Letters to the Editor
I quite agree with Vipi Gregory- Meredith (Letters, July 14) that former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher had the courage of her convictions. She was the role model for all conviction politicians (and conviction copywriters, for that matter).
But I don't agree that she was a woman. Mrs Thatcher was, in fact, the greatest male politician of recent times and possibly the greatest politician, period. (Or should I say full stop, lest I suffer further odious comparisons with former Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern) chief executive Alasdair Thompson.)
And just as Maggie was a great bloke, Prime Minister John Key is undoubtedly one of the weakest of female politicians, with his readiness to put popularity before all those boring "economicky" things, such as catching up with Australia and slamming the anchors on New Zealand's voyage to the bottom of the OECD.
As people can see, my gender definitions differ from many. I generalise for effect, and there are always exceptions.
On the same note, the strongest man in National's caucus is undoubtedly Judith "Crusher" Collins. The sooner she takes over the leadership the better.
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