The world according to Richard Prosserby Toby Manhire
It's not the first time Winston Peters' philosopher-jester has attracted controversy. Just ask Finland.
Update, Feruary 12 2013: The post below, originally published on April 16 last year, shows that NZ First Richard Prosser had been a bit of a controversy magnet even before today's inflammatory comments about Muslims, and "Wogistan".
The Finland fracas might have fizzled out in New Zealand, but it’s simmering still over there, thanks to the comedy stylings of New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser.
Speaking in parliament against the repeal of a World War One military mobilisation act, Prosser said the law should remain because Helsinki “may now harbour hostile intentions towards this country”, thanks to Gerry Brownlee’s earlier bombast.
(I'm no expert on Nordic neighbourliness, but a clue to Prosser’s suspicion of Finland can be found, perhaps, in his maiden speech, where he outlines in some detail his Danish heritage.)
A video of Prosser’s routine, posted at the NZ Listener website, has now been viewed more 15,000 times, with the vast majority of those coming from Finland. Richard Prosser, world famous in Finland, is surely bound for big things, blessed as he is with the NZ First gift of the gab. Consider, for example, his assessment of liberals in his new book, Uncommon Dissent (via WhaleOil):
If people want to be weak, stupid, effeminate, erectile dysfunctional, naïve, apologist, namby-pamby, thumb-sucking, lefty pinko fantasy-land morons, let them find their own word for themselves, and leave "liberal" for us genuine freedom-loving, gonad-equipped, libertarian go-getters.
The book, which is being promoted by Investigate, the kooky magazine for which he used to write a column, also identifies the source of so many of our problems: “Silly Little Girl Syndrome”.
He’s on Twitter, too, though disappointingly thin in output.
Here are some of the MP’s latest tweets, unedited:
There's ice floating in the canals of Venice....and the climate hystericals are still trying to tell us the Globe is Warming! Priceless :-)
Fracking is the new Global Warming! One load of unsubstantiated non-scientific scaremongering rubbish gets discredited, and another appears
Anger and disillusionment in the Heartland over National's sell-out to China re the Crafar farm deals and others...
Fortunately the true values of the real old National Party live on, embodied in New Zealand First. We won't let the farmers down
Finally got to meet my 2nd daughter now aged one month.....she's beautiful, just like her big sister and her Mum :-)
The madness that is belief in the insane idea of Man-made Climate Warming needs to be countered. I have started a new Facebook page on it
As indeed he has. It’s here if you like that sort of thing – you could be the 30th person to like it! RP illustrates the page with a picture of snow. Snow! Take that, climate changeistas!
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