Kevin Campbell is the campaign manager for the Conservative Party. Prior to the election he was very happy in using Facebook to promote the party and most comments were of a political nature. But after the election he appears to have closed ranks after something he posted that many found offensive....That last comment is the very reason why people such as Campbell will never achieve anything in politics. Ever.
Campbell questioned whether new Green MP Mojo Mathers, who is the world’s fifth profoundly deaf MP, should even be an MP as she didn’t have all her “faculties” - and only people who have all their faculties should be MPs. In other words, because she was deaf, she was unsuitable as an MP. Mathers became an MP after special votes were counted.
I was one of many who pulled him up on this. Just after I did this, my comment was deleted, I was defriended, and Campbell changed his profile picture. He has now taken the post and all its 30 -odd comments down after he reiterated that there was nothing wrong with what he said, adding that because Mathers was also a Green MP she, by definition can’t be effective.
Politics involves a lot of things. But mostly it is about people. As with life in general, to achieve anything in politics (if that's why you're in it), you simply have to get along with many different types of people, and personalities. I believe that is the main reason John Key would have nothing to do with Sir Roger Douglas after the 2008 election - because Roger cannot compromise and is stuck in FPP mode.
I don't like MMP any more than Jordan Williams. But we have it and we must work with it. For small parties, MMP is all about trading on the margin of opportunity. And if that means working with the Green Party on something, then so be it.
I recall both Rodney Hide and Keith Locke being strongly against Trevor Mallard's Auckland waterfront stadium a few years ago, and they worked together to stop it. They had different reasons for not wanting it, but they had the same goal. Campbell would have cut off his nose to spite his face. According to Campbell, Locke was not effective in stopping that, because he was a Green MP.
As for Campbell's view on Mojo Mathers' deafness, the less said about that the better. There are two young boys who are friends of our family who were born profoundly deaf and mute and they excel at school, and at life in general. Readers can judge those comments on their merits. If true, they're disgraceful.
And this is not the only time Campbell has had an embarrassing brain fart.
If these comments are true, Colin Craig should sack him and expel him from the party.