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fa Goff

Dave Armstrong takes apart Labour and their pro tempore leader Phil Goff:

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 .¬†I can’t confirm or deny whether¬†this might be one of the campaigns Labour is considering¬†for the election. It does however help to¬†underline his extensive experience… as a¬†lifelong politician.

NOTE: If you pause this clip at exactly the right moment (08 secs).¬† You will see an article headed: “Phil Goff – Big Hair, Bright Future.”
It starts - “Twenty years ago Phil Goff was hot.¬† So were VCRs, big hair,¬†Hill Street Blues, and Duran Duran.”

Clearly us ¬†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”.

Herald Editorial on MMP

The NZ Herald editorial is scathing of Judith Tizard, Labour and MMP.

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 rorting the 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.

Blessed with choice

Labour face a real problem. When Darren Hughes finally accepts that his position is untenable and not even Helen Clark can save him, they have to pick a new List MP from the following in this order:

38 Judith Tizard – Anti-MMP campaigners wet dream

39 Mark Burton – a man so useless even Helen Clark fired him and no one in Taupo could stomach him in local body politics either.

40 Mahara Okeroa – Who?

41 Martin Gallagher – Beaten by Tim MacIndoe…need I say more

42 Dave Hereora – Union thug

43 Louisa Wall – Unlikeable Maori dyke, not even the Rainbow Labour faction likes her

44 Lesley Soper – The sole remaining pro-life campaigner in the Labour party and long haired hippy

45 Clare Curran

46 Grant Robertson

47 Chris Hipkins

48 Iain Lees-Galloway

49 Brendon Burns

50 Hamish McCracken – perennial loser, couldn’t win a raffle at a bowling club

So if they have a deal with Judith Tizard for her NOT to come back to parliament, the price has just gone up. If she sticks with their deal then Labour have six more even worse options if that were at all possible.

Random Impertinent Questions

Why would Mark Burton’s wife go around collecting and screwing up Rick Cooper’s brochures at a public meeting in Turangi?

Why would she do it when people could see?

What is it with Labour people when it comes to disrespecting democracy?

Will a candidate who shall not be named be “guilty of nothing more than helping” 300 people find alternate accommodation?

Wasn’t Cactus Kate’s post about Paul Henry right on the money?

Where is the outrage about the racism/homophobia of John Tamihere, who once famously called the wimmin of Labour “front-bums”?

Why has someone famous all of a sudden dropped off the Stellar Trust?

Why on earth would that be?

Return of the Living Dead

Looks like another rejected Labour MP trying to find another trough to pig out in.

Mark Burton, so lowly regarded by Labour that he didn’t get back in on the list is running for Mayor of Taupo. This is a man who was in cabinet, but got the arse from Helen. This means all his expenses are online, and will surely become part of the election campaign.

He is also the moron Defence Minister who issued tender documents for a wheeled armoured personnel carrier with the extra requirement of a P3 Orion wing. He literally couldn’t organise a root in a brothel. The common joke around parliament about this hapless politician was when somone else screwed up it was called “going for a Burton”.

The current Mayor of Taupo is a bloody good politician, Rick Cooper. Rick’s most recent news story reinforces his fiscally conservative credentials, criticising his own council for getting away from core business. The TDC built an environmentally friendly house. Without putting it to tender, and without full council approval.

Rick is the first mayor in the country to have all council meetings shown live on the net by web cam. So when candidates are talking about transparency, ask them if they are as transparent as Rick Cooper, and want meetings shown live on the internet. Any politician who is prepared for that level of transparency is one who gets the big Whale Oil Beef Hooked seal of approval.

Rodney's jacket illegal

The farcical nature of the Electoral Finance Act has again been brought to the fore and in the last week of the election campaign.

Rodney Hide has received a leter from the Electoral Commission telling him that his jacket breaches the draconian and increasingly bizarre Electoral Finance Act.

Rodney has said he won’t comply.

The act must be tossed out along with the parties that supported it.

EFA causing stalking

Hat tip Big News

When the government passed their much vaunted Electoral Finance Act we told them that people would be threatened and stalked. Rubbish was what Helen Clark told us all.

Now how would you feel if someone stuck 1000 knives into your front lawn and left a nasty note. No one deserves that let alone Bob McCoskrie. But that is exactly what has happened with this most draconian of laws.

We are now just a short step away from someone being seriously injured as a result of this law.

1000 knives

Political parties warned about use of bumper stickers

Political parties warned about use of bumper stickersA warning has been given to political parties about the use of bumper stickers during this year’s election campaign [TVNZ News Politics]

Oh dear, another I told you so moment.

The leftists all said that it wouldn’t happen, and now it has. the law of common sense isn’t working that well.

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Stick your panel up ya arse

National has announced today that when they win the election they will can the highly partisan electoral law panel that Labour and the Greens stacked so they can push for state funding of political parties.

This is as it should be.

I vehemently oppose state funding of political parties. If you can’t convince punters on the street of the merits of your policies and they don’t vote with their pockets then tough shit, get out of the game or get better policies.

Further Labour has egregiously breached long-standing traditions in appointing their lackies to this commission without consulting National.

Electoral law has 'chilling effect' on public debate

Electoral law has ‘chilling effect’ on public debateThe head of the Electoral Commission has described the new electoral law as having had a “chilling effect” on people’s willingness to speak out over election issues. In an outspoken speech, Dr Helena Catt has outlined the difficulties… [NZ Herald Politics]

Would it be churlish of me to say “I told ya so”?

Of course it would but i did, loudly and with all my ability and still they wouldn’t listen. Now the person responsible for administering the law echoes ominously the words that the human Rights Commission uttered, “chilling effect”, when describing the Electoral Fiannce Act.

Make no mistake. Labour, the Greens and New Zealand First with some help from Peter Dunne colluded to make this dramatic assault on one of our freedoms. They deliberately have tried to silence new Zealanders from speaking against the government. They must all be thrown from office and the law repealed.

Only a party vote for ACT or National can throw this law out.