Nice try Greg

November 22nd, 2011 at 4:34 pm by David Farrar

Been released some amusing e-mails from one of the participants (should be easy to guess). Well known Labour activist and wannabee candidate e-mailed New Lynn and Waitakere candidates the following:

Greetings

I am the acting chair of the Titirangi Ratepayers and Residents Association.  We are intending to hold a “meet the candidates” meeting on November 22, 2011 from 7 pm to 9 pm at the Presbyterian Hall, 244 Atkinson Road Titirangi.  As the area has parts of two seats in it we are inviting all candidates for the New Lynn or Waitakere seats to attend. …

I am in the process of arranging an independent chair for the debate part of the meeting.

Can you each confirm that you are available..  Can national secretaries send this email to their local candidates.

Greg Presland

This was sent on the 10th of November. Most genuine meetings have had incites go out well in advance of the final fortnight. Now could have just replied with a I’ve already got something on that day (which she has) but her reply was:

Dear Greg -

I must admit your invitation did make me smile. I well remember 6 years ago as a very new candidate unwittingly going to this meeting that was a complete set up by the Labour Party and how appallingly it was run and how rude everyone was, fool me once and shame on me, fool me twice … well it ain’t going to happen. I will not be attending.  Since the boundary changes around 4 years ago, none of the Waitakere electorate is in the Titirangi catchment – hence why I wasn’t invited 3 years ago.

Anything involving you would be blatantly party political as you are the West Auckland Labour Party Chairman and constantly negatively blog about me under the psuedonym Mickeysavage, I could bring as many of my supporters to match the Labour stacking that will go on and everyone could have a mud slinging match, but what a waste of everyones time.

Enjoy your evening.

Paula

So it was an invite for a group that do not even live in her electorate by the main Labour activist in West Auckland. Don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out there won’t be a single undecided voter there. Now Paula’s response was fairly polite. Then Greg replied with this:

Dear Paula

Six years ago I arranged for a local Headmaster of impeccable standing to chair the debate because I acknowledged that I have strong political views and I considered that an independent chair was appropriate.  There were at least two members of the National Party on the TRRA executive at the time and I was careful to make sure that the meeting was conducted properly.  I received no complaints and thought the meeting went well.

Last election we decided to have candidates from the Tamaki Makaurau seat, this time we thought that we should have Waitakere candidates again.  And you are wrong, part of the Titirangi area is in the Waitakere seat.  You should get out a map some time and check the boundaries.

This time Deputy Mayor Penny Hulse will chair the debate.  Am I missing something?

As for blogging well using taxpayers money to advertise constituency clinics deserves criticism and your particular style of politics is appalling.  Why someone who gained a degree using public funds should destroy the opportunity for others to do the same is beyond me.  And your disrespect for the rights of privacy of beneficiaries while supporting a Prime Minister that tramples over the independence of the media in trying to protect rights of privacy that were surrendered as soon as he called a press conference is distressing in the extreme.

May this election return a Government that will work in the best interests of ordinary Kiwis.

By the way I am not the West Auckland Labour Party chair.  There is no such position.

The funny thing is Greg sent that version of the e-mail with the paragraph part-bolded just to Paula. The next day he sent a sanitised one to all the other candidates, including Paula.

What is funny is Greg regards Penny Hulse as an independent chair. I have no beef with Penny, but she is a politician of the left and not independent, in the sense of someone apolitical.

Anyway good on Paula for not falling into the same trap twice.

Tags: ,

22 Responses to “Nice try Greg”

  1. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    I don’t know why, but I once thought Presland had some clues. Clearly they need a clue shop in his street.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  2. George Patton (349 comments) says:

    Greg Presland typifies the pathetic and desperate nature of Labour this election. Its no surprise that Labour are getting their arses handed to them on a plate by both National and the Greens.

    Please Greg/MickeySavage – keep up the ham fisted stoogery. You are John Key’s secret weapon. When Labour are reduced to a shameful 25% of Parliament after the election, former MPs of some quality like Nash, Cosgrove and Kelvin Davis will be able to thank the spiteful, angry and obnoxious volunteers like Presland for helping to fuck things up beyond recognition.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  3. Manolo (13,767 comments) says:

    The man (?) Presland is a complete tosser.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  4. alex Masterley (1,517 comments) says:

    Greg just can’t help himself, making snide off topic comments in his email to Ms Bennett was a bit over the top.
    But given what he says through his alter ego it’s no surprise.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  5. KiwiGreg (3,255 comments) says:

    Can we just fast forward the next 5 days to a National/Act victory and have all these folk crawl back under their rocks for another 3 years please?

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  6. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    What a clown Paula Bennett is. Do you know, DPF, whether she’s apologised yet to Natasha Fuller for blatantly breaching Fuller’s privacy? Even the Privacy Commissioner couldn’t make any headway with Bennett, which wasn’t surprising because you have to be able to admit when you’re wrong.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1 You need to be logged in to vote
  7. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    What a Muppet.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  8. Put it away (2,878 comments) says:

    mickeysavage fails at IRL trolling

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  9. RRM (9,919 comments) says:

    Hear Hear,

    Our Paula doesn’t have to explain herself to anybody – she’s a Minister of the Crown.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  10. thedavincimode (6,759 comments) says:

    RRM

    Welcome aboard! :)

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  11. gump (1,647 comments) says:

    I thought Paula’s response was quite measured, given the earlier provocation.

    Thanks for publishing this.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  12. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    ross – loved it when paula released the names of those two trashy scabs.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  13. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Poor old mickey forever destined to be on local board committee’s and rate payer associations. You can note he’s only the acting chair of this one as well. I think he stood for 6-7 positions last local body time. Now heres a lawyer you should climb into Johnboy.

    Outstanding by the Minister that was one of the bestest ‘fuck off you nob” I have ever read. Westie chick

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  14. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    “ross – loved it when paula released the names of those two trashy scabs”

    And no doubt you will love paying for the proceedings that have followed for more than a year and are continuing. I will love it when Bennett is forced, kicking and screaming, to apologise.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 1 You need to be logged in to vote
  15. dime (9,972 comments) says:

    ross – the damage is done for them. they got what they deserved. ungrateful scumbags

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  16. RF (1,398 comments) says:

    Greg presland aka micky mouse.. Is a nasty little man. I have seen his pathetic posts over in the swamp they call the standard. A very low standard for those that frequent it. Bye bye loser.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  17. Elaycee (4,392 comments) says:

    Good one Paula!

    Presland is a rude prick if he thinks he can call a candidate meeting at short notice [in the final week of an Election campaign] and then expect everyone to alter their existing arrangements to suit him! What a complete victim of the grip.

    In fact, life must be a bitch for Presland – despite his frequent attempts to be selected for *something* he is forever the bridesmaid and even when he manages to scale the lofty heights and become the ‘acting chair’ of the TRRA, he is still ignored.

    Boo Ferkin Hoo…

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  18. dion (95 comments) says:

    Our Mr. Presland has a habit of sending nasty e-mails to those who disagree with him:

    http://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2011/06/a-gay-email-from-mickey-savage/

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  19. Falafulu Fisi (2,179 comments) says:

    I wondered if Mr Presland pays his staffs $300,000 annually? Why am I raising this? It is because the left always despise the working mechanics of the markets in an Adam Smith dynamics ( eg – wages) and at the same time, they will tell you, “I pay my staffs the market rates“. I thought that they don’t benchmark anything they do according to the markets? But in reality, they do. They will moan that the wages too low, but that is the markets.

    Vote: Thumb up 1 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  20. kowtow (8,470 comments) says:

    Privacy Commissioner?

    Now there’s another waste of tax payer money. Get rid of.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  21. Keeping Stock (10,339 comments) says:

    Poor Greg; slapped around by a hoochie-momma!

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote
  22. Lance (2,655 comments) says:

    Whats even better is Paula is my local MP.
    I am even more impressed with her now.

    I even managed to avoid saying Titirangi was full of lefty nobs seriously up their own arses.

    Vote: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0 You need to be logged in to vote