The art of self-promotion

February 25th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Gaynz.com has an article on the achievements of Charles Chauvel. A number of people have suggested to me that the list is so detailed that it must have been written by Charles himself. Some extracts:

February 2013: Parliament unanimously supported his resolution to condemn proposed homophobic legislation in Uganda in Nigeria, after National had earlier blocked his attempt due to, well, politics.

Oh what an achievement. He managed to get Parliament to spend 10 seconds allowing him to read out a motion. And it failed the first time not due to politics, but because he failed to let the whips know that he intended to seek leave. The way the article is written is why it looks like Charles compiled it himself.

August 2012: Ruffled conservative feathers when he asked anti-abortion group Right to Life to send him its rules, so he could see whether it actually has a mandate to comment on the issue of marriage equality.

Asked a group for a copy of its rules? That seriously counts as an achievement?

A similar passion for rivial detail can be seen in Chauvel’s Wikipedia article. Despite never being a Minister, his Wikipedia page is more detailed than 99% of MPs, including his own leader. It includes details which are not generally publicly known such as how his grandparents moved from Scotland and started a dance company!!! It has numerous direct quotes from him, includes details such as how he once wrote a guest post for No Right Turn, and even lists four SOPs he wrote on a climate change bill. It’s the sort of detail you expect on Obama’s Wikipedia page, not a fairly obscure List MP. Oh the page also has the in depth analysis of a bill he wrote, which was never even drawn in his name.

Now of course it is all possible that in both cases these incredibly detailed lists of achievements have nothing to do with Charles.

But I do recall how in 2011 he was found out writing letters to the editor praising his efforts as an MP, and asking friendly lawyers to send them in under his name.

Incidentally it was people in Labour who pointed out to me some time ago the obviously self-authored Wikipedia page. His self-promotion efforts are the stories of legend by various Labour people.

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24 Responses to “The art of self-promotion”

  1. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    Asked a group for a copy of its rules? That seriously counts as an achievement?

    In Labour it quite possibly does!

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  2. wreck1080 (3,917 comments) says:

    He sounds like a pompous twat.

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  3. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    He still has time to do more things, DPF!

    There are still three more sitting days. And Charles currently has a motion on the order paper to disallow part of some regulations. As a member of the Regulations Review Committee, if that isn’t voted on within 21 sitting days of being lodged, it will succeed.

    And Tuesday will be day 20!

    What masterful timing :-)

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  4. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    If you look at the edit history, you’ll find a Wiki editor “Louisejgreaves”

    From a quick scan of activity, I note this user only appears to have updated Chauvel and Katrina Shanks records. Claims an interest in politics.

    A very narrow interest in politics, it would seem – given Shanks stands in Ohariu, too!

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  5. Graeme Edgeler (3,289 comments) says:

    Peter – perhaps someone who lives in Ohariu?

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  6. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    Sure.

    Or maybe Oriental Bay.

    PS: There is other edit activity. Grant Robertson, Parata……but most of the focus is…..rather narrow.

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  7. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    DPF – have you by any chance heard of LinkedIn?

    Shameless self-aggrandisement and attention whoring like this is just what professional people do now…. (apparently?!?)

    If you know how to polish a turd, you can list that as a “skill” on LinkedIn and who knows how many recruiters will be slathering to get hold of you…?

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  8. joe bloggs (126 comments) says:

    His mum tells me of a few other significant achievements as well:

    As a child Charles never ran with scissors, and he was fastidious (some might say anal) about colouring-in within the lines!

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  9. Simon Lyall (60 comments) says:

    The wikipedia user “Louisejgreaves” also did large updates to Grant Robertson and Hekia Parata. The edits seem okay so I think they are just interested in expanding the articles (rather than being an activist)

    I’d also point out that the articles for Labour MPs tend to be a little better since the Labour party releases photos that wikipedia can use while the National party refuses to (although individual MPs are usually happy to when asked). One of my pet frustrations.

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  10. Peter (1,712 comments) says:

    The wikipedia user “Louisejgreaves” also did large updates to Grant Robertson and Hekia Parata.

    Correct. I was looking at earlier pages. My mistake. There is a lot of focus on Chauvell and Shanks up until recently, where it has shifted to Robertson and Hekia Parata.

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  11. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    He is sick…..

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  12. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    >Ruffled conservative feathers when he asked anti-abortion group Right to Life to send him its rules, so he could see whether it actually has a mandate to comment on the issue of marriage equality.

    I’d love to see someone provide a source that proves he “ruffled feathers”. More like he did something pointless that no one noticed.

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  13. Chuck Bird (4,884 comments) says:

    “If you know how to polish a turd, you can list that as a “skill” on LinkedIn and who knows how many recruiters will be slathering to get hold of you…? ”

    I am sure he would be very skilled at that.

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  14. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    He sounds like a pompous twat.

    The delicate Charlie Chauvel IS a pompous twat. Good riddance.

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  15. hmmokrightitis (1,590 comments) says:

    Ive lost count of the number of times over the years where Ive been interviewing and people have told me they are good at ruffling feathers. Its a skill thats seriously under value by the market. Feather rufflers should hold more senior leadership roles.

    One day, we will all look back and think, you know what, Chuck Shovel was on to something. That feather ruffling is some good shit right there.

    Or maybe not.

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  16. scrubone (3,099 comments) says:

    Ruffled conservative feathers when he asked anti-abortion group Right to Life to send him its rules, so he could see whether it actually has a mandate to comment on the issue of marriage equality.

    So he asked a group who’s position he personally opposed if they were even allowed to oppose him under their rules. And he lists this as an accomplishment.

    Classy.

    Anyho, I remember Labour listing WFF as an achievement. I guess that mentality is where Charles gets it from.

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  17. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Another useless prick joins Helen and her coterie in Corrupt UN – who is next?
    Could be one who will return to the UN when he gets his useless butt kicked by Robertson in August.

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  18. lastmanstanding (1,297 comments) says:

    Another self promtoing poof off to join all the other poofs at the UN

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  19. 2boyz (262 comments) says:

    He once helped an old lady cross the road, surprised that’s not on the list!

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  20. Chris2 (766 comments) says:

    His achievements remind me of those claimed by Stephen Wilce, the NZ Ministry of Defence chief scientist who said he was an ex-spy, played against the All Blacks, played the folk music circuit, help invent the polaris missile (even though it was developed in the USA when he was a child), and was on an IRA death list.

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  21. Zebulon (114 comments) says:

    Good to know he is good at one thing. Yet another nobody who thinks that being gay makes them super special.

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  22. wat dabney (3,769 comments) says:

    He sounds like a child pleased to be praised by his mother when he does a poo.

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  23. Johnboy (16,597 comments) says:

    If he is that good at polishing a turd Helen will find much work for him at her UN office. :)

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  24. Adele Keys (39 comments) says:

    LOL

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