The hit squad

February 26th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Vernon Small at Stuff reports:

Behind them, keeping them honest, will be former leader and the demoted but not forgotten . They will team up as the nucleus of a new “hit-squad”, with extra research and media resources to dig and dish the dirt.

Oh, this will be fun. More H-Fee revelations anyone?

Mind you, they could be quite effective. They successfully destroyed David Cunliffe’s career through background briefings to media, so if they can manage that with one of their own colleagues they might be able to do it with other MPs!

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23 Responses to “The hit squad”

  1. Pete George (23,327 comments) says:

    They successfully destroyed David Cunliffe’s career through background briefings to media, so if they can manage that with one of their own colleagues they might be able to do it with other MPs!

    But it’s a lot easier to influence the actions of their own puppet than it is of an opposing party leader.

    Key didn’t exactly demote Judith Collins after Mallard’s big attempted hit last year – and arguably by drawing Andrew Little in to his game playing Mallard may have hindered Little’s climb up the ranks. Little was 15 on Labour’s 2011 list and is now ranked 19.

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  2. davidp (3,557 comments) says:

    I see Shearer as a modern Richard Nixon, with Mallard leading his group of plumbers.

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  3. Paulus (2,562 comments) says:

    With the NEW Labour I am so excited I nearly wet myself.
    Pity Shearer has such a poor old list of members to chose from.
    Annette is so exciting, I can but snore.
    Can it be confirmed that the Greenpeace party did a deal with Labour to keep Annette from standing against Celia in Wellington, as that would split the vote.
    Helen Kelly will be disappointed as she expected to take Rongotai when Annette stood down for the Mayoralty.
    But she will get a high list ranking as there needs to be more women in Labour’s forefront after having shafted but a few yesterday. And guess what shwe is a Trade Unionist who has never done a real job, so quite suitable.
    I see little pony got a low level shaft too – a grossly overated buck teeth teenager – need orthodontics really.

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  4. Ross12 (1,273 comments) says:

    With comments like this from Small ( you can almost see him salivating and dribbling over his keyboard )
    “with extra research and media resources to dig and dish the dirt.” is it any wonder the general public have a dim via of politicians and Parliament in general.

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  5. PTM (45 comments) says:

    Not sure if anyone noticed during question time last week but it is evident that our “grossly overated buck teeth teenager” to quote Paulus, has been undergoing workplace training in how to look and project anger to the point where attack has been turned into pure comedy.
    Her trainers need to get her to throttle back on the anger part and focus on research and convincing delivery. I hope she gets more questions this week to increase the entertainment value of question time.

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  6. RRM (9,661 comments) says:

    More H-Fee revelations anyone?

    Richard Worth anyone? :-)

    Muck raking is pretty sad politics, but as Francis Urquhart said; in order for muck raking to occur, there needs to be muck to rake…

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  7. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Oh Paulus – how mean of you to get soooo excited over things like “The Olde Yeller” (King) and the bucktoothed one….

    Brilliant.

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  8. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (837 comments) says:

    Jacinda Ardern is being groomed to be the next Helen Clark of Labour party folks. So don’t make fun of her.

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  9. sparky (235 comments) says:

    The Labour Party couldn’t get any worse with the mud raking. It is time they stopped the childish crap, and got on with telling the public what they would do IF they ever became Government, and tell us HOW they would pay for all there hypothetical, policies. The yap, but don’t give any details. The biggest reshuffle demotion should of been Shearer, they have the brightest man on the Back Bench. Talk about pathetic.
    PS: Annette King was absolutely hopeless when she held the Health Portfolio back in 1999 to 2005, and what a mess it was. I remember that well, as I was receiving treatment for Cancer, at the time.

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  10. hinamanu (2,352 comments) says:

    “They successfully destroyed David Cunliffe’s career through background briefings to media, so if they can manage that with one of their own colleagues they might be able to do it with other MPs!”

    That’s a conspiracy Mr Farrar

    Can’t be true.

    Of course the oil companies conspire to keep us all dependent on oil but that would be a conspiracy too

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  11. dime (9,664 comments) says:

    “Jacinda Ardern is being groomed to be the next Helen Clark of Labour party folks. So don’t make fun of her.”

    yep and its hilarious to watch. what labour dont realise is there is just nothing there.

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  12. La Grand Fromage (145 comments) says:

    The best thing Labour could do now is turn their guns on the Greens. It may sound counter intuitive but it much easier to make Shearer look like a real leader when putting the boot into those drips (who have yet to really face any real fisticuffs) than into Key.

    Also by poking holes in Green policy there is the chance that Labour might get credited with having some common sense.

    They don’t have to worry too much about this Lefty coalition rubbish as there is a solid 6% total retardo’s who will always vote Green and Labour might mop up the other losers, plus a bunch from the centre who might have been scared of the influence a strong Green party would have in a potential Government.

    The Greens also have nowhere else to go in terms of coalition partners so they would have to just suck it up.

    If Labour don’t make Russel and Fatso public enemy number one, then they are missing a trick.

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  13. marcw (238 comments) says:

    Has Lianne Dalziel given Shearer some inside info on her plans for the future. Interesting that she is not even named as Earthquake Recovery spokesman – the position is vacant. Given that even Len Brown or Adolf Hitler could stand against Parker for Mayor in Christchurch later this year, and win by a landslide, has she maybe had second thoughts (or always had them) about the Mayoralty. Considering the calibre of the women named in the shadow yesterday, she really is head and shoulders above them all in terms of ability. Or just a thought, maybe the UN beckons yet again… yes Aunty.

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  14. sparky (235 comments) says:

    Jacinda Ardern is being groomed to be the next Helen Clark.

    LOL, she is as thick as two short planks.

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  15. RRM (9,661 comments) says:

    She doesn’t really have Helen Clark’s good looks either… ;-)

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  16. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

    Behind them, keeping them honest…

    LOL. Politicians rank as some of the most dishonest professionals according to Roy Morgan, Gallop, and just about every other survey on the subject.

    Far from ‘keeping them honest’, Goff and Mallard’s roles will be to use their seasoned expertise of clever dishonesty to hide the rank-amateur dishonesty of the rest.

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  17. greenjacket (436 comments) says:

    “I see Shearer as a modern Richard Nixon, with Mallard leading his group of plumbers.”
    Nixon was capable, ruthless, politically adept, and capable of communicating in English. Shearer is not.

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  18. tvb (4,254 comments) says:

    Labour’s dirt squad. The involvement of Goff indicates what a nasty piece of work he really is. They will know what buttons to press and how to do it.

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  19. tvb (4,254 comments) says:

    Mallard aspires to be Speaker. Being part of the dirt squad will make that appointment highly controversial. I assume Mallard will stay away from Winston the Greens Mana the Maori Party Peter Dunne. Everyone except Banks and National.

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  20. Elaycee (4,332 comments) says:

    Trevor Mallard as Speaker?

    Bwahahahaaaaaaa… that’s a good one.

    He would make Margaret Wilson’s tenure as Speaker, be remembered as a Parliamentary highlight!

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  21. sparky (235 comments) says:

    Elaycee (3,321) Says:
    February 26th, 2013 at 12:35 pm
    Trevor Mallard as Speaker?

    How right you are. He would be like a Ring Master of the Circus.

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  22. stigie (1,003 comments) says:

    @ Elaycee
    Trevor might make a good speaker,

    he was a teacher by the way. Bwahahahaaaaaa !!

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  23. Viking2 (11,275 comments) says:

    Yep, can’t you just imagine Trev with his robe climbing over the bench to take a poke at Tau or some other unsuspecting MP who transgressed Trevs rules and wouldn’t sit down.
    Make for hillarious Parliamentary TV.
    Be a bit like some of the scenes we see form other parliaments.

    Preview to the Next Speaker.
    The Honerable Trev From Wainui. ( P.S. not a mistook either)
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2013/feb/14/georgian-mps-fight-tv-video

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