“There is an issue I got wrong,” he said. “In 2013 I voted against gay marriage. The error is all the more personal with my 20-year-old son being gay. I wish to put on record today my apology to New Zealand’s LGBT+ community.”
It is good that Nick apologized and that his bigotry hit home in a very literal sense.
To have the ability to admit you are wrong is a grace.
It’s a kinder way to remember him than his actual legacy.
His intellect was a vanity and his interests always self serving. He managed to embody all the worst elements of National’s venal selfishness and him leaving politics is the equivalent of squeezing pus out of a wound.
Here are his greatest hits…
Nick’s defense of the war on drugs was one of his most tedious traits. Getting torn to shreds by Chloe Swarbrick was a thing of beauty.
His denial that there was a housing crisis at the same time National were throwing state tenants onto the streets because of the state housing meth scam was Nick at his most delusional.
That time Nick took a bus load of journalists to show them all the council land National were going to build housing on that they never used to build housing on.
Nick’s censorship of environmental reports, his swimmable river lies, his affordable housing lies and his callousness when state tenants were freezing to death all combine as a legacy of contempt for anyone weaker than himself.
Him shit squatting as a statue is a fitting symbol of his time in Parliament.
Nick being replaced by the fanatical Christian Harete Hipango highlights how fundamentalist Christians are now the default ideology of National Party MPs.
Replacing Nick with Harete Hipango looks like a win for Judith because Hipango is a Collins cheerleader, but ultimately it could prove disastrous because Hipango’s fundamentalist Christianity would serve Luxon and the Lamb over Crusher.
National have no policy and no way to combat the solidarity that the unique universal experience of Covid has created, all they have is fear and resentment.
Unfortunately those are the two most powerful forces in politics.
This is Judith’s last gamble, she either makes traction now or she will be rolled over Christmas.
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