Alf is seriously sulking over a survey that ranks Blue Chip’s Mark Bryers among the 85 most trusted people in the country.
Mark Bloody Bryers is the bloke who co-founded the company in which many Kiwis lost their savings, and who is facing a raft of charges laid by the Companies Office.
Another bout of litigation has been brought by 240 or so investors who claim their apartment sale and purchase agreements are void and they should not be forced to honour them, and that Blue Chip was deceptive and misled the investors.
And so on.
Sure, Bryers just sneaks in at No 85 on the most trusted list.
But Alf Grumble, hard-working and much-admired member for Eketahuna North, is not there at all.
How wrong can that be?
According to Stuff –
The top spots in the 2009 Reader’s Digest New Zealand’s Most Trusted survey were taken by Victoria Cross recipient Willie Apiata, and Olympic medallists Caroline and Georgina Evers-Swindell, Barbara Kendall and Peter Snell.
Further down the list – at numbers 10 and 13 respectively – were more Olympic medallists, Valerie Vili and Hamish Carter, while former squash world champion Dame Susan Devoy was fifth.
The survey, in its ninth year, asked 500 adult New Zealanders to rank a list of 85 people in order of whom they trusted most.
Social researcher Jill Caldwell said this year’s results showed how New Zealanders valued international recognition.
“Four out of the top five are either gold medallists or world champions. And Willie Apiata has the gold medal for bravery with his Victoria Cross,” she said.
“We trust these people because they’re hard working and determined and, most importantly, they’re humble.”
Determination obviously earned Joe Karam a place.
The list was completed before the David Bain trial, but it put the Bain campaigner and former All Black 48th.
But – good grief – Bain made it at number 70.
Politicians basically haven’t scored too well.
John Key climbed 15 places from 2008 to 53, to sit just behind former Prime Minister Helen Clark, up 14 places from 2008 at 52. Labour leader Phil Goff was 73rd.
The most trusted politician was Invercargill mayor Tim Shadbolt at 46, while Sue Bradford, Sir Roger Douglas and Winston Peters all came in near the tail end in places 81, 82 and 83.
Activist Titewhai Harawira was 84th, while Blue Chip founder Mark Bryers rounded off the list in last place.
But no sign of Alf Grumble.
It’s got to be a load of meaningless nonsense.