Paul Foster-Bell, Nat’s Wellington Central Candidate “a comfortable fit”
National have selected Paul Foster-Bell as their candidate for Wellington Central, and as usual, they’ve just rubber stamped someone who they think will participate in the election using the same old strategies- enunciating a blunted and clouded message that makes it difficult for anyone listening to discern any difference in approach to that of the Labour party candidate (Grant Robertson).
For a start, Paul proudly announces himself as a Bluegreen, at the same time as he states he is “committed to National’s core principles”. Sorry Paul. You have to be one or the other. Nick Smith is the leader of the Bluegreens, and he runs around taking money from some enterprises and dolling it out to others. This is what Bluegreens do, when they’re not introducing crazy unscientific regulations or lunatic schemes like Smith’s carbon trading plan.
A core principle of National is that they are “to oppose interference by the State in business, and State control of industry”. Maybe Paul can tell how the objectives of the Bluegreens are compatible with this principle. They are not of course, which is why Nick Smith and his Bluegreens should not be part of National but a separate party.
National probably won’t win the seat, so why not nominate someone who will start preaching some home truths to Wellington Central, and articulating the traditional National Party viewpoints, rather than a wet liberal of no discernible worth to the cause and apparently ready to utter the same old same old empty political cliches about “what he stands for” at the drop of a hat.
Is there anyone like that left in the party? A traditional Conservative like Sid Holland? Short answer is no there is not. National has been hijacked by wet liberals. That’s why Paul Foster-Bell won the selection.
Paul’s CV is over the fold.
2008 Diploma for Graduates (Tourism / Management)School of Business, University of Otago
2003 Bachelor of Arts (Anthropology / Archaeology Major withFrench; Politics; History; Classics), University of Otago
1994 ‘A’ Bursary (English, French, History, Classical Studies, Biology), Whangarei Boys’ High School
Professional Member of the Royal Society of New Zealand (MRSNZ)
Member of the NZ Institute of International Affairs (NZIIA)
Member of the Foreign Service Association
Member of the New Zealand Archaeological Association (NZAA)
Member of the Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand (RNSNZ)
Member of the New Zealand Historic Places Trust
Member of the Friends of Te Papa
Member of the Wellington Museum of City and Sea
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