Will Labour Accept JT’s membership?

The MSM plays catch up after I blogged about JT’s problem with the poofs.

Mr Tamihere confirmed he had applied online to become a member again and had sent a note to the party informing it of this.

Party secretary Tim Barnett said Mr Tamihere would be subject to more scrutiny than usual because of his high public profile.

It was “unusual but not unheard of” for membership to be refused.

The party’s leading council would have to decide if there were any formal objections to Mr Tamihere rejoining. None had yet been received.

“From my point of view, I would just look at the record of membership in the past and anything on things he might have allegedly said or done that might have brought the party into disrepute.”

Asked whether Mr Tamihere’s criticism of Labour on the talkback radio show he hosted could count against him, Mr Barnett said it could be looked at if someone raised a specific concern.

Unlike National where membership cannot be stopped, Labour’s factional war lords could give JT the arse because he doesn’t fit into any of their factions, and they want to suppress the right faction so it never is strong again. Labour always preach tolerance but practice brutal intolerance internally so don’t be surprised if they decline JTs membership.

Tim Barnett should have known better though, he should have said “Everyone knows JT, he is a good bloke and the kind of man we need in the modern Labour Party”. Then if he didn’t like him stack the selection for Waitakere and shaft him. Labour’s selection process is not very democratic, so HQ can shaft someone pretty easily.


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  • kowtow

    “…..give JT the arse because he didn’t fit into……..”
    More like rejected as JT didn’t fit into any arse.

  • Gazzaw

    Given the publicity surrounding JT’s desire to run for Waitakere it will be rivetting to say the least to watch labour wriggling to get off the hook. Damned if they do, damned if they don’t. As Bloke in Takapuna would say………..bring on the popcorn!!

  • Rodney

    “and they want to suppress the right faction so it never is strong again”

    No, Labour want to strengthen the right faction within the party, which isn’t in fact a faction at all because Labour is a right-wing party. Just listen to the way Shearer talks and how the whole of Labour hates Cunliffe. Cunliffe will be the only one who opposes JT’s return, which means there’s no question JT will be back.

  • Lets not forget Tim Barnetts efforts as an MP. Another left wing poof doing his best to break NZ, how much on him being shoe horned back onto the list now he is back from his non job overseas.

  • Doug

    JT’s open support of charter schools will just about rule him out.

  • blokeintakapuna

    Supposedly – according to NBR – JT was given the arse card by the Rainbow and female factions in Labour and they don’t want him what so ever.
    Oh well – he can always salvage some pride, get some self respect and go be a poor example in a porn shoot parady of skinny white guy v’s Bubba’s big Mumma, or join the Mana Party, or maybe even be a street sweeper or the garbage collector guy – one of those options would at least help him gain some self respect…

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I think Emperor Key should shoulder tap JT and bring him into National. Can not do any worse than Pauper Parata.

  • tarkwin

    I’d have thought Labour would welcome anyone like a long lost son.

    • Travis Poulson

      Speaking of long lost sons, I always believed there’s one person that has always been missing from Labours ranks:

  • Sideshow Bob

    Labour will definitely give John Tamihere the front-bum’s rush. John’s problem is that he thinks the labour Party is there to represent the working class. It’s a bloody long time since that was the case.

  • flipper

    Mr O…
    I accept your view based upon your experiencesa, but what about Rule 7 (C)( (ii) ?
    Am i missing something?

  • Thing is if Labour want to get rid of Paula B then JT will get the job done.

  • Mully

    Why on earth would JT want to be back in Labour?

    He’s much to sensible for that lot. And it didn’t end well last time.

    He should stand (for his own party) in Waitakere, split the left vote (like Bellyacher Bradford did last year) and increase Paula’s majority.

  • Under Labour’s rules, someone must have been a member for twelve months before they can contest a nomination. So even if Labour readmits JT in November, you can bet that the Waitakere selection will be held by the end of October 2013, so that he is ineligible to be nominated.