Darren Hughes is the Deputy Chief Executive of the UK Electoral Reform Society. How did Kiwi Darren end up with such a well remunerated position? I’m glad you asked.
Back in 2002 Darren was elected as a baby faced Labour MP in New Zealand. For two elections he held the seat of Otaki, before losing it. Fortunately, as NZ has MMP (a form of proportional representation) Darren got to stay in Parliament, due to his list position, there’s no getting rid of troughers in NZ.
Now, Darren trotted along nicely, doing F-all in his time apart from some TV spots. A real seat warmer. He also helped out the Deputy Leader by charging Parliament to rent her spare room, despite Otaki being a three quarter hour commute from Parliament.
It was renting the room where it all came unstuck for Darren. One night, having met a lovely very young man, he took him home to the Deputy Leaders house. The young man was having a lovely time, so lovely that when he came to he was surprised to find himself naked and bent over a Swiss ball. The lovely very young man for some reason decided that the best course of action was to run off stark bollack naked through the streets of windy cold Wellington, where he was found by the Police.
Well, when the Police came a knocking, what do you think happened? No one knew anything! The main media companies didn’t want to pursue the story. The Police seemed surprisingly unwilling to investigate, and the Labour party didn’t wish to comment in case the “prejudiced” the investigation.
Sadly,people kept wondering what happened, and so some very senior policemen, appointed by the last Labour government, looked into things. All of a sudden, the young man didn’t want to press charges. Darren resigned from parliament, and hopped on a flight to Blighty, and lo and behold ended up with his super new job at a Labour party affiliated organisation. Darren loves his new job so much, that for some reason he never seems to want to come back to NZ ever again.
And that is what electoral reform can give to you.
Nominated by: Cato