Hypocrisy over Deals

Labour and others have been expressing faux outrage over deals in electorates and somehow take candidate insistance that a strong party vote campaign is somehow gifting a seat to one person or another.

Clearly they have forgotten that it is the party vote that counts and so all candidates should be looking to maximise the party vote anyway. The media is now running silly stories like the one about Ohariu:

National has done a deal with the United Future Party and will campaign for the party vote in the Wellington electorate of Ohariu to help leader Peter Dunne retain the seat.

National Party president Peter Goodfellow said it was up to the voters of Ohariu to make their own decisions about what they did with their electorate vote. However, National would be running a strong party vote campaign.

“In Ohariu, as in all local campaigns, we will be emphasising that the National Party needs strong support if it is to form another John Key-led National Government. If that’s what voters want then our message is simple, give National your party vote.”

There is nothing new here, the whole set up of MMP is designed to allow shady back-room deals from all sides. It is all about making the system work for you. National are simply using Helen Clark’s play book and she was supposedly a master of MMP, cutting deals with Jim Anderton in Wigram, Winston Peters in Tauranga and also Peter Dunne before, keeping him nicely ensconced in a ministerial car far beyond his abilities.

Andrew Little has also expressed faux outrage over the National strategy on Epsom this week.

Given that in New Plymouth, “the independent Rusty Kane came in third with 756 votes and if he hadn’t been in the race they could have gone to Duynhoven“, the mainstream media should ask Mr Little and Mr Kane whether or not a deal has ever been raised with Rusty Kane on the possibility he might step aside so that Andrew Little can continue his ascendency to Labour leadership.

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  • sthnjeff

    As a resident in the Ohariu electorate this is disappointing on some levels. I would love to see Peter Dunne and his Boufant hair consigned to the past, but conversely I would hate having Charlie Shovel as my elected representative. Katrina Shanks has a pretty good profile in the area and I tend to think she would make a damned good MP, but if it means keeping Piggy Chauvel from being the elected representative, I may even consider giving my vote to Dunne. God it hurts to say that!!!! It is a strange world in Ohariu at the moment with three MP’s, all of them claiming to be our representative!

    • sthnjeff

      The Mangrove has just made the following statement over at Red Alert:
      “Lord please bless me with the judgement to know when it’s time to go, and allow me the good grace to leave with my dignity and my pride intact. Too late for Peter Dunne. ”

      Good god the same thing ould apply to around 60% of the present Labour Caucus!!

  • lordmontrose

    Well, in the past Labour and the Greens have refrained from asking their voters to vote for whoever is standing for National in Epsom. Now that National and ACT have made their intentions clear about rorting the MMP system to keep ACT and UF in power, I assume you won’t mind lots of Labour & Green billboards in Epsom saying vote for Goldsmith. Don’t say you weren’t warned. If Labour/Greens don’t have such billboards they will be stupid.

    • Of course Labour aren’t desperately trying to stitch up a few of their own deals either are they?…..Like in New Plymouth?

      I think you would find tose billboards would be illegal. Labour can’t “authorise” a Vote for Goldsmith campaign….though they would probably try, since they don’t keep the law in other respects.