“..It might have given us Sid Holland and Rob Muldoon, but it also gave us Ralph Hanan, Tom Shand, Brian Tallboys, Alan Highet, Les Gandar and Simon Power.
Following every election, former provincial chairmen of Federated Farmers and sharp-eyed small-town accountants would be met at the doors of Parliament by a sleek collection of urbane professionals.
These men knew how to smooth the rough edges of their doltish country cousins –
- and how to keep them at a safe distance from all those responsibilities of government requiring just a little more in the way of intellectual refinement than the average backbencher could muster…”
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