The paid lap-bloggers at The Standard think that Labour’s crass manipulation of the MMP list system is “a quirk”.
Judith Tizard won’t take Labour’s vacant seat in Parliament. It’s the right thing to do. It’s only a quirk that we should be looking back to a list written in 2008 to fill a seat for 6 months now.
It might be a quirk but it is the law. The list that they now refuse to stand by is the same list they died in a ditch for and now it doesn’t suit they want very much to ignore it.
Russell Brown and Tim Watkin, both TVNZ bed-fellows rush to the defense of Judith Tizard. Perhaps they consider it as thanks for all the patronage bestowed upon them when Judith was a Minister. Perhaps it is also payback for all that patronage that is seeing Tim Watkin manipulate the guest list for the panel on Q+A into a who’s who of the Labour party. So far we have seen Jon Johanssen as a regular, Andrew Little had numerous appearances and on her first day in teh job as Labour’s new president they draft in Moira Coatsworth. They even regularly have “Fat Tony” Mike Williams on. I don’t recall ever seeing Judy Kirk there or Peter Goodfellow. It seems that Q+A is fast becoming a leftist apologists wet dream.
TV3′s “Pedro” Gower however gets stuck in with some home truths about the Tizard Bomb.
Labour and Phil Goff got scared into defusing the Tizard bomb because of two right-wing bloggers.
That means Goff is scared of the blogs.
Yes, you heard me right: Goff’s office (aka the ‘Goffice’) and the Labour Party hierarchy decided their Judith Tizard strategy because of what they read on Kiwiblog and Whaleoil.
That means Labour is scared of the blogs.
Heh…our powers are immense. Bear in mind that during the height of the Richard Worth affair Phil Goff, who had been climbing into the affair boots and all refused to front on Closeup with me. The man who would be Prime Minsiter runs scared from bloggers..he ran in 2009 and he runs still. Pedro goes further:
Goff could have let Judith back in way back at the Mt Albert by-election or at least not been so dismissive of her. During our cup of tea last weekend, she told me she felt they were mean to her during the Mt Albert saga. If Labour had been nicer then, maybe she wouldn’t have pulled the latest tricks.
Instead, it’s become an issue. If she’d come back it would have been another test of Goff’s leadership, etc, etc.
So they had to manipulate the 2008 party list that was signed off by their party.
Goff even had to work together with Andrew Little (After the “President… Schmesident” debacle in the Hughes affair) to put the pressure on Tizard.
Forget all this talk about respecting decisions. Tizard’s got it right when she said Goff sounded like he was swallowing dead rats saying this. She’s on record with me saying he doesn’t like her and she doesn’t like him.
She would have been frozen out of the Caucus.
But anyway, Tizard got the upper-hand in the end and was able to put the boot in to Goff saying he’s not up to being Prime Minister a couple of times.
All because the Labour Party didn’t have the gumption to stare down two right-wing bloggers.
So that’s what’s led to this damaging tete-a-tete over the last week. Damaging for Goff, because even though the Tizard bomb has technically been defused its blown up in Labour’s face.
Chaos and Mayhem caused by two bloggers!
Cactus Kate meanwhile, approves whole-heartedly:
We all know the power of the Whaleoil in decimating political opponents online.
But it is hard not to be in absolute awe of Whaleoil’s latest achievement – rattling The T-Bomb Judith Tizard so much that she has quoted The Whaleoil effect as one of the main reasons she was thinking of returning to Parliament and with it troughing $160k. To apparently piss him off.
As Charlie Sheen would say WINNING! Except in our case we are.