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1975: Brian Talboys

November 24, 2018


Brian Talboys, 1921 to 2012. He just popped up in the National Party 1975 election campaign advert I mentioned in my last post. This was during his political heyday.

Talboys was Deputy Prime Minister from 1975 to 1981. During, that is, theĀ Muldoonist Slave Culture phase. (Indeed, his very name, seems like a Reaction Formation toward the slavish role he modelled for New Zealand toward Master Muldoon. I’m a big tall boy!)

Earlier Version of Bill English

The simplest description to today’s reader is that Brian Talboys was the Bill English of his day. Brian and Bill both thoughtful, measured, and quietly religious men in their times. Both strongly held the Wallace electorate in Southland. Bill, lately, traded in for a List seat and was succeeded by the now infamous MP Todd Barclay, who blew it. Current chip off the old block is Hamish Walker who I know nothing of but will assume he’s just like these predecessors.

Both Brian and Bill rose to be Deputy Prime Ministers to R. Muldoon and J.Key respectively. They provided the double-act of engaging/energetic PM with a straight man. Brian could have been Prime Minister in 1980 if he’d been willing to seize it openly. Many others have but not Brian and not Bill either.

Colonels’ Coup

Others had to instigate his leadership challenge for him in what is called the Colonels’ Coup. But Brian flaked out as Muldoon leaned on the rebels one by one. They were cowed and they withered (contrast this with my earlier post where Grey, unable to do the same, was deserted by the ‘loyal army of rats’ in 1879).

This week in history: 22 November 1980: PM Muldoon posing with his cabinet including right-hand sheep, Minister Brian, shortly before the Coup. (Actually, opening theĀ Rotorua Agrodome and these are stuffed sheep. So it’s quite equivalent!

Deputy Brian stayed on until 1981 when he retired from politics. Another man kept the electorate seat warm for a few terms until Bill English was old enough to shave and take over. At this point the titles and honours start rolling in. Becomes a Knight,…highly paid directorship chairs involving very little work etc etc…just like every other retired old politician then as now.

Died aged 90 in winter 2012, Invercargill.

Image ref. Young Bill; Stuff

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