Rajen Prasad

Poltician’s stunning contribution comes to an end

After losing their top performer, Shane Jones, after Easter, Labour will be devastated to find out that their second most valuable MP will be leaving parliament.

Rajen Prasad has probably realised that as Labour’s poll numbers sink that their likelihood of actually having any list MPs is diminishing.

Labour MP Rajen Prasad has decided to call it quits after six years in Parliament.

He said on Friday he had decided not to seek re-election on September 20 and was “looking forward to new challenges”.

Mr Prasad is a list MP and Labour’s immigration spokesman.

Parliament will miss his piercing debating skills and his razor sharp questions of ministers.

No doubt he has found a better trough to wallow in.

David Farrar will be beside himself, inconsolable that he will now have to find another stellar performing MP to drag down.

Herald on Sunday editorial – Labour is deluded

The Herald on Sunday editorial is blunt and to the point.

However I doubt Labour will heed a word they say, because they are so deluded as to think the Herald is a tory rag.

Labour has done a poor job of refreshing its caucus. There are MPs who have been there so long that they eyeballed Robert Muldoon across the House. It is in desperate need of new blood, leaders of the future like [Kelvin] Davis. Yet last election, Davis was relegated down the list below a clutch of faceless union apparatchiks.

It was outrageous that Labour thought that decidedly less than average Carol Beaumont, Sue Moroney and Rajen Prasad were all better possible MPs and deserved higher list ranking above people like Kelvin Davis and Stuart Nash.

In the long-term, Labour needs people like Davis. But in the short-term (the only terms in which most senior MPs think) Labour may want Harawira.

Because of MMP’s derided coat-tails rule, Harawira can win just the one seat and bring in another MP from the Mana Party, perhaps a couple more from the Internet Party when they formalise their ragtag alliance in two week’s time. This would provide Cunliffe with a real prospect of toppling John Key from power – despite the fact that Labour is trailing about 17 poll points behind National.

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Labour’s Nigella Lawson omnishambles dominates social media

Dr Rajen Prasad’s Nigella Lawson brain fart has animated many on Twitter and Facebook

His own Labour colleagues started to scramble for safety

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Media people were astonished…

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Pots ‘n Pans and Pannier Bags wades in trying to run damage control and teach Prasad a lesson in being more precise when making up policy on the hoof Read more »

Labour not happy Nigella Lawson allowed to come to NZ

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It turns out Labour are quite happy doing deals for the likes of Bill Liu,  in spite of his Asian background (hard to find any consistency there, other than cold hard cash), but now they are upset about someone who has admitted some drug use, but has no convictions being allowed into the country.

Labour Party immigration spokesman Rajen Prasad says he would be concerned if British television cook Nigella Lawson was given an exemption to come to New Zealand solely because of her celebrity status, while other people in more need were being rejected.

Oh, hang on. ¬†It’s not that he’s against people with drug histories coming into New Zealand… ¬†he’s unhappy that the rest of the potheads, pill poppers and needle jockeys of the world aren’t allowed the same exemptions? ¬† Read more »

Labour hypocrisy over state servant candidates

It is never a good look when candidates for office appear in the news, but it is pretty scurrilous for Labour to be attacking Parmjeet Parmar when their own candidates are less than clean themselves.¬†Rajen Prasad should also be very careful about going after people when¬†I note Prasad himself must have campaigned for Labour while a commissioner – because he was named on Labour’s list very soon after he stood down.

I suspect there is a bit of Indian politics at play here, but Parmjeet doesn’t help herself when she talks to delegates claiming she has the support and is the preferred candidate for John Key and Peter Goodfellow. All that is going to happen now is some journalist is going to ask John Key if he supports Parmjeet and he is going, as he should, to say no. Selections are in the hands of the delegates not the plaything of the president of the party and the prime minister.

The Families Commission is facing scrutiny over political links, after one of its commissioners was photographed campaigning with Prime Minister John Key.

During a select committee hearing, Labour MP Dr Rajen Prasad held up a photograph of commissioner Dr Parmjeet Parmar wearing a National Party ribbon with Key at a recent Auckland event.

Prasad said he understood Parmar was planning to run as National Party candidate and asked chief commissioner Belinda Milne whether it was appropriate for a potential candidate to remain as a commissioner.

Milne said she had heard “rumours” of Parmar’s political involvement but she had no knowledge of any candidacy.

“There are all sorts of rumours going around about who is doing what,” she said.

“Until there is a firm situation … we can’t do anything.”

She said another staff member was intending to run as candidate for Labour, which he had declared to the commission. They had already discussed with him how to separate his political activities from his work.¬† Read more »

Vernon Small on Labour’s “issues”

Yesterday Vernon Small wrote about the biggest issue facing Labour ahead of this year’s election.

Well the biggest problem after the issue with their tits leader….rejuvenation…or rather the lack of it.

¬†In politics rejuvenation rates alongside succession planning. Both are easy catchcries and generally seen as “a good thing”.

In reality they are a type of parliamentary Nimby-ism – nice to have if it is someone else who is vacating a seat, and fine as long as you are not the leader whose replacement is being groomed.

On the National side of the aisle rejuvenation is in full swing. At last count 14 MPs have either gone or are going out of a caucus of 59. It is generally accepted as a worthwhile and necessary refreshment of the party. Certainly it is being handled well and without any overt bloodletting. No dummies have been spat in the remaking of the National caucus.

Of course if the polls were different it would be a different story. Shave a theoretical five points off the Government and give it to the Opposition and the narrative might be akin to the “rats leaving a sinking ship” theme that Labour leader David Cunliffe has tried to get up.

But that just looks lame when the last three polls had National harvesting enough support to govern alone.¬† Read more »

[BREAKING] Labour man Daljit Singh convicted on two charges [UPDATED]

Word coming in is that Labour party candidate Daljit Singh has been convicted on two charges.

I will update details as they come in.

The NZ Herald is reporting:

Daljit Singh had pleaded not guilty to electoral fraud charges relating to the 2010 elections. Photo / Brett Phibbs

A Labour Party candidate in the first Super City elections has been found guilty of two counts of using forged documents but has been acquitted on the remaining 18 electoral fraud allegations he faced.

Daljit Singh has been on trial in the High Court at Auckland on 20 charges of using forged documents to increase his chances of winning a seat on his local board.

The jury of 11 returned their verdicts this afternoon after deliberating for nearly five days.

Six other men – Gurinder Atwal, Davinder Singh, Mandeep Singh, Virender Singh, Paramjit Singh and Malkeet Singh – also stood trial for electoral fraud, but on fewer counts.

Atwal was found guilty of 13 counts of using a forged document, Malkeet Singh was found guilty of six counts, and Virender Sing, Paramjit Singh and Mandeep Singh were each found guilty of one count.

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Daljit Singh with Len Brown and Ross Robertson and Efu Koka

Daljit Singh with Michael Wood and Rajen Prasad

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Time for Labour to have a cleanout as well

Under Helen Clark there was almost no renewal…after 9 years of her government pretty much the same faces existed…then there were the 3 years of Phil Goff again with no renewal.

While National cut dead wood and encourages retirements Labour is looking like going into the next election with the same old tired faces.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has been crowing about the growing number of National MPs who have decided to stand down in 2014, likening it to rats deserting a sinking ship. Instead of seeking to make political capital out of his opponent’s obvious drive to bring in new talent at the next election, he would do better to follow suit and start sending the underperformers and time-servers in his own caucus the message that it is time to move on.

Rejuvenation is critical to all political parties. It allows them to bring in new blood to remain fresh in the eyes of voters. However, all too often it is not the parties themselves that do the job, but the electorate, via crushing defeats which see large numbers of sitting MPs turfed out of Parliament.

That is what is so significant about the rejuvenation underway in National. So far, seven of its 59 MPs – nearly an eighth of its caucus – have indicated they will not seek re-election, and there was talk last week that up to six more are considering whether to stand again. ¬† Read more »

Hardly overwhelming David, time to fess up

I’ve been thinking a fair bit about David Shearer’s leadership.

To my mind he is doomed. The much heralded and signalled…well required…leadership vote was held and afterwards Labour rather embarrassingly announced that David Shearer was endorsed as leader in a ballot that had only one candidate by “an overwhelming margin“.

That got me thinking and it got me scratching around my Labour sources…that didn’t sound right…”an overwhelming margin”…what does that even mean?

Then I was emailed by a reader who heard Katie Bradford-Crozier talking to Justin duFresne this morning on NewstalkZB. She said that int he leadership vote there were 10 abstentions.

This confirms what I have heard too from my Labour sources. Ten abstentions.¬† Read more »

Another Labour hypocrite

Another hypocrite can be revealed.

The Labour party constantly harps on about foreign ownership of banks, especially Australian Banks. All the while sitting on the opposition benches is a director of a foreign bank, the Bank of Baroda.

Dr Rajen Prasad.

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It isn’t like he is hiding it either…it is plastered all over his LinkedIn profile proudly and his Wikipedia page¬†and the MPs register of pecuniary interests.¬† Read more »