Do they have tape measures with them?

March 25th, 2011 at 12:19 pm by David Farrar

The next two candidares on ’s list are and . If a Labour List MP resigns before the election, then they will be offered their place in Parliament.

Judith Tizard is Auckland based and Mark Burton lives in Taupo.

So is it just a coincidence that Judith Tizard was seen on a flight to Wellington yesterday afternoon, and Mark Burton was seen on Lambton Quay late this morning?

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35 Responses to “Do they have tape measures with them?”

  1. Viking2 (11,420 comments) says:

    Vampires round a corpse that’s not quite dead yet?

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  2. Inventory2 (10,301 comments) says:

    Mark Burton always looked a bit like a Funeral Director …

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  3. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    Hopefully being supplied with alcohol to get them into compromising positions … or to remind all of us why Hughes appeared to have a bright future in the party.

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  4. Bevan (3,923 comments) says:

    I’ll never forget the image of Burton as the so called ‘Defense Minister” defending the disbanding of the Air Combat wing with such intellectual rebuttal as “where will the money come from”, and “that would require the closing of schools and hospitals”.

    Then if I recall, the country posted a 4 – 5 billion surplus that year…..

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  5. Pete George (23,481 comments) says:

    Today’s little rumour seeding – two for the price of one?

    You say “if a Labour List MP resigns” but “they will be offered their place in Parliament.”

    Two into one don’t go. The other one has an electorate seat.

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  6. Bob R (1,363 comments) says:

    Mark Burton ahead of Tizard thanks.

    OT, but what is up with this kind of school girl violence? Is it possible to deport the offenders to the South Pole?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10714883

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  7. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    Duh! Pete…no he doesn’t… Louise Upston spanked him last election

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  8. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    They both their seats at the last election.

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  9. Pete George (23,481 comments) says:

    Clarify – if Hughes resigns that’s one list seat, both Tizard and Burton can’t both sit in it.

    Goff has an electorate seat.

    [DPF: Oh yes. Tizard gets offered it first, and then Burton if she turns it down]

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  10. Ross Miller (1,700 comments) says:

    Rats rushing to join a sinking ship comes easily to the mind. Nah, unfair (to rats). So let’s just confine ourselves to reflecting that Judith and Mark are, in the lexicon of the Labour Party, the next best they have on offer ….

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  11. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    Judith Tizard is not standing for Auckland Central this election, there is no candidate chosen for Taupo yet.

    Unless Tizard is intending to stand on the list only, it would appear she is not standing in 2011 and confiirmation of that and a decision not to be available to take on this seat would lead to an offer to Burton (depending on whether he would seek the Taupo nomination, or be offered a high place on the list)

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  12. SPC (5,595 comments) says:

    But even if chosen for Taupo electorate in 2011, Burton would be unlikely to win the seat back so is dependent on a high list place to return to parliament for another term.

    If Hughes is replaced the most appropriate person to come in someone who would receive a high ranking on the list and remain for the next term.

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  13. smttc (742 comments) says:

    There is no way Darren Hughes is going to resign from Parliament – at least not without a fight and I doubt Goff wants to get rid of him anyway. So little talent in Labour already.

    Hughes doesn’t know how to do anything other than be a trougher. He has no life or work experience outside of politics. He would have to retrain or consign himself to the scrapheap at the age of 32. No way.

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  14. sthn.jeff (101 comments) says:

    smttc… He has already offered to resign. Refused by Goof

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  15. Pete George (23,481 comments) says:

    there is no way Darren Hughes is going to resign from Parliament

    He has already offered to (unless the offer/decline was a show): Darren Hughes resignation declined by Goff
    Possibly more bad timing by Goff.

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  16. KiwiGreg (3,250 comments) says:

    @ smttc he will get a job in a Labour MPs office or at the UN I’m sure.

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  17. Manolo (13,590 comments) says:

    You can almost see Tizard, socialist hardworker and intellectual giant, broaching a bottle of Bollinger in celebration of her well earnt return to Parliament.

    The IQ of the House will go up by double digits ….not.

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  18. KH (695 comments) says:

    These are experienced troughers.
    Darren would have offered to resign, but only after it was guaranteed to him it would not be accepted.
    And then both he and Goff would have approved the press release to make them both look good.

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  19. BeaB (2,119 comments) says:

    He could be Helen’s houseman in NY. I doubt she has one already.

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  20. wreck1080 (3,885 comments) says:

    Please let it be man-hating Judith.

    That hysterical piece of fluff would do wonders for labour.

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  21. Maggie (672 comments) says:

    OMG, Burton and Tizard seen in Wellington! It’s a conspiracy! Run for your lives! The sky is falling……

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  22. RightNow (6,988 comments) says:

    Relax, that wasn’t Tizard, it was Barry Humphries.
    http://www.google.co.nz/images?q=Barry+Humphries&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=univ&sa=X&ei=vfWLTYjMD4ikuAP6yLWpDQ&ved=0CEsQsAQ&biw=1354&bih=793

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  23. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    It’s probably time for Judith to return to the fold with winter coming and all, think of all the jerseys she can knit while parliament is sitting.

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  24. davidp (3,580 comments) says:

    RightNow>Relax, that wasn’t Tizard, it was Barry Humphries.

    Are you sure it wasn’t Tizard? These photos of Tizard suggest an uncanny likeness:

    http://www.google.co.nz/images?um=1&hl=en&safe=off&biw=1354&bih=793&tbs=isch%3A1&sa=1&q=hyacinth+bucket&aq=f&aqi=g2&aql=&oq=

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  25. nadir (98 comments) says:

    If Tizard does stand aside I imagine it would be on the back of a pretty hefty promise. Ambassador to the UN once (if) labour are back in power?

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  26. big bruv (13,734 comments) says:

    Note how so many in the media have started talking about “Poor Darren Hughes” and the end of his “stellar career”.

    No mention of the 18 year old boy, no mention of the obvious terror this kid felt….nope, it’s all about Darren Hughes, a man with a history of things like this.

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  27. Manolo (13,590 comments) says:

    That’s very true, bruv. The sycophantic media have been parroting the line that Hughes is a bright Labour star and other inanities, without given any thought to the victim or the gravity of the situation. The bias is sickening.

    Could you imagine if this had happenned to a National or Act MP?

    The conditioning of the public by the media is well under way and will continue untl the Police releases the result of its investigations.

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  28. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,746 comments) says:

    If Darren Hughes resigns from Parliament then the replacement would have to come from the Rainbow faction of Labour to maintain their representation of at least 50% of sitting Labour MP’s.

    So the List doesn’t represent a problem for Labour.

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  29. big bruv (13,734 comments) says:

    Manolo

    Yes….and remember that Howard Broad is still the Commissioner of police, an appointment made by Klark.

    I have no doubt that any police investigation will end up as “while there is prima facie evidence”

    Klark knows where the skeletons are, Klark owns Broad and I would not be surprised if Broad is told to make sure this goes no further.

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  30. Pete George (23,481 comments) says:

    I would not be surprised if Broad is told to make sure this goes no further.

    I’d be surprised if anything like that happens – it sounds as bad as the lefty’s current conspiracy theories.

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  31. NX (504 comments) says:

    Are Darren & Tizard really that different.
    I’m sure plenty of men have been seen running from Tizard’s house.

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  32. DJP6-25 (1,376 comments) says:

    Oh please let it be Judith Tizard. I wonder if she’s learnt anything about cars in the interim?

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  33. Rex Widerstrom (5,349 comments) says:

    Judith Tizard… the Labour Party’s very own Miss Havisham.

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  34. Rich Prick (1,682 comments) says:

    Oh please bring back Judith. The knitting community has been sorely under-represented since she left. Although I thought she was busy as Helen’s lap-warmer.

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  35. Maggie (672 comments) says:

    big bruv, how was the stopwork meeting? Are you going on strike? Will anyone notice?

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