Lesser Known Winners & Losers of 2014


The MSM and lesser known bloggers like to give out big gay lists of awards for political winners and losers in 2014 and often miss out on some of the most interesting stories.

So we will cover some of the winners and losers this year that haven’t really made it into the public eye.

I mean everyone else has labelled John Key politician of the year except Jane Clifton, who awarded that to me. The lists aren’t even interesting anymore.

Time for a change.  

First up is perhaps the biggest winner in Labour’s internal leadership battle that hasn’t really got a mention.

Phil Twyford has a pathological hatred of Grant Robertson, and Grant only lost the leadership by one preference of one MP. So Phil’s vote was decisive, especially since Robbo has said he will never run for the Labour leadership again.

No one in the brains trust at WOBH can think of anything else Twyford has done this year, but at least he managed to knife his opponent, and anyone good enough to knife an opponent in such a career ending way as Twyford has deserves respect.

Word is that Robbo is after revenge so there could be some interesting fights inside Labour’s caucus in the next year or so.


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  • Jas

    Why does he hate him so much?

    • JC

      Phil’s been a loyal soldier for many years, always trying and failing to win an electorate and always down the list so had to take one for the team to allow someone of the correct PC grouping to get in.

      Grant would seem like royalty to him. privileged and indolent and morally out to lunch.


      • Mark J

        I hate to stick up for the guy, but he’s had a couple of wins in Te Atatu – admittedly against Tau Henare and Ngaro (who may as well have conceded after he admitted that he lived well, out of the electorate).

        I still didn’t vote for him

        Asking any Labour candidate to win North Shore is never likely to happen.

  • Whitey

    Robbo will surely be out for revenge.

    • exactchange

      Time to dig two graves, then.

  • Aucky

    Ability with a knife is paramount to success in the labour party. A set of skills need to be developed to position the blade right between the shoulder blades.

    Twytford has never impressed me. He seems to roll out the same old at Question Time week after week after week about housing consents and every week he gets the same answer. He has zero charisma – he and Little are like a pair of bookends.

    • Michael_l_c

      Vengeance is a dish always best served cold, when the victim thinks he is safe.

  • …and now the really dirty politics begins as Labour gorges itself on a feast of cannibalistic revenge attempts they’ll to keep out of media attention.

    They’ll be thwarted by Whale’s disinfecting, highlighting spotlight of ineptitude.

    Bring on the fun and games!