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Samuels and Swain to retire

July 18, 2007

My local MP, Paul Swain, has decided to retire from politics. Given he chose to leave cabinet after 2005, and his retirement has been speculated upon for a long time, this doesn’t suprise me. Another MP who has just anounced his retirement from politics is Dover Samuels. Again, no suprise, given there has been speculation about him for some time. Also retiring in 2008 is Marian Hobbs, and possibly several others, such as Fairbrother, Yates, Hartley and Margaret Wilson. Swain has been praised as a competent minister by National supporter David Farrar, and was one of the more centrist members of the Labour party, while Dover Samuels will probably be most remembered for urinating in a hotel corrider.

The reason for these retirements is probably to bring in new blood, and also try and present a fresh new face to the public. However, all the changes and names sugested, with the exception of speaker Margaret Wilson are low ranked ones, and unless there is change at the top levels, there won’t be much of a fresh face presented. Whale Oil labbels these retirements as rats sinking a sinking ship (i.e. leaving as they don’t want to spend another three years in opposition), which may be partly true. What will be interesting is who replaces these retiring politicinas. My worry is that these two centrist members of the Labour party will be replaced by people who are increasingly coming to dominate Labour, people with socialist and liberal political views, who fit the normal PC requirements, such as being a member of their favourite minorites (e.g. gay or better still lesbian, female or preferebly transexual, Maori) and being a unionist and/or teacher, and often incompetent. if the replacements fits these characteristics it may be good news, as it will move Labour further away from the center, but also runs the risk that when Labour gets back into power, it will unleash more radical socially liberal legislation into the country, such as gay marriage (which we already have under a different name), legalised euthanasia, legalised cannibis, enforcement of the anti-smacking law, and more special privelleges to their favourite minorities, as well as probably most dangerously changes to the education ciriculum to indoctrinate school children with their political views.