Clark’s foreign interference

August 16th, 2009 at 12:39 pm by David Farrar

Most former leaders are happy to leave their party to their successors. Muldoon was the famous exception to this, and Clark is looking it seems to join her ranks.

We already found out via The Listener that Clark is in regular, almost daily, contact with many MPs. She still has the party administration ferociously loyal to her, and now thanks to the NZ Herald we find out she is operating as a sort of party whip for former MPs:

Former prime minister pressured her former ministerial colleague Margaret Shields not to accept the title “Dame”.

But the former MP for Kapiti did not buckle, and this afternoon she will be invested as a Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit. …

Helen Clark sent Mrs Shields a letter setting out why Labour had abolished the titles and saying she hoped she would not accept one. …

Helen Clark, now Administrator of the United Nations Development Fund, is in New Zealand on holiday but could not be reached for comment.

But she is understood to have been deeply disappointed that Dame Margaret and some others to whom her Government awarded high non-titular had accepted titles.

I’m staggered by this. To have the former PM writing letters to previous recipients trying to pressure them into turning down the titles is just so petty. You think she would have better things to do with her time.

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41 Responses to “Clark’s foreign interference”

  1. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,703 comments) says:

    “LABOUR’S POLICIES WRITTEN IN NEW YORK”

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  2. Whafe (650 comments) says:

    Most employers would be well pissed with an employee working daily at their last company so to speak….. Just shows how lame and weak as piss the UN is…….

    Bloody hard when the country voted the lefty BS out and sheman Helen is still wielding a big lefty labour stick…

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  3. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    She still believes 8 November 2008 was a rouge poll

    (Touché Adolf lol)

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  4. Mark (425 comments) says:

    Just shows the Labour is useless, and the UN more so.

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  5. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    You actually couldn’t make this up.

    She was rejected in no small measure.

    Her inability to accept that her NZ vision was deeply unpopular is very interesting.

    She bullied and coerced so many, and yet it failed.

    Funny that. People do not like bullies. She is one of the worst kind.

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  6. kiwirights (48 comments) says:

    David, pardon me, but aren’t you being a tiny bit petty yourself, suggesting she can’t stay in touch with her former colleagues, some of whom are presumably also friends, and that she can’t have an opinion about one of the things she has said she is proud she did??

    [DPF: She is entitled to her opinion. It is well known on the titular honours. But writing letters to former recipients to try and pressure them into turning them down is very petty. She could have just said publicly she hoped people would turn them down.]

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  7. 3-coil (1,199 comments) says:

    Helyn is shit-scared of the many skeletons she’s left behind.

    She’ll never let go of whatever perceived power or control that she can maintain here in Godzone, in the vain hope that she can “manage” the PR as the skeletons emerge.

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  8. projectman (232 comments) says:

    Staying in touch with former colleagues is one thing, being manipulative behind the scenes is another. I suspect the voting public will not be at all impressed and it will do harm, rather than good for Labour’s road back.

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  9. johnbt (90 comments) says:

    Patrick Starr, I am sure you mean either a bleu poll on 8 Nov 08 or a rogue one.
    I was wondering why our previous Minister of Wine and Cheese and Ambassador to the Court of St James did not avail himself of a title. He must be seriously pissed that She Who Must Be Obeyed vetoed his Sir.

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  10. paradigm (452 comments) says:

    Saw this a while ago in the herald. Thought it was utterly pathetic especially from someone who should nominally be apolitical such as the UN secretary.

    If there is a choice to be made as to the form of the honour being awarded, that choice should lie entrely with the person recieving the honour. Demanding someone accept an inferior honour for the sake of your (now irrelevant) personal political standing is perhaps best described as “corrosive and cancerous”.

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  11. Glutaemus Maximus (2,207 comments) says:

    One day she will get to understand that she is reviled for what she is and what she stands for!

    Power, corruption, interference, and pathetic dogma.

    A closet Lesbian, that could never come out because Daddy, and Mummy would be mortified.

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  12. Kapital (120 comments) says:

    yawn …dog whistle
    Time to move on people

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  13. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    I my experience the power of control freaks such as the enlightened one normally only suffer any decline as rigor mortis onsets but not always.
    Ah well as phillin goof is often heard to privately whisper.

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  14. Ferdinand (93 comments) says:

    Still fighting the old battles I see David. It looks like Helen might not be the only one who needs to move on.

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  15. radvad (736 comments) says:

    “You think she would have better things to do with her time.”

    Not to her. She was never happier than when she was controlling other people’s lives.

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  16. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    Former prime minister Helen Clark pressured her former ministerial colleague Margaret Shields not to accept the title “Dame”.

    …might run the question ‘ why ” past the noddys at red alert….see if I can get booted off again…

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  17. YesWeDid (1,056 comments) says:

    It’s hardly ‘petty’ when she obviously feels strongly about this and it was her government that removed the titles.

    As for daily contact with her former colleagues, again hardly surprising given the ease of texting and emails, but DPF you have a point its not like Dr Brash is involved at any level with the current government……………

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  18. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,760 comments) says:

    You think she would have better things to do with her time.

    Well she doesn’t, not for yesterday’s “woman”.

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  19. tvb (4,554 comments) says:

    CLark has a serious job at the UN yet she seems to find time to dabble in the local politics of NZ. And the Labour Party which is politically irrelevant at the moment. And she is back for a “holiday” shortly after she landed the job. I am not confident she will be a success if she is obsessing about the Labour Party.

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  20. Brian Smaller (3,966 comments) says:

    You think she would have better things to do with her time.

    Couldn’t help but think of Tamihere saying that most of the Labour Party hierachy have no kids so spend all their time plotting. It is in their blood I guess.

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  21. Inventory2 (9,380 comments) says:

    DPF – you might be “staggered” – I am outraged. This is absolutely none of Clark’s business. It’s simply her being vindictive, given John Key’s decision to revert to the titular honours system. But what I would really like to know is this – how many other letters did Helen Clark? Did she write to all the 80-odd honorees, or just those with links to the Labour Party? Did she write to Sam Neill? Witi Ihimaera? Dr Ranginui Walker? Joy Cowley? And if she wrote to Sir Colin Meads – did she get a “pull your head in” letter in reply?

    One thing’s for sure though – Phil Goff should be aware of just where the power base of the Labour Party is, and who’s pulling the strings.

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  22. Whafe (650 comments) says:

    Phil Goff must feel even more pathetic than he already does, knowing the powerbase is coming from New york. How does a political party move forward when a manipulating power hungry POS is still running the show and in our neck of the woods we have a puppet named Goff

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  23. mickysavage (778 comments) says:

    Gee wizz

    Helen writes to a former parliamentary colleague and all the conspiracy words get trotted out.

    She is “interfering”.

    Er no she isn’t, Margaret did not change her mind.

    She is in “regular contact with MPs”. So what? It looks like Brash is too.

    “The powerbase is in New York”. Er no it isn’t.

    You guys need to get a life and debate real issues.

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  24. Herman Poole (297 comments) says:

    Real issues like Crosby/Textor and the governments ‘mates’ micky?

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  25. sooty (66 comments) says:

    Horrible 1 is pissed that her experiment in social engineering is coming apart!! It is not a good look in the lofty towers of New York to have the peasants starting to rebell. It is embarrassing to have her country reject her and all she stood for. She has come back to stir her lackeys up and maintain control of her Labour party. Phillin is not up to continuing her social experiment and needs a quick kick in the c**t to bring him in line.

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  26. Fletch (6,528 comments) says:

    As a letter to the editor in the Herald mentioned: it’s really funny seeing all these people objects to Knighthoods, and yet nobody seemed to object to Willie Apiata’s Victoria Cross. Where do they think that honour comes from? Victoria Cross? = Queen Victoria? = England?

    The fact that most people accepted the Knighthood is good. It really means something – it has history. I’m sorry, but the Order of Merit New Zealand awards don’t really mean a lot.

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  27. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    johnbt – ha! well spotted

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  28. Rex Widerstrom (5,013 comments) says:

    Rewind back to 1984.

    Helen Clark, with a history of white-anting the Labour caucus to the National Executive (led by Jim Anderton, who’d been spending his Presidency trying to dictate policy rather than organise the party) is desperate for a place in Lange’s first Cabinet.

    Lange has said he wants two Maori and two women, so Clark thinks she has a lock on the job.

    Labour’s caucus thinks otherwise, realising that appointing Clark to Cabinet will open a leak straight to the National Executive, who (with Anderton newly elected as an MP) were more determined than ever to stop Douglas, Caygill, Prebble et al.

    So on the last ballot Clark is defeated by none other than… Margaret Shields, who could be relied upon to be loyal to her colleagues.

    Clark and Anderton then set about unsuccessfully trying to form an “anti Cabinet” faction within the Labour caucus.

    Is it any wonder that Margaret Shields knew exactly what she was dealing with and reacted accordingly? I’ll bet it gave her considerable satisfaction in so doing.

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  29. Manolo (14,169 comments) says:

    Once a dictator, always a dictator. Words fitting for comrade Clark.

    Goff is living up to expectation: he’s no more than an eunuch, an emasculated, castrated puppet, whose strings are pulled from far away (New York).

    In summary: Labour Party’s feminazi mafia is alive and well.

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  30. Ryan Sproull (7,360 comments) says:

    I only read the first two paragraphs of this post, and am now well aware that Clark is constantly telling bunches of Labour MPs what to do all the time.

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  31. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    Once a dictator, always a dictator. Words fitting for comrade Clark.

    ..take note Klark..its all over..you are not wanted here….. fuck off……

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  32. Shunda barunda (2,986 comments) says:

    “You think she would have better things to do with her time.”

    She works for the UN David, anything else IS a better use of her time.

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  33. Simon J Taylor (32 comments) says:

    It is none of her business who else decides to accept a title;

    and that’s an appropriate comparison with Muldoon.

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  34. TripeWryter (716 comments) says:

    I see that Mark Sainsbury on Close Up interviewed Witi Ihimaera about why he didn’t take the knighthood. He gave his reasons, and that’s good. But Sainsbury was also pursuing a line about ‘what about the others, should they have taken the sirs and dames?’ And this is what pissed me off. Ihimaera (or should I say, Ihimaera-Smiler), went on to explain his views about why they did, and why he thought they shouldn’t have. It was none of his business. He didn’t need to answer for them. It was nothing to do with him. They can answer for themselves, just as he did. Bah!

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  35. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    Hee Hee..latest poll ratings as prefered PM..clark 8%…fill 6%..JK around 30%…National polling around 53 ( from memory )and Liabour 29…not lookin good for poor ole fill…

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  36. Razork (375 comments) says:

    DPF, you are staggered by this.
    Last week you had forgotten how vindictive she was.

    What is wrong with you man?

    How can you have forgotten how evil this person is?

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  37. peterwn (3,333 comments) says:

    As a senior UN official, Helen should not be interfering in the internal politics of member nations. We all know that Robert Mugabe blows his stack when ‘outsiders’ meddle in his nation’s internal affairs.

    It would seem to me she is preparing for a ‘come back’ in 2014.

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  38. side show bob (3,410 comments) says:

    If I was a hardcore socialist suckhole I would be rather pissed with the Dear One. She quit the Liarbore cesspit to suck on the UN tit but continues to tell the troops how to conduct the campaign. If I was insane enough to be a Liarbore solider I would deeply resent the cow poking her nose into party business. God the assortted tossers she left to stare the ship must be yellow belly cowards. The Liarbore party ain’t no political party they are a cult, we can only hope the Dear One will be their Jim Jones.

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  39. Shunda barunda (2,986 comments) says:

    I’ve got a new caption for the Phil Goff Bear picture:

    In breaking news:
    ‘Phil Goff meets with Helen Clark for the first time since the leadership change, Mr Goff commented on how “strikingly beautiful” Helen has become since working for the UN, Ms Clarke responded she is enjoying her job in the northern hemisphere and has developed a keen appetite for Atlantic Salmon.
    Mr Goff, who is recovering from a recent animal attack, said he is glad that Ms Clark made an appearance and is keen for her influence in the Labour party to continue.

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  40. clintheine (1,495 comments) says:

    Love it! It gets reported that Helen regularly stays in touch with her colleagues and still has influence with the party and the left say it’s only a couple letters, nothing to see here whatsoever. She bullies people into not pissing on her legacy about knighthoods – despite most of NZ being against her and she fails again.

    I am more surprised that she is using the office of the UN to do her bidding for the NZ Labour Party. Actually, no I’m not.

    Anybody else see TV3 news where Neelam Choudary was walking with Phil Goff?? Whale Oil got a great screen cap. Just how deep is Neelam? She is good buddies with Helen….

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  41. Richard Hurst (885 comments) says:

    “Helen Clark, now Administrator of the United Nations Development Fund, is in New Zealand on holiday but could not be reached for comment.”

    On holiday eh? I thought she liked her holidays in Norway skiing with the European social elite?

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