The Tizard Effect

Someone should really write a Wikipedia entry called The Tizard Effect. It looks like it is seriously in play at the moment.

Labour sources tell me that Chris Carter and their electorate chair have told Labour that if they select Phil Twyford in Te Atatu then Carter will resign immediately and force a by-election on them. Labour are very,v ery tempted by this offer/threat.

David Farrar blogged about this possibility just a short while ago and it looks like it is gaining traction.

The dilemma for Labour is “The Tizard Effect”.

They really, really, want shot of Chris Carter, the longer he stays in parliament the more stupid they look. They also want to give Phil Twyford a home, a seat that he has longed for but just can’t seem to get selected for. Twyford right now looks like a big loser. He can’t convinve any electorate he stands for to select him, his cries about the hijacking of Auckland look very hollow now that Len Brown is safely esconsed in the Town Hall, so to gain a selection woukld patch up that particular wound for Labour and for Twyford.

The only problem as I have said is The Tizard Effect. If there is a by-election and Phil Twyford wins then the next person on the list, just in time for election year, would be Judith Tizard. The Labour caucus wants her back like they want cancer, but on the flip side they’d like to be shot of Carter.

You could say they are on the horns of a dilemma. And that dilemma is called Judith Tizard.


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