A very unattractive picture was painted, in Alf’s ever-lively mind, when he learned of the Greens wanting to let their hair down.
Crystal Gayle with her hair down? Well, just take a look at the pic on the right. Alf would have gone a long way to see her and her tresses in her hey-day as a country and western singer.
According to the German fairy tale, Rapunzel was something of a looker with long tresses too.
But Alf would rather be far away when the likes of Metiria Turei (the sheila at the top) let their hair down.
Hence he does not get too excited by news that the Green Party will be holding an auction behind closed doors to raise funds later this month.
Yes, he knows all about the hypocrisy of the Greens raising funds in secret when they are to the fore in demanding transparency in political party fund-raising.
As Andrea Vance observes in her report:
Last month co-leader Russel Norman called for more details about National’s Cabinet Clubs – where ministers mix with donors over lunch or breakfast. The money raised from ticket sales goes into National party coffers.
It sparked a ”cash for access” row with Norman saying the Government has put democracy up for sale, and calling for a ministerial disclosure regime.
However, the Greens are coy about their own fundraising methods. An agenda for next weekend’s annual day meeting shows the media are barred from a pre-lunch ”party fundraising session” on the last day of the three-day conference.
But while Alf initially was tempted to denounce the Greens for being a mendaciously two-faced bunch of muesli-munchers, he backed off on learning there was a reason for the secrecy.
A spokeswoman explained the half-hour meeting is an auction for party members. It was a ”fun” session closed so guests could ”let their hair down.”
Co-leader Metiria Turei has crocheted a blanket which will be offered for sale.
”It’s not $10,000 a pop,” the spokeswoman said, referring to National’s fundraising events.
It will be happening during the Green’s AGM in Silverstream, Upper Hutt, over Queens Birthday Weekend.
It’s an event to be seriously avoided. Come to Eketahuna instead.