Political mismanagement

December 11th, 2012 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

was unceremoniously stripped of his portfolios – and he faced further ignominy last week when the Party replaced him on a parliamentary trust.

In an incident described by a witness as “humiliating”, Mr Cunliffe arrived at a meeting of the Business and Parliament Trust on Wednesday to find fellow MP David Parker in his place.

A staffer from the office of leader David Shearer decided to replace the New Lynn MP after his front-bench demotion – but no-one thought to tell Mr Cunliffe.

This tells you a lot about the current state of affairs.

  1. Staffers in Labour decide which MPs sit on which committees or trusts
  2. They didn’t even inform their Leader of their decisions
  3. They didn’t think they should even inform the MP they were sacking from the trust, that he had been sacked

It is going to be fascinating to observe them trying to run a country, should they win the election.

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24 Responses to “Political mismanagement”

  1. anonymouse (694 comments) says:

    Sounds like total disfunction,

    I mean what is the Chief of Staff doing?
    Is there any communication that actually happens in that place?,
    Are they just spending all their time plotting………

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  2. peterwn (3,144 comments) says:

    But David Shearer’s staffers do not work for him – they work for Grant Robertson.

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  3. Manolo (13,327 comments) says:

    It is going to be fascinating to observe them trying to run a country, should they win the election.

    It could well happen, not because of the merits of the moronic socialists but Key and Labour lite’s apathy and lack of interest in governing the country.

    A nightmare, indeed.

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  4. lastmanstanding (1,201 comments) says:

    The Socialists/Greens/NZ1/Mana could run a booze up in the brewery. IF and its a big if they get to sit on the Treasury benches in 2014 I give them 6 months before it all falls apart in a welter of bickering and fighting

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  5. scrubone (3,044 comments) says:

    I’d consider the worst part to be replaced by Parker – the man who resigned his portfolios and only was regarded as cleared because the media never bothered to report the allegations that were made in the first place.

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  6. Colville (2,062 comments) says:

    Manolo me old chum.
    I think you will find Key and Co do nothing without thinking about how it impacts on their chances on polling day as they know its pretty hard to govern the country from opposition.

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  7. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    How much can we pay Peter Jackson to make a comedy based upon the Parliamentary Labour Party., kinda like the Yes Minister format.

    We could have all sorts of episodes. i.e. bloggers unveiled, queer communications, oh go on add all the titles you can think and we can work this up into a fully fledged sledge.

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  8. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,790 comments) says:

    Don’t worry. They haven’t got a shit’s show of winning a chook raffle where they bought all the tickets, let alone an election.

    Unless they wake up and appoint Cunliffe leader. Then it will be a different story.

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  9. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    And yet Labour are up in the latest polls and even DPF is speculating about who would have what Ministerial post in a Labour/Green government.

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  10. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    I’m getting worried about a few things that the Govt is/isn’t doing to generate/keep jobs in the country.
    After saying that, the thought of the alternative (Gweens/Labour etc) gives me the screaming shits.
    I am hanging out in hope that the Nat lead Govt is keeping it’s powder dry on positive schemes until closer to the election.

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  11. sparky (235 comments) says:

    We sure as hell don’t want the Labour/Green Muppets trying to run the country. Who in the right mind would want that lot. I wouldn’t trust them with a sick dog.

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  12. Ancient Dan (39 comments) says:

    yikes – private humiliations hurt but public ones cut to the bone. The level of animosity among that mob must be rising.

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  13. dime (9,368 comments) says:

    yeswedid – people like you sum up everything wrong with labour. you never admit when things arent right. the left never make mistakes etc just constant deflection.

    labour are a shambles and they need to be cleaned out.

    a bit like ACT! see, us on the right admit when there are problems.. its actually quite easy.

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  14. Richard29 (377 comments) says:

    @peterwn “But David Shearer’s staffers do not work for him – they work for Grant Robertson”

    Hehehe +1 to that!

    Good on Shearer for overturning the decision – but apparently his inability to take a clear and unequivocal position on anything makes it very hard to make the right call – even within his own office.
    That also seems to be reflected within the broader Labour party. I wonder what that looks like in a coalition government.

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  15. Tom Jackson (2,458 comments) says:

    Given that they are alienating their supporters, they’ll be lucky to get anywhere near winning, especially with that milquetoast as leader.

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  16. Tautaioleua (281 comments) says:

    They don’t even have the decency to inform the good man before he walks into a ‘death by embarrassment’ trap. They certainly don’t have my confidence to govern the country after the next election.

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  17. markm (98 comments) says:

    It is going to be fascinating to observe them trying to run a country, should they win the election.

    No David , watching your country get wrecked is not fascinating.

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  18. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    The Labour caucus – the gift that keeps giving…

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  19. Harriet (4,497 comments) says:

    “….It is going to be fascinating to observe them trying to run a country, should they win the election….”

    “…..The significant problems we face cannot be solved at the same level of thinking we were at when we created them….” – Albert Einstein :cool:

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  20. the conservative (58 comments) says:

    Interesting comments; it’s good to see that many are aware a Labour led government is definitely on the cards after the next election. Key has done such an abysmal job of representing his base, his conservative base, that Labour and the Greens will sleepwalk to victory. How disorganised Labour is simply doesn’t matter. National – Labour – Greens are same same but different, so who really cares? At the next election you have two choices; The Conservative Party or eeny meeny miny moe.

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  21. sparky (235 comments) says:

    I see “the conservative” is fantasizing, which is typical of the left. The last thing this country needs is a Government, made up of the moron Labour/Green parties. John Key/National will get our vote way ahead of a disorganised left. NZ simply could not sustain a Labour/Green lead government, with there TAX TAX TAX and SPEND SPEND SPEND, and to boot a PM like Shearer, oh dear lord how crazy would that be.

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  22. Steve (North Shore) (4,491 comments) says:

    Adolf Fiinkensein

    Don’t worry. They haven’t got a shit’s show of winning a chook raffle where they bought all the tickets, let alone an election.

    The Labour Party would never buy all of the tickets, they would expect complimentary tickets, and that is what is wrong with the greedy troughers

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  23. Johnboy (14,911 comments) says:

    Jeeze. I’ll hate to see what is said about John Key when his execution draws nigh! :)

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  24. gump (1,474 comments) says:

    This reminds me of those corrupt Indian backwaters in which greedy people have their relatives declared legally dead so they can take over their property.

    http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2054133,00.html

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