Labour on Mobile Termination Rates

March 1st, 2010 at 5:57 pm by David Farrar

Clare Curran at Red Alert has blogged that Labour is not supporting the Drop the Rate Mate campaign, about , and is annoyed at a statement from which implies they are.

Matthew commented in response that he has met with many Labour MPs who are supportive but apologises for any misunderstanding if this has been taken as presuming to speak on behalf of Labour formally.

Clare has responded that there is a difference between a public position and “what individuals may say in a meeting about an issue they don’t know much about”.

Amusingly if you go to the Facebook page for Drop the Rate Mate, a prominent friend is – who was IT and Comms Minister for Labour in the last Government.

I hope Clare is not suggesting David (who did an excellent job in my opinion in the portfolio) was one of those MPs talking about an issue they don’t know much about :-)

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13 Responses to “Labour on Mobile Termination Rates”

  1. Eddie (295 comments) says:

    So let me see, Labour support a lower GST rate but not a lower MTR? Conceited hypocritical twats. What else would you expect from Curran aka Twevs b’arch.

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  2. petal (705 comments) says:

    Labour strategy: OPPOSE EVERYTHING THE GOVERNMENT SUPPORTS

    In spare time: DO SOME PRO BONO WORK FOR THE UNIONS TO PAY BACK THEIR DEBT FOR WORKING DURING THE ELECTION

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  3. Eddie (295 comments) says:

    All the time: DO THE BIDDING OF THE EPMU ET AL BECAUSE THEY FILL THE LABOUR COFFERS/PAY OFF THE MASSIVE OD

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  4. Whafe (652 comments) says:

    Labour are as weak as piss. Disgraceful really…..

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  5. Anthony (785 comments) says:

    They wouldn’t want to admit Mallard did the wrong thing last time and got conned by Vodafone et al

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  6. fatman43us (166 comments) says:

    So there we have it, business is developed according to the Socialist Party Playbook. Anything to rort the consumer!!

    Well done Claire

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  7. francis (712 comments) says:

    ouch! good gotcha, David!!

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  8. Rex Widerstrom (5,327 comments) says:

    Didn’t Cuniffe harbour leadership hopes at some point? Clearly some powerful Labour women have other ideas.

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  9. Eddie (295 comments) says:

    Did some suggest Mallard got plucked by the Telco’s?

    Ha – a la orange.

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  10. george (398 comments) says:

    Clare Curran – the MP for the XT Network

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  11. themono (132 comments) says:

    I’m sorry, but seriously. George, do you read anything or have any awareness what is going on outside of your fevered partisan mind? You are honestly calling the same person who wrote this – http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/02/28/i-dont-care-about-compensation-i-want-a-network-that-works/ – the MP for the XT network? I have to assume you are willfully ignorant about this, because it’s just unfathomable someone could go around dropping catchphrases that fly in the face of all logic like this.

    [Edit. Sorry, I know this is a little personal, but really...]

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  12. Paulus (2,554 comments) says:

    Watch Clare with great care – she is leading the “mallard” by his neck and he cannot see it.

    She has a far cleverer mind than most of the current Labour party – but do not forget her paper May 2006 to the Otago/Southland Labour party called”Setting Agendas – Taking charge of the language”.

    This was as she was helping to plot the downfall of Benney_Pope so that she could capture the seat. She is to be watched with great care in all that she says.

    Explore her left wing socialist (communist) works when she lived in Australia.

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  13. Bill Bennett (31 comments) says:

    I’m the author of the original story and after talking to Clare Curran and Matthew Hooton I’ve written a piece explaining the background to this at my site:

    http://billbennett.co.nz/2010/03/02/matthew-hooton-clare-curran-background/

    Essentially, it’s a small misunderstanding – the kind of thing that happens every day.

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