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This is an auction for A DICTIONARY OF NEW ZEALAND POLITICAL QUOTATIONS, edited by Desmond Hurley.

Foreword by David Lange.

This informative dictionary contains some of the most characterful expressions of New Zealand political life.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Desmond Hurley is a Senior Fellow, New Zealand Dictionary Centre at Victoria University of Palmerston ?North.

Some samples:

On Jonathan Hunt: "The world's only 22-stone straw in the wind."
- Michael Bassett

"The happiest years in Mat Rata's life were the five he spent in Standard Two."
- Muldoon

"Our military forces are an arm of government, just like the Department of Social Welfare, although probably less able to inflict widespread harm."
- Lange

"My advice to any new Member of Parliament is to breathe through his nose."
- Holyoake

"My back is so scar-tissued that you couldn't find a place to slip in a knife."
- Lange

On Jenny Shipley: "We have a dangerous minister in our midst. She understands what we are talking about."
- States Services Commissioner Don Hunn

On Warren Cooper: "He wears a tie marked 'Made in New Zealand' so he knows how to get home if he is abroad."
- Lange

"You could see the cold shivers running around Mr Rowling's body seeking a spine to run up - unsuccessfully."
- Muldoon

"Everyone's being nice to me. Have I died?"
- Mike Moore

"On the stump Moore has two basic gears: high-speed gibberish and slow, ruminative gibberish."
- Gordon Campbell in the Listener

Large format Oxford University Press paperback 2000.

130 pages.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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