How long before Lianne Dalziel quits?

It looks like Lianne Dalziel is soon to move off to a cushy number at the UN….she sort of announced it in a speech the other day which has largely flown under the radar:

I too have become involved in a branch of the UN – I am a member of the UNISDR Parliamentary Advisory Group on Disaster Risk Reduction.  The week after this was announced, I was boarding a plane to Wellington and a Cabinet Minister, who I won’t name, said congratulations on your appointment.  I was genuinely chuffed.  He said ‘I see Helen is still looking after her friends’.  I am telling you this because I want you to know that, even after 22 years as a Member of Parliament, it still hurts when people cannot genuinely celebrate achievement.

Helen didn’t know I was being appointed to this position because the UNISDR – the secretariat that oversees the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction – is quite separate from the UNDP the UN Development Programme which she heads. 

We all know the path to the UN trough starts with a committee job, they then get to meet the right people then next thing you know they are appointed to some cushy trough somewhere never to have to deal with pesky things like elections ever again.

It is just a matter of time now before Lianne Dalziel resigns from parliament…either for some sinecure at the UN or to contest the Christchurch mayoralty ( which I think would be a much better prospect for her)

Oh and Lianne darling…if you are having to explain to everyone that Helen didn’t know…well she did and we all know it now because of you. Explaining is losing.


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