of Australia for something like 11 years. He was also short.

    • Gazzaw

      Howard is also intelligent & a good Aussie. Don’t quite know where Robertson’s prime loyalties lie.