Jim: I’m still right

October 2nd, 2010 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

An interesting insight in The Press:

Jim is incredibly determined when it comes to chasing up issues for people. He can also be incredibly stubborn – on several occasions, he re-affirmed his (mistaken, in my opinion) belief that he could have been mayor and MP, had it not been for the earthquake.

Of course he could have been both. He could have done them both “standing on his head”  if I recall his quote correctly. And remain a party leader also.

But it looks like Jim may have lots of time to stand on his head – the latest Press poll has him at 20%, 16% behind Parker.

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19 Responses to “Jim: I’m still right”

  1. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    Jim and Phil .. wow we are a lucky country

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  2. MyNameIsJack (2,415 comments) says:

    But it looks like Jim may have lots of time to stand on his head – the latest Press poll has him at 20%, 16% behind Parker.

    And remind me again, how much of OUR money was spent by National politicians propping up Bob “Let them shit in the streets” Parker’s campaign?

    And remind me again, who WERE those faceless men who backed his last mayoral campaign?

    And please tell me, why are the Nats so keen to see Parker win again? That’s right, he did their bidding by gathering the fuel that was used in Canterbury’s very own burning of the reichstag.

    Bob Parker – New Zealand’s very own Von Lubbe.

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  3. Inky_the_Red (759 comments) says:

    The poll also said that Parker was behind in 3 wards. Strangely the same wards have the highest returns (they are also the wards where the earthquake has caused the most damage to households)

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  4. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    @ MNIJ; when I was last in Christchurch three months ago, I was truly worried that Anderton was going to win the mayoralty. I spoke to a number of people yesterday and last night, and it seems that my fears were premature; support for Anderton seems to have evapourated. That is not to say that Parker is universally liked; I reckon it’s just that people now see that Anderton is indeed the Troughmaster-General, and that his quest for the Christchurch mayoralty is nothing more than another political game being played by an elderly man (a “fossil”, as one Christchurch resident described him to me) who has made an art form of game-playing and brinksmanship.

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  5. jaba (2,141 comments) says:

    my actual interest on who becomes Mayor of CHCH is actually so close to zero it might as well be BUT the thought some self centered egoistic prat like Jim Anderton continuing a role in any sort of limelight makes me queasy. The bloke has a proven record on being unable to be led.. The only bonus is that he said mmmmm, that he WOULD now resign from Parliament and that would benefit us all

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  6. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    Anderton said he would quit Parliament if he won.

    Has he ever said he would quit Parliament if he lost?

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  7. 3-coil (1,219 comments) says:

    With a head as big as Jimbo’s, the phrase “standing on his head” is not that extraordinary.

    There would be room for Jimbo’s Progressive Party’s entire caucus to meet “standing on his head”.

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  8. tvb (4,418 comments) says:

    Jim Anderton will go his grave blaming that damn earthquake for costing him the Mayoralty. If only he will say. What he fails to appreciate is that Parker was given a huge task and he has measured up to the job. Anderton has been a grumpy old man on the sidelines and not engaging at all in his adopted city’s hour of need.

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  9. Joely Doe (31 comments) says:

    I didn’t vote for Bob in the last elections. Local body politics leaves me cold – all we ever seem to get are local has beens with time on their hands, and other peoples money to spend. I will vote this time, to keep Anderton out. Chch could not make money fast enough to keep up with his socialist utopian dreams. Other peoples money of course, not his own.

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  10. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Didn’t Christchurch keep re-electing that communist twit Gary Moore? Now they need an earthquake to make them change their mind over another washed up commie like Anderton? Who the hell is controlling the political dialogue there? Some useless left wing newspaper and a bunch of clapped out academics I’ll bet.

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  11. pq (728 comments) says:

    thanks for nothing,
    and knowing nothing about Christchurch farrar,
    Parker is an arrogant corporate trans .. Mayor,
    his major wrongs being that he is a mercenary Mayor,
    who favours with income to his favourites,
    Nothing could be worse for Christchurch than Parker.
    We are not a branch of your NZ NAT Govt Government farrar,
    we are a poor city,
    and a City who wishes not concrete slabs of housing for the poor
    built by Parker acolytes, within his visions and self grandeur,

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  12. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    pq,

    No? So you would rather have Anderton communes [ghetto slums] for lower income houses? And gulags for the non-believers and ‘rich pricks’ I take it?

    Comrade Josef Anderton would be most impressed. He may offer you a position on his staff. Would you prefer head of OGPU?

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  13. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    pq – Don’t give up your day job, assuming you have one.

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  14. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    @ Brian Smaller – pq (formerly Peter Quixote) has a job all right; running interference for Jim Anderton, his working class hero.

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  15. DJP6-25 (1,387 comments) says:

    Aside from his excellent post earthquake performance, Bob Parker has another thing going for him. He ISN’T Bernie. Prior to the earthquake, that was the only thing he had going for him.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  16. reid (16,447 comments) says:

    “He could have done them both “standing on his head” if I recall his quote correctly. And remain a party leader also.”

    Personally I don’t doubt that he could have done all three at once and done them all very well. He’s an extremely astute, capable individual who doesn’t drop balls. When was the last time he dropped one?

    Now whether he should have attempted the triple-dip-suckle with the at-our-expense half-pike, is another question.

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  17. metcalph (1,430 comments) says:

    That he decided to give up his seat in parliament if elected mayor removed one concern that I had about him.

    Unfortunately his manner of doing so (taking more than a week to do so and criticizing those who said he was wrong of making cheap political attacks) simply aggravated another concern that I had about him.

    The third concern that I have about him (inability to get along with anybody who doesn’t admit their obvious inferiority) remains unchanged.

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  18. Inventory2 (10,337 comments) says:

    I’ve been driving around Christchurch a bit today. I’ve seen quite a few Jim Anderton – the people’s mayor billboards. I feel slightly nauseous.

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  19. Manolo (13,755 comments) says:

    To the old and decrepit Jim NeAnderton: go away for ever.

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