Kōrero: Holmes, Paul Scott

Scott on Holmes

A cartoon showing a small Paul Holmes standing in the centre foreground, dwarfed by Mike Moore and Jim Bolger, who stand silently on either side of him behind podiums. Holmes, holding a microphone, says: ‘That’s a good question, a very good question. A question that deserves an answer. Could you answer briefly please Mr Moore. You too Mr Bolger. Sorry I must interrupt you there. It’s my turn, oh boy! OK customers, should they take the money or the bag? Now for home viewer’s question. After the break we’ll b

Tom Scott produced numerous cartoons of Paul Holmes over the years, including this one from the Evening Post commenting on his role as adjudicator of leaders’ debates in the lead-up to the 1990 election (left to right, Prime Minister Mike Moore, Holmes, and opposition leader Jim Bolger). It alludes to his short stature, and the complaints of his detractors that he talked too much during the debates and trivialised proceedings through showbiz hucksterism. Bolger, a guest at Holmes’ 1992 wedding, complained about Holmes’ role in leaders’ debates in his 1997 memoir; Holmes dedicated an entire chapter of his own memoir, published two years later, to responding to Bolger’s criticisms and defending his record. 

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Reference: Evening Post, 21 September 1990. Reproduced courtesy of Tom Scott.
by Tom Scott

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Me pēnei te tohu i te whārangi:

Tim Shoebridge. 'Holmes, Paul Scott', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2022. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, https://teara.govt.nz/mi/biographies/6h15/holmes-paul-scott (accessed 29 November 2023)