I respond to some very mild not-really-hate mail
My post yesterday regarding the nomination of Kris Faafoi for the Mana by-election prompted a strong reaction from a handful of people. Calling it hate-mail would make me as guilty of hyperbole as the people reporting “looting” in Christchurch; it was more dislike-quite-a-lot mail. I have been training people for years not to repeat negatives, so I am not going to do so here. I will, however, respond to a few barbs in no particular order (they know who they are):
1. Yes, this is not news: I came out in 1997 (and hardly keep it a secret)
2. Well, I can’t really disagree with that. I have been travelling a lot, and my diet has been all over the place.
3. No, I don’t want to be the MP for Mana. Perish the thought. The idea of all the prize-givings, rubber-chicken fundraisers, forced bonhomie and Bellamys food makes me nauseous. I am also no longer a resident of NZ for electoral or any other purposes, nor a Party member here .
4. I did not do that!
5. Read my lips: it is not disloyal to oppose a particular candidate in an internal ballot; disloyalty would be supporting another Party. Harden up.
6. I might have done that, but I must have been drunk at the time.
7. I didn’t even know that was anatomically possible and, if it is, I am not nearly flexible, or otherwise equipped, enough.
On a serious note: I have absolutely nothing against Kris Faafoi. He is no doubt a great guy with excellent communications skills and myriad other talents. He certainly has youth on his side. I just happen to believe that Mana is both a prize and a challenge — it therefore deserves a candidate worthy of the former and up to the latter. In my opinion, I don’t believe Mr. Faafoi reaches that bar…yet. He has only just joined the Party and expressed an interest in pursuing public life. Not even the lowest-skilled trade offers a 30-day apprenticeship. There will be opportunities galore in years to come for Mr. Faafoi.