Never been so happy to lose $2,500

October 9th, 2010 at 1:47 pm by David Farrar

I just lost $2,500 on iPredict. I had purchased a massive amount of Anderton too win stock when he was 30% ahead in the polls.

I can honestly say I have never so happy to lose $2,500.

has won with around 68,000 to 51,000.

Mayor Parker made some mistakes in his first term. But his response to the earthquake has been excellent. It has been more than just talking to cameras as Anderton snidely put it. A natural disaster does not always help the incumbent – look at Hurricane Katrina and Bush.

I wonder if Anderton will persist, in his final year in Parliament, with the myth he is a party leader.

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28 Responses to “Never been so happy to lose $2,500”

  1. David in Chch (510 comments) says:

    Yes, New Zealand. Sorry but we decided you should keep Jimbo for another year. We decided it was better that than keep the superannuitant Jimbo until he was carried out of the Mayor’s office in a box, because let’s face it … would this man ever retire?

    I suspect the reason he tried for the Mayor’s job and decided to step down from Parliament is because Parliament was getting too much for him and that he genuinely (but I think mistakenly) thought that the Mayor’s job was so much easier.

    I don’t like Parker, but better him for 3 more years than Jimbo for who knows how long.

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  2. Rufus (626 comments) says:

    Congrats to Parker.

    I too don’t like the way Parker comes across, but I haven’t been in Chch long enough to be able to judge his performance. I’m just happy he’s not Jim Anderton.

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  3. Jack5 (4,780 comments) says:

    I don’t want a leftist mayor of Christchurch, either.

    However, Parker has been an incompetent spendthrift mayor of Christchurch, and his performance over the next three years is going to embarrass National, which so heavily backed Parker. Christchurch now sees Parker as a National mayor, and as he fucks up, citizens will make Key and National share the blame.

    IMHO, the next Christchurch mayoral election will be like Britain at the end of World War 2 rejecting Churchill despite his fine performance in the Blitz etc. If National has any brains it will persuade Parker not to stand again.

    Parker did well in the earthquake aftermath, as a front man for the council. He’s an actor and TV entertainer, so he was in his element before the cameras.

    But he has otherwise been a lousy mayor. “Made some mistakes” does not cover his poor performance.

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  4. Inky_the_Red (741 comments) says:

    Parker won but his council support is slightly reduced

    The 13 Councillors are
    Labour for 2021 (previously 2)
    Chrissie Williams
    Glenn Livingstone (only 29 votes ahead of 3rd so may lose)
    Jimmy Chen
    Yani Johanson

    Ind Citizens (previously 4?)
    Ngaire Button
    Jamie Gough
    Helen Broughton (only 10 votes ahead of the next IC candidate)

    Others
    Aaron Keown (City Vision) – former ACT parliamentary candidate but probably likely to challenge Parker more than the man he replaced
    Sally Buck
    Tim Carter (part of the Carter Family, Uncle David is current minister of Ag, Father, uncle and Grand father all previously Citizen Councillors)
    Sue Wells (pro Parker)
    Barry Corbett
    Claudia Reid

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  5. Fot (252 comments) says:

    Who cares…as long as it was not Anderton.

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  6. Psycho Milt (2,337 comments) says:

    Mayor Parker made some mistakes in his first term.

    “Mistakes” is a very kind word for a performance that led to Chch residents putting Jim Anderton (FFS) 30% ahead come re-election time.

    But his response to the earthquake has been excellent.

    Yep, won him the election. So, just as long as the earthquake stays top of the agenda for another 3 years National’s brand won’t be damaged by its association with him. Oh dear…

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  7. Jack5 (4,780 comments) says:

    Christchurch councillors -

    Keown! Good. He might be the non-leftie needed to train the hamster in the Parker cage.

    Parker clones: Barry Corbett (talback host) and Sue Wells (formerly regional TV host and, I seem to recall, backer of brothel owners’ rights to operate in the suburbs — if I’m wrong about the Wells track record on brothels, someone please correct me).

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  8. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “National’s brand won’t be damaged by its association with him”

    What brand is that?

    Right on the outside, left on the inside?

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  9. TCrwdb (246 comments) says:

    I know where $3.82 of that 2.5k went :-)

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  10. tvb (4,229 comments) says:

    Anderton will try and say the earthquake helped Parker and he could have done it standing on his head had he been in the job. I personally think Anderton is standing on his head. But if Parker had fluffed it he would have been out. And the earthquake was a big challenge and Parker met it.

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  11. jaba (2,092 comments) says:

    I would prefer CHCH to have Jimbo to themselves other than the whole country for another year

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  12. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Now that he has missed out on the Chch mayoral position (inconceivable to him when he joined the race) who is totally convinced that Lord Trough won’t change his mind and decide to stick around for yet another parliamentary term?

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  13. Grizz (529 comments) says:

    I think Jim’s chances were reduced when he believed he could put his snout in 3 or 4 troughs at the same time. Now he is just a tripple dipper in parliament.

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  14. Inky_the_Red (741 comments) says:

    It is possible that the new CCC will become dysfunctional, awaiting the appointment of commissioners

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  15. jaba (2,092 comments) says:

    oh my god .. Jimbo got his arse kicked (because of the quake .. go figure) for the Mayor job, has already started shutting down his so called party sooooooooooo .. co leader of NZ 1st??

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  16. BeaB (2,074 comments) says:

    Anderton could try for next GG. Trouble is, he doesn’t look like me.

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  17. DJP6-25 (1,295 comments) says:

    [BeaB 4.30] That wouldn’t surprise me. I’m just glad “the most famous living New-Zealander” isn’t mayor of Christchurch.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  18. ciaron (1,356 comments) says:

    David, you’ll put people off their tea with comments like that ;)

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  19. David in Chch (510 comments) says:

    DJP6-25 (182) Says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 4:37 pm
    That wouldn’t surprise me. I’m just glad “the most famous living New-Zealander” isn’t mayor of Christchurch.

    What?? Anderton? I can think of a whole lot more ahead of Jimbo!!

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  20. jaba (2,092 comments) says:

    I thought the “this is your life” person tomorrow was going to be Ryan .. maybe they can change it to be Jimbo?? .They could bring on all the MPs who used to be his colleagues before he walked out on them

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  21. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    Dinosaur Jim (Ne)Anderton: go away, disappear, vanish. NZ does not want you.
    Simply put: fuck off for good Stalinist comrade.

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  22. David in Chch (510 comments) says:

    I just saw Anderton’s “concession” speech on TV1. That has to have been the _least_ gracious speech I have ever seen. What a fucking prick! Jimbo may _think_ that if only for the earthquake he would have won, but he did NOT win. So concede graciously you prick!

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  23. pq (728 comments) says:

    Farrar the NZ Govt Nat party slave says he has never been so happy to lose the $2500 he bet on I-predict Anderton for Mayor Christchurch.
    I-predict only take $1000 bets, so farrar did not lose $2500.

    I took Parker with I-predict when I reluctantly realised this trans s Mayor would be re-elected.

    # Inky_the_Red (220) Says:
    October 9th, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    “It is possible that the new CCC will become dysfunctional, awaiting the appointment of commissioners

    pq says
    lets hope so inky

    Aaron Keown is interesting but unchallenged, I extracted a promise from him he would not become a Parker accolyte,
    but the record of independents arriving in Christchurch City is not good.
    I think Keown will buckle for rank.

    It is good to be rid of some rubbish.
    names here :Gail Sherrif, Mike Wall, Bob Shearing,
    but dear God we failed to be rid of the biggest curse of all Bob Parker, with his pretentious bomber jacket talking tough trans s,
    peter quixote

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  24. reid (16,062 comments) says:

    “Jimbo may _think_ that if only for the earthquake he would have won, but he did NOT win.”

    Yes but he would have if not for the earthquake and according to Jack5′s multiple comments above, probably also should have, if you wanted the best possible alternative.

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  25. David in Chch (510 comments) says:

    no no no. Parker has not been good but I did NOT relish having Jimbo as the once and future mayor. His “concession” speech showed the sort of man that it is becoming more apparent he is – I have not heard a more ungracious speech, bitter and without any grace and generosity. I am glad he isn’t mayor, and in three years time Parker can be replaced, hopefully by someone better.

    The choice was basically between bad and worse.

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  26. David in Chch (510 comments) says:

    And as for Keown- he ran for everything, including the DHB. His campaign for the DHB? “Free parking”. Good god! Is that it? Free parking at the hospital? For anyone and everyone? I can see for patients and their families, but …

    and not one mention of health. Nada. bupkus, rien.

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  27. Jack5 (4,780 comments) says:

    Re David in Chch’s 7.34 post.

    It looks as though Keown was elected to the Health Board. I don’t know how they would report vote numbers in an STV election, but Keown’s head of the list of successful candidates on the report site.

    I didn’t mind him mentioning parking. What else can a non-specialist say? We’ll cut waiting lists? We’ll lobby for more taxpayer money? Elections for health boards are a waste of time.

    One surprise in the Christchurch elections was that harmless but crazy Michael Hansen, the Economics Euthenics candidatge, received 166 votes for Mayor.

    Hansen also stood for the Hospital Board on behalf of the “Electric Schizophrenia Party” and is second from bottom in the list of unsuccessful candidates.

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  28. Crusader (292 comments) says:

    In Chch we have had to put up with pictures of Jim’s ugly face on billboards everywhere, for months. Thank god they will be taken down now. Every half-demented superannuitant in town had one on their fence I think.

    Is it just me or does Anderton in his dotage look more and more like Chairman Mao? That and the red signs saying “The People’s Choice” just made me vomit. (It begs the question, “What if we don’t choose you, comrade Jim, will the People’s Army come and kick our heads in?” – that’s the usual way the lefties behave.)

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