Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Liberal MP joins army

Heather Roy is not someone easily known outside New Zealand circles. She is a member of parliament for the ACT Party, which is a classical liberal party there. Party leader is Rodney Hide, another staunch liberal. Heather acts as the spokesman on national security for the party. And she decided she needed some more first hand information. So she signed up for the army. She has started her six weeks of basic training.

To get in Ms. Roy had to pass a physical. She was required to do 24 push ups but the trainers stopped her after she had reached 130 figuring she had proven her point. Roy has permission to take a few weeks off from parliament for this venture and has also decided to donate the salary she will receive to charity. Roy, 42, is the mother of five and one of the better members of parliament.