Nasty Politics

Whaleoil’s sources from Palmerston North say that yesterday’s front page of the Evening Standard had a huge headline “Nasty Politics Claim by Rival”. An interesting story follows, about how Iain Lees-Galloway had a big sook over his list ranking, even though he is a well known self serving unionist. Maybe you have to be both a self serving unionist and one of the gaggle to get a good position on the Labour list.

Whatever the case it appears that Iain Lees-Galloway decided it would be a good idea to run a protest outside his opponents place of business. This is considered a bit dodgy, but this blog is not really bound by social norms so doesn’t object to Iain’s protest.

What it does object to is politicians not telling the truth. Iain Lees-Galloway was challenged by his opponent about why he was protesting outside her family business and said:

But Mr Lees-Galloway, who is Labour’s Defence and Land Information spokesman, said the location was chosen by his Young Labour supporters because of the heavy traffic flow.

“There was no intention to target Leonie’s business and it hadn’t even crossed my mind,” he said.

“Yeah, when I got there I thought: `OK we’re outside the Coachman’ but it was no plan on my part.”

Mr Lees-Galloway doubted many people would have made the connection between the Labour campaigners and Mrs Hapeta’s hotel.

Ok Iain since you made some claims let’s examine the facts. The tipline informants say you parked your van full of self serving unionists  and parked it a few hundred meters from the Coachman. You and your self serving unionists walked down the road and to your opponents place of business and started protesting. You get confronted by your opponent, and you walk a few hundred meters back down the road to the van.  And you expect the people of Palmerston North to believe you when you say “There was no intention to target Leonie’s business and it hadn’t even crossed my mind,“. I call bullshit on that.

I believe this is a lie. A big lie, either that or Iain is congenitally stupid. Probably a lie though, the kind of lie a man who plays away with a stenographer would use to pacify the missus.  And to think Iain’s parents scrimped and save to send him to Kings.

Maybe I will have apply Mangrove’s label to ILG. I know Stuart will be relieved and possibly grateful to Iain for the useful distraction.


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  • reid

    I call bull­shit on that.

    Yeah so do I.

    Who the fuck does Liarbore think it is. Seeking to recruit human flotsam like this as the Member for Palmerston North really makes a mockery of Steve Mahary’s previous good work in the area.

    Yes, I know Liarbore is factional so it has to recruit by faction and this guy merely makes up the tail end of the union faction but FFS, can you FFS recruit a quality unionist? THIS is the best you could find, in the entire union anatomy, in Palmerston North?


    Boy your party must be a really teeny tiny insy winsy squint of a widdle party if HIM is all you could come up with.

  • pwebb

    You have to be joking Cameron.

    The billboard occurred on one of the busiest streets in Palmerston North on a busy intersection. If you look at a map you would probably choose four spots in the city and this would be one of them.

    Nasty politics? You should try spinning less occasionally and post something based in reality.

    • Mr. Infinity

      Reality? The left’s idea of reality? The one born of a drug puffing feminist union meeting in the 60s? No thanks.