Georgina Beyer

I guess this is one way around the #manban

man-ban

Labour has a man ban and their candidate for Whangarei has found an interesting way to get around it.

You have to admire the commitment to being an MP having the meat and two vege trimmed off to get past the man ban.

Waitakere man will surely flock to vote for this bloke chick candidate. Monaro’s were girls cars anyway, no self respecting bloke would drive one of those, so probably best she handed in her man card in such a dramatic fashion.

A fight is brewing in Whangarei which could end in New Zealand having its second ever transgender MP.

Kelly Ellis wants to be Labour’s woman in Whangarei, but she has her work cut out for her.   Read more »

Man Ban as popular as a pork chop at a bar mitzvah

Labour’s Man ban isn’t popular, nor is it moving the swinging voters.

The NZ Herald continues their series of polls over summer by looking at the Man Ban.

Labour’s target of selecting candidates to ensure women make up at least half of its caucus by 2017 has been given the thumbs down in the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey – and more than half of the women polled said it was too restrictive.

The survey asked respondents whether they believed Labour’s target of achieving 50 per cent by 2017 was a good idea, or too restrictive.

Overall, 54 per cent said it was too restrictive, while just 38 per cent believed it was a good idea. Among the women respondents, 52 per cent said it was too restrictive while 42 per cent believed it was a good idea.

About 57 per cent of men did not like it, compared with 33 per cent who said it was a good idea.  Read more »

Labour turning on Robertson in #Labousgottalent

Georgina Beyer is against Grant Robertson, now Mike Williams is saying that the social conservatives won’t tolerate Grant Robertson.

Labour is a broad church party and part of that sort of coalition is a significant group of social conservatives. I think they would be unhappy with Grant Robertson, but the interesting thing is that that group would never vote National, they just would not vote. And that was the real problem for Labour in the last general election and indeed the one before. We had the lowest turnout last election in 150 years, or since we’ve had democracy in New Zealand, 25% of the proposal got on the role and didn’t bother to vote, that’s nearly a million, three quarters of a million voters. And whoever is the leaders has gotta really focus on getting that group out voting and I think Cunliffe’s got a better chance of doing that.  Read more »

I’m OK with a gay Leader of the Opposition

Georgina Beyer thinks it may be “a step too far” having the prospect of New Zealand’s first openly gay Prime Minister.

Georgina Beyer, the world’s first transsexual mayor and MP, warns New Zealand is not ready for a gay prime minister and may be seeing a social conservative backlash.

With the Labour leadership up for grabs, it raises the question of whether Grant Robertson, the gay deputy leader, could be elevated to head the party, making him a strong possibility for prime minister.

But Beyer, who was an MP for eight years until 2007, said Labour needed to be realistic.

“I don’t think we’re ready yet,” Beyer said. “It’s not because Grant isn’t capable, I think he’s very capable . . . but the stigma that rests over those of us who are out, proud and gay who get into public office becomes untenable because you never shake it off and you get pigeon-holed.”   Read more »

Tale of two ex-MPs

↬ Lindsay Mitchell

Lindsay notices the stark contrast between two ex-MPs:

 Rodney:

I thought i’d be unemployed about now. Happily it’s not turned out that way. I have spent the week up to my eyeballs in mud, knocking over a concrete wall. Who’d have guessed?…..When I was a politician I was supposed to pretend sympathy for people without a job. The truth is I never had much. I always figured there’s work to be done for anyone prepared to get stuck in. I now know that’s true. I got a job pushing a wheelbarrow and swinging a hammer. Why can’t the so-called unemployed? We all know why. They’re too picky. The jobs don’t suit. It’s a bit cold. It’s a bit wet. It’s a bit hard.

Georgina:

Former Labour MP Georgina Beyer says she is broke and living off the unemployment benefit in a one-bedroom granny flat…. Ms Beyer admits she has been told to “lower her sights”, but says some jobs are off the agenda. “I do draw the line at being a crew member at McDonald’s. I’m a little bit past that sort of thing.”

Remind me which one belonged to Labour – the party for the workers?

Why Labour MPs don’t quit

In the DomPost today there is a compelling article that explains why Labour MPs don’t generally quit until they have a nice comfy state funded job to go to. Simply put they are inept, useless and unemployable outside of the state sector.

Georgina Beyer has her annual ‘woe is me‘ whinge:

Former Labour MP Georgina Beyer says she is broke and living off the unemployment benefit in a one-bedroom granny flat.

Ms Beyer, 54, now lives in Johnsonville with no money and no job, having sold her house and everything she owned in an attempt to stay financially afloat.

“I’m just the great unwashed now,” she said, adding that Work and Income seemed geared toward helping young people. It devoted little attention to older age groups, she suggested.

It is a stunning fall by a politician who made history when, in 1995, she became the world’s first openly transsexual mayor after winning the Carterton mayoralty.

She served as mayor till 1999, after which she represented the Labour Party in Parliament, first as MP for Wairarapa and then, from 2005, as a list MP.

She said she had sent “God knows how many job applications”, but has had no luck.

“I’m thinking I’ve got all of this skill and experience … I must be able to fit in somewhere.”

No you don’t darling, you are a waste of space and the market has spoken about your worth. Other Labour MPs will be reading this article hoping and praying that David Shearer’s rejuvenation plans don;t feature them.

Oh dry your eyes

Georgina Beyer is again crying a river of tears because s/he is unemployed.

Georgina Beyer says she is ‘left with nothing’ after death of campaign funder

An aborted mayoral bid has cost Georgina Beyer her job and savings, and with no planned work she is heading for the dole queue.

The world’s first transsexual MP and former mayor of Carterton had planned a political comeback after keeping a low profile for three years.

After stopping work in June as a salesperson at Michael Hill Jeweller, she was struggling to pay her rent and bills and could not raise the $10,000 she needed to campaign in the mayoral race for Masterton.

“That’s left me with no income and having expended all my reserves for living expenses, I’m left with nothing,” she told the Wairarapa Times-Age.

“I have a couple of weeks left to pay the rent. I’m really, really struggling.”

Oh HTFU. This is the third job she has quit. It seems life out of the trough isn’t all its cracked up to be.

To quote her former boss. Diddums.

“It’s an awful feeling that the only thing you’re skilled at doing is politics and other than that arena, it’s not really required anywhere else.”

And she was tits at that too.

Bassett on Labour's smear machine

Guido Fawkes has outed the nasty smear machine in the UK and brought down a top Downing Street advisor and Michael Bassett has an article about the links between UK Labour and NZ Labour and the existance of a similar smear machine here in New Zealand.

Those with memories might recall the parade of dirty tricks used by the beleaguered Labour Party prior to the last election to smear their opponents. First there was the hacking into Don Brash’s computer and the stealing of a selection of emails that found their way to the egregious Nicky Hager. He spun a tissue of fabrications worthy of the Holocaust denier, David Irving. Labour’s leaders had a very good idea about who was the culprit, but they sat back and smiled while calumny was heaped on the opposition leader, and Hager made money from the book he published based on stolen goods. For myself, I have always believed that someone inside the Beehive was responsible for stealing those emails in the first place. The Police’s investigation was scandalously conducted and found nothing.

What is disgusting about the Police investigation into the Brash email theft is the total disregard of Police HQ for the rule of law with regard to OIA requests. Don Brash is still waiting for his file.

Then there was the establishment of a blog called The Standard. The Labour Party ran a weekly newspaper from 1934 to 1959 that published political material. It was subject to the normal journalistic standards of the time. But the new blog version made no pretence at following even the reduced journalistic standards of modern times. Registered to an address in Helen Clark’s electorate, and operating out of the Beehive under ministerial supervision, it gave an airing to innuendo and false stories that ministers hoped might get picked up by the mainstream media. They often did. Indeed, several gullible reporters happily took their leads from the Beehive’s dirty tricks brigade. I saw an email sent by Ruth Dyson that had clearly been prepared by her apparatchiks. It denounced me, and urged her mailing list to protest to a newspaper that was running my columns. I’m told that the apparatchiks watched the news, made it their business to pick up material, true or false, and fed lines to people like Brian Rudman of the Herald. The same dirty tricksters fabricated a story about John Key that had Mike Williams rushing to Melbourne to check records, only to return empty handed, and red-faced, just before the election.

Yes the H-fee smear, led by “Batman” and Clinton Smith at The Standard attempted to smear John Key. When you look back across The Standard and look at the endless posts about shares, share parcels etc and then look at the parliamentary questions for the same time you can clearly see the colusion. The H-Fee smear backfired ultimately on Labour and on The Standard. Also don’t forget the orchestration with TV3 over the secret recordings, yet another link to Labour and the Standard.

Whilst we on the right are largely self employed the leftist lap-bloggers are by and large publicly funded.

The significance of all this is that New Zealand’s Labour dirty tricksters were all on the public payroll. They operated mostly from the Prime Minister’s Office where Helen Clark appeared to operate a kind of training school for younger versions of herself: people with degrees and absolutely no experience of life. Graduates of student politics, they regarded possession of the reins of power as some form of divine right. Mostly in their 20s, they were designated “advisers to the Prime Minister”. Since they had little general knowledge, and consequently nothing to advise with, they were paid good money, and put to work on dirty tricks. Several are now on Labour’s backbenches, where they are still being supported by the taxpayer. The Standard still exists, but it has been hollowed out by the end of the Beehive’s funding. It would be interesting to know whether, in its current withered state, it is being funded from Phil Goff’s office.

The full information of how The Standard operated is yet to emerge but slowly but surely the leaks are flowing, eating awway at the facade of their indepdence.

The 2008 Election Issues

Dr Michael Bassett is a very well thought out writer, but concise he is not. Sometimes even he can be a wind-bag. This week however he delivered a speech at the Probus Club that I wish I had heard after reading it online.

It outlines, for him, what the key issues are for Election08. It is superb and not at all succinct as he explores change, labourism, the reforms of the 1980s and 1990s, waste, economic growth, me-tooism, taxation, employment law, middle class welfare, mushies, welfare, DPB and MMP.

Yes there is a lot to the speech but it is beautiful. I particularly liked this part;

This current government is at its most vulnerable when its social policies are examined. The leading lights in it are feminists trapped on a remote beach intellectually clutching their 1970s agendas. Many of their goals are laudable. Helping people in need; giving equal rights to women etc. But some of the policies used to reach those goals are destructive for the very women who are meant to be being assisted. The present cabinet is mired in agendas that are now outdated everywhere in the world. 25 years ago a friend of mine, a fellow historian, the late Jim Holt, analysed many people on what was Labour’s left at the time. He called them ‘mushies’:

“A typical mushy is of middle class origin who acquired an interest in left wing or liberal causes while studying history or politics or sociology at university. He or she (they are often shes) was drawn to the Labour Party because of its stand on issues like Vietnam or the Springbok tour, or because he wished to use the party to push such issues. Mushies are generally warm to environmentalism, feminism, ban the bomb causes, and any issue that has a high moral content and a slogan that can conveniently be placed on a lapel button. They are also concerned about underdogs and hostile to establishment forces in a general way, though they live rather well themselves and collect fine paintings and wines along with values’. Their mushiness lies in their approach to economic issues’. They are almost invariably protected personally from the sorts of life situations that teach people about economic realities. Usually they work in the public sector and have little fear of either unemployment or of a fall in real income. Although well educated, they know nothing about economics and indeed have studiously avoided studying it.”

Holt had Helen Clark in mind. Back in 1981 when he wrote that he dubbed her the ‘princess of the mushies’. Nothing has changed much, has it. She, like them, has never known a thing about economic realities. Neither have her ministers. If there’s a social problem then they’ll establish an agency to deal with it. The thought that there might be a wrong set of economic incentives at work that is creating the problem that their agencies have to deal to, doesn’t cross their minds.

His last point about MMP is wonderful;

On one point, however, I remain optimistic. If the government does change, and we get the promised referendum on MMP, it is possible that a system that constrains National from saying what it knows to be right could be thrown out. Proportional representation has lowered the quality of parliamentarians wherever it is tried, and it breeds corruption as we have seen with Winston and his big backers, especially within the racing industry, who have used him to extract big sums from us, the taxpayers. A referendum might see MMP thrown to the wolves? The prospect of being able to get rid of MMP could in the end be the greatest cause for celebration on election night.

John McCain on the Georgian Crisis

I have been watching with mounting concern the blatent and naked aggression of Russia towards it’s neighbour and sovreign nation Georgia.

Make no mistake Russia is gong for a regime change, a land grab and trying to nobble NATO at the same time.

Sen. John McCain has written an article for the Wall Street Journal and he echoes all of my thoughts.

For anyone who thought that stark international aggression was a thing of the past, the last week must have come as a startling wake-up call. After clashes in the Georgian region of South Ossetia, Russia invaded its neighbor, launching attacks that threaten its very existence. Some Americans may wonder why events in this part of the world are any concern of ours. After all, Georgia is a small, remote and obscure place. But history is often made in remote, obscure places.

Exactly. He then explains why he is suspicious of the Russian motives.

Two years ago, I traveled to South Ossetia. As soon as we arrived at its self-proclaimed capital — now occupied by Russian troops — I saw an enormous billboard that read, “Vladimir Putin, Our President.” This was on sovereign Georgian territory.

Russian claims of humanitarian motives were further belied by a bombing campaign that encompassed the whole of Georgia, destroying military bases, apartment buildings and other infrastructure, and leaving innocent civilians wounded and killed. As the Russian Black Sea Fleet began concentrating off of the Georgian coast and Russian troops advanced on one city after another, there could be no doubt about the nature of their aggression.

Despite a French-brokered cease-fire — which worryingly does not refer to Georgia’s territorial integrity — Russian attacks have continued. There are credible reports of civilian killings and even ethnic cleansing as Russian troops move deeper into Georgian territory.

Essentially Russia is annexing Georgia. Saddam Hussein did this in Kuwait and we went to war. This situation is almost identical. People in this part of the world live hard and Russian aggression makes that living even harder.

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