Rann rolled

August 1st, 2011 at 9:22 am by David Farrar

is the Premier of South , and fairly well known in NZ as an old school mate’s of Phil Goff. Has been a guest speaker at Labour conferences.

He effectively got rolled yesterday by the factions. This is despite him leading them to victory for a third election win in March 2010. They are only 15 months into a four year term.

They are negotiating his exact departure date.  If he can hold off until November, maybe him and Phil can retire together.

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12 Responses to “Rann rolled”

  1. davidp (3,561 comments) says:

    They rolled him just because he is a friend of Goff? That’s harsh. But fair. The factions probably don’t want their government tainted with the stink of failure.

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  2. metcalph (1,412 comments) says:

    How are they disposing of him? The Snowtown way?

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  3. RightNow (6,844 comments) says:

    Sources said Mr Rann exploded in anger, especially when told Mr Weatherill was to be his replacement.
    ”I know where all the bodies are buried”, ”I’m not going without a fight” and ”I’ll make more noise than Kevin Rudd”, he was quoted as telling the plotters.

    http://www.smh.com.au/national/premier-rann-agrees-to-step-down–but-only-after-mine-expansion-20110731-1i6il.html#ixzz1TiTwJnJe

    I’m wondering if there are any political parties anywhere that don’t have “buried bodies”.

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  4. YesWeDid (1,044 comments) says:

    ‘How are they disposing of him? The Snowtown way?’

    I think they are planning to use the ‘Fargo’ method…..straight in the wood chipper.

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  5. gravedodger (1,528 comments) says:

    SA Labor are only 15 months in, poor old NZ Labour has 66 days as The Whale reminds us.

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  6. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    I’m wondering if there are any political parties anywhere that don’t have “buried bodies”.

    Yes, one: New Zealand First. Its voters, including the most venal leader, are zombies, the walking-dead.

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  7. flipper (3,847 comments) says:

    Manolo…
    Zinggggggg!

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  8. jaba (2,097 comments) says:

    maybe David Parker and Maryan 2 Streets should pop over and see how it was done

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  9. SHG (370 comments) says:

    Rann’s days were numbered on election night in Adelaide when a camera panned across the Labor HQ victory party and settled on the tired and emotional face of Darren Hughes, present for some reason, who had apparently begun “celebrating” some time before the results were final.

    Anyway.

    Rann has led Labor to three consecutive election victories and the state has weathered the economic storm of the past four years better than any other state in Australia. By most measurements – economy, business confidence, employment, house affordability, crime – South Australia is looking good. In many stats it leads Australia.

    Interestingly enough the one stat in which South Australia does not perform well is education, and the Minister of Education is Jay Weatherill, the guy who has just knifed Rann for the top job.

    However I get a feeling the South Australian electorate is just plain tired of Labor after three straight victories (sound familiar?) and I also get a feeling that the Federal Labor dramas have become a millstone around the neck of Labor at the state level. People hear “Labor” and think “Gillard and carbon tax and unions and oh fuck them all”.

    The last election was close, far too close for the comfort of a number of marginal MPs. In Australian Labor politics when marginal MPs start fearing their positions at the trough are threatened, the knives come out fast. This coup was timed perfectly – everything hit the papers literally as Rann was stepping on to a plane to fly to India to do a trade deal, so he was incommunicado for half a day and his assassins had the media all to themselves. By the time Rann could get to a phone the narrative had already been written without his input.

    Rann is a friendly affable chap far more like John Key in “personal touch” than any other current Australian politician I can think of. I’ll never forget sitting on the terraces at the Adelaide Rugby Sevens near a boisterous group of Maoris there for a day of rugby and beer in the sun as Mike Rann walked past with a premier’s entourage; the bros, recognising the state leader, all gleefully yelled out variations on “HEY MIKE! KIWIS ARE GONNA WIN TODAY BRO!” while giggling their heads off at their own wit. Rann stepped away from the flock of suits, walked up the grass with a smile on his face, started shaking hands, and said hi to everyone and asked them how they were doing… in perfect Maori. Next thing you know it’s arms around shoulders and “HEY SOMEONE TAKE A PHOTO OF ME AND MIKE, CHUR BRO, HEY MIKE LEMME GET A PHOTO BRO” and Rann’s everyone’s best friend. As he rejoined his nervous looking minders I turned and said to my partner “Damn, that guy is GOOD.”

    But in Labor politics, being good and winning elections isn’t enough. You have to juggle the right factions and the unions and public perceptions and the ambitions of every up-and-comer who wants a turn in the big seat.

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  10. Sarkozygroupie (201 comments) says:

    Also-Rann.

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  11. tvb (4,263 comments) says:

    He is a pro all right. But wanting to mentor his replacement will not work. Note that this was done while ran was away. I still think Rann will pull some trick.

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  12. backster (2,124 comments) says:

    Maybe he is the lifesaver Labour is looking for to replace Phil as leader. With their pending coalition with the Greens, what better than to have an Australian leading each of the parties.

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