A Long Innings Remembered

Obituaries for Auckland-born British Conservative MP, Sir Trevor Skeet, appeared in both the Independent and Guardian. Independent: “Academia in Britain has been vastly enriched by the infusion of talent from NZ, of whom Ernest Rutherford is only one among the most eminent. In politics, NZers have fared less well … I believe, the reason why Trevor Skeet never achieved the ministerial office to which his competence and assiduity surely entitled him, was that his colleagues reacted with, ‘Why should we give precedence and a plum job to a bloke from Auckland?'” Skeet remained in office well into his 70s, and was known for his relentless pursuit of facts and “knack for being right.”

Sir Trevor Skeet: 28 January 1918 – 14 August 2004


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