Barnett backs Robertson, slowing down Cunliffe supporters joining

Regular readers will know that Cactus Kate is no longer a member of any party, having quit Act some years ago. She also famously donated $1000 to Labour at the last election after I lost a bike race against Trevor Mallard.

After David Shearer quit Labour decided to hold a leadership contest and made a pitch for new members…Cactus likes the cut of Cunliffe’s jib, a rich prick living in the leafy suburbs and proposing all sorts of changes that would benefit her as a lawyer arranging peoples financial affairs. So she signed up to be a member online.

There is a slight problem though. Labour are nearly at the voting stage and she hadn’t received her voting information so she emailed Tim Barnett.

From: Cactus Kate
Date: Wed, Sep 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM
To:[email protected]

Hi

Still waiting for my vote paper

Thanks

Tim Barnett’s reply;

From: [email protected]
Date: 10 September, 2013 19:41:01 PDT
To: Cactus Kate
Subject:
Membership Application

I acknowledge receipt of your application for membership to the New Zealand Labour Party. However, membership to our Party is not automatic.  Under Rule 6 of the New Zealand Labour Party’s Constitution, a member must “subscribe to the Constitution and policy of the Party”.  From your well publicised positions, I have reason to believe that this is not the case.

As a result, I have decided to refer your application to the New Zealand Council of the Labour Party, which next meets on 28 September 2013, for a decision about whether to accept you as a member in accordance with our Constitution.  The decision of New Zealand Council is final and binding.  Should you wish to make a submission about your membership, please email me directly and I will pass it on to the New Zealand Council for their information.

Yours sincerely

Tim Barnett

GENERAL SECRETARY  

Cactus wasn’t going to let that go without a response. What on earth is Barnett playing at…is he trying to put off her membership until after the vote because she supports Cunliffe?

From: Cactus Kate
Date: 10 September, 2013 22:06:40 PDT
To:[email protected]

Subject: Re: Membership Application

Dear Mr Barnett,

I was of the understanding that the Labour Party is a Party that respects diversity, free speech, and open opinions.

My public views, are not so far removed from the stated positions of luminary Labour leaders of the past.

They are definitely more friendly of diversity than say for example John Tamihere who appears not to be gay friendly and describes women as “front bums”.

Furthermore, I even donated $1,000 to Phil Goff’s campaign centred against asset sales and my money was certainly accepted then.

I strongly urge you to reconsider your position.

Like many of your more vocal members online, I am unsure what the current policy of the Party actually is. For example just today I am actually in favour of Shane Jones’ call for more open competition for Supermarkets.

 

Barnett responds;

I acknowledge receipt of your application for membership to the New Zealand Labour Party. However, membership to our Party is not automatic.  Under Rule 6 of the New Zealand Labour Party’s Constitution, a member must “subscribe to the Constitution and policy of the Party”.  From your well publicised positions, I have reason to believe that this is not the case.

As a result, I have decided to refer your application to the New Zealand Council of the Labour Party, which next meets on 28 September 2013, for a decision about whether to accept you as a member in accordance with our Constitution.  The decision of New Zealand Council is final and binding.  Should you wish to make a submission about your membership, please email me directly and I will pass it on to the New Zealand Council for their information.

Yours sincerely

Tim Barnett

GENERAL SECRETARY

Oh dear going legal…this won’t end well.

From: Cactus Kate
Date: 11 September, 2013 23:18:23 PDT
To:[email protected]

Subject: Re: Membership Application

Dear Mr Barnett

I have now had time to review the Party Constitution to which you refer. I found it online.

The Rule 6 to which you refer states membership is indeed automatically granted to the Party under donation to the “Century Fund” in any year. That is you do allow under your Constitution for automatic granting of membership in exchange for cash in “any one year” which in my case was 2011 so 6b can apply.

I cannot find any amendments to this Rule so assume it to be current.

I believe I have donated sufficiently to qualify when my $1,000 was accepted by Chris Flatt around August 2011 during the election campaign so can qualify for automatic membership to the Party.

I am definitely over 15 years of age, not a member of any other political party and cannot think of any group or organisation I otherwise belong to that is in any way political in nature to conflict with Labour.

I understand from The Standard website that voting closes for the leadership on Sunday so by sending my application to the Council you are indeed denying me of the important right to vote for the Leader of which I am publicly in favour of Mr Cunliffe. In light of the above please reconsider and send me the voting forms electronically as soon as possible so I can participate.

 

Arguing the toss about rules with a lawyer isn’t going to go well for Tim Barnett…especially when that said lawyer is mates with New Zealand’s most read political commentator. What was he thinking?

Barnett responds making it clear that there is no way they are going to let Cactus be a member just yet, despite taking her money for membership and despite her finding a rule that allows automatic membership with donations.

From: General Secretary
Date: 12 September, 2013 0:01:47 PDT
To: Cactus Kate

Subject: Party membership

 

Many thanks for your response. As I mentioned, your application has been referred to the NZ Council for a decision. In the meantime, you may like to ready NZLP’s Constitution and our policies, which are freely available on the NZ Labour Party website: www.labour.org.nz. If you have any further comment to make I will be happy to supply that to the Council,

Best wishes,

Tim Barnett

General Secretary

Unbelievable…so they take her money multiple times, then hide behind rules that she points out doesn’t protect them, then kicks it to touch.

The Labour party with its man ban is trying to encourage women members, they approve John Tamihere’s membership but not that of a woman donor?

What on earth was Tim Barnett thinking when he started corresponding on this issue?

Some people really do like the spotlight falling on them…that comes with playing in traffic sadly, and they aren’t spotlights, they are headlights.


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