Goff’s reshuffle

June 15th, 2010 at 11:15 am by David Farrar

Phil Goff has announced:

Nanaia Mahuta and Charles Chauvel move to Front Bench seats while Grant Robertson moves to the second row.

Chauvel was a no brainer. On performance I still maintain Robertson would be ahead of Mahuta for the front bench, but I guess it would ruffle too many feathers to put a new MP there so quickly. Mahuta has been a competent opposition MP, but not one I would have thought screamed front bench.

  • Charles Chauvel picks up Environment and drops Energy.
  • David Parker picks up Economic Development and drops Conservation.
  • Darren Hughes picks up Infrastructure.
  • Maryan Street picks up Foreign Affairs and drops Tertiary Education.
  • Stuart Nash picks up Forestry from Mita Ririnui.
  • Grant Robertson picks up Tertiary Education.
  • Nanaia Mahuta picks up Energy and Associate Law and Order.
  • Chris Carter picks up Conservation.

Chauvel to environment is logical and what I predicted. He is one of the few MPs who understand the complexities of the ETS etc.

Giving Parker economic development also sound. When Cunliffe becomes leader, Parker is the likely replacement for him in finance.

Not sure how Darren will go with infrastructure, as he made little impact against Steven Joyce on transport. Darren’s strengths is more in the House.

Street makes some sense for Foreign Affairs as she had was covering Trade. Some risk that she will push the party’s foreign stance to the left, but on trade she has been quite moderate.

Nash is under-used so giving him forestry makes sense.

Robertson in tertiary education is very interesting as it will play him against Steven Joyce. Grant is a former NZUSA president so knows the sector well.

Somewhat puzzled by energy and associate law and order to Nanaia Mahuta as they don’t seem to be areas of interest previously. But a chance for her to prove her front bench ranking.

Carter has been given Conservation, which is easy for him as a former minister.

However you’d be a bit pissed off if you were Shane Jones and Mita Ririnui. Carter has arguably been by far the worst trougher, and is totally unrepentant. Yet he only goes back to the second row, and gets given a major portfolio. Jones and Ririnui have no portfolios at all, and are on the back row.

As I understand it, a fuller reshuffle will happen in November.

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64 Responses to “Goff’s reshuffle”

  1. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Jones and Ririnui have no portfolios at all, and are on the back row.”

    Wrong sexual orientation?

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  2. hylton mars (9 comments) says:

    One queer goes down — another queer moves up.
    Lets make sure that they use their own cards when they send each other flowers.

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  3. hylton mars (9 comments) says:

    One queer goes down — another queer moves up’
    Lets be sure that they use their own cards when they send each other flowers

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  4. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    Holy cow, Shane Jones should have bought caviar and cheese not porn, then he’d still have his portfolios.

    I see Three Suits Cosgrove gets away scot free.

    A bit perplexed though, has Phil Goff demoted Jones and Ririnui because they are maori?

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  5. Chthoniid (2,047 comments) says:

    It doesn’t really signal how significant conservation is seen does it? Sigh, Carter again.

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  6. niggly (831 comments) says:

    “Maryan Street picks up Foreign Affairs and drops Tertiary Education”.

    Bad move Goff (although I suspect his hand was tied), promoting Maryan Street, one of Helen’s most trusted lieutenant’s to foreign affairs is a bad idea. Helen used the foreign affairs portfolio in the 80’s to inflict massive damage on NZ’s place in the world (and had to clean up the damage to some extent when she became PM and had to deal with the realities of little ol’ NZ’s actual place in the world). Street will move Labour foreign, defence and trade policies to the left, remove what little consensus there has been with Nat-Lab on these issues, to a more partisan approach, which is the last thing NZ needs.

    Oh well, as I said on Saturday, another reason as a former Labour voter why I won’t be voting Labour again.

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  7. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,924 comments) says:

    Will Lockwood have to build a new front bench to accommodate Horomia and Mahuta?

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  8. mattyroo (1,030 comments) says:

    Wrong thread.

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  9. insider (1,028 comments) says:

    Energy-Mahuta, Energy-Mahuta, Energy-Mahuta. No matter how often I say it I just can’t seem to make those two words go together.

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  10. MT_Tinman (3,263 comments) says:

    Obviously preferring caviar and cheese (at the taxpayers’ expense) and blaming staff are seen as strengths in this Labour opposition.

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  11. James Stephenson (2,233 comments) says:

    *When* Cunliffe becomes leader? Where are you buying your tea leaves these days DPF?

    [DPF: If not him, then who?]

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  12. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    Promotions seem ok, surprised about the unevenness of the “demotions”. Is the difference due to Jones accepting his wrongdoing and accepting a retreat, while Carter actively resisted? Anyway, not a good look.

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  13. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    It really is a deckchairs/Titanic reshuffle. Jones does the whole sackcloth and ashes routine, and gets moved back to #21 (what does that say for 22 to 43?); whilst Carter still doesn’t think he did anything wrong, and is only one spot away from the front bench.

    And what will the good folk of Whangamata make of Carter getting Conservation again? Anyone for a marina?

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  14. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    *When* Cunliffe becomes leader? Where are you buying your tea leaves these days DPF?

    [DPF: If not him, then who?]</blockquote

    That's a very good question DPF. With Jones sidelined, Labour really doesn't have many places to go.

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  15. James Stephenson (2,233 comments) says:

    DPF: If not him, then who?

    Little? Shearer? It’s not exactly a deep talent pool, I grant you, but I’m in total agreement with Danyl’s assessment the other day: Cunliffe was born to be finance minister, but they’d be crazy to let him lead the party.

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  16. anonymouse (722 comments) says:

    whilst Carter still doesn’t think he did anything wrong, and is only one spot away from the front bench.

    Well Goff said that he didn’t do anything to warrant being demoted
    “Chris Carter also wrongly used his card on several occasions over six years as a Minister on things outside the rules for Ministerial expenditure……….These items by themselves would not warrant removal from the Foreign Affairs portfolio.”

    What he has supposedly being punished for is too much travel as a Minister (All of which was required to be approved by the Cabinet Goff was in)- Goff appears to be conflicted, he has demoted Carter, but at the same time blamed it on things that were approved by the last cabinet- which is where the responsibility for ministerial overseas travel approval falls.

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  17. Manolo (14,082 comments) says:

    “Chauvel to environment is logical and what I predicted. He is one of the few MPs who understand the complexities of the ETS”

    Sure. As a lawyer he knows very well how to swindle and shaft innocent customers. He’s trained to defend this disgraceful new tax passed by Smith and Key.

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  18. flipper (4,232 comments) says:

    David F ….
    Is that the same “trougher Street” that is in a lesbian relationship with another Street (ex-Helengrad flunky) and commutes from Nelson …. the kind of flunky that goes to MoH negotiations with DHBs to ensure that the Dear Leader’s wishes / promises to nurses Unions were followed by those independent wage rate negotiators ????

    Can we expect more or less troughing by Street & partner than Carter & partner ???

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  19. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    Little?

    He’d have to make it to parliament first. Then leepfrog over every other expectant leader as well. All that would do is piss off the majority of the Labour caucus.

    Shearer?

    Good grief, him as the Labour Leader – teh rainbow and feminist wings say NIEN!

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  20. James Stephenson (2,233 comments) says:

    @Bevan. F’sure f’sure. but I don’t see “Silent T” as a certainty as leader either.

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  21. niggly (831 comments) says:

    @ Flipper – yes.

    And I can see it now – HC @ the UN pulling the Labour Party foreign policy strings via her proxy, Maryan Street. This is really a step backwards for Labour, who need to get over the HC foreign policy agenda from 1985-the present, and I hope journalist’s take some interest in this.

    Exactly what practical experience MS had in trade and foreign affairs is rather negligible from what I can see (apart from being on Leftist solidarity committees etc).

    And just like HC was silent on the economic reforms of the 80’s and MS not rocking the boat on her recent trade portfolio, expect to see more radical viewpoints when in a position of power.

    Anyway MS has stitched up her future Labour leadership ambitions by gaining the important foreign affairs portfolio – watch out Goff, your days are numbered! (But here’s a free tip, just because HC overcame a poor public image to become leader, doesn’t mean to say history can be repeated! One freak of nature occurance like that won’t happen twice)!

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  22. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    F’sure f’sure. but I don’t see “Silent T” as a certainty as leader either.

    It would clearly a case of a puddle deep talent pool when he does get the job when Labour lose the next election. The good news being ‘Silent T’ would mean a third term National government would be a shoe in – the bad news is the second term Nat gov would carry on as they are now…

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  23. Paulus (2,672 comments) says:

    Hylton

    You got it wrong – one queer half out two new ones in.

    BTW – Street the next Deputy Labour Leader will have more excuses to visit her “Friend” in New York on the taxpayer tit.

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  24. Paul Williams (880 comments) says:

    Redbaiter set the tone of the debate, many follow… kiwiblog’s alumni are clearly an unhappy, angry lot.

    Reshuffle looks good to me, Robertson’s appointment is particularly positive. He’s got a lot of experience beyond his NZUSA time including a senior role in development and research commercialisation with Otago Uni. He’ll keep Joyce on his toes.

    [DPF: We may even be seeing two future party leaders up against each other]

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  25. trout (945 comments) says:

    My take is that Carter’s influence in caucus is underestimated. Goff has shown an inability to punish him appropriately; Jones (‘I am a red blooded male’) and Rurinui (who?) were easy targets. Looking forward there will be resignations of old stagers and with that the gay/feminist caucus will be looking for control; Carter will be part of the push. The (forced?) promotion of Maryan Street, and the lighthanded treatment of Carter is just the first course. If I were Goff I would continue to say nice things about John Key- an ambassadorship perhaps?

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  26. tvb (4,518 comments) says:

    I think the gay-boy’s hissy fit over his resignation must have worked because Goff merely demoted him to the middle row and gave him a reasonably big portfolio. List MPs can be treated much more roughly especially Jones. Rurinui simply does not matter at all.

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  27. lastmanstanding (1,304 comments) says:

    IMHO the Nats must be laughing. A bunch of lightweights to look at in the House. Good grief. Analyse the makeup of the Socialists front bench and pray tell how it even remotely represents the good citizens.

    It doesnt and is getting even further away from such alignment.

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  28. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    My tea leaves say…

    Cunliffe as Leader
    Little as Deputy Leader.. ( or though I think he should be Leader).
    Shearer Foreign Affairs

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  29. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    Oh dear, have you seen the latest on Stuff.co.nz

    Chris Carter sent home over expenses rort
    By TRACY WATKINS – Stuff Last updated 14:04 15/06/

    LATEST: Labour MP Chris Carter has been sent home and told to think about his future over his handling of questions about his expense claims.

    A clearly angry party leader Phil Goff made it clear just now that Mr Carter’s refusal to acknowledge he had let the public down and spent too much on travel had jeopardised his ranking in the caucus.

    While he would not be expelled he may be stripped of his remaining portfolio after an outburst as he dodged media questions today.

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  30. niggly (831 comments) says:

    Would be nice to discuss the portfolios rather than making jokes etc, because these turkey’s could be the faces of a future Labour Govt one day! So here’s my 2 cents….

    » Charles Chauvel picks up Environment and drops Energy.
    Seems reasonable considering his legal background.

    » David Parker picks up Economic Development and drops Conservation.
    Seems reasonable.

    » Darren Hughes picks up Infrastructure.
    Infrastructure??? What experience does DH have – zip?

    » Maryan Street picks up Foreign Affairs and drops Tertiary Education.
    Foreign Affairs??? As stated, MS could become the face of a (Labour) NZ Govt when dealing with other nations, not a good idea, we need someone who is pragmatic and a realist, not an idealist pandering to 3rd world nations, global warming agendas and their votes etc.

    » Stuart Nash picks up Forestry from Mita Ririnui.
    Unknown quantity.

    » Grant Robertson picks up Tertiary Education.
    Seems reasonable.

    » Nanaia Mahuta picks up Energy and Associate Law and Order.
    Energy??? Associate Law and Order seems sensible.

    » Chris Carter picks up Conservation.
    A ‘promotion’ then? ;-)

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  31. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    That sounds like, after a pussyfoot demotion, Carter is still hissy fitting. Conservation may not be his job. Ample excuse for Goff to give him a decent nudge towards the plank this time, and hopefully he’ll walk.

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  32. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    Amen to that Pete, amen to that. But what’s the bet that the first text that Carter sent after getting the yellow card was to someone in New York?

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  33. KevinH (1,236 comments) says:

    Labour is paying the price for not reinventing it’s image.The reshuffle won’t dynamise Labours old tired looking caucus.The fact is Labour has branded itself whilst under HC stewardship as a feminist/gay party and in doing so marginalised themselves on the left, distant from their traditional working class electorate who are looking elsewhere.It must be challenging for Labour to appear relevant today.

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  34. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Carter will not force a byelection until he has lined up a shiny new trough. You need to remember this chump was a lecturer before winning the lottery. he is addicted to OPM. Just today we have found receipts for a rental car on waiheke island a 1500 dollar suit slipped into expenses. The file on Carter is too big to digest in one sitting. This melodrama has months to run yet.

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  35. alex Masterley (1,523 comments) says:

    I don’t think Carter will come back from the naughty seat this time.

    The death by a thousand cuts that is happening through the release of his expenditure will just be too much to take.

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  36. emmess (1,433 comments) says:

    Chris Carter picks up Conservation.

    Why????? He obviously knows nothing about conserving Other People’s Money

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  37. Bevan (3,924 comments) says:

    niggly: Would be nice to discuss the portfolios rather than making jokes etc, because these turkey’s could be the faces of a future Labour Govt one day!

    Bullshit – there will be at least another half dozen reshuffles before that lot get near the treasury benches. And with Goof shuffling the way he is, it could well be longer.

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  38. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    Alex – are you sure that you’re not just picking on Chris Carter because he’s gay?

    I have to ask myself that question whenever I blog about him. My answer though is always the same; it has nothing to do with his sexuality, and everything to do with his cavalier attitude to Other People’s Money.

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  39. lastmanstanding (1,304 comments) says:

    So Labour represents the citizens. Am I right that 100% of those promoted are gay?

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  40. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    lastmanstanding – to the best of my knowledge, Nanaia Mahuta is not gay, but one can never be sure about these things.

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  41. Barnsley Bill (983 comments) says:

    Alex. Carter clause has made every day xmas day for bloggers. The file is massive and it is like a kiwi version of wiki with the emails that are flying around with images from the stuff site. I have posted two today (as has whale) and my fellow bloggers are shitty with me for not dripping them out one a day. This is never going to end. A target rich environment as the apache pilots say.

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  42. Right of way is Way of Right (1,122 comments) says:

    This Carter saga just seems to be getting bigger and bigger. Does Ipredict have any stocks in a By-election in Te-Atatu?

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  43. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    Yes poor old Carter. After such a promising start, it really is a race to the bottom isn’t it?

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  44. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    From Chris Carter

    “It is quite clear to me that a public apology is both demanded and required in regard to my expenses when travelling overseas on government business on the taxpayer expense,” said Mr Carter.

    “I unreservedly apologise to the New Zealand public.

    “This has been a very difficult time for me and it has been difficult to choose the right words to be said when under intense pressure from journalists.”

    “I acknowledge that my temperament when under pressure can make me appear as if I am not contrite or embarrassed. I assure the New Zealand public, I am.

    “I pledge hard work and commitment to my electorate and to the New Zealand Labour Party, and I wish to put this matter behind me.”

    Pardon my scepticism …

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  45. Pete George (23,687 comments) says:

    The problem is it was quite clear to everyone else last week. It appears as if he has only done it when forced to, not because he thought it was the right thing to do.

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  46. Inventory2 (10,443 comments) says:

    Quite right Pete; it’s too little, too late. And Carter has also defied Goff; he hasn’t gone back to Auckland as he was ordered to. Instead, he has hung around in his office drafting his “apology”. I’d venture to suggest that he’s skating on thin ice.

    From 3News

    Labour MP Chris Carter has been sent home from Parliament by Phil Goff after refusing to apologise over expenses.

    Mr Goff had instructed the beleaguered MP to return to his constituency of Te Atatu after refusing to acknowledge any wrongdoing and that he had let the public down.

    However, Mr Carter did not board a plane returning to his constituency and instead sent out a written apology.

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  47. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    CC gone by lunch time tomorrow…. or Goff has lost face and his leadership.

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  48. alex Masterley (1,523 comments) says:

    I2,
    Pick on Chris Carter because he is gay?
    Certainly not.
    Seriously, I have friends and clients who are gay. Carter does the gay cause a disservice by trying to deflect criticism by saying it is his orientation that makes everyone pick on him, when it is simply his conduct and attitude that gives the msm and the blogshpere so much fun.
    I would even put money on Charles Chauvel beiong embarassed by his conduct.

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  49. cabbage (457 comments) says:

    Carter now on indefinite leave.

    From stuff:

    Labour leader Phil Goff has put conservation spokesman Chris Carter on indefinite leave despite an unreserved apology from the Te Atatu MP.

    “This is the minimum step that I demanded. He now has to prove himself to me. For the time being he is on leave but when he comes back I expect him to behave in an appropriate way,” Mr Goff said.

    In other words, ‘I want to sack him, but i’m too spineless so expect to see him back.’

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  50. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    There is a big difference between repentance and remorse. Cater doesn’t understand this.. and thinks an ‘after the horse had bolted’ apology is sufficient.

    Well it shouldn’t be.

    And if Goff doesn’t sack him then Goff is, as cabbage noted, spineless.

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  51. coventry (322 comments) says:

    Carter, Conservation – Yeah Right

    Might of well make him shadows spokesperson for womans affairs.

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  52. GTP (42 comments) says:

    Just heard Dalziel is organising a whip round for some flowers for Carter

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  53. coventry (322 comments) says:

    GTP – you got that wrong, she was organising a whip for Cater & a bag of flour.

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  54. Rich Prick (1,729 comments) says:

    “This has been a very difficult time for me and it has been difficult to choose the right words to be said when under intense pressure from journalists.”

    “I acknowledge that my temperament when under pressure can make me appear as if I am not contrite or embarrassed. I assure the New Zealand public, I am.

    Translation: Please have some sympathy for me being caught out. I find it hard to find the right words to express my anger at being caught.

    I am rude and arrogant, but only because those bastards in the media dare to question me. I am contrite and am embarrased that I was caught. I am only “apologising” because Phil made me. I hope I can continue my lavish lifestyle and that you will continue to pay for it now that I have said “sorry” – my fingers were crossed anyway.

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  55. lastmanstanding (1,304 comments) says:

    Jones was at least smart enough to fess up when caught and know that we wouldnt keep targeting him

    Carter is a dumbarse too thick and stupid so he paints a nice big target on his forehead and then cries like a baby when we shoot at the target.

    IF Flick doesnt demote him to the very back of the back benches then Flick looks weak and ineffective.

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  56. trout (945 comments) says:

    Carter has thrown a hissy fit and shown no contrition for his extravagances on the taxpayer tit. Lines are being drawn. His attitude is clearly a challenge to Goff’s leadership (which has been pretty soft up until now). Does he have support (retreating to Auckland will not help) or are his fellow travellers going to abandon him? An emergency call to big H in the Big Apple may be in order. Carter is not being crucified because he is gay but being gay may be part of his problem.

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  57. reid (16,634 comments) says:

    When Cunliffe becomes leader…

    Silent T has always struck me as one of those people who would have quite enjoyed being on the German side during WWII.

    I’m fairly sure he’d enjoy being the leader as well, but I’m not sure if we will.

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  58. Eddie (288 comments) says:

    Good to see Goff displaying confidence in Carter by giving him Conservation, well deserved Chris.

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  59. reid (16,634 comments) says:

    Fuck off (with your argument, not your good self) Eddie, Carter is precisely like Silent T is, in this arena.

    How dare he treat OUR not HIS money with such gay abandon.

    And then he’s not even contrite.

    What a Silent T.

    Forget about Conservation, do you think he’s contrite, Eddie. Do you think he did the wrong thing, or the right thing. And if the former, do you think he has any excuse, as in, I didn’t know what I was doing?

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  60. Eddie (288 comments) says:

    Well I for one look forward to Chris acting with the authority he displayed in managing the Whangamata marina development application.

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  61. Rich Prick (1,729 comments) says:

    Yeah Eddie, that ended really well for Chris didn’t it?

    Given he is with an Opposition party, I’m curious about the “authority” you imply he has to act like the, errr, Minister.

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  62. reid (16,634 comments) says:

    OK Eddie but do you want to give us your take on those questions above or not?

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  63. trout (945 comments) says:

    Just a small point Eddie; Carter may have used his ‘authority’ but not his brain. As you know his decision was reversed because it was considered to be arbitrary (or somesuch). And at more cost to the taxpayer.

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  64. Rich Prick (1,729 comments) says:

    Trout, I think the somesuch you are looking for is “ultra vires”. And yes, it cost us taxpayers a shitload. About 150 massages WITH happy endings in Carter currency.

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