Now Toad professes a love for cricket. Given that this is supposedly the day for love, we must question Toad's romance with the sport we love ahead of all others. We reckon that using cricket as an excuse for politicking is a step too far.
Still, we have every expectation that a legion of Rufus Paynters will be at the cricket in Hamilton on Sunday. There will probably be dozens and dozens of Russel Normans (with one "l"), a whole bunch of David Cunliffes, and maybe even some David Shearers.
Oddly though, the Greens and Labour were crowing back in early January that they had reached their target; check this out:
New Zealanders will have their say on asset sales this year after a petition to force a referendum reached the 300,000 signatures needed, campaigners say.
Since April, a coalition including Grey Power, the Council of Trade Unions, the Green Party and Labour have been collecting signatures for the petition.
They need 10 per cent of all registered voters, or approximately 310,000 people, to sign to force a referendum.
Grey Power national president Roy Reid said the group had collected more than 340,000 signatures, allowing for a percentage of signatures that did not meet the requirements under the Citizen Initiated Referendum Act.
After checking the figures at the end of 2012, Mr Reid was confident they now had the numbers to push through the referendum.
Now they are having another "final push" this weekend, with 22,000 signatures required to reach their target. Their auditing of signatures to date must have thrown up all sorts of anomalies for them now to be having to keep trying. You'd think however that anyone who was motivated to sign the petition for a Political Party Initiated Referendum would have done so by now.
Anyway; there is no place for politics in sport, especially Green Party politics at cricket matches. If you're going to the match at Seddon Park on Sunday and happen to see whoever Toad manages to recruit, we'd love to hear about it.
And all the while, those pushing this petition need to remember that the silent majority has spoken, that more than 90% or New Zealanders haven't signed this petition, and that they have no wish to see the 2011 General Election result re-litigated. As Michael Cullen once said so eloquently; "We won, you lost, eat that!".