“Dirty tricks and dirty politics in Dunedin South” – Clare Curran

Oh this is delicious.  Labour MP Clare Curran is accusing The Standard author Tat Loo of playing “dirty politics”.

Richard Harman reports

The Anderson’s bay branch of the [Labour] party has said it is going into recess.

Its organiser, Tat Loo, who writes under the pseudonym “Colonel Viper’ on the left wing blog site, “The Standard”. Said “Labour as an organization is failing ordinary Kiwis both locally in Dunedin and centrally in Wellington on many different levels and it shows every sign of continuing on that track.

“We want no part of propping up the Thorndon Bubble careerist ‘pretend and extend’ set any further and will be moving on to new political projects.”

But party president, Nigel Haworth, said the move was “really quite inconsequential”.

He said it was a minor perturbation.

“It’s certainly nothing to lose any sleep over at all.”

There are major sections of the left, a lot of them frequent lefty blogs, that believe a Corbyn-like shift to the left is the only way for Labour to regain its integrity and to take back the treasury benches.

Anderson’s Bay was exactly the kind of left wing Labour branch which enabled Jeremy Corbyn to become leader of the British Labour party, a move which now threatens that party with divisiveness and possible electoral ostracism.

Mr Loo said on “The Standard” that Labour’s inability to be consistent in opposing the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement; the softening of the stance against the 90-day right to fire, “the ethnically divisive and ineffective tactics against Chinese property buyers in Auckland”, the voting for National’s social welfare reform legislation, and the support of National’s spying and anti-terrorism bill, “all point to a Labour Party which is now lost at sea but does not appear to recognise that fact.”

But there may be less to Anderson’s bay than Mr Loo’s rhetoric.

POLITIK understands it had only 120 members and sent no delegates to the party’s annual conference three weeks ago.

And it appears that one of the main reasons for the branch’s re- establishment was to oppose Dunedin South MP, Clare Curran.

When the branch was re-established last October, MS Curran said it was reconstituted without official approval, with the aim of undermining her bid to be re-elected.

”This is dirty tricks and dirty politics in Dunedin South,” she said.

Oh dear.  The Standard actively undermining the Labour Party.   That does sound like Dirty Politics to me.  Look forward to the Hager book on this.

Oh wait…


– Richard Harman, Politik

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They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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