The Press on Anderton

August 13th, 2010 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

A great editorial from The Press:

It is true that Anderton’s energy and work ethic are high and his well-organised electorate office could do the bulk of his constituency work. But his Wigram voters would surely expect their MP to be representing their interests in Parliament, playing the role of a vastly experienced politician in opposing the current Government and attending to the other duties of an MP, such as select committee work.

The more time he spent on his central government commitments, the less attention he could devote to Christchurch issues. And if Anderton’s stinging criticism of the present council is well- founded and his analysis of the city’s problems is correct then the mayoralty must certainly be a fulltime position. …

Jim – campaigning to be a part-time Mayor.

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28 Responses to “The Press on Anderton”

  1. Kris K (3,570 comments) says:

    First …

    Edit: sorry, thought this was GD ;)

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  2. george (388 comments) says:

    What happens when a Wigram voter goes to see their MP to complain about something the Mayor is doing?

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  3. flipper (3,979 comments) says:

    Agreed, DPF.
    But…
    The great unwashed DO NOT READ newspaper editorials orOp-EDs. Nor do they blog.

    Pity!

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  4. scrubone (3,095 comments) says:

    Jim’ll be able to do it.

    Just look at how he kept the alliance together for so long.

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  5. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    No one questions the quntity of his work. The quality however…

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  6. Richard Hurst (841 comments) says:

    I think Jim will quit parliament if he wins, will stay in parliament if he doesn’t. He’s looking for a nice well paid, expenses credit card supplied, semi-retirement job to keep him in the style to which he is accustomed. If he can’t get one then he’ll settle for the other. He’s covering all his bets so that whatever happens he wins. If the taxpayer or the ratepayer win is a different question…

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  7. YesWeDid (1,048 comments) says:

    ‘Jim – campaigning to be a part-time Mayor.’ And well ahead in the polls!

    Bob’s not helped by his support for Gail Sherrif who has just quit after spending $4K on a sand castle holiday. I didn’t notice you mentioning this DPF, I guess only left wing politicians do bad things.

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  8. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Givwen the number of times DPF has laid to National party members you comment is just plain stupid yes.

    Slope off back to the strandard where you can echo chamber away to your hearts content.

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  9. Brian Harmer (686 comments) says:

    I think both employment contracts should contain an anti-moonlighting clause.

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  10. Tom Gould (141 comments) says:

    It looks like Anderton will win big, despite Press support for their man Sideshow Bob. It seems that the lazy leader writers and their right wing buddies are the ones out of step with the public, who don’t seem to mind Jim having two jobs for a short period to avoid the half million dollar expense of a by election. The same right wing pundits who, curiously, attacked Laban for qutting early thus causing a half million dollar by election in Mana.

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  11. RRM (9,826 comments) says:

    As you are clearly campaigning against him (though without putting yourself forward in opposition) why don’t you put up some attack billboards DPF? That’s how you roll.

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  12. trout (937 comments) says:

    Why is Gail Sherrif’s trip such a bad thing? it had a purpose which is more than can be said for Carter’s junkets, or the ‘sister city’ junkets. If private enterprise were organising a major event a fact finding trip would be automatic; if you do not have the knowledge then you will not attract sponsorship. The MSM love the ‘sand castle’ appellation as if this were trivial; I wonder if it was a multi sport event whether there would be a murmar. Just another mindless beatup.

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  13. gravedodger (1,552 comments) says:

    Well said trout. How many of the very vocal critics of Ms Sheriff’s support for what could be a very good addition to the activities of a city with the greatest expanse of sandy beaches in NZ. understand the concept that she went to assess are not bloody sand castles they are sand sculptures and like Ice sculpture in association with winter celebrations are very artistic and visually challenging. With good scheduling could be a very big attraction for our City.
    Ms Sheriff has been a city councillor for 15 years and claims this as the first investigative “trip” she has undertaken.

    Newstalk ZB brought back one Mr M Yardley as a counter to Leighton Smith 08 30 till noon who would have applied the blow torch to “jambertons y fronts and that prospect was too much for the committee of public safety in the Peoples Republic of CHCH and their main media airwave.

    We hear very little about the three income streams the serial trougher brings to his mayoral campaign, his intention to maintain them if elected to a fourth, his three month “trip” through northern Europe with an aid and his missus, the re-registration of his “party” to reinstate the leaders vote of some $100 000 to finance his campaign and the associated troughing, his advanced years, his penchant for destruction of any group he participates in or leads, just benign neglect while any chance to smack sideshow Bob is used and maintained for days as the Sheriff matter has been.

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  14. cctrfred (42 comments) says:

    Have resisted commenting on this up to now. I still have trouble understanding how Anderton can have peace with his conscience in his intention to stand for Mayor and not resign as MP for Wigram. He could at the very least promise to resign as MP (and party leader of Progressive) if elected Mayor. I am saddened by the ignorance of Christchurch voters polled who seem to have no problem with this. Unfortunately Bob Parker has offended a large number of right-leaning voters by his support for the University of Canterbury’s music conservatorium proposal in the Art Centre. Nonetheless, he is still a better mayor than Anderton, if for no other reason than he is prepared to commit full-time to the position.

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  15. RightNow (6,986 comments) says:

    I can understand Gail Sherrif utilising a facility that was clearly defined (i.e. $4000 p/a per councillor for spending on blah de blah) and being upset with the reaction. To be honest she has become mere collateral damage in a paradigm shift – voters are no longer prepared to overlook wasteful spending.
    Personally it beggars belief that a trip to a sandcastle competition in the US could be that much better than conversing by email with the organisers. Maybe she did learn some useful stuff, but I’d wager I could have learnt twice as much useful stuff on the same topic in less than half a day on the internet.

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  16. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    There’s no doubt that Jim has The People’s Choice support.. Ruth Dyson said as much…

    Local politics is now more and more about political power and central party politics.. Labour verse National.

    It’s time we the voters all started voting for only Independents in both local and central politics… to keep the party’s out.

    Anderton has the full backing of the Labour politcal machine as much as Banks has the full support of the National party.

    Where’s the we.. us the people in all of this..

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  17. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    The only reason Jim is snout and trotters in the trough for two publicly funded roles is because he can’t find a third and forth to pick up.

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  18. Pete George (23,474 comments) says:

    It’s time we the voters all started voting for only Independents in both local and central politics… to keep the party’s out.

    I agree that’s the best way to force change, but it will only work if capable independent candidates stand. I’d rather have a capable politically aligned person than an independent dipstick.

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  19. RKBee (1,344 comments) says:

    Jim Anderton People’s Choice team.

    http://www.voxy.co.nz/national/ruth-dyson-chooses-jim-anderton-and-people039s-choice-election-october/5/58308

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  20. gravedodger (1,552 comments) says:

    Krazykiwi @ 02 31 His leaders fund for the progressive party at $100 000 and he qualifies for nat super now 3 going for 4.

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  21. Manolo (13,571 comments) says:

    The electorate should speak louder and retire Anderton, the incontinent trougher.

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  22. thedavincimode (6,691 comments) says:

    cctrfred

    “I still have trouble understanding how Anderton can have peace with his conscience in his intention to stand for Mayor and not resign as MP for Wigram.”

    Now there’s your problem right there: “conscience”.

    But I’m a bit perplexed why you think he has one. Remember, this is the silly old dear who disappeared from Parliament for months after the last election, notwithstanding that he was still pulling a screw not only as an MP, but also as “leader” of a political party (which he had continued to do long after the rest of his sad-arse collection of pinko deadbeats had disappeared from the scene). Day in day out some liabore flunky continued to vote on his behalf and against any government motion just for the sake of it.

    Hat’s off to the Press for continuing to put the boot into the greedy old prick. The Alamein Kopu of Sydenham.

    This is an area that the Speaker should look at as part of his review sparked by prissygate.

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  23. Pete George (23,474 comments) says:

    Off topic but no GD (and it will be in the Press soon enough) – Michael Laws is going to get a bit more publicity, not related to rejoining NZF.

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  24. Tinakori (67 comments) says:

    Jim Anderton still cant get over the Time Magazine article of the 1970’s that mentioned he was a man of the future for NZ. Sadly I think he is seeking a knighthood, as a mayor he would stand a good chance. But really Jim do us a favour and retire to a village green to watch cricket, while you are about it take your tired old political party with you.

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  25. Pete George (23,474 comments) says:

    He can fit his tired old party in his wallet.

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  26. RightNow (6,986 comments) says:

    Perhaps he can take up lawn bowls, then he can hang his tired old party out of his fly.

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  27. Pete George (23,474 comments) says:

    That might be Michael Laws problem (not the bowls).

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  28. RightNow (6,986 comments) says:

    From what I read about Laws’ latest problem he was doing nothing abnormal for any man finding himself without a partner. His problem is that he is a public figure and someone wants to get mileage out of his personal life.

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