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Under pressure from the right, John Key has changed his policy on emissions from farm animals and is talking about exempting agriculture from the ETS.
Agriculture looks likely to get a free pass out of the emissions trading scheme if National is re-elected, despite generating about half of the country’s carbon emissions.
Labour pledged at the weekend to bring forward agriculture’s introduction into the scheme, but Prime Minister John Key said yesterday that agriculture would not be “thrown to the wolves” if other countries did not get on board.
In doing so he will likely alienate a lot of urban liberals, the type of people that threw out Judith Tizard and replaced her with Nikki Kaye in Auckland Central. The yummy mummies and chardonnay socialists in Ponsonby will likely be re-evaluating their vote for National and Nikki Kaye if National change their commitments to the ETS.
There is an article in the Herald on Sunday this morning by Judith Tizard. There are:
Forty uses of the word “I”
Ten uses of the word “I’d”
Fourteen uses of the word “my”
So then, what’s the article really about?
Last week I mistyped the Opposition leader’s name as Phil Goof. Given his recent form, my mistake may well go uncorrected by sub-editors. But can you really lump all Labour’s woes at the feet of Mr Goof? I don’t think so.
And that was just the second paragraph, there is more:
If Labour was a cricket team, it would be 60-7 chasing 260 to win with 30 overs to go. When Darren Hughes quit, I scanned the Labour list, desperately hoping someone like Richie McCaw may have put his name forward. No such luck. After Mr Hughes was Judith Tizard, Mark Burton and Mahara Okeroa. Jesus. There’s more talent in the Zimbabwe late order.
That’s the third paragraph, the hits just keep on coming:
The trouble with Mr Goff is the trouble with Labour – their legacy. Watch Alister Barry’s excellent documentary, Someone Else’s Country, and you’ll see Phil in the 1980s hysterically defending Rogernomics – a thirty-something, Treasury-crazed, moustachioed nut. By comparison, even Michael Laws comes off as compassionate in the documentary.
Today when Mr Goff talks about closing the gap between rich and poor, I simply don’t believe him. It’s like a newly reformed alcoholic trying to convince you that he now prefers the taste of tomato juice to tequila.
Labour spent nine long years largely trusting a free market “leave it to the unregulated banks” economic policy developed in Chicago and introduced to New Zealand by Roger Douglas.
The introduction of possums did more good for the country. Labour never restored Ruth Richardson’s benefit cuts and neo- Leftists like David Cunliffe (another name one must be very careful typing) happily existed for nine years in a government drier than a Hawke’s Bay chardonnay.
And speaking of Phil Goff’s legacy ,here is a bit of Youtube whimsy for you .Â I can’t confirm or deny whetherÂ this might be one of the campaigns Labour is consideringÂ for the election. It does however help toÂ underline his extensive experience… as aÂ lifelong politician.
NOTE: If you pause this clip at exactly the right moment (08 secs).Â You will see an article headed: “Phil Goff – Big Hair, Bright Future.”
It starts - “Twenty years ago Phil Goff was hot.Â So were VCRs, big hair,Â Hill Street Blues, and Duran Duran.”
Clearly us Â bastards on the right of the blogosphere don’t give Phil credit for his extensive politcal legacy.
Looking at this video though, it”s his hair!
But back to Dave Armstrong for the last word:
If only there was the technology to morph different Labour politicians into one. Imagine a Labour leader with Jacinda Ardern’s looks, Trevor Mallard’s mongrel, Shane Jones’ blokie-ness, David Cunliffe’s intellect and Louisa Wall’s sporting ability. Trouble is, if you left it to Labour head office, you’d probably get an MP with Trevor Mallard’s looks, Jacinda Ardern’s mongrel, David Cunliffe’s blokie-ness, George Hawkins’ intellect and Judith Tizard’s sporting ability. But as any zoologist will tell you, there is no animal more ruthless than Labourite caucusi sniffing consecutive election defeats.
Despite no clear alternative, Labour’s caucus may soon say to its leader, as David Lange brilliantly called out to him in Samoan as he left for Apia, “fa Goff”.
The paid lap-bloggers at The Standard think that Labour’s crass manipulation of the MMP list system is “a quirk”.
Judith Tizard wonâ€™t take Labourâ€™s vacant seat in Parliament. Itâ€™s the right thing to do. Itâ€™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 Â Judith Tizard. Perhaps they consider it as thanks for all the patronage bestowed upon them whenÂ JudithÂ 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 aboutÂ theÂ 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.
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!
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 TheÂ 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.
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Judith Tizard has announced on Q+A that she isn’t coming back. The threat of the Tizard Effect proves too much for Labour as they bully andÂ cajoleÂ Tizard into standing aside. SHe has even accused Phil Goff of being a bully.
Instead of MMP delivering us the rightful person to parliament we now get the unedifying spectre of watching LabourÂ manipulateÂ the list so that 5 other people with more claim legally to a place in parliament get spiked so Louisa Wall can make her way back into parliament.
Tizard though has gone out with a bang accusing pretty much everyone, me included, of being bullies.
The lsit is perhaps the worst aspect of MMP and we can now all see why. Labour will now cynicallyÂ manipulateÂ the list and 5 people they told us were better than Louisa Wall will have to take one for team.
This is precisely why MMP needs to go and you should choose to Reject MMP in the referendum on November 26.
Judith Tizard is thinking of going back to parliament to “stick it up” David Farrar and me!
So she says she has reasons to return: unfinished business, the salary, supporting colleagues in their first opposition election, offering institutional knowledge and support. Acting as camp mother, essentially.
Those reasons … and to “stick it up them”.
Stick it up who? Phil Goff?
“I was actually thinking of David Farrar and Cameron Slater, et al. I wasn’t thinking about my former colleagues,” she says. “I don’t think it’s a particularly worthy thing to say, but I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t.”
Bwahahahahah….my sides have been hurting from all the laughing I have been doing since reading this.
In the rest of the article Jono Milne looks at the reasons why the T-Bomb is despised in Labour.
It probably all goes back to union firebrand Matt McCarten. In the middle of a mayoral election campaign, he dubbed former Auckland Central MP Judith Tizard the Minister Responsible for Assisting the Prime Minister with her Handbag.
The label stuck. Lazy. Ineffectual. Would attend the opening of an envelope. Effete heir to a political dynasty, elevated into Parliament and a ministerial post purely because of her family’s friendship with Helen Clark.
McCarten is unrepentant. “She may have been maligned a little too harshly,” he says. “But her reputation for a lack of constituency work and follow-through was strong.”
In WikiLeaks diplomatic cables made public by the Herald on Sunday last year, United States Consul General John Desrocher wrote: “Tizard is increasingly dismissed as Clark’s (literal) bag carrier.”
Right-wing bloggers like David Farrar and Cameron “Whaleoil” Slater popularised the slander – but Labour leader Phil Goff seemingly swallowed it hook, line and sinker.
Goff denies it but his electoral strategy of the past 2 years looks as if it has been dictated by one thing: the Tizard Factor. The party seems convinced that the public will not stomach Tizard’s return.
Her spectre loomed over potential byelections in Mt Albert, Mana, Manurewa, Te Atatu and Botany.
Two mentions in one article. Awesome. Now we await the Tizard Effect when she announces that she is returning to parliament.
The last thing the MMP electoral system needed this year was an episode to stir up discontent over list MPs. Yet that is exactly what is being provided by the posturing and prevaricating of Judith Tizard as she decides whether she will take the list seat vacated by Darren Hughes. The Labour Party hierarchy has made it clear it does not want the former minister back in Parliament.
But, as the unelected candidate highest on Labour’s 2008 party list, she is, by law, the first cab off the rank. With the retention of MMP the subject of a referendum at the time of the general election, this is far from a ringing endorsement of its merits.
Exactly, and bizarrely the vested interests of pro-MMP lobbyists seem tot hink that these same people rortingÂ theÂ list should also be the ones to reform MMP.
Labour has itself to blame for much of its embarrassment. Not only does it not want Judith Tizard back – and earlier went so far as to stop Phil Twyford standing in the Mt Albert byelection to prevent this – but it also does not want any of the next four candidates on its list, Mark Burton, Mahara Okeroa, Martin Gallagher and Dave Hereora. None are standing this year, so they would occupy the seat for just six months. Party president Andrew Little’s choice is Louisa Wall, who is next on the list after those fellow former MPs and has already been selected for the safe seat of Manurewa.
The editor is of course talking about the Tizard Effect or the Tizard Bomb. Labour are ardent supporters of MMP, yet they are quite willing to chuck the intent of the list system aside because it doesn’t suit them. That makes the MMP system highly suspect that it can be manipulated in such a manner.
It would be easy to say Labour should have seen this coming; that it erred badly in the drawing up of a list which saddled it with lacklustre choices in the event of incidents such as that allegedly involving Mr Hughes. But before the 2008 election, the party may have felt it would be wrong to demean and effectively disown sitting MPs by placing them far lower on its list. If the worst came to the worst, it could always appeal to them to stand aside for the good of the party.
Labour is not the first to seek to manipulate its party list this way. In mid-2008, the Greens tried to bring Russel Norman into Parliament by orchestrating the departure of MP Nandor Tanczos and asking Catherine Delahunty and Mike Ward, who were ahead of the co-leader on their party list, to stand aside. This came unstuck when Mr Ward stuck to his guns. Nonetheless, this blatant attempt at a rearrangement of convenience left a sickly taste, a state of affairs now rekindled by Labour.
Yes it does leave a sickly taste. We need to dump MMP, not reform it. If politicians can’t be trusted to stick to their lists then they can’t be trusted to reform MMP.
Issues surrounding list MPs, along with other aspects of MMP that have raised question-marks, will be examined by an Electoral Commission review if the public votes later this year to retain the electoral system. This would offer the chance to assess whether the situation in which Mr Little finds himself is reasonable.
On the one hand, the public votes for a party list, which, like policy, is announced before an election. It could be considered that a commitment has, therefore, been made to voters, and the list should be sacrosanct.
Yet is it fair that a party, and perhaps a new leader, should be shackled with unwanted people in what may be much-changed circumstances? Should, in fact, party lists be dispensed with after an election?
The common complaint about this would be that people could enter Parliament without any sort of public mandate. Party leaders would be free to exercise their whims. Equally, however, the present situation is unsatisfactory, and has blighted MMP at an inopportune time.
Louisa Wall is, clearly, the most suitable candidate to replace Mr Hughes. Something must change to ensure the country is spared a rerun of the current shenanigans.
That something is for us all to reject MMP.