Russel who?

April 27th, 2009 at 2:37 pm by David Farrar

Oh dear. This is from bFM today:

GOFF: Well what, what will happen is all of, all of Labour’s candidates are non-Parliamentarians so whoever, ah, is selected it’s the candidate, ah, if they go through to win in the by-election then they simply, ah, are additional an electoral MP for, ah, the Labour Party replacing Helen Clark. So the numbers stay the same. Now what, what will make, ah, the Labour candidate, I think unique amongst the major contenders is that the other two contenders are both sitting MPs, ah, Melissa, well they think they will be. Melissa Lee is the hot on favourite for, for the National Party. She’s already a Member of Parliament of course, a list member of Parliament, ah, as is, um, Russel, um, oh God, forgot his surname, ah, Russel, help me out [laughs], the co-leader of the Greens.

PRESENTER: .

GOFF: Norman, yeah that’s the one, ah, so, ah, Russel and Melissa are already Members of Parliament and I guess that might, ah, cause some electors to reflect. Well, why would we vote for an existing Member of Parliament because they’re already there? But, but if either of them were to win then, ah, of course somebody else would come off the list in their party.

That’s the one!

You could understand him forgetting the name of say Larry Sutherland when Larry was an MP. Larry probably even forgot his own name. But the co-leader of their biggest ally!

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42 Responses to “Russel who?”

  1. Barnsley Bill (982 comments) says:

    The missing 30 seconds from the same interview.

    PRESENTER: Okay, so by picking a non mp as candidate you are wanting to bring a new face into parliament?

    GOFF: Well, yes and also our most senior adviser David Farrah outlined to us that by picking a non MP we could avoid the catastrophe that is Judith Tizard returning via the back door.

    Goff is doing a Custer.
    http://barnsleybill.blogspot.com/2009/04/goffs-last-stand.html

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  2. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Surprised you aren’t talking this up as a slight on the guy who is insolently contesting ‘Labour’s’ seat DPF…

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  3. davidp (3,556 comments) says:

    The interview question and the very thought of Norman caused Goff to stall while fighting the urge to blurt out an irony-free “All those Aussies are racist bastards and I hate them”. He just couldn’t remember if the Aussie in question was a motel owner, a banker who couldn’t pronounce “Whakatane”, or the bloke leader of the Greens. Anyone would freeze up in that situation.

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  4. JakeQuinn (15 comments) says:

    Poor old Phil. I understand his predicament, i often forget Russel’s name, or i say rod or just get a blank.. perhaps there is something in the name Norman.. it clearly sounds like many other words and confuses the brain ;)

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  5. mickysavage (786 comments) says:

    DPF

    The Greens are not Labour’s biggest ally. On current behaviour they are behaving more like National’s poodles even though National is wrecking havoc to all of the previous Government’s environmental initiatives.

    The Greens are missing out. Under Fitzsimonds and Rod Donald they were principled. Now I am not so sure.

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  6. georgedarroch (316 comments) says:

    Wouldn’t the leader of their biggest ally be Peter Dunne?

    After all, they’ve been in coalition with him twice, the Greens never.

    Still, it’s hilarious that Phil Goff can’t remember Norman’s name.

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  7. toad (3,672 comments) says:

    I didn’t hear it, but it wouldn’t surprise me if it was deliberate. Like Muldoon used to refer to Lange as “the other bloke”.

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  8. Barnsley Bill (982 comments) says:

    Aahhh. the greens as “national poodle” attack line… Keep piling in with that one micky. This by-election will give Norman a chance to shine. The normally dry personality free zone that is the greens coleader is going to look like Robbie Williams after he has hoovered up 4 grams of charlie when stood next to the carpet bagging old man that Goff is trying to shoehorn in over the top of the Clark candidate.

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  9. Piggy (66 comments) says:

    Phil, um, oh God, forgot his surname, ah, Phil help me out [laughs], the co-leader of the Labour Party..the one who’s still polling lower than Clark six months after she stood down..bugger me what is his name..?

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  10. tvb (4,240 comments) says:

    So he is trying to make an issue out of an existing member of Parliament standing hence the reason why the Labour turned its back on Twyford and on and on it goes. There is not a shred of logic to all this. Same as their timid campaign does not even ask people to vote Labour. I can see the Labour Party are going to take this by-election very very badly. I would vote Green if that was the most viable vote to defeat Labour.

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  11. KiwiGreg (3,211 comments) says:

    I reckon if any party ran someone whose surname was “Clark” they would probably romp home.

    Like that movie (was it Eddie Murphy??)

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  12. Murray (8,841 comments) says:

    Cheek of Phil whatshisname.

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  13. unaha-closp (1,137 comments) says:

    I am liking this by-election, it is really hotting up. Who-knows-who (LAB) vs. Russel what’s-his-name (GRN) vs. Possibly-but-possibly-not Melissa Lee (NAT).

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  14. gladstone (38 comments) says:

    Ah, but it’s a name we will ALL know so much better before long!

    Did anyone hear Russel Norman at the Queenstown ‘Finance’ debate? He outshone English and Peters buy 10000 watts and kept Cullen on edge. He’s no slouch, that NORMAN.

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  15. Say Goodbye to Hollywood (556 comments) says:

    Dear Baby Jesus

    Please let Phil come a knocking on my door during the run up to the by election, so that I may call him Russell.

    Ta
    Hollywood

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  16. toad (3,672 comments) says:

    mickaysavage said: The Greens are not Labour’s biggest ally. On current behaviour they are behaving more like National’s poodles…

    They are not anyone’s poodles mickey. The Greens aspire to be a major party to rival National and Labour. They have their won policies and program independent of either party. And while Labour’s policies are closer to the Greens’ than National’s in most respects, I think an examination of the polices will show the Labour and National far closer to each other than either are to the Greens (eg Labour’s weak ETS will be replaced by National’s even weaker one, Labour’s de facto privatisation of workplace accident insurance through the accredited employer programme will be replaced by National’s overt introduction of private insurers, Labour’s dirty streams and rivers may or may not get dirtier under National etc).

    And In Mt Albert, Labour’s underground highway will be replaced by National’s overground one, even though with decent public transport we would not need a highway at all.

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  17. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,830 comments) says:

    mickeysavage you are a useless, illiterate, NCEA toting, B grade no hoper. Only Labour people are capable of ‘wrecking havoc.’ Normal people wreak havoc.

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  18. gladstone (38 comments) says:

    Adolf – what on earth would drive normal people to wreak havoc? Losing their second and third round of tax cuts?

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  19. gazzmaniac (2,319 comments) says:

    And In Mt Albert, Labour’s underground highway will be replaced by National’s overground one, even though with decent public transport we would not need a highway at all.

    Um… try telling a tradesman or a courier to go to work on the train.

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  20. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    “They Greens are not anyone’s poodles..”

    Really? That qualifies as the understatement of the century!

    The Greens have been Labour’s poodles and doormats for many years. Think of the vile pieces of legislation (i.e., EFA) the socialists passed in complete agreement with the Luddites. All for a few dollars, offices, and illusory power.

    Once again, the Green hypocrites and its myrmidons trying to rewrite history.

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  21. gladstone (38 comments) says:

    gazzmaniac – “Um… try telling a tradesman or a courier to go to work on the train.”

    No need. They are just the people who should use their own vehicles, it’s the recreationals who would find the train to their liking.

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  22. sonic (2,818 comments) says:

    What s desperate post David, I I may retitle.

    Man forgets other man’s name for a second, not many hurt!

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  23. burt (7,988 comments) says:

    gladstone

    So we are building a railway line through Mt. Albert now ? Nice!

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  24. davidp (3,556 comments) says:

    Goff’s problem is that this is a referendum on Goff. If there is a large swing against Labour or if they lose their safest seat, then we’ll be looking at a by-election in Mt Roskill later this year or early next. That isn’t a good position to be in when you’re scoring less than 10% as preferred PM and your party is scoring about 30%. Goff has been working since the early 80s to be PM, and it could all amount to nothing on 13 June.

    I find it funny that George Bush was seen as a failure when, in 2004, he scored around 50% of the vote. Five times Goff’s preferred PM rating. And the Republicans gained 47% of the vote in November, well in excess of Labour’s current poll ranking.

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  25. Craig Ranapia (1,915 comments) says:

    Hum… sounds like someone was trying to get his bitch on, Cullen-style, and failed miserably. Because I don’t believe for a second Goff doesn’t know who the hell Norman is, or that he’s the Green candidate for Mt. Albert.

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  26. dad4justice (7,957 comments) says:

    Anything that upsets sonic is good. Good post David. Does Norman Communist ride a broomstick like the other MP that flew away, what’s her name again… Hell….?

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  27. david (2,552 comments) says:

    I can hear that transcript being read time and time again back to the same people who read John Key’s transcripts last year emphasising the “…. aaah …. ” between words. I recall it was the Deputy Leader of the Opposition who did that with much mirth several times.

    Of course getting it back would probably outrage the sesitive little petals on the Oppo benches so probably the gummint will be magnanimous and play the ball rather than the man and forgo a very tempting bit of payback. Time will tell

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  28. Inventory2 (10,166 comments) says:

    For some reason, whenever I type Phil’s name, my fingers go for “Goof” instead of “Goff”.

    Now I see why :-)

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  29. burt (7,988 comments) says:

    Goff to Norman: It’s OK, I’ll pretend I can’t remember your name and then people won’t suspect that we have given you permission to stand a candidate. But you just remember who’s bitch you are Norman….

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  30. MichelleW (7 comments) says:

    Davidp: Very true. This is starting to be all about Goff. But what political leader wouldn’t forget unimportant things like Russel’s name when he’d just found out he’s still polling behind someone who doesn’t live here anymore? It’s the stress, it’s the stress…

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  31. Murray (8,841 comments) says:

    “What s desperate post David, I I may retitle.”

    Want an inept post, I haven’t seen you at the dyslexia support group meetings so whats your excuse? An appalling Caledonian accent perhaps.

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  32. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    Micky. Classic stuff. You should do standup.

    You shat in their faces for years and NOW they are National poodles. Just for talking on environmental issues. There was only one poodle though (yours). He’s gone, so I guess you meant to say “lickspittles”.

    Top effort Micky – I’ve given the big plus karma because this has to be one of THE funniest posts in ages. What were they meant to do? Disappear? Go away and wait for your dodgy mates to get back in so they could be shat on all over again? Just like you shit on everyone else, including your biggest funder?

    … AND THEN, WTF – you talk about principle !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LABOUR -> PRINCIPLES !!!!! WHAT??????????? That’s like oil and water isn’t it??
    You’ve clearly been brain dead for the last nine years – were you asleep as well?????????????

    Better cuddle up to jimblanderton. He’s the last one left and without Hullun there … well … who knows what could happen … If he sneaks out of the home and slides his slippers under JK’s bed … then you really are all ALONE. No invite to the party and no-one to play with.

    Here’s a tip, get him to sign something – you shouldn’t have any trouble because he wouldn’t know what the fuck he was doing. Just a minute though, you’re not actually jimblanderton are you Micky???

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  33. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    I2

    I wouldn’t bother trying to change the habit. If you do, then no-one will know who you’re talking about.

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  34. gladstone (38 comments) says:

    what the hell is ‘yesadlix porpust proug’ ?

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  35. gladstone (38 comments) says:

    D4J or D4M ?

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  36. thedavincimode (6,589 comments) says:

    sonic says:

    “Man forgets other man’s name for a second, not many hurt!”

    Ugh. But many man have heap big chortle.

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  37. dave (986 comments) says:

    DPF

    The Greens are not Labour’s biggest ally. The EPMU is.

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  38. Barnsley Bill (982 comments) says:

    The way things are going with the finances we should probably just start calling labour the EPMU political wing.

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  39. Patrick Starr (3,675 comments) says:

    “The Greens are not Labour’s biggest ally. ”

    baw haw haw – no that’s right…………… Jim Andersomething is

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  40. tvb (4,240 comments) says:

    There never was going to be an underground highway. It is simply toothfairy stuff to say that was going to happen. Just where was the Labour Party going to find the $2b+ to fund it. The Labour Party announced the policy but did not say there was going to be any money to pay for it. How dishonest is that.

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  41. Viking2 (11,244 comments) says:

    tvp; normal service for Liarbor. Don’t forget all the others like the transmission gully and acc etc. All just pie in the sky economics.

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  42. PhilBest (5,120 comments) says:

    I really enjoy WhaleOil’s favourite little names for people:

    “Wed Wussell”…………..

    Hilarious…….!

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