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David Lange

Data de nascimento: 4. Agosto 1942
Data de falecimento: 13. Agosto 2005

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David Russell Lange was a New Zealand politician who served as the 32nd Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989.

A lawyer by profession, Lange was first elected to the New Zealand Parliament in the Mangere by-election of 1977. He soon gained a reputation for cutting wit and eloquence. Lange became the Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition in 1983, succeeding Bill Rowling.

When Prime Minister Robert Muldoon called an election in July 1984 Lange led his party to a landslide victory, becoming, at the age of 41, New Zealand's youngest prime minister of the 20th century. The Fourth Labour Government came to power amid a constitutional crisis. It rapidly implemented far-reaching constitutional, economic and social reforms; however, the free market ethos of Lange's government did not conform to traditional expectations of a social-democratic party. Lange and his party were re-elected in August 1987; he resigned two years later and was succeeded by his deputy, Geoffrey Palmer. He retired from Parliament in 1996. Prime Minister Helen Clark described New Zealand's nuclear-free legislation as his legacy.

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„If the American global strategy is dependent on the ability of nuclear ships to come to New Zealand, then God defend the world.“

—  David Lange
Source: Heinemann Dictionary of New Zealand Quotations (1988), p. 397. Referring to American nuclear policy, alluding to New Zealand's national anthem, God Defend New Zealand.

„When asked, "Does God help you?": "He's not really in caucus lately."“

—  David Lange
Source: A New Zealand Dictionary of Political Quotations, p. 94.

„a man whose life is so boring that if it flashed past he wouldn't be in it“

—  David Lange
Source: Referring to former Labour Party member Peter Dunne.

„When asked, "So, what are you going to do with the rest of your life?": "I'm going to be a jockey."“

—  David Lange
Source: A New Zealand Dictionary of Political Quotations, p. 97. Lange was notably rotund.

„They couldn't, in the National Party, run a bath and if either the deputy leader or the leader tried to, Sir Robert would run away with the plug.“

—  David Lange
Source: Gliding on the Lino: The Wit of David Lange, compiled by David Barber, 1987. Referring to the National Party's problems with internal discipline and Robert Muldoon's reluctance to relinquish power.

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„And I'm going to give it to you if you hold your breath just for a moment … I can smell the uranium on it as you lean towards me.“

—  David Lange
Source: http://publicaddress.net/default,1578.sm#post (Commonly misquoted as "I can smell the uranium on your breath", as in A New Zealand Dictionary of Political Quotations, p. 94.) During the Oxford Union Debate, 1 March 1985.

„After that, whenever I drove past Mangakahia, I would empty my ashtray — and I was a heavy smoker in those days — on the road outside the hall.“

—  David Lange
Source: Dominion, 4 October 1993, p. 10. Lange had been invited during the election campaign to speak with local farmers in the Mangakahia hall. The meeting lasted well over three hours, with many questions and vigorous displays of support. However on election day, of the 88 votes cast in Mangakahia, none were for Lange's labour party.

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„An itinerant masseur, massaging the politically erogenous zones.“

—  David Lange
Source: Heinemann Dictionary of New Zealand Quotations (1988), p. 399. Of Jim Bolger, Leader of the Opposition during the 1987 election campaign.

„... a sordid act of international state-backed terrorism.“

—  David Lange
Source: M. King, Death of the Rainbow Warrior (1986), p. 202. Referring to the Bombing of the Rainbow Warrior.

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