My good friend Brian Edwards and I are on the same page



There are very few people whom I actively despise. Being far from a model citizen myself, let alone a paragon of virtue either in thought or deed, I’m in no position to pass judgement on my fellow man or woman. But there are some public figures whom I do actively despise, without necessarily being able to specify what it is about them that sticks in my craw.

Peter Dunne is one such. I can’t stand the fellow. He reminds me a little of Tim Shadbolt whose unashamed motto was ‘I don’t care where, as long as I’m mayor.’ But Shadbolt was at least capable of self parody. He mocked himself. Dunne doesn’t really care which political party or group wins an election. The very fine balance in political support between the major parties which MMP has produced has made it possible for a minor party, even a party of one, to enjoy a degree of power entirely disproportionate to its numbers. And to introduce and quite possibly to see passed legislation which a majority of Kiwis might not support. Such is the case with Peter Dunne.

In a sense of course this is not his fault. This is what a majority of Kiwis voted for. But they failed to take the long view, to understand the wider consequences of what they were voting for – a tyranny of the minority.

Even making a total ass of himself through his infatuation with a political journalist could not endanger Dunne’s sinecure as a Minister of State. MMP has rendered his position inviolable. This despite the shambles of his involvement in the country’s drug laws.

Well, this is a pretty severe assessment. And I have an old friend who has worked for Dunne and holds him in the highest regard.

But sometimes you have to go with your gut. And it is gut feeling that leads me to regard Peter Dunne as a parasite on the body politic.

Nice to see MGFBE finally arrive at the same place I’ve been at for several election cycles – that Peter Dunne is nothing more that a political prostitute.   But a very bad one at that.  It is in fact his behaviour over the last six years or so has been like a political prostitute that’s taken your money but then refuses to deliver the golden moments as previously agreed.

Mind you, when Brian titled it “A Parasite on the Body Politic” I really assumed it was about me!


Brian Edwards

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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