Robert Muldoon

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Sir Robert David "Rob" Muldoon (25 September 1921 – 5 August 1992) served as the Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1975 to 1984, as leader of the governing New Zealand National Party. Muldoon had been a prominent member of the National party and MP for the Tamaki electorate for some years prior to becoming leader of the party.

Quotes[edit]

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  • "They won’t put up a statue to me. No, no, no. Nobody’s got that sense of humour".
    • Context: Responding to a journalist while attending the unveiling of a statue of Sir Keith Holyoake.
    • Source: From the documentary Robert Muldoon: The Grim Face of Power, 1994
  • "I came here [Parliament] to help people, not to hurt people, and I find that it has not been possible for me this year to stop very many people from being hurt".
    • Valedictory speech to Parliament, 17 December 1991
    • Source: Hansard, volume 521
  • "Arnold Nordmeyer had probably the most brilliant mind of any politician in my time but his political reputation was destroyed by the 1958 "black" budget. He was a remarkable politician and parliamentarian, as straight as they come, and, I repeat, about the most intelligent that I have come across".
    • Valedictory speech to Parliament, 17 December 1991
    • Source: Hansard, volume 521
  • "There was a lady walking down the pavement and as we passed she stopped and she said: 'I know you, don't I?' ... I said: 'My name's Muldoon.'. She said: 'You're not related to that bastard in Parliament, are you?'. And on that salutary note Mr Speaker, I say goodbye".
    • Valedictory speech to Parliament, 17 December 1991
    • Source: Hansard, volume 521

Quotes about Muldoon[edit]

  • He wanted to be remembered as a person who left New Zealand no worse than he found it. My own view is that he did leave it with substantial problems and substantial dilemmas which have taken us a lot of time and no little anguish to sort out.
    • Roderick Deane, From the documentary Robert Muldoon: The Grim Face of Power, 1994
  • He was an arrogant, pigheaded doctrinaire fool.
    • Alan Gibbs, From the documentary Robert Muldoon: The Grim Face of Power, 1994
  • Muldoon was an enigma, he worried, he disliked the rich and the powerful and the establishment. He had a very paternal attitude to the poor and powerless. It was a typical Labour Party attitude.
  • This Prime Minister outgoing, beaten, has, in the course of one television interview, tried to do more damage to the New Zealand economy than any statement ever made. He has actually alerted the world to a crisis. And like King Canute he stands there and says everyone is wrong but me.
  • Muldoon, in 1975, had got a huge electoral mandate and he'd squandered it.
  • After a very long year we've got a very short knight.
    • David Lange on the knighthood of the rather short Muldoon in January 1984 who repeated the quote on U.S. television as an explanation of Sir Robert's dislike for him, Heinemann Dictionary of New Zealand Quotations (1988), p. 397.
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