It isn't really related to the content of your contribution but you brought back happy memories of McCully's newsletter. It was of course very political but it wasn't malicious in the way that, for example, many of the 'Red alert' postings so often are.
What used to surprise me was the time of day they were often despatched. Didn't he ever sleep?
I suspect that if the "best losers" made up the list MPs we wouldn't have had David Parker as an on/off candidate for the Labour party leadership.
He certainly wouldn't have made it to Parliament after the election. I think he may even have lost his deposit which isn't very commmon for National or Labour candidates.