David Parker

Integrity? Surely she jests

Claire Trevett has pronounced that David Parker has integrity.

No , she really did.

Next up is Labour’s David Parker, who proved nice guys finish last (or second to last) in Labour’s leadership run-off. Parker’s integrity is also his handicap. Sticking to his pledge not to take finance or deputy ended up being an own goal – he is now marooned with the rest of Labour’s Davids on the mid benches, where Andrew Little has sent them for a bit of quiet reflection while he asserts his own stamp on the job. He seems quite content with that.

Integrity?

Surely not?

This is the same man who stood in parliament and defamed 4 people under parliamentary privilege, proved he hadn’t even read the Chisholm report and then went two for two in the defaming stakes by doing so again the following week. Ā  Read more »

David “Goat” Parker Spanked In the House

David “Goat” Parker was completely spanked during question time.

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First up the Speaker gave him a tap for his ridiculous question that made little sense to start with.Ā  Read more »

Labour’s Dirty Politics by cowardly David Parker continues

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Labourā€™s Dirty Politics tactics continue today with coward David Parker now trying to pressure the Police into picking up allegations heā€™s too scared to repeat outside of Parliament.

Hereā€™s his latest attempt at politicising the New Zealand Police force for political means. Question 11 today reads:

Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Police: Does he know whether or not the allegations in Matt Nippertā€™s 31 August 2014 article in the Sunday Star-Times that Cameron Slater and Carrick Graham were paid to undermine the Serious Fraud Office are correct?

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Labour’s Dirty Politics – Coward Parker defames and smears with no evidence

We have now seen Labour’s Dirty Politics tactics in actions with the brazen coward David Parker standing in the General Debate yesterday and outrageously smearing and defaming Mark Hotchin, Carrick Graham, Cathy Odgers and myself.

I have had two people make worrying allegations to me. One is a former staff member of the Serious Fraud Office who told me at the time the Serious Fraud Office commenced their investigation, a former advisor to Hotchins contacted this person and said, “Hotchins plays a rough game. You watch out. He will use underhand tactics to undermine the Serious Fraud Office and their staff”

The second allegation I have had made to me was that Mr Hotchins used underhand tactics to take out some of the potential witnesses against him in respect of his conduct by Hanover.

Now I can’t name either of those sources and I can’t prove those allegations to be true and they are both hearsay allegations to me, but these allegations must be investigated.

He can’t name them, he has no evidence, it is hearsay at best and yet he demands an investigation? Is this man really a lawyer?

Not a shred of evidence. Even Winston Peters produces evidence.

It is obvious that he has spent too much time running one up his crippled mate’s missus instead reading the Chisholm report.

After days in the house with Andrew Little claiming that National runs a smear machine it was David Parker who displayed the most outrageous smear seen in the parliament in a long, long time. Ā Ā  Read more »

Say It Outside The House David Parker

David Parker is running his mouth in places he shouldn’t with an outrageous name check and then smear in the House against Cactus Kate, Carrick Graham, Mark Hotchin and myself. Ā This has to be a jokeĀ from a man who has integrity so low he ran off with his sick mates missus.

Parker needs toĀ replaceĀ the Chisholm ReportĀ as his door stop with the best of Chris Knox’sĀ back catalogue thenĀ put it on his desk and actually read it. Ā 

He will find that respected Judge Lester Chisholm completely exonerated Mark Hotchin from paying anyone to attack the SFO. Ā Parker’s dreaming when he makes baseless allegations from imaginary friends he may have at the SFO.

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TheĀ only people Justice Chisholm found were paid to undermine the SFO were Mr Feeley’s currentĀ and former staff and those who work for the New Zealand Herald. Ā The Herald being involved in two attempts at undermining to the bloggers’ one.

Parker needs to actually read Whaleoil for some factual information.

The non-issue regarding Tony Gapes was covered off there last week.Ā  All this despite it not being a part of the Inquiry. Ā Mr Hotchin was not even paying for anyone’sĀ services at the time of the post in question that Mr Parker ran off and laid a politically based complaint about. Ā  Read more »

Cartoon of the Day

Credit:  SonovaMin

Credit: SonovaMin

We picked the sherrif, but we don’t wanna pick his deputy

Grant Robertson has retired hurt

In the hurricane of media that accompanied Andrew Little’s elevation – inevitable with any new leader – it would be easy to overlook runner-up Grant Robertson sitting stunned in the eye of the storm.

Yet Little’s next steps now become crucial. Handling Robertson and the party’s “second power base” will be a key issue for Little as he puts his new team together.

In the immediate aftermath of Little’s win Robertson understandably expressed disappointment.

He had, after all, won 56 per cent of the caucus, 55 per cent of the party membership and it was only Little’s status with the affiliated unions (and perhaps an echo of the gay-shy stance of some unionists evident during the 2013 run-off) that thwarted his second bid for leader.

But he expected the union vote to go against him, and Little’s three-to-one advantage with the handful of private sector unions affiliated to Labour was in line with feedback both camps had received.

What must have surprised Robertson’s camp was the unexpectedly low vote from his fellow MPs. His lieutenants were expecting him to clean up by about 21-11 on a two-man preferred basis, with most if not all David Parker’s second preferences going his way.

We’ve seen the photos. Ā Grant and Cindy were devastated. Ā But now comes the hard part. Ā Because of Grant’s lower than expected support in caucus, he may not end up as deputy leader. Ā  Read more »

Josie Pagani on Andrew Little’s challenges

Josie Pagani has some sound advice for Andrew Little.

I bet he doesn’t listen though, but he really needs to.

How many times have we seen shots of Labour party leaders declaring unity while standing in front of caucus members, smiling the kind of smile you produce by sucking air through your teeth?

Labour doesn’t need more protests of unity. It needs more open debate.

People used to join the Labour party for the policy fights. A contest of ideas was how you sorted Ā good ideas from bad. Achievements like paid parental leave and the nuclear free policy were achieved only after advocates won the argument; Unity was earned by debate, not by shutting debate down and pretending there was no diversity of opinion on these issues.

You can’t have a contest of ideas unless you accept into the fold people with a range of views, and celebrate ideological breadth. Bill Rowling and David Lange were both early sceptics of the nuclear free policy; yet today publicly arguing for a minority position within the party is mistaken for disloyalty.

So Andrew Littleā€™s first challenge is to change this culture.

That is so true. Labour has this tug the forelock, doff the cloth cap, kneel in obeisanceĀ to the leader mentality that was beaten into them by Helen Clark and her stasi-like control of internal party debate. Those attitudes now need to be beaten out of them.

The 600,000 people who voted Labour a few months ago had nothing to do with this leadership contest. Most didn’t care because the election purported to be a contest between fifty shades of beige: Ā ā€˜fairnessā€™ and ā€˜opportunity for allā€™ as if anyone in Labour is in favour of unfairness and opportunity only for a wealthy few.

The exception was David Parker and Andrew Little differing over capital gains tax and the retirement age. Andrew Little wants to jettison Labour’s election policies on those issues. He will now have to respond to Parker’s question – if not a CGT, then what? Not forgetting the CGT is more popular in the polls than Labour right now.

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Can Grant Robertson ever be Leader of the Labour Party?

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Don’t worry dear, another 18 months of destabilisation and it will be our turn

Yesterday was a devastating day for Grant Robertson.

He has yet again lost the Labour leadership, and lost it despite getting 18 votes out of 32 in caucus.

Robertson was the front runner after the first ballot but he did not manage to win enough votes from caucus to over come his weakness with the members and the unions.

The members voted narrowly in favour of him over Andrew Little, but he did not manage to pick up many of Nanaia Mahuta or David Parkerā€™s preferences, scarcely budging at all after the first ballot.

Robertson now faces a career defining decision. Ā  Read more »

Russell Brown thinks Little is a disaster

Pots, pans and pannier bags blogger Russell Brown rarely, if ever these days, writes about politics.

He has broken habit by writing about Labour’s just completed leadership election.

Unusually for him it is brief, he’s normally a big fan of the tl;dr post.

Iā€™ll be brief (itā€™s 5am where I am and have to catch a plane) but the Labourā€™s leadership result and the means by which it was achieved both seem disastrous for the party and for the prospects of the centre-left.

Little didnā€™t win the support of the party or the caucus, he loses his electorate more badly every time he contests it, and heā€™s vowing to dump all the intellectual capital built up by David Parker. I canā€™t see any good thing about this.

Am I missing something?

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