Last-minute Labour leadership contender Nanaia Mahuta wants to assert the Maori and Pasifika presence as the party rebuilds.
Ms Mahuta said her rivals all had something to offer, “but certainly the party is looking at a different way of doing things and I think I offer a difference”. She was hopeful of one day becoming New Zealand’s first Maori Prime Minister, “but one step at a time”.
What do the Twits on Twitter think about this latest development?
David Cunliffe acolyte, trustee and launderer of donation cash through Cunliffe’s secret trust, flea lawyer and blogger at The Standard is going full retard this morning.
Now that his messiah is nothing but a stinking, rotting, political corpse he is unleashing on the enemies of the left.
Suddenly I have some more independence. ¬†Instead of people thinking I am some sort of mouthpiece I can just be myself and say what I think.
I would like to start with this new feeling of independence by saying to David Shearer that the thing that really drives activists wild is when our MPs say stupid things to the media that reinforce right wing narratives about¬†the Labour Party. ¬†Please do not do this. ¬†If you feel¬†the urge to do this¬†please¬†just be quiet. ¬†The right will still use their framing but at least the effect will be reduced because people in our party will not be saying the same thing.
And there is Greg Presland aka Micky Savage doing what socialist and Labour people do best…threatening silence on dissent, not because the message is inherently evil¬†but because¬†it doesn’t fit their narrative or world view. This over-riding belief that people who have different views should be silenced is part of Labour’s problems not a solution.
And another thing, going on Paul Henry‚Äôs show and talking to him about Labour‚Äôs internal politics is not a good thing to do. ¬†He is not a friend of the party. ¬†He is actually a real @#&*%^&+. ¬†He does not have the party‚Äôs best interests in mind and any Labour MP getting an invite to appear on his show should decline the opportunity. ¬†And yes I know that David Cunliffe appeared on his show. ¬†The things we do ‚Ä¶
If it is true I’d whole-heartedly support his return to parliament and give the voters of Waitakere a good and proper right wing candidate to vote for. Though there are rumours that there may be another party involved rather than Labour.
Of course there will be a shit fight with the union heavies who will be backing the Septic Tank.
John Tamihere is understood to be eyeing a return to Parliament in 2014 – almost a decade after his former leader Helen Clark said he faced “a very long route to redemption” for an outburst in which he called females “front bums” and was dismissive of the Holocaust.
Sources said Mr Tamihere had joined the Labour Party again and was sounding out the hierarchy about standing.
Mr Tamihere would not comment yesterday, saying it was too early to speculate.
However, he is understood to be considering standing in the most marginal seat in the country: Waitakere.
That would pit him against Social Development Minister Paula Bennett but he could have to fight for selection with Carmel Sepuloni, who lost by just nine votes to Ms Bennett last year.
Ms Sepuloni said yesterday that there was “a good chance” she would stand again.
Labour will not mount a challenge against the cliff-hanger election result in the west Auckland seat of Waitakere, confirming National’s Social Development Minister Paula Bennett in the seat.
“We have made the decision against seeking an electoral petition,” Labour secretary Chris Flatt said today.
“We have considered all the options; legal, cost, time.”
Bennett was in the lead by 349 on election night but lost to Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni by 11 votes after specials were counted.
But that was overturned after Bennett sought a recount that gave her the seat by nine votes.
Flatt said the party had discussed the possibility of a challenge with those involved in the recount.
“We have confidence in the Electoral Commission and the process they took.”
A petition could have cost $30,000-$50,000 and possibly more than $100,000 if Labour had chosen to challenge on the basis of malpractice.
There is of course absolutely no suggestion of¬†malpractice¬†on National’s part. Labour are more nervous of what an electoral petition would show on their side.
In short, it’s proof that Labour are both broke and broken – they can’t afford the challenge, and they haven’t got the heart.
With David Shearer absent and disinterested in helping the interests of the union workers over Ports Crisis, and now in charge of a party with no money and no balls, it’s like John Key has Shearer’s mojo in a little box on the mantlepiece, ready for Key to take out and be amused by whenever he feels like it.
4. Darren Hughes.¬†In early March the police receive a complaint from an 18-year-old male. The incident is reported to be of a sexual nature and alleged to have occurred at Labour Party deputy leader Annette King‚Äôs home, where Hughes lived. Witnesses report seeing the complainant outside and naked that morning. Although Labour Leader Phil Goff knows about the police complaint for two weeks he takes no action and his office tells the media that no Labour MP is involved in any such complaint to Police. During this time both Darren Hughes and Annette King participate in a debate performed in front of the entire press gallery with the moot ‚ÄúPolitics is a grubby business.‚ÄĚ After being grilled by the media Phil Goff then admits Darren Hughes is at the centre of the Police investigation but defends Hughes stating it is a matter for the Police. He then refuses to accept Darren Hugh‚Äôs resignation (but changes his mind later on). Labour Party President Andrew Little only finds out about the matter when it hits the news headlines.
8. Phil Goff and the numbers. During The Press debate and in interviews on both Q&A and The Nation Labour Party Leader Phil Goff bumbles the numbers and fails to respond to questions with accurate figures that are the very basis of his party’s policy proposals.
13. Darien Fenton.¬†Labour MP Darien Fenton launches a personal attack on Mad Butcher founder and philanthropist Sir Peter Leitch because he said something positive about Prime Minister John Key. She says that because he is ‚Äúsucking up to John Key‚ÄĚ and is a “sycophant‚ÄĚ she is never going near him again and will be boycotting Mad Butcher stores. She then goes on to say she won‚Äôt buy anything from people who support Tories. After Darien Fenton apologies for her public outburst, Labour MP Louisa Wall quickly negates the apology by justifying her colleague’s attack on Sir Peter Leitch by stating:”We would have assumed Sir Peter was a working-class champion…if you look at what the National Government has done, it has taken workers’ rights backwards.”
25. Ruth Dyson.¬†Labour MP Ruth Dyson uses tax payer‚Äôs money for a private trip for her and her husband to Ethiopia. She then agrees to refund the $16,000 once the media question her about it ‚Äď stating she planned to refund the money all along.
26. Trevor Mallard.¬†Labour MP and Election Campaign Manager Trevor Mallard accuses political strategist Matthew Hooton, Kiwiblog owner David Farrar, Minister of Finance Bill English and the PSA of apparently paying for Otago University political analyst Dr Bryce Edwards to make attacks against the Labour Party. The attack is launched after some political data showed Labour was down in the polls. Labour MP Clare Curran then joins the conspiracy theory adding that the young Nats and ‚Äėnon-Labour left‚Äô are suspiciously ‚Äėcosy‚Äô with the academic Dr Bryce Edwards.
27. Carmel Sepuloni.¬†Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni insults National MP Paula Bennett after she thinks she has won the Waitakere seat off National. However, five days later once the special votes are counted Paula Bennett wins back the seat for National leaving Carmel with egg on her face.
Ok the nominations are in for the Worst Politician of 2011:
Don Brash – for sheer amount of money he wasted alone.
Sue Moroney – The only thing she wins at is losing. She’d lose her carkeys if it was a competition. Any Nat MP wishes, nay, prays that Moroney is their opposition, because when she is their majority increases massively, this is known as “The Moroney Effect”
Carmel Sepuloni – She isn’t known as the Septic Tank for no reason.
Darien Fenton – already the winner of Worst SMOG, she epitomises the nastiness of labour. Her attack on the Mad Butcher in the middle of the election campaign just shows how truly nasty she is.
Trevor Mallard – an inept campaign strategist and a man who when given the chance of speaking always utter a lie as his first option. This veteran trougher will have to be more creative in rorting his parliamentary expenses carting his sad, crippled, arse around the various sports venues in order to blag a root from¬†desperate¬†women.
Simon Power – known as FIGJAM, he is singularly responsible for the retention if MMP with his numpty referendum set-up. He bollocksed up several¬†law¬†changes and needed to call on Judith Collins when he lost the bottle to do truly meaningful things in Justice. The mark of his ineffectiveness for National was all the love showered on him by labour when he was leaving. FFS, David Shearer even mentioned him in his yawn-fest address in reply debate.
You all get two votes on this because there is so much mediocrity, nasty.
Darien Fenton - Mad Butcher attack and general nastiness (51%, 238 Votes)
Carmel Sepuloni - she isn't called Septic Tank for nothing (26%, 120 Votes)
Don Brash - the coup, and tanking Act (24%, 110 Votes)
Trevor Mallard - lies as a first option (19%, 90 Votes)
Sue Moroney - the Moroney Effect (16%, 75 Votes)
Simon Power - FIGJAM, MMP, and hopeless law changes (14%, 65 Votes)