No Minister

What Has Stuart Nash Been Drinking?

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Late last week I heard a radio interview with Stuart Nash. I think it was Jamie Mackay on The Country and the reason for the interview was Foreign Ownership of highly productive farmland for Carbon Farming or similar.

However, at one stage of the interview it diverted (should I have used the in word pivoted) well away from the above topic and into who, in Nash’s opinion was New Zealands best ever Prime Minister. Not guaranteed but as I recall Jamie started the ball rolling by throwing in Helen Clark and John Key.

Well that got Nash going – after throwing a few names around including his great grandfather Walter Nash he came up with the following rankings:

Best ever (drum roll) Jacinda Ardern

2nd Best Walter Nash

I thnk he had a 3rd which may have been Helen Clark but I was so dumbstruck by his first two that I don’t recall it. Whatever he sure has over dosed on the koolaid.

Written by pdm1946

May 8, 2022 at 11:16 am

Posted in New Zealand

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  1. He could hardly not have Ardern first. What did the interviewer expect? But he might have made himself look less like a poodle (and a silly one at that) if he’d said “equal with Peter Fraser”. Having Walter Nash at second is just plain dopey. He was not at his best by then. I went to one of his campaign meetings, at the William Lange Hall in Orakei, 1957 I think, and he was an old man spouting cliches and repeating them. No blood relation to the current MP by the way.

    Cassandra

    May 8, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    • And just to add to that, Stuart was 10 months old when Walter died.

      Cassandra

      May 8, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    • `No blood relation to the current MP by the way.’

      That was what I thought too – wasn’t Stuart Nash adopted? The quick google I did obviously did not include that salient info.

      pdm1946

      May 8, 2022 at 12:10 pm

      • Yes he was. Turned up in a rubbish bag and hasn’t left it.

        adolffinkensen

        May 8, 2022 at 1:10 pm

  2. I think I may have found an answer to this riddle.

    About ten days ago a friend’s son got Covid. When I asked if she had to be locked up she told me she is an essential worker (she works for a food manufacturer) and can continue working as long as the “RAT” thing gives negative readings.

    Today I read the headline of the attached story:

    https://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/news/politics/covid-19-omicron-pm-jacinda-ardern-isolates-after-partner-clarke-gayford-tests-positive/

    Obviously Nash doesn’t consider the current PM as essential and so rates her ability to run when the job gets tough highly.

    MT_Tinman

    May 8, 2022 at 1:57 pm

  3. Not sure that Nashy had any choice but to nominate Ardern given the word there is a cabinet reshuffle in the offing. But Walter Nash … give me a break. A one term PM best remembered for Nordy’s ‘Black Budget’.

    On my father’s side his family was steeped in Labour, word and deed. My Aunt’s place in Palmerston North served as the unofficial LRC Headquarters visited by Labour’s great and good (and not so good). I guess I was seven or eight and there when Walter Nash came to visit as Leader of the Opposition. I was ushered into the living room to meet the great man. He seemed to me to be very old dressed in a three piece suit. After I was introduced he said to me words to the effect that my Aunt was a great person and that he hoped I knew the catechism. On my Dad’s side they were all Anglicans (as was Nash) but my mother was ardent Baptist and I attended a Baptist Sunday School. I guess he was disappointed (and I suspect my Aunt cringed) when I said that I didn’t know what a catechism was. I was sent outside to play (or was it pray) in the garden.

    The Veteran

    May 8, 2022 at 9:52 pm

  4. Have heard Nash a number of times sing Ardern’s praises. Totally nauseating every single time.

    Was also, a very enthusiastic proponent of how he didn’t want to be anywhere near an unvaccinated person, nor would he let his daughter go anywhere unvaccinated people might be.

    Will always remember him for both those sentiments.

    Lucia Maria

    May 9, 2022 at 12:27 am


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