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September Showdown: A Political Junkie's Guide to
by John Terris

ISBN: 9780473286620
PUBLISHER: John Terris
FORMAT: Paperback
PAGES: 172

How is it, you have to ask, that supposedly sensible, rational people desire to become an MP? It's silly, but there you are, some people lust after such success, if only to stick it to those who, in their youth, predicted they'd never amount to anything. Told in the form of letters to his wide-eyed nephew Basil, John Terris shares his experiences as he sets out to explain to him that the much sought after office of Member of the New Zealand Parliament, which looks so attractive to the bright, personable and idealistic young man or woman, may turn out to be something else. How to convey the disappointments in store, the trials and tribulations, not to mention the betrayals and disillusionment, which awaits them after they achieve their dream? September Showdown offers readers a vivid, yet tongue-in-cheek, meander through all that lies ahead of Basil in his quest for selection for the Labour Party and ultimately a seat in parliament. And John Terris knows the trials and tribulations of office. His CV is vast and full of parliamentary experience from all quarters. He moved into politics in 1977 after a very successful broadcasting career in both radio and TV. Initially he was a local councillor, later Mayor in the Hutt Valley. In 1978 he began four terms as the Labour MP for Western Hutt, including time as the Deputy Speaker of the House. He became the first MP to sponsor a private member's bill supporting proportional representation, and in 19

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