She's going back to "stick it up them"

Judith Tizard is thinking of going back to parliament to “stick it up” David Farrar and me!

So she says she has reasons to return: unfinished business, the salary, supporting colleagues in their first opposition election, offering institutional knowledge and support. Acting as camp mother, essentially.

Those reasons … and to “stick it up them”.

Stick it up who? Phil Goff?

“I was actually thinking of David Farrar and Cameron Slater, et al. I wasn’t thinking about my former colleagues,” she says. “I don’t think it’s a particularly worthy thing to say, but I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t.”

Bwahahahahah….my sides have been hurting from all the laughing I have been doing since reading this.

In the rest of the article Jono Milne looks at the reasons why the T-Bomb is despised in Labour.

It probably all goes back to union firebrand Matt McCarten. In the middle of a mayoral election campaign, he dubbed former Auckland Central MP Judith Tizard the Minister Responsible for Assisting the Prime Minister with her Handbag.

The label stuck. Lazy. Ineffectual. Would attend the opening of an envelope. Effete heir to a political dynasty, elevated into Parliament and a ministerial post purely because of her family’s friendship with Helen Clark.

McCarten is unrepentant. “She may have been maligned a little too harshly,” he says. “But her reputation for a lack of constituency work and follow-through was strong.”

In WikiLeaks diplomatic cables made public by the Herald on Sunday last year, United States Consul General John Desrocher wrote: “Tizard is increasingly dismissed as Clark’s (literal) bag carrier.”

Right-wing bloggers like David Farrar and Cameron “Whaleoil” Slater popularised the slander – but Labour leader Phil Goff seemingly swallowed it hook, line and sinker.

Goff denies it but his electoral strategy of the past 2 years looks as if it has been dictated by one thing: the Tizard Factor. The party seems convinced that the public will not stomach Tizard’s return.

Her spectre loomed over potential byelections in Mt Albert, Mana, Manurewa, Te Atatu and Botany.

Two mentions in one article. Awesome. Now we await the Tizard Effect when she announces that she is returning to parliament.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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