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Scarves on Statues – Keith Holyoake

[Previous instalments in the ‘Scarves on Statues’ series can be found here]

“Kiwi” Keith Holyoake was Prime Minister of New Zealand for 12 years from 1960 until 1972, to date our third longest serving PM. There was some good – he presided over the abolition of the death penalty. Some bad – he got us involved in the Vietnam War. And some serious ugly – he appointed a Minister of Finance in Robert Muldoon who went on to wreak untold havoc on the fabric of our society when he eventually became Prime Minister himself.

Either way, Holyoake was a tory, and I have a strict ‘No Tories Policy’ (it’s an actual document) when it comes to putting Roma scarves anywhere near those. So in honour of the Coppa Italia Final being contested by Roma and our bitter crosstown rivals Nazio, I mean Lazio, at 4am on Monday morning our time, I thought it would be apt, in more ways than one, to show some generosity of spirit, by dedicating this Scarf on Statue to the mortal enemy. I must be losing my mind…


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Enzo Giordani

A grassroots sports photography enthusiast based in Auckland, New Zealand, and a fan of the most magnificent football club on earth - A.S. Roma.

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