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Friday, June 27, 2008

Nandor shatters shackles of time

Nandor shatters shackles of time
Nandor Tanczos left Parliament yesterday, saying he was going away to cleanse his soul and wouldn't need to know the time any more.

So he took out a hammer and pounded his watch to pieces.

The Green Party MP came to Parliament with a bang in 1999, a dreadlocked Rastafarian who admitted smoking dope and campaigned for it to be legalised.

He said in his valedictory speech that being an MP had changed his life.

"I came to Parliament thinking you're all a bunch of bastards," he told his colleagues.

"And I was wrong. There are many good people here. The very notion that all politicians are dishonest is misconceived."

Mr Tanczos said he believed most MPs came to Parliament with honest intentions, but many were compromised by it.

"How many times have Green MPs spoken in this House and had other MPs sidle over and tell us quietly, 'We agree with you'?" he said.

"The danger is the system changes us as much as we change the system, if not more.

"And that's why I'm leaving. The problem isn't how many people enter this place with honest intentions, but how many leave with them intact."

Mr Tanczos revealed he had avoided question time whenever he could.

"It's a time when I'm most ashamed of being a member of Parliament," he said.

"You all know what I'm talking about."

That was a reference to the abusive shouting and bad behaviour that go on during question time.

"We should grow up," he said.

"This is our national legislature. We should treat it and the positions we hold with more respect."

Mr Tanczos said the media carried blame as well.

"The buzzards who sit watching us up there, waiting for the next political corpse to pick over ... They will always report a fight, but stand to talk about anything real and most of them flap their wings and fly away."

He said the first thing he did when he came to Parliament was buy a watch, and he had been "cuffed to the prison bars of time" ever since.

"So today I remove that shackle, because when I look at the state of our rivers, our atmosphere and our people I don't need a watch to tell me what time it is."

And with that he left the debating chamber, walking over the shattered remains of his time piece.

He is the Politician who most represented the new realities of MMP and he walked in hallways of power where only the wealthy and connected strolled, and he was deamonised for it. He is a great man who has done some amazing work and his passing from Parliament is merely a transition towards what he will become leading the debate outside of those stifling boundaries, but his passing should be acknowledged and recognised for the great work he has done on wiping petty crimes from your personal records and his Waste Minimization Bill will do more to cut back on waste than any other single piece of legislation passed in Parliament, even those who disagreed with him found his reasoning on issues difficult to negate, which is why so many fell to personalizing attacks against him.

You’re an example to the rest of us Nandor, thank you for representing us so well and I look forward to your leadership back in the activist community


At 27/6/08 7:12 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

good mp but kinda did get in on the ill legalise dope ticket and then only really paid lip service to the whole issue. will be missed though

At 27/6/08 8:50 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice guy but achieved bugger all in his time as an MP. A novelty act and nothing more.

At 27/6/08 9:30 am, Anonymous Avenger said...

A fortysomething guy on a skateboard? Grow up and give me a break!

The guy's a loser who achieved little in Parliament and less in life. Good riddance.

At 27/6/08 10:29 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nandor is legend and an inspiration.

He'll be missed!


At 27/6/08 11:14 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never liked the guy myself.


At 27/6/08 11:25 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Never liked the guy myself."

I used to think he came across as somewhat sanctimonious, but I had the pleasure of meeting Nandor a couple of times and he has a fine mind, good intentions and a real passion for improving the lot of the 'average' Kiwi.


At 27/6/08 11:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

An (good) example - you have got to be joking.
It so obvious you don't have kids bomber.
Don't make an appointment with him, god knows what time he would turn up - if at all, very grown up.
All follow nandors 'example' and get rid of your watch, don't worry about work, catching a train/plane, getting the kids to school just turn up when you feel like it.
Lets be thankfull he is going to do anything usefull (lets hope NZ surgeons have a watch and turn up for work on time, and leave late) how bloody ridiculous and how predictable that bomber is to dim to see how ridicolous it is, when you don't do anything (like bomber) you don't need a watch because no-one will care whether you get anywhere or not.

Grow up children.


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