1 Aug 2019

NZ Biography: David Lange

From Afternoons, 2:30 pm on 1 August 2019

The most famous speech ever given by a New Zealand Prime Minister - David Lange debating the motion  at the Oxford Union debate that 'Nuclear Weapons are Morally Indefensible'. 

And he won. Effortlessly.

It was 1985 and Lange's opponent was TV evangelist Rev. Jerry Falwell. 

That speech had a big impact on the world - we were such a young nation to be suddenly punching so far above our weight in geopolitics and refusing nuclear weapons 

Michael Bassett was Health Minister in The Fourth Labour government and he is Lange's distant cousin.