Saturday, June 18, 2005



Destiny NZ Candidates

Destiny NZ has revealed its candidates. They're standing in 42 seats, almost entirely in the North island, as well as all seven Maori seats. There seems to be a lot of educationalists and police officers among their candidates, and their favourite word seems to be "passionate". There's also a lot of tradespeople; they seem to be more of a "worker's party" than Labour.

Candidate surveys have been dispatched.

12 comments:

do you think they got a group discount on the suits, or did they just pass the one jacket around?
;-)

Posted by span : 6/18/2005 07:49:00 PM

With a whopping great 7 females among them. Nope, no sexism there. Not at all.

Not that the other parties are generally too much better, of course.

Posted by Asher : 6/19/2005 02:09:00 AM

Asher........I take it the school system is sexist as the numbers of male versus female teachers is a sign of sexism as well? What about nursing? There seems to be alot more women nurses going around......SEXIST!
Whats the ratio for population like these days in regard to male versus female? That must be sexist too, lets abort babies of the minority sex until it evens up aye?...I wonder what the ratio of Men who want to be Politicians versus Women who want to be politicians is like...Maybe be should be forcing women to become politicians.......as long as the ratio is even sexism will no longer exist.....that is unless numbers dont equate to sexism.....

Posted by Sector 7G : 6/19/2005 02:34:00 AM

Men do seem to be significantly more interested in politics in my experience.

Posted by Genius : 6/19/2005 10:52:00 AM

i'm not convinced that the people who really really *want* to be politicians are those who are best suited to it. most of the good politicians i know are semi-reluctant about it - or at least they were to start with.

Posted by span : 6/19/2005 11:03:00 AM

Sector7G: you might want to consider the effects of poor pay and low status on the gender makeup of a profession (and the corresponding feedback loops between those variables) before making a dick of yourself. Sexism does play a role in the low number of males pursuing teaching and nursing, but it's in a rather distributed form.

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 6/19/2005 01:03:00 PM

I/S .....i'm amused at how one can make a "dick of themself" on a anonymous forum........Anyway.... Do you think that there are more Female teachers now then say 15 years ago?

Posted by Sector 7G : 6/19/2005 08:19:00 PM

A friend of mine used to say that "passionate" was a good word for things you'd like to have sex with, but not for anything else. I'm not sure the dictionary agrees with her, but years later "passionate about" still makes me think "eeeww" whenever I see it.

Posted by Psycho Milt : 6/19/2005 09:08:00 PM

I'm with Milt..
Hitler was a rather passionate individual.
A form of passion is what you get when someone tries to change the world, rather than resolve a piece of their own unfinished grief (ie the 'helmet lady').
I'd be much happier if reason were elevated to the same pedestal as passion. But Chomsky makes for poor TV ratings..

Posted by Huskynut : 6/20/2005 08:16:00 AM

That they're passionate doesn't worry me.

I think you'd have to be a little bit nuts to be a good MP. It's one of those jobs that requires a certain level of fanaticism to do well.

The problem is when their passion blinds them to everything else.

Posted by Icehawk : 6/20/2005 09:18:00 AM

that's one really good thing about the select committee process - it puts MPs together with those of other views (MPs and non-MPs) and forces them to actually listen and talk about the issues.

For example i know that Phillida Bunkle was vehemently opposed to any form of decriminalisation of marijuana, but then she sat on a select committee that examined the issue at length and heard from all sorts of people, and she changed her mind. Reason conquered passion.

Posted by span : 6/20/2005 10:08:00 AM

Idiot put it more than well enough - there are reasons behind gender imbalances in all occupations, from the Female dominated nursing and teaching to the male dominated politics and CEOs...Look at them, rather than spouting your crap all over me.

And personally, I'd much prefer no politicians to any, so, no need to force anyone to become one.

Posted by Asher : 6/20/2005 02:23:00 PM