Family Party Conference

Speeches by Richard Lewis

We’re a rugby mad nation. So I want to use rugby to illustrate my next point.

Whenever things get untidy and out of control, it’s best to come back to the game plan and do the basics right.
At the General Election in exactly six weeks from today, we have a chance to do exactly that. We’ll get a breather for a moment but then we’ll have to put a team back out onto the field.

And here’s where it gets exciting folks. You are the head coach and you get to pick the team. But just remember, you will be stuck with that team for the next three years. And there’s no rotation policy.

So lets look at some options.

The Greens don’t play rugby so they’re out.

We can’t put Labour back on the field because they’re primarily responsible for the mess we’re in, in the first place. They need a season on the bench to have a good hard look at their attitude.

Barring major injuries, National will more than likely take the field. But on their own they won’t have the numbers for a full compliment. That is the political reality.

We’re still uncertain about what game plan National has in mind, and whether it is really any different to Labours besides having different coloured jerseys. So we need an insurance policy.

Winston is out because National won’t throw him the ball. And even if they did, he’d likely tuck it up his jersey and deny he received it in the first place.

Rodney will likely take the field and that’s good because every team needs a right-winger: just not a whole team of them.

Peter Dunne will likely be there because he’ll basically do whatever it takes just to be there.

The Maori Party is also an option. The problem for National however is the risk that the Maori Party will decide part way through that they want to play League instead. National won’t play League.

and Paul Adams

So don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that the Christian vote has no meaning or that Christians cannot affect change in this country or that Christians should keep Christianity out of politics. It’s a lot of rubbish. Don’t you believe them for one second.


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