Joe Glenn

Now that is just taking the piss

New Zealand First has ditched a candidate who is a ex-SAS trooper who happens to drink his own urine:

New Zealand First has defended dumping an election candidate who drank his own urine on a TV show.

Joe Glenn, a 69-year-old former SAS soldier, had been standing for the party in the Rimutaka electorate, but was asked to withdraw his candidacy following his appearance on a 20/20 episode about extreme diets last month.

On the programme, Mr Glenn spoke about how drinking his urine each day had helped cure his arthritis, and then downed a glass for the cameras.

The episode did not refer to Mr Glenn’s New Zealand First candidacy, and did not discuss politics.

New Zealand First president Kevin Gardener today said he was not worried that getting rid of Mr Glenn would be seen as unfair.

The real kicker is the last paragraph:

“This time our candidates are being checked and double-checked, we don’t want any controversy, we’re staying squeaky clean.”

Really? Perhaps NZ First should Google “Clown of Campbells Bay“, or just check out my tag for the same title. While they are expunging the filth and creating a squeaky clean slate of candidates, what are they going to do about their corrupt leader?