Malcolm Plimmer

The Upcoming National Party Board Election

The National Party Board has an election for the first time in many years.

Caucus favourite and all round good bloke Grant McCullum is retiring, much to the disappointment of all those who have enjoyed many late nights out with him over the years. The National Party will be a sadder place for not having Grant around, and the party needs to consider how it brings the fun-loving type onto the board as the rest are very, very boring compared to Grant.

The other retirement is the (unfortunately) underwhelming scion of one of New Zealand?s most stellar families – Malcolm Plimmer, whose health is compelling him to retire. ? Read more »

More National Selection Skullduggery

Fresh on the heels of the extremely dodgy and hopelessly compromised electorate chair in Hunua Ian McDougall blackballing two long serving National Party members and local body representatives the tipline is running hot about the party trying to blackball Jo Hayes in Wairarapa.

Those who don?t know Jo need to be aware that Jo is from the Rangitikei but took one for the team running in Dunedin, and did a fantastic job, so much so that senior members of Michael Woodhouse?s electorate team wanted her to replace him because he is such a good family man he doesn?t have time to campaign. I don’t disagree with Michael?s choices about being a good father, as it is very tough being a parent and a politician, but it does show how good Jo is.? Read more »

Who will replace Peter “Dopey” Goodfellow as President?

The current board is the first place to look, but the talent pool is very shallow.

The two main contenders are Alastair Bell and Roger Bridge, and the merits (or lack thereof) of both will be examined in other posts.

The remaining members of the board are:

Grant McCullum – Tricky missus and regarded as being not quite the intellect that is required to be president. Bottles fights at the drop of a hat.? Read more »

National Selection Update, Ctd

Readers should remember this blog does not take sides in selections and always encourages people willing to run to have a crack. The only time it will take sides is to highlight unethical or immoral campaigns by dodgy candidates who think they can rig a selection.

Waikato: – ?Lindsay Tisch has stared down the party so far and will run another term. He was told he should spend more time with his family but his family are better at kicking doors down and shaking the shit out of people so when they told him to run again he thought he had better listen to his family.

Napier: – Some poor sap is going to get badly beaten by Labour?s Stu Nash. Nash has the earliest campaign hoardings in living memory.

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National Selection FAQ, Ctd

Will National push me up the list if I keep taking one for the team in a red seat?

No. Unlike Labour there is no reward for tenure in National. Those wanting specific examples should look at Ravi Musuku, Mita Harris, Malcolm Plimmer and Conway Powell?s rankings in 2005 and 2008.

Ravi Musuku ???2005 48 ?2008 65

Mita Harris ???2005 53 ??2008 ?63

Malcolm Plimmer ?2005 60 ?2008 62

Conway Powell ?2005 ?55 ?2008 ?59

Ravi didn?t just get shafted he got sodomised repeatedly with some sort of industrial sodomiser.

Who will be on the National Party Board in 2022?

Following on from the series of posts I am doing about the National Party in 10 years time let’s consider the National Party Board. The current members are:

John Key
Michael Woodhouse
Peter Goodfellow
Roger Bridge
Alastair Bell
Pat Seymour
Malcolm Plimmer
Kate Hazlett

We can safely assume John Key will not be leader or on the board in 2022. Michael Woodhouse likely won’t be on the board as list MPs do not last 15 years as so rightly pointed out by David Farrar.

Peter Goodfellow certainly will not be around. Presidential tenures are usually not more than five or six years. Of the rest most are of advanced age, or served for a long time already, and whose best time in the party was before 2011. This means I think that it is fair to say that there will be no current board members still serving in 2022. In fact it is hard to see many of them serving when National goes into opposition and politics gets really tough for National again.

The clear implications of this is that if you want to be involved in the party in the future you can safely ignore idle threats made by the current board as they will not be around in ten years time.

Winners and Losers, Ctd

Some Winners and Losers from the National party.

Winners: Louise Upston & Amy Adams

Both Louise and Amy increased their majorities by over 6600 votes in an election where only 11 MPs increased their majorities. Amy already has a formidable reputation and Louise has now turned a red seat into a safe blue seat with a 13,000 majority. Amy?s ascension to cabinet is expected, and the tipline says we should look out for Louise. Her work ethic and attention to detail will be very valuable when things turn against National and they need a safe pair of hands. Also Louise doesn?t mind having a stoush with the teachers union so she comes with officially Whaleoil Approved.

Rank by Margin -National Party seats

Losers:??Jo de Joux

Known to be as abrasive as sandpaper, her personal reputation took a total battering this election. MPs and candidates who were sick of her screaming at them worked out that if they told her to ?Get Fucked? there was nothing she could do about it. Needs anger management training, perhaps with the party president. Though she did have her pleasant hat on when dealing with the Whale on Saturday night, probably because she knew David Farrar would write something nice about her the next day.

Losers:?Malcolm Plimmer

Was elected to the Lower North Island Regional Chair position based on campaigning and winning red seats. A bit too much talk and not enough results, with the marginal seats in the electorate blowing out to much safer Labour ones and a chance of a generation lost.

Labour Held Seats
2008 Margin 2011 Margin Increase in Margin
Palmerston North 1,117 3,001 1,884
Rimutaka 753 3,126 2,373
Wellington Central 1,904 5,111 3,207

Regional chairs play a crucial roll in List Ranking, and Malcolm lost a list MP in his region with Paul Quinn not making it back on in the list. Getting Quinn or another LNI list MP in was Malcolm?s responsibility.

This is very disappointing from someone who promised so much yet delivered so little. A man with integrity would tender his resignation for such failure.?

When two dogs fight

The Rodney selection debacle has finally made the papers. Adam Bennett has been following this from afar and has put the pieces of the puzzle together. Apart from the old “Ned Flanders” photo of Peter Goodfellow the article is very accurate, at least until they quote from Alan Towers.

The selection of National’s candidate for the safe Rodney seat has been delayed amid bitter infighting, with frontrunners Brent Robinson and Scott Simpson said to be tarnished by claims of attempts to slant the selection process in their favour.

Delegates were to have met this week to select the candidate to replace Lockwood Smith from a shortlist of five – Mark Mitchell, John Kirikiri, Christopher Penk, Mr Robinson and Mr Simpson.

If the electorate chair Cehill Pienaar and Regional Chair Alan Towers hadn’t both tried to jack up the delegates then the buggers’ muddle that exists now wouldn’t have?occurred.

Once?again I?have?been proven to be right with my allegations.

It is also understood a number of those signed up recently to Wainui should, according to party rules, have been registered to other branches because of where they live.

National’s hierarchy has decided to formalise branch boundaries within the electorate, a move that is likely to see members reallocated from Wainui to other branches.

That is the branch stacking sorted but what about the Regional delegate stacking?

With both frontrunners now perceived to have indulged in “dirty pool”, the party insider said the way was now clear for one of the other candidates to come through.

Strong potential contenders include Mr Mitchell, a former policeman, and Mr Kirikiri, the district’s former deputy mayor whose key strength is said to be his strong relationships within an electorate that is regarded as very parochial.

Another party stalwart also said the competition was now far more open.

“People want this to be a fair contest and they don’t want to see a few people abusing the rules, so I think there’s an element to that.”

Dirty pool indeed! More like Murky pool. The most hilarious quote is one from Alan Towers:

Mr Goodfellow said he understood Mr Towers was reconsidering how he would appoint delegates to the selection committee.

This was because of “the criticism he’s facing that the way in which he’s exercised his discretion hasn’t generally been what you’d expect”.

This week, however, Mr Towers dismissed the allegations about his selections as “ridiculous”.

The only changes he was making in terms of appointing the 15 delegates needed to make up the quorum of 60 for the selection panel would be to reflect changes to the pool of potential delegates resulting from the reallocation of party members among the electorate’s four branches.

I hesitate to call people liars…except when they lie. I knew Alan Towers would do and say that, I have been waiting patiently for the lie to come out. Does he really want me to publish the list of delegates he appointed, the electorates they are from and the relationship to Scott Simpson? Because I will if he keeps lying. As a taster perhaps the media would like to ask him about Roger B. of Hunua/Botany electorate , or perhaps Jim S. of Mt Roskill electorate, or maybe Roy M. from Auckland Central and then there is the dear old thing from up north who has described Scott?Simpson?as “like a?son to her“. Alan Towers knows I know he isn’t speaking the truth, but does he want everyone else to know.

What Alan Towers could do, though, is the honest thing and change the regional delegates copying either the model Malcolm Plimmer used in Palmerston North, with five long standing members from each of the three surrounding electorates, or by putting ranking party members in as delegates.

The fifteen people this blog would like to see as delegates are:

The four Deputy Regional Chairs
The six members of the list ranking committee
The electorate chairs from Whangarei, East Coast Bays, North Shore & Northcote
PLus any shortfall made up of deputy electorate chairs.

These people all hold positions within the party they have been elected to, and they were not elected because they were Scott Simpson loyalists. So the stench of corruption would be removed from the selection process if the regional delegates are changed in the same way as the rigged local delegates are going to be removed.

This whole messy buggers’ muddle of a process has been a shambles, and it is fair to say that Alan Towers chances of ever getting on the board are now non-existent.


Ranking Board Candidates

National Party logoThe National Party has a preferential voting system for electing board members. Preferences are vitally important for ensuring that you get the board members that you want. Therefore I am going to provide a guide for delegates from the various regions on the best way to maximise the preferences for the candidates you prefer. I am also providing the guide because no conference booklet has yet materialised.

Before I do that though, I have had a great deal of feedback about the alleged charge that voting Peter Goodfellow off the board might somehow embarrass the prime minister. Several people have pointed out that it would be hard to embarrass a man who supports and implemented an ETS on the advice of Nick Smith. There is a great deal of angst in the party about the ETS, so I have a suggestion for those delegates that are really very angry with the party implementing the ETS. Place Peter Goodfellow 4th in the preferences in order to embarrass the Prime Minister and make the message about the ETS. He doesn’t seem to get it that the party is angry, so what better way to send a message. Put Peter last for the ETS.

On another note, delegates have been contacting me also to point out that under the presidency of Peter Goodfellow this is the first conference in 74 years of the party that hasn’t had a conference booklet produced prior to the conference, nor a conference agenda. This is done usually two weeks prior to conference and is a useful tool for delegates to get together to work out which sessions each will attend, discuss various nominees for office and plan an effective conference. This year, no booklet has been sent, I presume delegates will be given something upon arrival, but essentially there is nothing so far with just two days to go. Of course one supposition is that this has occurred because each of the nominees for the board positions would have had a page to extol their virtues and there would have been a stark contrast between 3 of them and Peter Goodfellow, who would be hard pressed to fill a postage stamp with his achievements for the National Party. Nevertheless the lack of a conference booklet or agenda prior to the conference is an indictment on the organisational abilities of Peter Goodfellow and accordingly he deserves to be ranked dead last.

Now onto suggested preferences. For me it is quite simple. There are three board positions and four contenders. One is a lazy, waste of space who has held just one previous office in the party, that of Auckland Region Publicity Officer, a position he put his entire abilities into by not holding a single meeting of the publicity committee in his entire tenure. The other three have very long pedigrees at branch, electorate and regional positions.

So my suggestion is always put Peter Goodfellow last. If you are from LNI, Auckland or South Island regions then place your Regional chair first and the the other two candidates second and third in whatever preference you desire.

Example A: a delegate from Christchurch would vote thus:

1. Roger Bridge

2. Alan Towers or Malcolm Plimmer

3. Malcolm Plimmer or Alan Towers

4. Peter Goodfellow

Example B: a delegate from Auckland would vote thus:

1. Alan Towers

2. Roger Bridge or Malcolm Plimmer

3. Malcolm Plimmer or Roger Bridge

4. Peter Goodfellow

Example C: a delegate from Wellington would vote thus:

1. Malcolm Plimmer

2. Roger Bridge or Alan Towers

3. Alan Towers or Roger Bridge

4. Peter Goodfellow

By voting in this manner the delegate can ensure that the preferences flow to the three best candidates and Peter Goodfellow is ranked dead last. Let’s get quality board members, members who will contribute and not just be nodding patsies to the agenda of caucus. Elect Roger Bridge, Alan Towers and Malcolm Plimmer to the board

National Party Board Candidate

I have posted previously on these candidates but will post again.

There are four candidates for three positions, and the board elects the president.

Peter Goodfellow (Incumbent, President): Well known in National circles for being indolent and useless. His tenure has been marked by doing nothing, achieving nothing and not understanding that the Party Presidents role is a 60-70 hour a week job that leaves no time for other employment. His list of non-achievement can be found in yesterday?s post, The Case Against Peter Goodfellow. He said to TV3 last night:

Mr Goodfellow refused to appear on camera, but told 3 News he has achieved ?in a bunch of areas?.

?Cameron Slater represents an intransigent view. I?m certainly getting a lot of support and I?m standing on my record.?

As I said to TV3 yesterday not even Peter can tell us where he has achieved, and from the quote above you can see I was right. Peter Goodfellow stands on his record, therefore he stands on and for nothing. If anyone is concerned about embarrassing the PM it should be Peter and he should withdraw.

Alan Towers (Challenger): Alan is the new Northern Region Regional Chair, and has a track record of working hard in different parts of the party over a large number of years. As the Chair of the biggest region and the region that National need to win to win government he should be on the board, no ifs, buts or maybes.

Malcolm Plimmer (Challenger): Malcolm is the Lower North Island Regional Chair, and has received rave reviews for turning a region that was a dysfunctional disaster area into a focused, tight unit that will put a lot of pressure on Labour in 2011. His campaign pitch is all about providing electorates with the tools to win the Party Vote. This focus on winning votes will be valuable around the board table.

Roger Bridge (Incumbent): Roger is the much loved and hard working Chair of the Canterbury Westland region. He has been in the National Party since his teens, and has held just about every office possible. Roger is a true gentleman with many friends all over the country, especially as he is known as one of the most generous people in National with both time and money.

Saturday 12.15pm delegates get the chance to vote for the Board. For the future of the National Party I will be voting for Alan, Malcolm and Roger, solid men with a track record of hard work for National. I will be ranking Peter Goodfellow last.

Call to Action for vot?ing delegates:

  • Elect Roger Bridge, Malcolm Plimmer and Alan Towers to the Board
  • Rank Peter Good?fel?low?Last
  • Pun?ish him for his record of doing nothing
  • Get a new Pres?i?dent, and see the National Party thrive