Enlisting Caucus support for flagging presidency

Peter Goodfellow - idiot presidentNational Party President Peter Goodfellow, a man more known for what he hasn’t done than what he has, is so desperate to retain his board place and the presidency that a rear-guard action is being fought from within caucus.

On Tuesday National’s caucus was begged asked to consider the impact of the dumping of the President from the board at the up-coming national conference by lobbying their electorate delegates to vote for Peter Goodfellow to retain his place on the board.

But they are struggling with this begging request because he has done sweet f-all for them. The listies are worried about getting back in if the party vote falls, the ninth floor thinks the party orgnaisation is hopeless (and with Peter Goodfellow they are right) and those in strategic seats are worried about losing their seats because the party has done nothing. Just about everyone is annoyed about the victory fund tax on electorates when the fundraising hasn’t been that strong.

The question the MPs need to ask is “what has the party organisation done for you?” and consider whether it has given them a better chance of getting back into parliament, and who was the one responsible for putting the party organisation into this position. They can’t blame Judy Kirk, she help win the election and retired in success. The only person who can be held accountable is the President and he is pushing for a two ticks campaign when everybody knows, god knows Judy said it often enough, Party Vote National is the only strategy.

There are three vacancies on the board up for election and four contenders remaining after Stephen McElrea, the PMs electorate chair, strategically withdrew. They are Northern Regional Chair Alan Towers, LNI Regional Chair Malcolm Plimmer and Southern Regional Chair Roger Bridge. The only fly in the ointment, so to speak is Peter Goodfellow.

Of the four only Peter Goodfellow has no natural constituency to support his bid. It is thought, due to intense canvassing for proxy delegates by Michelle Boag, and the attempt at rallying support from within caucus that Goodfellow’s support has dwindled to just Boag loyalists and McCully acolytes.

Alan Towers, Malcolm Plimmer and Roger Bridge all have just cause to expect a place on the board. Bridge for his track record on fundraising since the election, Plimmer for his re-vitalisation of LNI and Towers for having control of the largest region, a region that National must win to retain power. They all have good records in their regions and can point at real results for efforts they have controlled. Goodfellow on the other-hand has a stellar record for non-achievement in almost every area of the party, except for putting on good booze-ups the night before critical conference votes for him.

Sources within caucus have been aghast that such a request could even have been made. Traditionally in National if caucus meddles in party business then unexpected results occur. The party does not like to hear that caucus is meddling. There will be a back-lash and it is no surprise that most MPs I have spoken too intend to do precisely nothing in support of Peter Goodfellow. They, rightly, assess that such things are best left to the party and to the delegates.

Different sources in the party (I have many) also tell me that fundraising is good, though is largely being done in the electorates as part of the “Victory Fund”, almost all of the funds that have been raised are from the “Victory Fund”. Peter Goodfellow though continues to claim that this fund growth is due largely to his efforts. Again, nothing angers delegates more than people claiming others hard work for their own.

I have also heard that several major fundraisers have expressed dismay at the attitude of the “Goodfellow Camp” towards them at recent events. They certainly aren’t happy, and though they still support a John Key led party, they certainly aren’t enamoured with the President and the culture of “Footballers Wives” that surrounds him.

With just a couple of weeks to go before board selections delegates are presented with few choices. Perhaps the best option is for delegates from Northern, LNI and Southern to vote for their Regional Chair at position one on the ballot, the other Regional Chairs at positions two and three and put Peter Goodfellow dead last. With this strategy all parochialism is avoided, regional delegates can reward the hard work of their chairs and the board can cast adrift the deadwood holding the party back.

In this post I must tender my apologies to Wira Gardiner. I bagged him last year, spiked his board election, but I was wrong, I shouldn’t have. If Wira Gardiner had been elected to the board, and then to the Presidency, he may still have been a fair-weather friend and a dummy-spitter but at least he would have actually done something in his year as president. The same cannot be said of Peter Goodfellow.

As a final note, I serve a word of warning to the President, The Whale has a lot of people in the party who communicate with him. Bad mouthing The Whale to them isn’t perhaps the wisest course of action, nor is dissing the influence bloggers have in New Zealand politics. Let’s consider this post part of an ongoing lesson in the power of blogs in modern political discourse. It is a lesson the president has thus far failed to grasp.

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