Tuesday, 8 October 2002, 4:44 pm Press Release: Green Party
No sex, no smoke, no spine
Green MP Nandor Tanczos
today described parliament's new 'role model for youth', NZ
First MP Craig McNair, as spineless for refusing a number of
invitations to publicly debate the cannabis issue.
laying a complaint with the police early last week Craig
McNair has refused to debate Nandor on Nine to Noon, Morning
Report and Radio Pacific. Today he refused to debate Nandor
live on the Holmes Show.
"It's sad really," said Nandor.
"Craig McNair had a swing at me to get headlines, but now
wants to run away. He doesn't have the conviction - or is it
the permission - to debate with me.
"If he wants to be a
role model for young people, he should represent. He can't
get respect if he won't even front.
"Craig can continue to
be a 'behind the scenes' role model for all those 27 year
old men living at home with their parents, but his life
experience is a little removed from that of most people.
"Good on him for living a life of abstinence, but he
doesn't do himself any favours by running away," said
"Maybe Winston Peters is embarrassed by the whole
thing. If he has a change of heart and decides to let Craig
out, I am happy to debate with him then."
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