Bennett wins back Waitakere

December 16th, 2011 at 5:00 pm by David Farrar

The judicial recount of has found a number of invalid votes for and the Judge has found that received more valid votes, and with a majority of 9 is declared once again the MP for . That’s a wonderful result for Paula, who so loves being the local MP out west. A big ups to her and her team.

For Carmel, she is out of Parliament entirely, and Raymond Huo is once again a Labour List MP. A bit of a blow to the rejuvenation efforts for Labour, but at least a boost to their fund-raising efforts.

Carmel might now regret her ungracious tone when she was declared winner after specials. Of course she has open to her the option of an electoral petition, but those things can cost $200,000 or so and off memory National has never lost an electoral petition, well for the last 40 years or so anyway.

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109 Responses to “Bennett wins back Waitakere”

  1. KiwiGreg (3,226 comments) says:

    LOL a week IS a long time in politics!!

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  2. KiwiGreg (3,226 comments) says:

    Winston Peters was the expert in electoral petitions. He also advised Wyatt Creech on his one. THere was one other I cant recall – he ended up winning by one vote and always joked he bought his majority with him every time he came to Parliament.

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  3. gravedodger (1,528 comments) says:

    It’s pissing with rain outside but the sun is shining in side, Go Paula you good thing.

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  4. coventry (316 comments) says:

    Great news ! Love it, ciao septic tank !

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  5. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Karmas a bitch isn’t it?

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  6. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,834 comments) says:

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

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  7. Pete George (23,359 comments) says:

    I’m not a fan of Sepuloni but it must be a bugger of a time having your whole future hanging on the outcome of a count, then a recount. Same for Huo but at least he’s on the right side of the ledger this time.

    Not so bad for Bennett who was guaranteed a job for the next three years anyway.

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  8. petal (705 comments) says:

    -1 for the Dark Side.

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  9. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    Doesn’t seem to be in media. How does DPF know about it in South Africa, and Stuff or NZ Herald doesn’t?

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  10. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @Pete 5:13 pm

    Not necessarily, Pete. Interesting possibility now. A successful electoral petition brought by Carmel Sepuloni would see Paula Bennett out of Parliament entirely, and therefore no longer a Cabinet Minister, and National would not get anyone back on the list to replace her.

    EVERYTHING would then hinge on Peter Dunne, who is not too enthusiastic about some of the Nats / Banks’ more extreme policies.

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  11. laworder (278 comments) says:

    I cannot help but be pleased by this outcome. How on earth the individuals concerned thought they were ever going to pull off electoral fraud is beyond me.

    Regards
    Peter J
    Webmaster for http://www.sensiblesentencing.org.nz

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  12. Pete George (23,359 comments) says:

    It will be interesting to see what Labour do with potentially so much at stake. Their coffers probably aren’t overflowing at the moment but may be tempted to see what they can do.

    Everything already hinges on both Dunne and Banks, or the Maori Party.

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  13. gravedodger (1,528 comments) says:

    If that’s your wet dream Toad you need to start fundraising for the brother socialists forthwith .
    You are talking serious money there.

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  14. Rich Prick (1,635 comments) says:

    Oh hell, this is so funny and couldn’t have happened to a nastier piece of work. Don’t let the door hit your arse on the way out Carmel.

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  15. George Patton (351 comments) says:

    So funny. So just. After the way Carmel Sepuloni behaved after her temporary win, this is just so sweet. Carmel is now fucked politically, forever.

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  16. peterwn (3,216 comments) says:

    EWS – DPS did put up his temporary South African cell number for all to see. Someone from Paula’s office probably txt’ed him. The electric telegraph has come a long way in the last 150 years or so.

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  17. Rufus (648 comments) says:

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    I dislike Ardern, but greatly respected her behaviour when she lost. Carmel, you deserved that.

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  18. joe bloggs (126 comments) says:

    Kapow! Gone by lunchtime! And lo! The deluge outside has stopped, the sun is shining and all is good.

    There IS a God after all!

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  19. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    I cannot help but be pleased by this outcome. How on earth the individuals concerned thought they were ever going to pull off electoral fraud is beyond me.

    Is an invalid vote necessarily electoral fraud?

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  20. George Patton (351 comments) says:

    @Toad – The National PArty would presumably seek for the Labour Party to put up costs in the first instance, on the very real grounds that Labour lack the ability to pay. I suspect that would mean Labour withdrawing their action.

    And think about it – does new leader David Shearer want to financially ruin his party within days of becoming the leader, for someone as unpleasant and nasty as Sepuloni – who in all likelihood voted for Cunliffe?

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  21. badmac (139 comments) says:

    “I don’t think Paula Bennett has been good for Waitakere,” Ms Sepuloni said.

    “At the end of the day, the voters have spoken. And despite the fact it is close, it just goes to show that there are 11 more people that think she wasn’t’ (good).”

    So what should that quote read now?
    Hahahahahahah.

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  22. Pharmachick (232 comments) says:

    I have just experienced about the worst day [professionally] that I’ve had in the last 5 years …

    and this made me think YEEEE HAAAAWWW! (to borrow a line from our American friends).

    A little sunshine for me today is a good thing.

    Paula Bennett may not be graciousness personified, but in the particular contest, the good guy **did** win… hope springs eternal.

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  23. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Well pharmachick perhaps you will stay away from the mistletoe at your next staff do. . . .

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  24. BlueSilver (22 comments) says:

    I echo the comments of Pharmachick – tough day at the office, turned completely around by this news. Go Paula!

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  25. MIKMS (164 comments) says:

    This is fantastic news; Paula still has a lot to do from the looks of it to win back the trust of people in Waitakere with such a minor margin; something possibly yo be expected due to the high workload of a Minister but now she will have three years to do this as the Electorate MP

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  26. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    @gravedodger 5:24 pm

    If that’s your wet dream Toad you need to start fundraising for the brother socialists forthwith.

    Personally, I don’t give a shit. And I’m never going to donate money to the Labour party, for an electoral petition or for anything else. Most of them look too much like Nat-lite for me – lip-service to environmental issues but when in Government do SFA about them.

    I was just pointing out the possibility under our somewhat peculiar electoral law that could see Bennett out of Parliament completely and National not getting a List MP (who would otherwise be Aaron Gilmore) to replace her if Sepuloni were successful with an electoral petition.

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  27. PaulL (5,986 comments) says:

    Yes, Graeme Edgeler pointed that out on a recent thread. Rather obscure, and probably not deliberate, consequence of electoral law. I think Paula might have preferred things the way they were.

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  28. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Sad state of affairs seeing people celebrating others misfortunes :(

    Didn’t like it when Sepuloni did it, don’t like it when the assorted kiwiblog rabble do it…

    but oh well, just have to accept that everyone isn’t as enlightened and forgiving as me :)

    and spare a thought for Jason Richards eh ?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/motorsport/6152694/Jason-Richards-loses-his-cancer-fight-age-35

    and i don’t mean whoop and holler if you’re a Ford supporter cos a Holden rival has been taken out.

    show some grace and compassion, a bit of empathy maybe, or is that too much to ask for ?

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  29. Longknives (4,686 comments) says:

    Magnificent news! That Carmel Sepuloni is a bloody nasty piece of work….

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  30. Rich Prick (1,635 comments) says:

    WTF pollywog? What does that have to do with this post?

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  31. flipper (3,847 comments) says:

    So is the reality one more NP seat, or just one more list MP?

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  32. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Most of them look too much like Nat-lite for me – lip-service to environmental issues but when in Government do SFA about them.

    Oh FFS Toad – you Green’s give lip service to environmental issues!

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  33. BlueSilver (22 comments) says:

    Pollywog, Sepuloni brought these sort of comments at herself. Had she been gracious in victory like so many others on both sides of the house, her defeat would not be eliciting these sort of comments.

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  34. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    Not necessarily, Pete. Interesting possibility now. A successful electoral petition brought by Carmel Sepuloni would see Paula Bennett out of Parliament entirely, and therefore no longer a Cabinet Minister, and National would not get anyone back on the list to replace her.

    Wouldn’t that also prevent Huo or Sepuloni from taking a seat in Parliament as well?

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  35. Richard Hurst (801 comments) says:

    :)

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  36. plebe (271 comments) says:

    Who gives a fuck what will change for the voting working NZr????? (opps right key will sell the land im standing on, (to his banking mates) this could be in the furure)who knows

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  37. dime (9,690 comments) says:

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    that has made my fucking day!

    enjoy unemployment you slob

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  38. Rich Prick (1,635 comments) says:

    Whatever, plebe.

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  39. Pharmachick (232 comments) says:

    Lee C 5:45 pm, I’m gonna assume that was you trying to be funny to make me smile … it almost worked. (And if you were being serious, get stuffed. Doing something dumb at a Staff Xmas party is a bad *personal* day, not a bad *professional*). FWIW, I’m gonna assume the former.

    BlueSilver 5:45 pm. I feel your pain, so chin up kiddo. They can be assholes, and we can rise above ;-)

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  40. Mark (497 comments) says:

    A nine vote majority while gets you back as a electorate MP, this is not a win to crow about. It’s time Paula does the hard yards and converts more people to her and the National party viewpoint.

    We are in danger of losing the Waitakere Man and Women, and Paula and the National Party must do there best to sell them in 3 years time why the are the best party for them and NZ, otherwise National will be the out and as WhaleOil say the natural party of opposition.

    We are not the Nasty party and I hope Paula thanks the Labour candidate for a competitive race for the seat and says she would like it to be a win for all people in her electorate.

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  41. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Pollywog, Sepuloni brought these sort of comments at herself. Had she been gracious in victory like so many others on both sides of the house, her defeat would not be eliciting these sort of comments.

    It still speaks much to the character of those celebrating with such distasteful glee as perhaps Sepulonis ungracious remarks did about her.

    Nasty, vile, stuff, spewing forth is what it is, whether seemingly justified or not, and infers a lack of compassion and empathy present only in animals of a lower order.

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  42. Sean (299 comments) says:

    I notice iPredict isn’t going to pay me out for the stock though, which is pretty mean…

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  43. Pharmachick (232 comments) says:

    pollywog,
    I disagree … as I said earlier on this thread:

    “Paula Bennett may not be graciousness personified, but in the [sic, should have been 'this'] particular contest, the good guy **did** win… hope springs eternal.”

    Several of us are award of Ms. Bennetts less wonderful side(s) but by the same token, several of us are not “taken” with Ms. Sepuloni, her actions or attitudes.

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  44. leftyliberal (642 comments) says:

    @Bevan: Nope, if an electoral petition is taken and finds in favour of Sepuloni, Huo stays in, Sepuloni is sworn in in addition (Labour goes +1) and Bennett would be out and would not come in on the list or be replaced (Nats -1). This would make the Maori party hold the balance of power.

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  45. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    that has made my fucking day!

    enjoy unemployment you slob

    You know what made my day ?

    Walking around our flood damaged property and watching my son’s beaming smile as he played in the muddy puddles like it was christmas.

    Enjoy your day dime.

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  46. Pharmachick (232 comments) says:

    OMG pollywog,
    you think we can help?

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  47. labours a joke (442 comments) says:

    Get a life pollywog.

    Septic sepuloni slammed dunked in the ass…oh happy day !!!

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  48. Pharmachick (232 comments) says:

    Seriously pollywog…
    how bad is the damage?
    This Blog has huge traffic and you are pretty-much a regular. Me, I lurk more than I comment.
    But seriously, is it that bad for you and yours? I am sure the readers and lurkers and commenters can at least begin to help.
    Pharmachick

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  49. Rich Prick (1,635 comments) says:

    “At the end of the day, the voters have spoken. And despite the fact it is close, it just goes to show that there are 11 more people that think she wasn’t’ (good).”

    It seems those “11″, plus another few didn’t think that at all, in fact it turns out they couldn’t even tick a box properly.

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  50. Bevan (3,965 comments) says:

    @Bevan: Nope, if an electoral petition is taken and finds in favour of Sepuloni, Huo stays in, Sepuloni is sworn in in addition (Labour goes +1) and Bennett would be out and would not come in on the list or be replaced (Nats -1). This would make the Maori party hold the balance of power.

    And that is considered lawful???? Fuck’n hell! If anything needs to be fixed in our electoral law its that!

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  51. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    OMG pollywog,
    you think we can help?

    No…he’s one of those kids who always sees the brighter side and when he’s happy, he couldn’t be any happier :)

    but anyway, maybe Sepuloni’s misfortune could be a blessing in disguise for her. I hope so. At the very least it’ll be a humbling and painful learning experience from which i’m sure she’ll become a better stronger person for having to suffer through it.

    Congratulations to Bennett, even though i think she’s a muppet…heh

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  52. gingercrush (153 comments) says:

    I think its sad Sepuloni lost. Now Labour is just stuck with the three evils of Curran, Maroney and Fenton. And at the least Sepuloni was more useful than the useless member of parliament for Mana.

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  53. Kimble (4,417 comments) says:

    lolz

    So is it 9 people or 20 people Carmel?

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  54. tvb (4,263 comments) says:

    This is just beautiful especially after those ungracious remarks and it gets better as Miss Septic Tank loses her seat in Parliament and some obscure person comes in. Ha ha ha ha ha. I assume Miss septic Tank will reverse her remarks and say Paula Bennett has this mandate etc etc.

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  55. East Wellington Superhero (1,151 comments) says:

    @ Pollywog

    In general I agree with your comment about rejoicing in other people’s misfortune. I guess the case with Sepuloni is that she is an ungracious and self-focused List climber and to see her get a slap in face has some sense of poetic justice.

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  56. Johnboy (15,602 comments) says:

    A song for Sepuloni.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNQRfBAzSzo

    :)

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  57. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    My god, it is true! we are “born to rule”; my thanks to the Judge who conducted the recount and knew “what was expected of him” *wink* *wink* the next time a vacancy opens up on the Court of Appeal no one should be too surprised at who gets appointed *ahem*

    That some ghastly loud mouthed polynesian solo mother was going to claim the scalp of a National cabinet minister was sailing into the realms of fantasy! Carmel and Labour have been well and truly put in their place, and rightly so!

    All that is good and pure and decent and patriotic in the world continues….

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  58. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Seriously pollywog…
    how bad is the damage?
    This Blog has huge traffic and you are pretty-much a regular. Me, I lurk more than I comment.
    But seriously, is it that bad for you and yours? I am sure the readers and lurkers and commenters can at least begin to help.

    Bridge washed out. Stream in front blocked. Road carved up. Slips everywhere. Phone lines down. Probably looking at 2 weeks isolation with no transport.

    Got supplies til Monday then re evaluate. Maybe have to move closer to town for a wee while…dunno.

    But thanks heaps, it’s the thought that counts. Never been one for charity. Got friends and family in the area who’ll pool together and make the most of it.

    Nothing like a bit of adversity to bring people closer.

    There’s people worse off than us. Still got wireless broadband, power and water and we’re all in good spirits not to mention healthy.

    life is good…celebrate !

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  59. mickrodge (27 comments) says:

    I’m genuinely saddened to hear about your property (and indeed Jason Richards) Pollywog/BWAV but aside from that spare us your good cop routine.

    You’ve engaged in more than your fair share of racial & derogatory mudslingling round here so you’re in no position to adopt some percieved moral high ground. Hypocrite.

    And good riddance to that nasty spiteful graceless Sepuloni woman. Parliament is a better place without her.

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  60. Johnboy (15,602 comments) says:

    Sorry about your damage Polly.

    Pity about the broadband! :)

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  61. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    Never been one to laugh at others misfortunes though mickrodge.

    Any racial and derogatory mudslinging has been well deserved.

    …but whats Sepuloni ever done to many of you personally to elicit such vitriol ?

    once a hypocrite, always a hypocrite…is that the rule ?

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  62. KH (694 comments) says:

    …….JamesS @ 6.53
    Your comments about the judge are as stupid as they are offensive.

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  63. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    So be offended. Loser! ha ha your masters won, you lost. Eat your heart out!

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  64. mara (752 comments) says:

    So the thick, fat and feeble didn’t make it to the election booth. Hello? It is clearly my fault that this happened. When I work out my degree of culpability, I will know how far in to thrust the sword.

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  65. adze (2,009 comments) says:

    JamesS @ 6:53pm

    Too far.

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  66. bereal (3,137 comments) says:

    Another song to cheer Carmel up a bit.

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  67. Johnboy (15,602 comments) says:

    Jeeze Beryl. Are you even older than me? :)

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  68. dime (9,690 comments) says:

    see if you can find on youtube where she sulked like a 10yr old after the speaker made her apologise. it was disgraceful.

    she is a sack of shit.

    as to the difference between her being an ungracious winner and us laughing at her demise – shes an MP ffs. I hold MP’s to a higher standard than your everyday blog commenter.

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  69. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    Surely you are not that old, Johnboy; a spring chicken stripling surely?

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  70. Johnboy (15,602 comments) says:

    And here was us thinking you only held whores of a higher standard than us dime. :)

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  71. Johnboy (15,602 comments) says:

    More of a spring ram really James.

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  72. JamesS (352 comments) says:

    Ha ha Johnboy awwwwwww *hugs* you must be pleased about the result in West Auckland so that is something!

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  73. gravedodger (1,528 comments) says:

    @ Pollywog, I watched the rather sad display when your great socialist female face of the future, took on Mr Speaker and in the process, she demeaned herself, her party, her gender, her socialist beliefs and Parliament itself.
    I am not visiting my glee on her however much she deserves it My clear delight is for The Hon Paula Bennett.
    Ms Bennett has been the target of three years of sustained attacks for her personal life re a friend of her daughter, her success in climbing out of the welfare trap, her supposed ‘uncle Tom’ action in that because of collective cabinet responsibility she had to support the trimming of adult education and her personal appearance as regards her body mass.
    Through all that shit she shines through as a good Minister and clearly enjoys the support and confidence of her leader.

    During the recent election the Labour Party threw extraordinary effort to replace her with the pinup face of the future, racial acceptable, union supported Carmel Sepuloni and failed.

    I am just so pleased that Paula with the added profile but seriously compromised ability to wage her campaign, prevailed.

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  74. Johnboy (15,602 comments) says:

    Pollywog really ranks highly in the “Haters and wreckers” department GD. :)

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  75. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    I hold MP’s to a higher standard than your everyday blog commenter.

    …watching parliament question time, i hold them to no standards at all.

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  76. dime (9,690 comments) says:

    pollywog – its sad that you accept that.

    i get the shits watching them carry on too. carmel is the worst i have ever seen. she doesnt deserve the privilege

    if a right winger carried on the way she did i would be just as pissed off.

    hell, i dont even like bennett. letting the daughters bf stay with them instead of being in mt eden doesnt sit well at all

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  77. Ross Miller (1,682 comments) says:

    I guess there are only so many KFC dinners that dead people can eat and I am not sure whether the Judges refusal to count these and other shonky votes constitute grounds for an electoral petition … however let the Unions cough up the several hundred thousand grand to give it a go and perhaps Winston Peters as the de facto leader of the Opposition in waiting can be persuaded to lend a hand and a few dollars from the Spencer Trust. Karma strikes again.

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  78. tvb (4,263 comments) says:

    I doubt the Labour Party has the funding to challenge this but National has should it had been necessary. I understand the Labour Party did not have legal representation at the recount. But National has been in situations when the Labour Party had more money – more often than you might think.

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  79. Other_Andy (2,516 comments) says:

    “I doubt the Labour Party has the funding to challenge…..”

    Guessing the Union fees will be going up very soon.

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  80. lofty (1,304 comments) says:

    There is a God!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA ETC AD INFINITUM.

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  81. Steve (4,525 comments) says:

    I am just finding out about this (been socialising at some place somewhere)
    Ms smartarse is now checking out and going to find a real job? nah she is Liarbore nasty. Karma is good today.

    You got your beans today Carmel

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  82. lofty (1,304 comments) says:

    Now that i have settled down from my previous post of ha ha’s……. I have time to reflect on the decision.

    Putting on my somber & thinking hat, all I can say is:-

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA ETC AD INFINITUM.

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  83. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    youtube where she sulked like a 10yr old after the speaker made her apologise. it was disgraceful.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmdlxhK4t0s

    meh…that Lockwood is such a tool !

    Key does a throat slitting gesture in parliament and his karma ?

    another 3 years in gov’t to fuck over the country even more.

    Jason Richards, dies young leaving a family to grow up without him.

    gotta wonder what he did to deserve his karma ?

    yeah dunno eh…

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  84. lofty (1,304 comments) says:

    Mr speaker..i withdraw and apologise………………….you tory piece of shit…..my day is coming you MF…you just wait….

    My apology is and was genuine Mr speaker….NOT!!!!!

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  85. lofty (1,304 comments) says:

    Polly..wtf has Jason Richards death have to do with ANYTHING at all ???

    Jesus mate go back to BWAV your alter ego.

    I do hope that your situation is OK on a serious note, and if there is anything I or people here can do to assist just ask.

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  86. Griff (7,017 comments) says:

    go Bennett cut those benefits
    U got mandate from the westies

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  87. tvb (4,263 comments) says:

    To quote Hitchens if you gave Sepuloni an enema she could be buried in a matchbox.

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  88. tvb (4,263 comments) says:

    If you gave the Labour Party an enema they would merely get 27% of the vote.

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  89. badmac (139 comments) says:

    Guess about now Labour wishes hadn’t hung Owen Glen out to dry. His rich prick money would be useful about now.

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  90. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    wtf has Jason Richards death have to do with ANYTHING at all ???

    KARMA…just goes to show how it doesn’t always seems to apply fairly.

    …haven’t quite figured why starving kids die either.

    and thanks but we’ll be right.

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  91. big bruv (13,573 comments) says:

    Right, let’s hope that Paula really starts tearing into the bludgers and parasites.

    She can start with Ure, move on to the mad water woman and the kick the crap out of Pollywog.

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  92. Graeme Edgeler (3,277 comments) says:

    And that is considered lawful???? Fuck’n hell! If anything needs to be fixed in our electoral law its that!

    It is lawful. It was a deliberate choice, because the alternative was considered worse (whether people agree is a matter for them). The rule was largely designed to avoid the following:

    National wins the election, New Zealand First gets 4.07% of the vote and Winston loses in Tauranga. Government is formed, preparation for the budget are underway etc. Four months after the election, Winston wins his election petition, 5 New Zealand First MPs enter Parliament, kicking out two National MPs, an ACT MP, and 1 Labour MP, National’s Tauranga MP was well-placed on the list, so stays in, losing National another MP, the Government no longer has a majority and Winston holds the balance of power, a couple of months out from the budget, he conducts a new 7-week negotiation between National and Labour etc. etc.

    Maintaining proportionality after election petitions, which can take months to determine can completely screw up certainty, so we made a call and decided to have certainty over strict proportionality. This is one consequences.

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  93. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    kick the crap out of Pollywog.

    I’m neither a bludger nor a parasite and welcome anyone to try and kick the crap out of me.

    I’m all for some forms of welfare reform too, though just be prepared that the consequence will be higher crime rates and increased domestic violence.

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  94. dime (9,690 comments) says:

    im with pollywog. everyone on a benefit is either a thief, a wife beater or one waiting to happen :)

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  95. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    pharmachick I have no gripe with you, it was just a joke. Glad to have nearly made you smile.

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  96. pollywog (1,153 comments) says:

    remembering of course dime, that politicians are merely higher paid bludgers and parasites whose welfare benefits are sorely in need of reform.

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  97. dime (9,690 comments) says:

    generally an MP wont steal my plasma. although maybe thats where carmel will end up :O

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  98. big bruv (13,573 comments) says:

    Dime

    What type of work do you reckon Carmel will end up doing now she is unemployed?

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  99. dime (9,690 comments) says:

    well surprisingly, the public sector doesnt want a bar of this piece of trash!

    im going with union stooge.

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  100. Pharmachick (232 comments) says:

    Pharmachick tips hat to “Lee C” at 10:37 pm.

    Thanks kiddo, and FWIW … I didn’t mean to be obnoxious either, but; this may be a career-busting day. :-(

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  101. Nostalgia-NZ (5,045 comments) says:

    All said and done Carmel and Paula share few differences, right down to nail-biting (for them) vote counts. The west is weak, dithering even – much like the last election results.
    Who will come with a defining voice when the heavy weights have so long battled on neutral ground. Shearer maybe, Peters or some other?

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  102. Keeping Stock (10,185 comments) says:

    Is this what the future holds for Carmel Sepuloni?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/6154368/Former-MP-Georgina-Beyer-unemployed

    Yes folks; six years after leaving Parliament, Georgina’s still unemployed.

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  103. big bruv (13,573 comments) says:

    “Personally, I don’t give a shit. And I’m never going to donate money to the Labour party, for an electoral petition or for anything else. Most of them look too much like Nat-lite for me – lip-service to environmental issues but when in Government do SFA about them.”

    Classic!…Toad pretending to care about the environment.

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  104. DJP6-25 (1,315 comments) says:

    tvb 9:25. JFK said something similar about J.K Galbraith; who was rather tall; ‘If you squeeezed the bullshit out of him, he’d fit in a matchbox.’ It’s nice and sunny here too, despite the snow on the ground.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  105. Bogusnews (462 comments) says:

    So a Labour candidate ended up having a whole lot of invalid, suspect votes.

    Who would have thought it? Especially from the paragons of virtue in the left.

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  106. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,820 comments) says:

    This is good news.

    So Labour’s only real victory was Damien O’Connor railing again “self-serving unionists and a gaggle of gays”. There’s a lesson in there somewhere for Labour.

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  107. leftyliberal (642 comments) says:

    @Bogusnews: Or, votes that were marked as invalid initially were decided to be valid votes for Bennett. Or, the vote counter forgot to carry the one a couple times, or…. There’s no need to make assumptions where there is no evidence to support them.

    @OECD rank 22 kiwi: A number of other victories, such as increased majorities in some places (Palmerston North for example) and I think one of the Maori electorates was won off the Maori party. Agreed that O’Connor’s victory is a lesson for Labour, made even clearer by their poor result which has seen very able MPs lose their place in Parliament in favour of less able MPs. Hopefully Shearer will be able to turn things around – we need a strong opposition in the future.

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  108. Paulus (2,568 comments) says:

    Labour cannot afford an Election Petition. They have no money and would not waste it on Sepuloni who they ranked so low as to be irrelevant.
    And such a petition would only open up a can of worms for Labour and some of their electoral practices, especially by the likes of Sepuloni and her union colleagues.
    Same as Lying Brown and the orchestrated South Auckland votes. A can of worms as to who can actually vote. Not good news if an enquiry were opened.
    Anyway her union will welcome her back. Nasty peice of work – they aare welcome to her.

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  109. dime (9,690 comments) says:

    Keeping stock – that article is hilarious!

    “While I have no formal qualifications, apparently my 20 years involved with politics … means nothing.” – correct lol

    In 2010, she aimed for the Masterton mayoralty while working for Michael Hill Jeweller in Masterton, but claims her interest in the contest led to her losing her job. – awww lost her job after neglecting it trying to get back into the trough hahahaha

    Ms Beyer admits she has been told to “lower her sights”, but says some jobs are off the agenda. – LMAO you mean after she tried to get on company boards etc cant believe she didnt make it. sure, she has no qualifications but hey, she was in politics!

    “I do draw the line at being a crew member at McDonald’s. I’m a little bit past that sort of thing.” – oh its beneath you! LMAO enjoy your one bedroom granny flat!

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