Labour consulted Owen Glenn on GG

September 29th, 2009 at 6:01 am by David Farrar

I think it is wonderful that rewarded their (former) major donor by letting him help choose New Zealand’s Governor-General.

The Herald reports:

Sir was in line to become Governor General of New Zealand, according to billionaire . …

He said Sir Howard’s name was on a short list of six when the new Governor General was being chosen.

“When the Labour Party was still talking to me, I actually pushed to have Sir Howard on the Governor General list,” Mr Glenn told the crowded marae.

He said both parties – Labour and National – chose the Governor General.

“He would have been Governor General but for one person.

So Owen Glenn was in the loop enough that he knew how many were on the short list, and who was blocking Sir Howard’s name going forward.  No wonder he kept donating money with such inside access. No wonder he thought he would be made Consul to Monaco.

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25 Responses to “Labour consulted Owen Glenn on GG”

  1. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    Which Commie Anti – New Zealander vetoed Howard Morrison?

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  2. expat (4,050 comments) says:

    He could have entertained guests, that all the GG does.

    A real New Zealander would have supported Howard.

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  3. enough rope (104 comments) says:

    With all due respect to the late Sir, Dinah Lee would’ve made a great G-G. Being voted ‘Australian Female Body Builder of the Year’ in the over-35s category tops a knighthood any day.

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  4. Viking2 (11,371 comments) says:

    What a fucking blowhard. Was he talking to Mike or Helen? I guess that depends on what the timing was. Helens stopped talking to him and Mike got busted at the enquiry. The man has no decorum at all.

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  5. Bob (496 comments) says:

    With all respects to Howard Morrison what did he know about politics, the law and constitutional matters? He was an entertainer. To me it shows only how useless the position is. In the 1970s the governor general of Australia dismissed the federal government of Gough Whitlam over constitutional problems. What would Howard Morrison have done here in similar circumstances? The governor general is irrelevant to most New Zealanders.

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  6. tvb (4,330 comments) says:

    To contemplate an Entertainer for this position shows just how useless it is constitutionally. But so far as Own Glenn is concerned it was probably more like Glenn pushing Sir Howard but we are left to guess who blocked it. My guess it was she who must be obeyed blocked it and it so it never really got off the ground other than Owen Glenn and Sir Howard having a few too many Chardys together. But really what a tackless thing to raise at his funeral.

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  7. gravedodger (1,546 comments) says:

    Why tvb would an entertainer who retained close links with the people while enjoying widespread affection among a great number of New Zealanders be any less effective as a figurehead than a parade of senior aging political hacks, lawyers and a padre who just by coincidence happened to have been descended from a polynesian ancestor and whose curch whilst being nominally one of our major denominations but in fact was a minority church measuring its active adherents against the total population.

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  8. trout (934 comments) says:

    In spite of his money and business success, Jennings still craves to be noticed. Perhaps he is jealous of the POWER politicians have. Still swaggering and name dropping. Short man syndrome. Sad.

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  9. david (2,552 comments) says:

    who’s Jennings?

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  10. Chicken Little (741 comments) says:

    David – I think trout meant to say Norman. Qualifiers seem to fit.

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  11. big bruv (13,689 comments) says:

    When will we have a politician or leader strong enough to have an Royal commission into corruption?

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  12. Elijah Lineberry (306 comments) says:

    Glenn certainly got his $500,000 worth didn’t he?

    I am sure this is an example of ‘Colonial Cringe’ by the Labour chappies; someone stumps up a few quid and the school masters and trade unionists doff their caps because he lives in *gasp* Monaco – land of movie stars! jet setters! James Bond! (“wait till the blokes at Housie hear who I met today, ha ha”)

    Hard to believe George W. Bush involved someone like, say, T. Boone Pickens in choosing a Supreme Court Justice…

    http://www.nightcitytrader.blogspot.com

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  13. Manolo (13,518 comments) says:

    “When will we have a politician or leader strong enough to have an Royal commission into corruption?”

    What about John Neville Key, aka “The Man of Steel”? Just kidding.

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  14. Sushi Goblin (419 comments) says:

    I wonder if Labour ever asked Owen Glenn about which experienced legislators and judges might make top quality cabaret singers?

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  15. big bruv (13,689 comments) says:

    Don’t be silly Manolo, that might show up Neville Key’s mate Klark as the corrupt person she is.

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  16. Ross Miller (1,688 comments) says:

    big bruv … methinks you confuse the courtesy due to someone who once held the office of Prime Minister with respect.

    One goes with the territory, the other you earn … she didn’t.

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  17. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    Can’t wait till Owen’s memoirs are published, should be a great read. :)

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  18. trout (934 comments) says:

    Apologies for the error. I meant of course Owen Glenn. My harddrive still associates ‘Owen’ with ‘Jennings’ as in ex FF leader. Had a look over Owen Glenn’s house in Fiji a couple of weeks ago – spectacular from the water but actually quite modest close up.

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  19. Johnboy (15,903 comments) says:

    “I wonder if Labour ever asked Owen Glenn about which experienced legislators and judges might make top quality cabaret singers?”

    No but when he was asked before the 2008 party conference which incompetent Labour party harpies might make a good trio he replied “Dyson, Street and Chadwick. He made another huge misjudgement there as well I believe! :) :) :)

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  20. adc (588 comments) says:

    Sir Howard was more than an entertainer. And he seems to have had more moral and backbone than the last GGs I can remember. Maybe he would have been the sort of guy to actually exercise veto rather than bend over and watch immoral and undemocratic law be made.

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  21. jabba (280 comments) says:

    now that the Nats are back in Govt, I would expect them to reward Owen with a knighthood or even the GG job.
    OG was the straw that broke the camels back .. he killed off Wnnie and made Clark and The Muss look like scared school kids at the opening of the building he donated. Well done Owen, and thanks.

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