Matthew Hooton writes at the NBR about Shane Taurima and Labour’s decision to rinse him.
The strange thing about the Taurima report is that labour actually did the right thing and gave him the arse.
Have Labour had an outbreak of ethics or did they have too many gays for the quota?
Matthew Hooton thinks they knew all along and have done this to try to appear to have clean hands.
In some circles, Mr Taurima is very highly regarded.
As Winston Peters put it on radio this morning, as part of a wide-ranging interview on his latest allegations about the Cook Strait ferries and his promise to release, as early as today, information he says he holds that will force Judith Collins to resign: “Over the years I have known Shane, I have always found him to be highly professional and the kind of quality Maori media personality that we need to seriously encourage in this country.”
Mr Peters described the decision by the Labour’s New Zealand Council not to allow Mr Taurima to seek the party’s nomination for Tamaki Makaurau as “a tragedy”, “a terrible pity” and “disappointing in the extreme”.
Tamaki Makaurau, currently held by retiring Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples, is now overwhelmingly favoured to be won by Labour in September. Whoever wins Labour’s nomination can look forward to a long career in parliament, representing the Auckland region, and to become a major rangatira, with a permanent place in Maori history.
Mr Taumira is only human to have wanted that desperately – and Labour gave him every indications it wanted him, delaying the deadline for nominations to try to accommodate his difficulties with his employer, TVNZ.
Those indications were even stronger because a large number of people within Labour, including on its New Zealand Council, knew all along what Mr Taurima was up to within TVNZ and implicitly endorsed it.
Mr Taurima essentially set up a Labour cell within TVNZ, signing up his own staff as party members and setting up new branches. Read more »