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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