Andrea Vance

Robertson/Vance hit #2

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Once you know what to look for… ¬† Andrea Vance delivers another hit for Team Robertson:

Those who know the couple say Price was as invested in Cunliffe’s political success as he was. She was said to be heavily involved in his campaign last year to be leader.

Many of her anonymous comments as @tarnbabe67 echo those made publicly by her husband: about “backroom” caucus deals; emphasising a party “code” of ethics for leadership contenders; and that the previous primary contest was “good” for the party. Read more »

Mrs Cunliffe (aka Karen Price, aka TarnBabe67) outs Andrea Vance as Robertson’s media poodle

Credit: Fairfax

Credit: Fairfax

In the excitement that was TarnBabe67 yesterday, one of the more interesting side-issues has almost gone without mention.  The fact that Andrea Vance has been tagged as anti-Cunliffe, pro-Robertson, and that she and Robertson have been doing hit jobs together on David.

Ms Price is reportedly known by the nickname “Tarn”, which is apparently what alerted Labour Party members to the Twitter users true identity, Fairfax reported.

Mr Cunliffe’s office told Fairfax last night: “My understanding is that it was started by a family member who wanted to defend me at a stressful time. The Twitter account was activated in September 26 and has been closed down.”

Ms Price also targeted Fairfax reporter Andrea Vance through the Twitter account after she wrote a column that was critical of Mr Cunliffe.

Responding to a tweet which said the column “sums everything up extremely well”, Ms Price tweeted: “No it sums up Andrea Vance very well. She’s unidimensional and unbalanced. Grant’s been feeding her for years.” Read more »

I still reckon 300 is a better analogy

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Andrea Vance reckons Lord of the Flies, I reckon 300…I still reckon i’m right.

Who will be the next Lord of the Flies?

Another leader has passed through the Labour Party grinder.

Normally coups are quick and bloody.

But by his own hand, David Cunliffe’s exit was torturous. A slow-motion train-wreck that played out over a week. His caucus ignored him, defied him, humiliated and deserted him.

And now he’s coming back for some more of the same. David Cunliffe either has the resilience of a cockroach or a total lack of self-awareness. He schemed and manipulated his way into the top job – just as his caucus colleagues schemed and manipulated to keep him out of it.

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Time for some light relief: Meme/Caption/Photoshop contest

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Add a caption, put a icicle on his nose, or make your own meme here. ¬†Just remember the commenting and moderation rules and put your image in the comments below. ¬† Read more »

Which Labour politician would think this is bad?

Which Labour politician would think this is bad?

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If not a Labour politician then certainly a Green would want to ban this for sure.

This bloke sounds as if he probably drives a ute gayer than Fossy’s.

Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) has come out against keg stands, after his opponent in the Senate race, Sen. Mary Landrieu (D), was photographed helping with one on Saturday.

“It’s not something to celebrate,” Cassidy said Wednesday of the beer-drinking maneuver,according¬†to The Associated Press. Read more »

Labour’s leadership battle will look like 300

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Labour’s leadership battle is shaping up to be an epic re-run of the battle scenes in 300.

Blood and guts everywhere.

It’s going to be awesome.

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Cartoon of the Day

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A leadership spill is not Cunliffe’s call to make

David Cunliffe thinks he can orchestrate the process to initiate a leadership ballot and primary race.

He is wrong.

For someone who has a lawyer for a missus it is somewhat strange that he has taken a postured approach to saving his doomed leadership.

Labour’s leadership is governed by an appendix in the constitution. This is the relevant section.

Election of the Leader of the Parliamentary Labour Party ‚Äď the Leader must be a Member of Parliament; an election for the position of Leader is triggered if there is a vacancy, or if requested by a¬†simple majority of Caucus (at any time), or if the Leader fails to obtain the support of 60% plus 1 of the¬†Caucus membership in a vote held within three months after a General Election.

What this means is Cunliffe has no¬†choice¬†but to put the leadership up for a contest unless he can get 60%+1 to vote for him. That vote will be taken when caucus says it will be taken and not on the timetable of a losing leader. ¬† Read more »

New Zealanders vote for Dirty Politics

This campaign didn’t work out the way the left thought it would. They spent vast amounts of money and committed numerous crimes trying to prove National played politics the way it is meant to be played. Hard.

All the drama around Nicky Hager’s book did nothing.

Andrea Vance seems bitter:

So the Dirty Politics practitioners were spot-on. Nasty tactics do favour the Right.

In the grubbiest, most eye-bulgingly intense election campaign in living memory, National romped home.

Kim Dotcom’s millions were pissed away. New Zealanders saw these left wing scumbags for what they were and voted heavily against them. ¬† Read more »

What planet is Andrea Vance on?

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What’s wrong with Andrea Vance?

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Eh?

It gets better:

When people tell you the “moment of truth” was an anti-climax, a fizzer, a nothing – don’t believe them.

Edward’s Snowden’s appearance, by livestream, in the Auckland Town Hall last night was remarkable. It had nothing to do with Kim Dotcom’s spurious claims about a Hollywood plot. The dodgy Warner Bros email is as relevant to the NZ Snowden Files as John Key’s declassified documents.

Erm. ¬†Andrea… Snowden appearance wasn’t by livestream. ¬†It was pre-recorded.

We were all watching a video, something that was revealed and confirmed by Laila Harre.

Have a look at that Journalist of the Year Canon Award on your desk.

Seriously?

Time for one of those long runs I think. ¬†Clear the thinking. ¬† Get back to reporting instead of trying to skew politics in New Zealand. ¬† Haven’t we all had enough of that by now?

 

– Fairfax Media