Charles in Charge

October 7th, 2011 at 12:37 pm by David Farrar

One of my legion of spies has passed on a very interesting e-mail. It was sent to a lawyer asking them to send a letter to the editor of the Dominion Post. The headers are:

Date: Sun, Sep 25, 2011 at 1:44 AM
Subject: Hoping you would be comfortable with something like this to the Dompost – if not, let’s discuss
To: xxxx@yyyy.com

And the text of the letter that the sender wanted sent to the Dom Post was:

Sir

We are lawyers/I am a lawyer practising in Auckland who are/is not aligned to any political party.  We were/I was extremely concerned about Simon Power’s assault on the right to silence – and other fundamental liberties – and so we involved ourselves/I involved myself in the debate and the lobbying effort to reverse those changes.

We were/ I was, frankly, amazed to read Andrea Vance’s opinion piece in your newspaper on Saturday.  Her account of what really happened here is completely off-beam.

Labour’s Justice Spokesperson, , authored a stout defence of the right to silence in a minority report when the Criminal Procedure (Reform and Modernisation) Bill came back to Parliament.

His work picked up on significant concerns raised during the submission process.  Rodney Hide and John Boscawen took a long, hard look at the Bill in light of these concerns, and were instrumental in ensuring that ACT re-examined its position on the legislation.

Chauvel, along with his caucus, and Hide and Boscawen, are the MPs who merit credit in this process.  We/I have found them willing to examine the arguments for and against reform, and to work patiently, often behind the scenes, to reject the extremes in the argument and bring National around to a position that works going forward.

In contrast, Simon Power, Christopher Finlayson, Hilary Calvert, Peter Dunne and other government-aligned MPs have pretty much toed the party line, failing to do what we/I expect of our parliamentarians – examine legislation dispassionately and in light of the evidence.

Parliament is likely to pass criminal procedure reform in the next fortnight.  It won’t be perfect law by any means.  But thanks to Chauvel, and to Hide and Boscawen, it will be much better than it otherwise would have been.

Maybe your newspaper should get a reporter who understands the law to report on it from now on.

Yours sincerely
etc

So who sent the e-mail requesting this letter be sent in by a friendly lawyer. Well the headers also reveal that:

From: Charles Chauvel <charles.chauvel@gmail.com>

Charles must have been stewing all day about the story, as he sent the e-mail at 1.44 am. I’m not sure what is more amusing – the shameless self-promotion, or the attack on the reporter. I wonder if he had the guts to say it to their face, rather than get someone else to write in on his behalf, using his supplied words.

Residents of Ohariu should think carefully about the values they want in their MP.

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45 Responses to “Charles in Charge”

  1. Ryan Sproull (7,285 comments) says:

    Ruh-roh.

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  2. homepaddock (408 comments) says:

    Obviously he wouldn’t want to be seen praising himself but perhaps he didn’t want to be seen praising Act MPs too.

    I wonder if he comments on blogs under different names too?

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  3. Elaycee (4,410 comments) says:

    Oh dear… Chauvel clearly skipped the appropriate page in the Labour Book of Propaganda.

    Charles in Charge? I don’t think so….

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  4. reversespin (70 comments) says:

    Champagne Charlie has been BUSTED!!!

    Funny, funny, funny.

    Lucky for him, he a is a (scum) list MP……

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  5. sthn.jeff (101 comments) says:

    It is a horrible choice us Ohariu voters are faced with, This piece of filth, Dunne, Boy wonder Gareth Hughes or Katrina Shanks…. all of them stating to represent me! a frightful choice really and the sad thing is, with the exception of Dunne, all are virtually guaranteed to return to the trough!

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  6. gravedodger (1,570 comments) says:

    Hang on guys.
    You are judging him on words, tactics and norms of behavior that ordinary citizens regard as the go.
    Charlie shovel is a socialist
    A Labour MP
    Gay
    Overweight
    University educated
    And a List MP
    By my count he holds at least six Imunity pins.
    Our norms do not apply to him.
    Random question; which is greater, ego, IQ or waistline?

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  7. Johnboy (16,994 comments) says:

    Never met a lawyer yet that I had any respect for.

    Nasty, grasping bunch of shysters that think the world owes them a living and that we should all be grateful for their wise counsel. :)

    Time the WWL fund was scrapped so the turds would have to start charging what their clients could afford. :)

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  8. RightNow (6,996 comments) says:

    Chachi loves Chachi.

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  9. ben (2,384 comments) says:

    I am so voting Labour because of this and everything else in the last 3 years. This is the sort of leadership I want in control of most of the country.

    Don’t forget Charles loves kids, too.

    Chauvel for President!

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  10. kiwi in america (2,510 comments) says:

    Typical – the left is addicted to astroturfing. The stacking and staging of calls to talkback radio and letters to the editor was as common as a drunken 1st year student at an Orientation stein in my days in Labour.

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  11. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    Apart from anything else, that first line is a dead giveaway:

    “We are lawyers/I am a lawyer practising in Auckland who are/is not aligned to any political party. ”

    Sure you’re not…….why say it? Defensive.

    Also, stating that one is a lawyer may not lend any statements that follow much in the way of credibility amongst the general public……

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  12. 3-coil (1,222 comments) says:

    We should be shocked that Gladys would resort to such a morally bankrupt self-promotion stunt, but I’m afraid that it’s just what we now expect from such a desperate, sad and pathetic Labour MP.

    Not only is he totally useless, he is incompetent and his own worst enemy.

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  13. Pete George (23,685 comments) says:

    On a similar theme of self promotion a few days later:

    http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2011/09/30/bottom-lines-on-search-and-surveillance/

    And I had an exchange with him there:

    Charles Chauvel says:
    September 30, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    @petegeorge, Dunne rolled over on day one. I’ll post the link if you like. And he told people in KoroKoro at a candidates’ forum that night that he’d done so, parroting Key’s now abandoned rhetoric about criminals going free. Betcha he feels exposed now, huh? Don’t you dare pretend he’s negotiating behind the scenes. He never does. Because he doesn’t believe in anything. He’ll be a postscript to history on 27 November. Deservedly so.

    Pete George says:
    September 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Big claims Charles. I’m interested to see how you back your claims with such certainty what Peter doesn’t do. Do you use covert video surveillance?

    Charles Chauvel says:
    September 30, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I don’t get the sense that they’ll give national the sort I’d blank cheque they got from the old Dunne-y brush.

    Charles Chauvel says:
    September 30, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    @petegeorge, I don’t need video surveillance. I’m just a good judge of character – or lack of it in this case. Someone who is so desperate to keep a ministerial limo will do anything to curry favor. At least Hide and Boscawn have backbones.

    Let’s hope Ohariu voters are a better judge of character than Charles.

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  14. Inventory2 (10,434 comments) says:

    Did anyone catch Chauvel’s outrage at Tau Henare’s “driving Miss Daisy” quip on Wednesday? Because it begs the question; why wasn’t Charles similarly outraged when Trevor Mallard and Clayton Cosgrove called Christopher Finlayson “Tinkerbell”?

    Spot the double standard…

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  15. 2boyz (264 comments) says:

    I’m not going to find it difficult not tick that box when the election rolls around. This is just another great reason not to :)

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  16. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    I live in Ohariu. Our choice is dire.

    I understand the strategic voting gambit. Well, I did, right up until the prohibitionist pulled his election year stunt.

    One no confidence, coming up…..

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  17. adze (2,129 comments) says:

    Charlie Shovel digs a hole?

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  18. dave (988 comments) says:

    I live in Ohariu too. Got a leaflet in the mail with all the wonderful (sic) work Charles has done in the electorate with pix of his supporters in the electorate to back it up – one pic was with Wallace Chapman at Backbenchers. Wallace is the host of the show, does not live in the electorate, did not know about the pic and is not a Chauvel supporter.

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  19. BeaB (2,148 comments) says:

    Yesterday I watched Chris Finlayson deliver a gracious speech in which he paid generous and respectful tribute by name to the MPs who had contributed to the legislation. He also praised the parliamentary process and we have rarely heard such a dignified address.

    Charles Chauvel then hoisted himself to his feet and launched into a partisan, spiteful attack on the government, smirking and puffing himself up.

    What a poor excuse for a representative of the people. His preening – and now his duplicity in the email – are nauseating.

    Surely such an email is a disciplinary matter for the Law Society.

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  20. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    Chuck is starting to show he is a true Labour MP .. has all the credentials

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  21. Pete George (23,685 comments) says:

    A suggestion from the same Red Alert thread the post (and email?) were during the select committee process.

    Augie says:
    October 3, 2011 at 9:20 pm

    Standing Order 401: the House may treat as a contempt any of the following:
    (p) divulging the proceedings or the report of a select
    committee or a subcommittee contrary to Standing Orders.

    Augie says:
    October 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    Speaker’s Ruling 187/4:
    The deliberations of the members of a committee and any draft report are not available for release and any unauthorised disclosure of them is a breach of
    privilege. This is not a mere technical rule. It is essential, if members are to work well together on a committee, that the integrity of the process be
    maintained by respecting each other’s confidences. Furthermore, the House is entitled to the first advice of the conclusions of one of its committees in a report rather than individual members of the committee taking it upon
    themselves to communicate committee decisions to individual journalists.
    1997, Vol. 562, p. 3232. Kidd.

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  22. Monty (980 comments) says:

    What more could you expect from a gay guy with such a self important ego. Labour cannot win by fair means so are resorting in their desperation to foul.

    Chucky’s vote will drop substantially this election – but that is in part because of the ineffectual leadership of Labour, and Partly because chucky is such a tosser that the electorate have got nto understand over the past three years.

    Chucky of course is all about self promotion. Always has been and always will be. When working for the rather prominant law firm in wellington some years back, he was the but of a few jokes – mainly because on the wall in his office he had the “wall of pride”. upon the wall of pride was every certificate he had ever been awarded – right from coming third in the fat kids 50m race to of course the Law Degree that he got from the weet-bix packet.

    Chucky – you are a tosser and you have been found out.

    [DPF: you would make your points better if you left out references to his weight and sexual orientation. They have nothing to do with this issue]

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  23. meh (165 comments) says:

    lots of us from Ohariu then eh… we have indeed got the short straw this election!

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  24. Grendel (1,005 comments) says:

    i never understood why he was so smug, he has never achieved anything. even the official photo on his electorate office makes him look so far up himself he is nearly inside out.

    one of his branded cars gets parked down the road from my house most nights, i don;t like being reminded of his existence.

    Not a lot of choice in Ohariu this time, going to have to vote for the dunne beatle simply becuase its one more vote (sort of) for the correct team (and one more vote to keep charlie out of the electorate), but its a painful vote to make, voting for the grumpy old conservative prohibitionist.

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  25. sthn.jeff (101 comments) says:

    Does Piggy Chauvel actually live in Ohariu yet?

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  26. Manolo (14,067 comments) says:

    Chuck is starting to show he is a true Labour MP .. has all the credentials

    You mean, gay, vindictful, and vacuous?

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  27. Ender (105 comments) says:

    I am an Ohariu electorate resident as well.

    I liken voting here to being stuck between a raging bush fire and a barely survivable swim through ice cold stinging-jellyfish infested waters.

    Still, at least I don’t live in Mana electorate anymore….

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  28. dave (988 comments) says:

    Yep its all about Charles Chauvel, not what his electorate thinks

    Directquote: “I`ll be satisfied with having my voice heard on the things that matter to ME”.

    ME ME ME Its all about ME

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  29. Scott Chris (6,176 comments) says:

    Heh, all is fair in love and war…..and politics.

    I like Cha Cha Charley. I think he’s a good politician. Perhaps he’ll be our first gay PM one day when Labour clear out this current crop and bring in some fresh, unjaded talent.

    Politics is boring as a no contest.

    Now be remember not to be a grumpy guts with those pesky kids eh Cha. ;)

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  30. Peter (1,723 comments) says:

    We’re Ohariu. We’re sorry, but what the hell are we supposed to do?

    United Future Peter Dunne
    Labour Charles Chauvel
    National Katrina Shanks
    Green Gareth Hughes

    Why do they hate us, so……

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  31. alex Masterley (1,523 comments) says:

    I’m a lawyer.
    Charles didn’t trouble me with his email.
    If he had it would have been returned with a pithy message referring to travel and fornication.

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  32. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    And the facepalms keep on coming. Is anyone scoring this self destructionathon?

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  33. Inventory2 (10,434 comments) says:

    @ Murray; yep. Labour’s 2011 SMOG’s (Social Media Own Goals) will be featured on a daily basis on Keeping Stock a little nearer to the election. And we’re not spoiled for choice; it’s a case of what to leave out!

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  34. Whafe (650 comments) says:

    When does all this end, it is disgraceful the behaviour…. Labour are a ship at full speed with no one at the helm…. Crash & Burn

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  35. burt (8,316 comments) says:

    Scott Chris

    Perhaps he’ll be our first gay PM one day…

    First to admit it perhaps…..

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  36. hmmokrightitis (1,595 comments) says:

    @burt…

    heretic, burn him LOL

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  37. BlairM (2,365 comments) says:

    “Values” I want in an Ohariu MP:

    1) Gets rid of Peter Dunne.

    Yeah, that’s about it.

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  38. Inventory2 (10,434 comments) says:

    No Blair; voting in Ohariu is as simple as ABC:

    Anyone But Charlie

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  39. RRM (10,022 comments) says:

    Residents of Ohariu should think carefully about the values they want in their MP.

    Yep, make sure you don’t vote Labour, gentle readers.

    What? No this isn’t a National Party propaganda site! Fancy suggesting such a thing…

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  40. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Wait so Charles did this as a national party propaganda stunt RRM?

    Shit you need to lay off the philu special cookies before you post, you’re starting to sound like Trevor Mallard with these wild conspiracy theories.

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  41. bruno 32 (22 comments) says:

    This guy is a shorter and fatter version of Cris Carter. Any more vacancies in Kabul ?

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  42. reid (16,634 comments) says:

    Apparently people don’t think much of Charles.

    Neither do I, so far, but my jury in this case is just getting settled.

    I want to see him in power, then I can judge him properly.

    From all accounts thus far it’s not looking promising but he is shrewd and quite bright.

    He’s never a leader but he probably will be A-G or Justice one day.

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  43. newtownlad (6 comments) says:

    Isn’t it lucky then that, under MMP, all you Ohariu residents who like none of your candidates can still vote for the party you like? :)

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  44. reversespin (70 comments) says:

    On IPredict……….Chauvel at an all time low of $0.07 to win Ohariu.

    – Hates kids on planes
    – Lives in Oriental Bay
    – Drives a Mercedes, instead of a Toyota.
    – Referred to police for breach of electoral act (for a flyer he mailed out)
    – Letter to the Dompost editor about a Chauvel hoarding on the Newlands War memorial.
    – And now this………

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  45. Bob R (1,393 comments) says:

    I live in the electorate and will be distributing this post and your other one about Chauvel.

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