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A poem for ... Hamish Walker

Dunedin writer Victor Billot pens topical verse every Sunday. This week: disgraced MP Hamish Walker.
 

Showing promise

The MP for Clutha-Southland

did, it is true, post on Facebook that

he had been door knocking in Mataura

when he hadn’t. He lied.
 

The MP for Clutha-Southland

did, it is true, put out a statement

that appealed to racist sentiment

and undermined our response to COVID-19.
 

The MP for Clutha-Southland

did, it is true, forward confidential documents

to the media in a bungled plot involving

the ex President of the National Party.
 

Hamish Walker

did, it is true, get out of his car

on New Years Day 2019

at the Lake Hawea outflow
 

to talk to a distressed man standing

on a ledge above a fearsome drop;

talked him down then walked with him

to a nearby petrol station,
 

bought him some food and cigarettes

to calm him, until police arrived,

then accompanied the man to the police station

until medical services and the man’s partner arrived.
 

The MP for Clutha-Southland is a failure.
 

Hamish Walker shows promise.

 

Victor Billot has previously been moved to write odes for Garrick Tremain, Todd Muller, Donald Trump, Prince Andrew, David Clark, and Paula Bennett.

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