Saturday, December 31, 2005

New Year Honours List

The New Year's Honours List has been released, and (in keeping with Labour tradition) has the usual assortment of musicians, sportspeople, artists and academics, and refreshingly few businesspeople. But there is one unusual name on the list; Dail Michael John Jones, of the North Shore, gets a QSO for public services. If the name seems familiar, it's because he's a former NZ First MP - and one of their more bigoted ones at that. So, what was his "public service"? Opposing the Civil Union Act and any move for equality (a position he has consistently taken since first elected to parliament in 1975)? Helping the government push through the Foreshore and Seabed Act? Or simply returning to politics as a living reminder of how awful the 70's were and how glad we should be to have (mostly) left them behind?

And OTOH, normally political payback is somewhat larger than a mere QSO. Still, I am curious...