Election 2011: Baying for Banks in Epsom

Hecklers had their say yesterday. Photo / Jason Dorday
Hecklers had their say yesterday. Photo / Jason Dorday

A game of Twister is held aloft before the Epsom election debate. Writer David Slack tells candidates they can use it to "contort their way into Epsom" if they need.

It's no more twisted than what's going on in Epsom, New Zealand's wealthiest electorate. At the Parnell Farmers Market, supporters of the Green and Mana parties chant: "Vote National".

They want National candidate Paul Goldsmith to win. It will keep Act's John Banks out and likely doom the far-right party.

Goldsmith takes his turn at the megaphone: "For all the huffing and puffing about strategic voters, every time I run into a Labour supporter, they say they are voting for me".

Labour candidate David Parker beams as his supporters desert him for Goldsmith. He beams as he describes Banks having his "cup of tea" with John Key. He beams as he apes Banks: "Please save me!"

When Banks speaks, he drives the hecklers wild. He baits them: "Could we have some more heckling over here please?"

They rage and they roar but it is too late. In the final twist of the tale, he has already slipped away.

- Herald on Sunday

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