Connell to NZ First?

July 22nd, 2007 at 11:58 am by David Farrar

Irene Chapple in the SST writes that NZ First is trying to get Brian Connell to defect to them.  An interesting move for a party which has previously insisted MPs who defect should resign from Parliament.

NZ First might want to be careful about getting what they want.

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11 Responses to “Connell to NZ First?”

  1. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    He can’t be any worse than Winston, can he?

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  2. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Does being effectively fired count as defecting?

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  3. Ross Miller () says:

    MP for Selwyn … didn’t he forsake the electorate to live in ChCh?

    On reflection I think the reported view of the National caucus along the lines of good riddance is probably about right with the added advantage that his defection would raise the respective IQs of both National and Winston First.

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  4. Zutroy () says:

    National will be delighted. An egotistical malcontent cut from national and put into NZ First would help solve two problems.

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  5. Ed () says:

    As for Winston Peters’ pathetic attack on the Nats, I have this to say: if he keeps cuddling up to the Prime Minister the way he is, he will be exposed for the charlatan he is. Let him just keep on going. He is arguing both sides of the argument because he just does not know where to stand on it anymore. Do members know why? It is because he knows that the Nats are right, and he is simply upset that he has been upstaged. His narrow policies—all three of them—are myopic at best, and his anti-Asian migration stance is doing more harm to the reputation of New Zealand than this Government has ever done in two terms of Government—and boy, coming from me, that is really saying something! Mr Peters says the Nats are the B team, and I say to him that his views are, at best, subjective. I can say one inescapable fact—at least we have a team, and I think it is a pretty good team. In fact, it is a team that will lead the next Government of New Zealand. This team is on 32 percent in the polls and is going through the roof. Mr Peters’ crowd is on 8 percent and is going out the back door as fast as it possibly can.

    Brian Connell, Debate on the Prime Minister’s Statement, 11 February 2004 http://www.parliament.nz/en-NZ/PB/Debates/Debates/7/d/c/47HansD_20040211_00000740-Debate-on-Prime-Minister-s-Statement.htm.

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  6. John Dalley () says:

    Ross. Nice to see the MP for Helensville living in his West Auckland mansion. OH! sorry thats’ Parnell isn’t it!

    ED. Nice to see National has such a grasp on MMP politics.

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  7. sam dixon () says:

    Connel isn’t a List MP, I believe its List MPs being allowed to defect that NZF has the problem with.

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  8. David Farrar (1,895 comments) says:

    Nice job Ed.

    Sam – the Electoral Integrity Act championed by Peters not not distinguish between types of MPs.

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  9. Murray () says:

    Fine, he go into their private meetings and leave his cell phone on for a journalist to listen in.

    See how they like that.

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  10. Rex Widerstrom () says:

    On the face of it the passage quoted by Ed should disqualify Connell.

    But as zutroy says, Connell’s an ex-National egotistical malcontent, and they are something of a speciality du jour for the party.

    After all, NZF even took in Michael Laws… after Mike Moore thought the better of it. And after Gilbert Myles & Hamish McIntyre refused to just hand over the Liberal Party. Then took him in second time – in secret, and on the public payroll – after he made Winston look a fool in Parliament over the Hawkes Bay polling issue, over which he (Laws) had to resign.

    So Connelly has a way to go yet before he disqualifies himself. In fact based on his performance to date, I’m picking him to mastermind their next election campaign.

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  11. friendly fire () says:

    Sounds like a match made in heaven – they deserve each other.

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