Transtasman on Robertson and Cosgrove

July 12th, 2012 at 1:35 pm by David Farrar

Transtasman reports:

Cosgrove’s party did not exactly leap to defend him either.

Deputy leader  said all Cosgrove did was help a constituent, and everyone immediately recalled the last Labour MP this defence was used for, Philip Field, went to prison.

What’s more, Robertson was in then-PM Helen Clark’s office when she used the defence. It is theoretically possible Robertson’s comments were made innocently, just as it is theoretically possible to build a perpetual motion machine.

Heh. I actually think the phrasing was incompetence, not malice, but I seem to be in a minority on this issue.

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13 Responses to “Transtasman on Robertson and Cosgrove”

  1. Manolo (13,339 comments) says:

    … but I seem to be in a minority on this issue.

    You are in the minority. Robertson’s comment was very malicious and aimed at undermining Plughead’s position.
    With friends like Grant, who needs enemies.

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  2. MD (62 comments) says:

    I could accept one mistake as perhaps being incompetence, but the rest of the comment where he moved from ‘trying to help “hundreds of constituents”‘, but later on slips up with ‘motivated by finding the best outcome for one of his constituents’. This stretched the bounds of coincidence.

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  3. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    It is theoretically possible Robertson’s comments were made innocently, just as it is theoretically possible to build a perpetual motion machine.

    I bet Transtasman misuses “literally” as well.

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  4. billr (15 comments) says:

    I think that DPF is correct, Cosgrove may be a plonker, and didn’t connect to dots as such, but I am fairly certain he’s not dodgy.

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

    Can anyone from inside the ‘beltway’ (more like cheap piece of rope-way in Wellington’s case) explain to us the tension between Robertson and Cosgrove? Is Cosgrove a known Cunliffe supporter? Or does Cosgrove just have two testicles too many for the likes of Robertson?

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  6. BeaB (2,057 comments) says:

    billr
    I think he may not be dodgy but he has got that arrogance that comes with too many years as an MP that as long as he tells us great unwashed how he has spent our money then it is his business whether the spending is right or wrong. Remember this is the man with a trail of missing suitcases and new suits on our dollar and lavish meals at our expense.

    This has all the whiff of a cosy mates’ arrangement and our knowing about it doesn’t make it any less acceptable.

    Especially as he has always bayed for the blood of better men for lesser offences.

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  7. David Garrett (6,344 comments) says:

    EWS: Whatever makes you think Cosgrove has big balls? He is a little man in every sense of the word, with the worst case of small mens disease I have ever seen (other than my brother’s)…Horrid little fellow..

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  8. peterwn (3,148 comments) says:

    The following appeared in today’s DomPost page A3:
    “Correction – Labour deputy leader Grant Robertson was incorrectly reported on Monday as stating that Clayton Cosgrove was trying to achieve the best outcome for “one of his constituents”. by drafting legislation helping some landowners near Christchurch Airport. Mr Robertson actually said Mr Cosgrove was trying to help “his constituents” in general.”

    I doubt it makes much practical difference.

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  9. Other_Andy (2,268 comments) says:

    It wouldn’t be a bit of factional infighting?
    Chauvel got the cold shoulder with the ‘alcohal reform’ bill.
    Robertson taking it out on Cosgrove?

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  10. billr (15 comments) says:

    BeaB

    I don’t disagree with anything that you have said. After all it was JK who said this week that parliament is full of Alpha males. and he’s got a double or triple dose if you include short mans complex and a plugged cap.

    However that said, dodgy, nah!

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  11. Johnboy (14,911 comments) says:

    Robertson is just jealous because Cosgrove is so handsome I guess. :)

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  12. Psycho Milt (2,259 comments) says:

    … just as it is theoretically possible to build a perpetual motion machine.

    I’d love to hear the Transtasman authors describe this theory.

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  13. Ed Snack (1,734 comments) says:

    PM, simple, just postulate “if we ignore friction and losses in conversion….”

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