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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  • Gazzaw

    Well it didn’t take Clark long to pack her bags so presumably Dalziel won’t be any different. Who could blame her? Why would anyone want to hang around the toxic labour caucus for a second longer than is absolutely necessary.

    • In Vino Veritas

      Gazzaw, it didnt take long because the National Government of the time strongly supported her nomination for the role at the UN. Perhaps Dalziel should be magnanimous enough to mention this.
      More to the point, Chauvel and Dalziel and sinking ships.

      • Gazzaw

        And why wouldn’t the Nats endorse her? The new government would want her toxic influence removed as far as possible from our shores. Liberty is correct in saying that her UN job had been arranged way before the election and she would have done a runner. Helen always looked after the Helens’ interests first – fuck the country.

    • Liberty

      I suspect Clark had that job lined up for months before the election. Even if Labour had won.
      Clark would have done a runner within a few months.

      • Hazards001

        You suspect? It has always been an open secret that H1’s sole purpose in life was to be Sec Gen of the UN. She was born for the role…just ask her!

        • Liberty

          It was all around the traps for months.
          She would have been wise to do a runner in 2007.
          but she couldn’t give up the power.
          Instead became first elected woman PM
          to loose and election. and did a runner to the UN.
          the flotsam is following her.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Her appointment would only lend credence to the thinking, that the UN is full of lying and incompetent ex politicians

    • paddles83

      Tongue and Groove to boot as well

  • Has David Shearer done a deal with Helen Clark to export all those who oppose his leadership to far-flung places? How soon will it be before Mr Cunliffe gets a gig in NYC?

    • In Vino Veritas

      Given Clark’s standing at the UN at the moment (due to the questions being asked re the failure of her anti poverty Agency) I’d doubt that Clark has as much clout as she used to.

      • johnbronkhorst

        You mean the UN finally figured out, what we knew in 2008…..She is an incompetent liar!

        • parorchestia

          Not incompetent, she is very good at lying

    • Gazzaw

      More like a remote outpost in Rwanda if Shearer had his way.

    • Cadwallader

      Why not Mallard too?

  • tarkwin

    Wish they’d take John Minto and Hone, the bloke who was sitting in the background with his sun glasses on at some dodgy marae while the local bludgers were bleating about being compensated by Top Gear for filming on Ninety Mile Beach on the news last night. Surely they have their quota of washed up Labour politicians by now?

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    OK before all the Tories start to jump in joy, my spies have analysed the situation and presented me with some conclusions and dare I say, as usual it is a bad scenario for Emperor and his cronies. First of all aunty Dalziel is not quitting. She is contemplating of doing the UN role, Christchurch mayor role and the MP role at the same time and she has Sheep’s blessings. Even if she decides to quit, Sheep will use the ensuing by-election as a referendum on asset sales. Sheep’s candidate will romp home and that will be the death knock for Emperor who is cruising around Latin America cracking jokes while Sheep is announcing policies that will lift the wealth of ordinary New Zealanders. So Daliziel continuing as MP will be a blessing in disguise folks…..

    • In Vino Veritas

      Sir C, which policies are you alluding to that will lift the wealth of ordinary New Zealanders and who are these “ordinary New Zealanders” you speak of? Dividing what you have doesn’t lift the “wealth” of anyone. And given that the Herald last week told us that 96% of the net tax take is from 15% of taxpayers, I think that avenue has been tapped out?

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        IVV – According to Sheep, word on the street is Kiwis are willing to pay more tax in return for better social services and keeping our assets. So Sheep is betting on this good will. I can produce a huge list of Sheep’s progressive policies, but let me keep it sharp:

        (a) Extending WFF to welfare families

        (b) 300K bungalows in the middle of Auckland CBD

        (c) Redistribution of wealth

        (d) Stopping asset sales and keeping assets for your grand children

        (e) Siding with the Greens to enforce green economy – According to the toxic Greens, Labour’s economic policies are much better than National

        I can’t wait for 2014 November 8th night!!!!

        • johnbronkhorst

          Taking the piss as usual?

        • Patrick

          A fairer society (take money from the working classes to give to the idle)

          Tax Cullen’s Rich Pricks

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            Patrick – Naked Emperor is already doing that by taxing your parking slot!!! He is planning to raise a billion dollar worth of revenue with this. I think Peter Done Dunne is done with this tax if it gets implemented.

        • In Vino Veritas

          Very good SCS! However, I’d have thought:
          (a) was a bribe, not a policy,
          (b) can’t be a policy because its not possible,
          (c) has already been done (see my post),
          (d) the assets that exist today won’t be the same ones that exist in my grandchildrens day (capital expenditure will see them torn down bit by bit and rebuilt, Labour currently use the “built by are parents and their’s” fallacy),
          (e) siding with the Greens is not a policy, its political expediency.

          • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

            Ha Ha IVV – Good points. Let me have a chat with Sheep and get back to you with some more policies.

            Now, now, now – What about John Key’s 50% parking tax? Mad McCarten has printed some stickers which calls for the “John Key Tax” to be removed. I think Peter Dunne needs to get his head screwed right back into his body, Everybody is opposing this tax. I think Naked Emperor is on a hiding to nothing here…

    • Dave

      SCS, which Ciggie packet did Sheep write all of the Labour policies on? Just hope he didn’t flick it out the window of Heluns old Lada while traveling over the Rumitakas.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Dave – Wait for Sheep to oppose the parking tax tooth and nail. People are with him now for sure

    • parorchestia

      She won’t be elected Mayor while holding down other jobs – the electorates’ rejection of Jim showed that.

  • johnbronkhorst

    Thought:- Provoked by a random (or maybe not) set of words…..Can anyone help with the meaning?
    The words are………………………………ship, rat, sinking and leaving.

    • tarkwin

      I’ve got it! Labour Party future! Way too easy, even for a Monday.

    • tarkwin

      Another interesting question J.B, if the U.N if the retirement home for washed out Labour M.P’s how come Shearer is going against the flow? Is he a throw back or was he aborted?

      • Agent BallSack

        Not nasty or useless enough yet. He still actually believes in feeding starving africans.

  • Anonymouse Coward

    If Lianne dips below the horizon will Megan step forward and become the vanguard of the party representing the interests of earthquaked Christchurch residents?

  • Liberty

    Amazing 22 years as a Labour MP.

    Its amazing how MPs can hide away in the bowels of parliament.

    The only time I can record her coming up for air.

    Was when she was sacked for telling porkies.

    • Richard McGrath

      Ross Robertson takes the cake though – 26 years as a Labour electorate MP and who has ever heard of him?

  • Solidarity

    Can anyone list her top 3 achievements since entering Parliament?

    … And saying “leaving parliament” is too easy, so not allowed. Anyone?

    • Anonymouse Coward

      Her talents are modest, but have you heard the old saying; In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king.

      The Labour party is so bereft of talent that it has acted foolishly to sideline a competent MP.

      She has held Jerry and EQC to account on Christchurch earthquake issues.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      1. Winning again and again in Christchurch. So she must be good

      2. Blasting the Emperor’s court jester Jerry to account on earthquake related stuff
      3. Still being loyal to supreme leader Sheep even after demotion….

  • williamabong

    Hell that is interesting, I didn’t even realise she was a “Mussel. Shucker”.

    • I don’t think her husband would appreciate that.

      • paddles83

        W O you can bat for both sides :)

  • Patrick

    Since when was patronage from the UN an achievement to be celebrated?
    Perhaps Lianne would like to list all her achievements as a MP prior to her departure, then the great unwashed could make up their own minds on whether her achievements are worth celebrating.

  • cows4me

    If I was King the UN and all the trough licking bullshit artists that hang of their every word would not get one cent of funding, forthwith.How long does this over taxed population have to pay for these parasitic worms? Look at Dalzeil, 20 fucking years on the tit, isn’t it time these bastards were put out into the real world to fend for themselves. I bet if we were to cut funding of the UN tomorrow all these wasters would be sent packing, just because they piss off to the big apple doesn’t mean we are rid of the bludgers.

  • GregM

    Is it just me, or is the UN nothing more than a retirement village for failed socialists?

  • ConwayCaptain

    As sure as nightfollows day she will gotothe UN and gether snout in the trough.
    Then they will open a NY cabal of the Labour Party.
    If HC does not get re appointed then she will be back in NZ stirring the witches cauldron with the rest of the Rainbow Mob