Charles in Charge Part III

October 11th, 2011 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

This is the third and final part of a three part series of a case study in self promotion.

Part 1 is here and Part 2 is here.

In Part 3 we look again at the video surveillance bill, and specifically Chauvel’s SOP. As I had previously blogged, his much vaunted SOP was a cut and paste from the wrong version of the Search & Surveillance Bill.

Now in Parliament Chauvel refers to the SOP “I have drafted” (at around 12 mins), and in fact told his colleagues that he had stayed up until 3 am working on it.

But when it turned out the SOP was based on the wrong version of the bill, Chauvel blogged correspondence with the Office of the Clerk, blaming them for the errors in the bill. So it is Chauvel’s SOP when it is about the credit, and the Office of the Clerk’s bill when it is about the blame. And the only sign of working at 3 am is an e-mail at 10 pm asking for the bill to be redrafted.

What surprised me is that a former partner in a major law firm didn’t even pick up the drafting errors. It is not unusual to use the OOTC to draft amendments, but you expect MPs (especially those who are lawyers) to check any SOP in their name.

Now this incident is by itself no big issue. But when you combine it with the other two issues of authoring letters to the editor praising yourself, and laying down bottom lines *after* you have been told what the Govt has agreed to, it does all fit together into a pattern of an MP who is absolutely obsessed with getting the recognition he thinks he is due.

I’ve been happy to help with getting him the recognition he is due.

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34 Responses to “Charles in Charge Part III”

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

    Would it not have just been easier for Chauvel to actually DO some of this work – compared with all the effort he expends running around trying to pretend that he is responsible, and the ducking and diving when it’s not right?

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

    Politicians tend to have high levels of narcissism but this is going a bit far. Pull your head in Charles.

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  3. Brad (75 comments) says:

    So which MP do you think National head office will ask you to target next David? Stooge

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  4. Lee01 (2,171 comments) says:

    @ Brad.

    There is no need to “target” anyone. Labour are simply making utter fools of themselves at every turn. They target themselves.

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  5. Bed Rater (239 comments) says:

    All this talk of an insignificant MP (who may or may not be a threat to Dunne the authoritarian gereatric wanker) is a nice placeholder for some KB analysis of the peeling paint on Key’s branding.

    Good one.

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  6. RightNow (7,013 comments) says:

    Brad, this reminds me of the comedians on 7 Days making fun of Darren Hughes. They said as much as they liked Darren the material was just too good to resist.

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  7. Monty (980 comments) says:

    Chucky faith in his abilities is limited to Chucky himself. I have always held the view that is is a whining self important arrogant pratt. I have seen nothing to convince me otherwise

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

    @ Brad,

    So do you agree with Farrar’s criticisms? I don’t see why you’re annoyed at him raising this, it seems like legitimate criticism.

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  9. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    “This is the third and final part of a three part series of a case study in self promotion”

    I suspect not, Charile will be coming back for more.

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  10. Elaycee (4,410 comments) says:

    Brad (5) Says: “So which MP do you think National head office will ask you to target next David? Stooge”

    Haha – were you asked to post here by the Stranded, Red Blurt or from someone closer to Charles?

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  11. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    If only you could give the PM the recognition he deserves.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/politics/news/article.cfm?c_id=280&objectid=10758125

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  12. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    > Labour are simply making utter fools of themselves at every turn

    Try opening both eyes Lee. John Key lies in parliament, and your happy. I am guessing you have no self-respect.

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  13. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Hey Ross care to explain the relevance of your link to this post please. We have general discussion for random genda driven link whoring.

    Work on that self respect a bit hmm.

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  14. Manolo (14,086 comments) says:

    The credibility and integrity of the delicate Charles Chauvel are in tatters (not that he had much to begin with.)

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  15. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    Hi Murray

    Seems like I touched a raw nerve.

    Why don’t you explain what you think of the PM deliberately lying and then making excuses for it. Pretty shameful, eh?

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  16. annie (539 comments) says:

    Name of his previous law firm, please.

    Just in case I’m lawyer-shopping sometime in the future.

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  17. burt (8,324 comments) says:

    ross

    A Labour supporter getting upset about lies in parliament is like a shark protesting about people eating fish…

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  18. BeaB (2,150 comments) says:

    ross
    What Goff and Moroney don’t get is that their almost identically worded accusations of lying against the PM and Anne Tolley make them look small and desperate and barely touch the Nats.

    If this is going to be the tone and quality of their election campaign we are in for a dreary procession of nasty faces and snarls. And who will that remind us of?

    Thank god the PM smiles at and with us and makes the day seem sunnier. Why do they think attacking him helps them, poor deluded souls that they are?

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  19. Daisychain (3 comments) says:

    I had to chuckle last night when a representative called me about the NZ Labour Party Ohariu Electorate and any issues I may have. I replied that the NZLP are an issue on its own. He then asked what I thought of Charles Chauvel ie will I vote for him, to which I replied, No and because a) he doesn’t live in the electorate, b) he drives a big flash car c) he’s a Kings College Old Boy and d) he’s never had children so how would he know what it’s like to raise a family and experience some of the tough/financial challenges that families are facing. He replied: ” I have to agree with your sentiments”. LOL

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  20. NickN (4 comments) says:

    annie (320) Says: Name of his previous law firm, please.

    Minter Ellison.

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  21. lastmanstanding (1,304 comments) says:

    Talk about painting a target on your forehead. And now he plays the GAY CARD. What is it with these people.

    Its like playing the PAS card (pale male and stale).

    Right from the get go Chauvel struck me as a try hard. A legend in his own lunch time. Will crawl over and up anything to get ahead.

    Not leadership material at all.

    Charles is but a lowly ranked employee of mine in Wellington.

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  22. RF (1,455 comments) says:

    Chucky the clown !!!! Who cares what side he bats for … we want him to fulfil his obligations as an opposition MP for the next two terms.

    Major fail !!!!

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  23. burt (8,324 comments) says:

    Well it’s now clear why the MSM use to call Clark a competent and popular PM.

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  24. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Ross its not a raw nerve dickless, you posted smoething of no relevance to the thread, you get demerits for that you idiot.

    And if you’d read anything I’ve ever written about Key you’d know moere than even try that line. Jesus you leftie troll are pathetic. fuck knows why Farrar lets you all make such complete cocks of yourselves on his site.

    What have you got to say about the subject of this thread, a labour party poli trying some bullshit on. Away you go…

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  25. lilman (968 comments) says:

    Hey guys!!!!!!!!!!

    you all now what I think,(oops sorry ,cant say that)

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  26. dion (95 comments) says:

    > All this talk of an insignificant MP

    Bedrater, what is wrong with you? The man is the shadow Justice Minister and is the head of parliament’s privileges committee.

    Surely a bit of integrity isn’t too much to ask.

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  27. Mick Mac (1,091 comments) says:

    RF (82) Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    why can’t he NEVER be in government let alone in three terms.

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  28. Johnboy (17,084 comments) says:

    A confused Labour voter of Ohariu singing of her great love for her candidate.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p-5RloO2HY

    Poor deluded woman. :)

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  29. the deity formerly known as nigel6888 (852 comments) says:

    I recall when a certain champagne charlie tried to tout around an announcement about being appointed to an associate minister role, only to discover these things were like weetbix prizes and weren’t announced.

    The guy is a total dweeb, shame really because his husband is a good bloke, but I guess being the only gay Tahitian lawyer in the labour party is more important than actual horsepower or integrity?

    It is an interesting character “tell” though that Chucky needs, really really needs, to be important. Guess thats why the labour party appealed to him? My guess is that Minter Ellison had a real big party when he resigned his partnership.

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  30. Rich Prick (1,729 comments) says:

    “My guess is that Minter Ellison had a real big party when he resigned his partnership.”

    Oh yes I think you called that correctly. He was generously referred to as “King Charles”, whether it was a term of royal endearment or a reference to an annoying little yappy breed of dog with a sense of grandeur beyond its ability to deliver on its wimpy bark, has never been made clear.

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  31. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    I hope you’re feeling better today, Murray. Why don’t you tell us what you think of the PM’s lies, or is he absolved from criticism?

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  32. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    > Thank god the PM smiles at and with us…

    Well, why wouldn’t he when he knows he can count on votes from people like you, who think it’s ok if the PM lies. But if you saw his press conference the other day when he admitted that Standard and Poors hadn’t said what he told Parliament they had said, I didn’t notice him smiling, more like cringing.

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  33. annie (539 comments) says:

    # NickN (3) Says:
    October 11th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    annie (320) Says: Name of his previous law firm, please.

    Minter Ellison.

    Thanks Nick.

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  34. Rich Prick (1,729 comments) says:

    Oh ross, here is a doll, now just show us where the Prime Minister touched you.

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