Kiwi Polemicist

October 4, 2008

Election 2008: John Key likes children, Helen Clark loathes children

Stuff is reporting that John Key visited the Timaru hospice to announce that National would increase funding for hospices. A cute patient was found for the photo opportunity:

John Key at Timaru Hospice New Zealand

(Click on the photo to see it full size – have a close look at the child’s shirt)

Yes, it is the election season when politicians traditionally kiss babies (and hope that the babies don’t puke) and yes it is a blatant photo opportunity, but I do think that Key genuinely likes children. He has two of his own, and it appears that his family has been a stable unit since he married Bronagh in 1984. When I see photos of John and Bronagh their body language suggests to me that they have genuine affection for each other.

Compare this to Helen Clark: have you ever seen her doing the traditional kiss-the-baby routine? Look at the photo above and try to imagine Helen sitting there holding the child’s hand. Nope, it doesn’t work for me either: it’s easier to imagine Darth Vader doing the deed.

Helen married for reasons of political expediency and cried at the wedding because marriage was against her principles*. Here is her attitude to children:

“I’ve never had any intention of having a child. I definitely see children as destroying my lifestyle. It’s inconceivable that I would become pregnant. I realise my attitude is unusual, but I have other interests which crowd out everything else, and I think I’d go around the bend if my small amount of spare time was taken up by children.

“I was able to develop as a professional person with no breaks in career…I wasn’t caught in the trap of the young bride who seems to stop maturing when her kids are born.”

Clark’s hatred of the idea of having children appears almost pathological, and again has worked its way out through her policy agenda. It was Helen Clark who introduced a 1989 law change making it possible for primary schoolgirls who get pregnant to obtain abortions without telling their parents.

When former National Party leader Bill English warned National would challenge the underage abortion provision in the Care of Children Bill, Clark’s response was terse:

“I’ve always believed that in the end it is a woman’s right, in line with her own conscience, to determine whether or not she has an abortion and you know that’s the view I will hold until I go to the grave.” [emphasis added]

Not only did she bring in the Care of Children Act, she also told parents how to raise children by pushing through the anti-smacking law.

This election gives us a choice between the freak and the baby-kisser. Which do you think bears the greatest resemblance to the average New Zealander?


Use the category selector on the right to see my other posts on the anti-smacking law.


*Take this comment from the Myers book in 1984 on the virtue of marriage:

“I felt really compromised. I think legal marriage is unnecessary and I would not have formalised the relationship [with husband Peter Davis] except for going into Parliament. I have always railed against it privately.”

And as for a happy wedding day – forget it. Retired political studies lecturer Ruth Butterworth, a long time friend of Clark’s, is quoted in Brian Edwards PR-piece, Helen, remembering the black mood at the “wedding”.

“She was resistant up to the last minute. I mean, she was crying on the day. It was just so awful because it was so deeply against her principles.”

Little wonder perhaps that Labour under Clark rushed to implement the de-facto Property (Relationships) Act in 2001 giving effective marital status to any relationship, gay or straight, of three years’ duration or more. Wedding rights without the wedding.

The irony that a woman who hated being “forced” to marry then went on to forcibly “marry” thousands of people in de-facto relationships is lost on Clark.

Click here for the source.


1 Comment »

  1. […] the same question Key refers to the “ability to make change for the better” and to his visit to Timaru Hospice. Both are socialists who want to impose their version of “better” upon people, but in […]

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