Will Burke and Anderton both stand?

May 6th, 2010 at 1:23 pm by David Farrar

The Press reports:

Former Environment Canterbury (ECan) chairman Sir has resigned from Left-leaning political group 2021, but he denies the move is intended to clear the way for an independent run at the mayoralty.

Burke said he would decide next month whether to run against Mayor in the October local body elections.

He said Christchurch 2021 had become caught up in “narrow partisan interests”, and he hoped a more diverse political group would be formed.

“This should not be seen as a calculated means of opening up a run for the mayoralty,” he said.

In his resignation statement, Burke said Christchurch 2021 had “lost the breadth of opinion it contained a decade ago” and was “increasingly intertwined with parliamentary agendas”.

I suspect what has happened is that Burke has found out that will be announcing he is standing for the Mayoralty this week (before Monday). Anderton will be endorsed by the 2021 group (Labour/Progressive in drag) and hence Burke needs to have resigned before that happens.

Anderton will be a strong contender against Bob Parker. However if Burke stands also, that may split the centre-left vote and keep Parker as Mayor.

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31 Responses to “Will Burke and Anderton both stand?”

  1. metcalph (1,366 comments) says:

    I doubt Anderson is standing. He already has a protege in Liz Gordon who announced her candidacy last month (and he also denied it when the news about the polling broke out). The only other name left unsaid is Jo Kane who isn’t actually reliable and doesn’t live in Christchurch.

    Anderton would be a strong contender against Parker? Please.

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  2. Auberon (779 comments) says:

    I’ve always found Christchurch’s nightlife to be one of its few redeeming features, so it’ll be interesting to see how the electorate takes to a mayoral candidate who will attempt to tub-thump them into submission for their sinful behaviour. Anderton really has begun to sound like a most unreasonable old man in his ranting about the evils of liquor and narcotics. And we will get a chance to see how the electorate responds metcalph.

    So, what next? A by-election in Wigram?

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  3. Graeme Edgeler (2,972 comments) says:

    [redacted – I was talking out my …]

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  4. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    I deny completely the vicious rumour that I approached kerry right Burke to run for the mayoralty at the instigation of Bob this is you life Parker.
    Bob will be having wet dreams for the left to put up two failed 70s dinosaurs to run in the weight for age in November. I know he couldn’t believe his luck with the untried filly that the left put up last time.
    2021 had a golden run with Buck and GMoore and I am not certain that a bring back buck campaign can be ruled out for the event in Carnival week and then there is the aged mare Dalziel out of the Aranui stables who could get bored with opposition.

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  5. metcalph (1,366 comments) says:

    Burke has a big problem is that he is associated with ECan. There’s also a salacious story about travel expenses that resulted in him being forced out of cabinet in 1987.

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  6. GPT1 (2,020 comments) says:

    As gravedodger alludes to candidates of the calibre of Burke and Anderton really do bode well for Bob Parker. And I would have to say that Parker is hardly the greatest mayor of all time.

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  7. Manolo (14,161 comments) says:

    Neanderton as mayor of Christchurch? Even an atheist like myself would say: heaven forbid.

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  8. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    Speaking of Anderton….when was the last time anybody noticed that he was in the house?

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  9. david (2,194 comments) says:

    bb – the messenger who hands out the payslips and expense re-imbursements once a month presumably has noticed. otherwise you got me.

    I heard that Madame Tussauds had been commissioned to produce a reasonable likeness about 6 months ago so he may well be floating in formaldehyde for all we know.

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  10. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    Anderton has just announced that he is going to stand for the mayoralty.

    Thank fuck, the people of Chch can have him.

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  11. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    Don’t be like that bb we don’t want him, he carpetbagged down here from the greatest polynesian city in the world to the safety of Sydenham where a towel on a manuka stick endorsed by labour would win and did nothing for us. He at least made supermarket trollies in the previous life. I wonder what ever became of the brilliant journo who strung the story for “Time magazine” around 1970 that he was one of the 100 future leaders of the time, the only name from NZ on the list. He is still convinced he is the man of his times.

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  12. Manolo (14,161 comments) says:

    Unfortunately, Neanderton is a veteran trougher who cannot keep himself away from the public teat.

    Through his failed policies he has done more damage to NZ’s economy that you can think of. He is an abject political failure that would do our country a favour by heading to a rest home.

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  13. RRM (10,097 comments) says:

    ^^^ Clearly there are more failed polices than manolo can think of… or, like, actually name.

    The idea of CHCH Mayor Anderton just depresses me for some reason… like being out at the Brighton pier on a gray winter’s afternoon.

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  14. metcalph (1,366 comments) says:

    Heavens! Jim Il Sung is more megalomaniacal than I thought!

    Bob Parker must have thought he won the Lottery.

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  15. Inventory2 (9,371 comments) says:

    Anderton’s confirmed as a starter. So, is there any good reason why he shouldn’t resign from Parliament now, rather than wait to see if he gets elected? After all, how much is he going to represent the good folk of Wigram on a national level when he’s trying to get elected in Christchurch? I think the answer to that could be summed up in two words; bugger all!

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.com/2010/05/jim-for-mayor.html

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  16. gravedodger (1,575 comments) says:

    The sum total of the socialist policies that labour have promoted in the 1/2 century, that is 50 freeking years, Jamberton has been involved with the party that have actually created a wealthier country and have not subsequently been disowned or declared failures by the socialists would be a short list indeed. Even when they do get something right as in Roger Douglas’s incisive and nation saving demolition of Muldoonism they subsequently disowned the policy and denigrated the perpetrators. Then when the bloody socialists get it spectacularly wrong and swell the dependents on welfare with the stupid Working for families policy they cling to the mantra that most thinking economically literate voters see only as a cynical ploy to bind voters to the socialist providers.
    So RRM give us the wealth creating, health enhancing, education inspiring policies that the great socialist masters have initiated while Jamberton has been central to the party and don’t give me any crap about his time out as that was purely and simply self aggrandiasment and proof of his enduring capacity to promote his very precious “my way or the highway ” philosophy while all the time continuing his “joined at the hip reality’ links to labour. Also don’t include those things that would have occurred, or did in spite of him and his socialist,controlling, troughing, overtaxing, overspending, economy smothering mates.

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  17. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Anderton is standing,
    the piece of shit ,bludging , egomanical………………………….

    Christchurch deserves him

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  18. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Which one of his children will he use for political capital during this election ? , he is scum

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  19. metcalph (1,366 comments) says:

    Is Anderton running on the 2021 banner?

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  20. big bruv (14,217 comments) says:

    Hopefully Anderton will be consistent and resign his seat in the house to contest this election.

    However, I bet the bastard stays on until he find out he result of the election, he would shrivel up and die if he was not on the public tit somehow.

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  21. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    bye Jim .. miss you already

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  22. LauraNorda (27 comments) says:

    Nah, Gravedodger, this could not be the same overspending Tosser Anderton for which you elude to in you 4.55pm post. For the Anderton I remember was a former troughing Agriculture Minister who refused to spend (his estimation) $10 million to eradicate the Viroa Mite in bees at a very early stage before it had got into the Waikato which put a $160 million export product in severe jeopody because he thought it too greater cost to bear for the nation. Can’t be the same Jimbo! The Jimbo we all love and admire as we have been constantly told is a forward thinking wise sage.

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  23. starboard (2,563 comments) says:

    ..the corpse anderton doesnt stand a chance…burke , a better chance…spend-it-now bob is safe…bummer.

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  24. David in Chch (523 comments) says:

    Shit! I live in Christchurch (hence the name :-P). What kind of choice is THAT!!??? F*** the lot. sigh.
    I like gravedodger’s idea:

    BRING BACK BUCK!!

    EDIT: Hell, even Moore was better. (DEEP sigh)

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  25. V (760 comments) says:

    There should be a 5 year stand-down period between national and local politics.

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  26. Jack Schytt (8 comments) says:

    Anderton is a grubby old scroat, if he is the best the Crusaders lovers can find they are in serious shit.

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  27. reid (16,681 comments) says:

    He’s actually not a bad thinker, Anderton. Both of his main political creations: MED and Kiwibank have stood the test of time and are actually not bad things in that they perform useful functions and the public don’t hate them or see them as a waste. Some people on the polarities might see them as that but the majority don’t and that’s a fact.

    However and I’m going on heresay so maybe quite wrong, but I hear he’s a total prick to work for, and if that’s the case, giving him his own fiefdom is a serious mistake. People with that trait almost always end up getting it wrong, for when they’re no longer required to listen to others they let loose with their mad schemes with no controlling force, and despite those above successes, Anderton has plenty of mad schemes to let loose.

    After such significant successes on the national stage, it would be a shame to see him end his career with a few local monuments to folly.

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  28. maxwell (57 comments) says:

    “I didn’t leave Labour, Labour left me”……………….. Yeah, right.

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  29. lizformayor (1 comment) says:

    Well far from me to comment on working with Mr Anderton, but I would really hate to be considered his protegee, as someone put it. He has barely spoken to me for 8 years. I am still standing for Mayor even though Ol’ Man River has said that he will be announcing something as the clock strikes midnight or such nonsense. I agree that good leadership is a theme that may be developed during the campaign, and that there is little of it about. But the important thing is to get rid of Bob Parker, who is a disaster (let me count the ways).
    In my view Jim is standing simply to ensure the succession in his electorate. Jim gets to be Mayor, Jim resigns from Parliament and is in a position of power to ensure that his real protegee, Megan Woods, wins the Labour nomination. Jim’s awesome electoral team, led by the ever-faithful Jeanette Lawrence are then still employed to campaign for Megan and, viola, Ms Woods is MP for Wigram.
    Such is power.
    Come and check me out at http://www.lizformayor.org.nz. See ya there – just about to blog on the jimathon now…

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  30. bobux (315 comments) says:

    Laura

    For the Anderton I remember was a former troughing Agriculture Minister who refused to spend (his estimation) $10 million to eradicate the Viroa Mite in bees at a very early stage…

    Varroa was found in 2000. Anderton became Agriculture Minister in 2005.

    You are wrong, on this at least.

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  31. Paulus (2,707 comments) says:

    Always thought Christchurch was a strange city – now I know it is.

    Pretty on the outside but dark inside.

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