Parker for Epsom

July 19th, 2011 at 3:43 pm by David Farrar

A spy e-mails:

’s leadership & council have selected David Parker for & told other prospectives to butt out.

Parker was the MP for Otago from 2002 to 2005 but lot it to Jacqui Dean. His new partner works for an Auckland Labour List MP, so a move to Auckland is certainly plausible.

Interesting to be in a party where the leadership decide selections. Epsom’s selection for National was determined entirely by 60+ local grassroots members.

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26 Responses to “Parker for Epsom”

  1. Monty (962 comments) says:

    So does this mean that a senior Labour MP has given up hope of contesting a winable seat (and election)? My guess is that David Parker will actively campaign for the good people of Epsom to vote for the National Party Candidate. MMP is a strange and weird beast that be best put to sleep.

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  2. ben (2,396 comments) says:

    So is Parker gay? Not that it matters but the reference to partner made me wonder. He is one of Labour’s most competent, although he too voted for the EFA and deserves political oblivion for it.

    [DPF: No]

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  3. mikenmild (10,683 comments) says:

    Ah, so that’s the difference between National and Labour. National is a loose confederation of grassroots real people who choose excellent candidates from among themselves. Labour is an evil cabal of unionists who foist backroom favourites on unwilling constituents.

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  4. Other_Andy (2,286 comments) says:

    @Ben
    David Parker is in a relationship with Barbara Ward, the former partner of musician Chris Knox

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  5. mickysavage (786 comments) says:

    Interesting to be in a party where the leadership decide selections. Epsom’s selection for National was determined entirely by 60+ local grassroots members.

    You mean that Goldsmith is not a sacrificial lamb being given a high list position in consideration of his managing to lose Epsom to ACT? And that this is not being managed by Head Office?

    [DPF: Head Office has some influence on the list and there is a general understanding that the Epsom candidate will get a winnable place. However that is a separate issues to whom the candidate is]

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  6. ben (2,396 comments) says:

    Thanks

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  7. niggly (799 comments) says:

    @ Other Andy
    /How is Chris Knox fairing with his post-stroke rehabilitation? His blog site has been quiet (not necessarily a good sign).

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  8. newtestleper (19 comments) says:

    Micky Savage – how could it be managed by head office when 60 local party members made the decision? As I understand it, various branches send delegates to the selection meeting based on the size of the branch. Head office has little to nothing to do with it.

    Contrast this with the Labour Party where head office has 3 out of 7 votes (and the floor has one only).

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  9. Other_Andy (2,286 comments) says:

    @niggly
    No idea Niggly.
    Got the info straight from the internet.
    Not really familiar with the two (Barbara & Chris).
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10716817

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  10. Nick R (497 comments) says:

    Ugh. Why do Labour do this sort of thing? Are they trying to alienate voters?

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  11. KiwiGreg (3,171 comments) says:

    @ Nick R its ok “mikenmild” and “micky savage” remain true believers.

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  12. Vinick (214 comments) says:

    Interesting,

    Not a silly idea, actually.

    Labour’s vote at 2008 was around 15%. Locke usually pulls in 5%. He’s retiring.

    Parker boosts the left vote by 10 points to 30% and pushes Goldsmith into third.

    I can’t see the Nats caring too much, but it’d be something for Labour to crow about.

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  13. pdm (842 comments) says:

    Ben (1865) says – “although he too voted for the EFA and deserves political oblivion for it.”

    As far as the EFA is concerned Clark decreed that all Labour MP’s must vote for it. However, my recollection is that Parker was largely instrumental in designing the draconian Labour ETS which NACT modified but should have rescinded.

    He should be villified for both.

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  14. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    strange that a man who wants to be leader of the Labour party wants to lose in a seat .. not a good look

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  15. mickysavage (786 comments) says:

    @newtestleper

    how could it be managed by head office when 60 local party members made the decision? As I understand it, various branches send delegates to the selection meeting based on the size of the branch. Head office has little to nothing to do with it.

    Beats me. I cannot imagine how Goldsmith could beat Bhatnaghar unless the decision was made that he was less electable than Bhatnaghar. It really feels like a strategic decision and not one reflecting local democratic concerns.

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  16. gravedodger (1,514 comments) says:

    mikemild @ 4 02 nails it the other mick wont ever, even if he lives another 100 years.

    Democracy is a clue mickysavage.

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  17. davidp (3,540 comments) says:

    This is a strange decision. Parker won’t be a viable leadership candidate if he loses to Banks in Epsom, which seems likely. I have no idea why Parker wants to do it. Or why Labour would want to do it to a senior MP, rather than some sacrificial nobody like Phil Twyford.

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  18. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,793 comments) says:

    That’s odd. What happened to all the stories about Parker being seen in Wellington holding hands with Jacinda Adhern?.

    He really does get around.

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  19. jacko (7 comments) says:

    This would certainly be the worst nightmare for National and Act’s rorting of the electoral system they both profess to detest…MMP.

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  20. niggly (799 comments) says:

    @Other_Andy

    Thanks & thanks for the link, hadn’t read that before.

    Say, Parker seems to have a thing for arty women …

    And his current partner is also handy in that she is a Labour campaign manager. Seems like Parker really likes strong women and really is aiming (being pushed?) for the top ….

    And I recall Maryan Street backing him a few months ago when Goof coup plot no 4729 was in the media …

    David Parker, eh, the acceptable face to the public voter of H1′s shadowly assortment of gaggly control freaks and other like-minded folk? :-)

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  21. niggly (799 comments) says:

    Hmm, more questions.

    So has Parker superseded the likes of Chris Carter (as the public mouth piece of H1′s Labour Party), and is making a play on Goff’s Leadership viz-a-viz the controlling NY Branch of the Labour Party? (Was Chris Carter’s rumblings of dissent over Goof’s leadership earlier in the year eminating from this same bunch)?

    Hope Epsom voters see thru Parker’s disguise, to see what baggage he also carries with him.

    So who are Cunner’s backers?

    Obviously Little is the Union man, but he is conveniently side-lined at present ?

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  22. starboard (2,471 comments) says:

    Didnt Parker come unstuck sometime back? Dodgy business dealings?

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  23. Other_Andy (2,286 comments) says:

    @starboard

    “Didnt Parker come unstuck sometime back? Dodgy business dealings?”
    Yes and no…
    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2006/04/parker_is_a_lucky_man.html

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  24. starboard (2,471 comments) says:

    Thanks for that Andy…still smells though…(of course it does , liarbors involved )

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  25. KH (687 comments) says:

    Auckland gets Parker. Dunedin will celebrate.
    David is a pleasant man. But his professional career in business enterprises and as a lawyer is best described as ‘hapless’
    Not somebody you would find of use sorting out your minor legal affairs.
    And if you really needed assistance. You didn’t go there.

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  26. sthn.jeff (100 comments) says:

    He was as useless tit as MP for Central Otago

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