John Tamihere has been banned Pedro Gower at 3News has revealed. John Tamihere has described their processes as like joining the Head Hunters.
The Labour Party faithful have queued up to get into their party conference in Auckland this evening.
All members are welcome except one – the prodigal son, John Tamihere – who has not been allowed to return.
“It’s a bit like joining the Head Hunters,” he says, “as I’m trying to walk through, trying to get my membership, they are all there beating you – it’s a bit like a gang, a gang initiation”.
Yes, that’s right. Mr Tamihere compares the Labour Party to the Head Hunters, Auckland’s most feared gang. That’s because while he’s paid his membership fees and wants to be an MP again, his colourful past – including a Serious Fraud Office investigation – means that membership is yet to be approved by the party hierarchy.
He says he is being blocked by forces from within.
“No one wants you back if you are deemed to be a threat, so what you’ve got to do is water your threats down and kill them off – that’s politics,” he says.
Lynn Prentice from the hate speech blog, The Standard, is allowed in as media. Martyn Bradbury is also allowed in, other media too…but not the editor of Truth and now not John Tamihere.
Labour do allow other unsavoury characters in though…like Shane Te Pou:
3 News tried to talk to Labour Party member Shane Te Pou about Mr Tamihere, but found the door closed. Mr Te Pou was a key figure in the Bill Liu citizenship controversy – a series of events currently under investigation by the Auditor-General. But while Mr Te Pou is allowed into the conference, Mr Tamihere isn’t.
Mr Tamihere did actually back under-fire Labour leader David Shearer, but today Mr Shearer couldn’t bring himself to back Mr Tamihere.
“I’m not going to give a personal view,” he says.
Labour don’t believe in freedom of the press and now they are banning people from joining the party, precisely the types of people they should be encouraging. It is obvious now that the only media allowed are those sympathetic to the Labour cause. If those media respected media freedom they would boycott the conference.