The return of Tamihere

February 10th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Steve Kilgallon at Stuff reports:

Tamihere reckons it’s not what he says, but how he says it that gets him into trouble. He reckons people know he’s saying the right thing, “but they might be far more genteel or academic [how they say it]. I’m not”.

And so, in the course of an hour, he casually insults Helen Clark, most of ’s front bench, radio broadcaster Danny Watson, Bennett (again – still fat), TV3′s Tova O’Brien (again – still silly), former Waitakere mayor Bob Harvey, Wishart (scumbag), the Act Party (also scumbags), the Maori Party (incompetent), the unions (lazy), academics (timid), me (loser), and himself.

Classic Tamihere.

And, amid all that, for the first time, he announces he definitely wants to become a Labour MP again.

Oh excellent.

While the chance of a tilt at the “train wreck” Maori Party in the Tamaki Makaurau Maori seat appeals, it seems more likely Tamihere will persuade Labour Maori members to switch electoral rolls into the Waitakere seat, giving him enough clout to win selection and, he hopes, beat Bennett.

But against that will be the unions.

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20 Responses to “The return of Tamihere”

  1. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    With a friend like him…

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  2. Pete George (21,804 comments) says:

    The Standard constituency (has been and) will be negative, he’s seen as too right wing and too discriminatory for the left of Labour faction.

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  3. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    I am surprised the Standard don’t like him more. After all, they both have contempt for Labour’s front bench.

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  4. Pete George (21,804 comments) says:

    Rodders – but that’s because neither are anywhere near left enough for them.

    And they rate Sepuloni in Waitakere and don’t think Tamihere should barge his way in to her electorate.

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  5. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    (they) don’t think Tamihere should barge his way in to her electorate

    Labour, the party of fair and free candidate selections :D

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  6. Redbaiter (6,464 comments) says:

    At least Tamihere is not verbally and intellectually castrated by the culture of political correctness, like most of the National Party are.

    We must start to talk of the things the left do not want us to talk about, otherwise its like one boxer fighting another with his hands tied behind his back.

    I say good on Tamihere for speaking out and challenging the sacred cows of political correctness.

    There are unspoken rules that have so infested our culture it is widely considered as “offensive” to express views counter to current left wing / progressive orthodoxy.

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  7. Longknives (4,040 comments) says:

    Has he fed his cats yet?

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  8. Peter (1,468 comments) says:

    The front bums won’t be happy.

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  9. ChardonnayGuy (1,023 comments) says:

    I probably share the negative perceptions of John Tamihere common within Labour. The bloke’s a loose cannon who seems to think “academic” is a perjorative term (shades of the Muldoon era!) and as I’ve said before, he’d probably be far happier in Winston First as the Annointed One’s successor when the time comes for the latter to retire. I’d back Carmel Sepuloni for Waitakere against Paula Bennett any day. Let’s face, if ACT hadn’t had a stupid populist attack and gone after him, he’d probably have ended up in their caucus. And as for the Wishart comments, what the hell did the silly bastard expect when he contracted an interview with the editor of the tragic tabloid gutter glossy who worships the water that he believes Winston walks on and seems to be having increasing problems cutting and pasting (ie Wishfart).

    What would happen if Michael Laws ever decided to inflict himself on the Nats again? I suspect you’d feel much the same way and with good reason. Mr T is part of a hapu of two, according to a Maori lawyer friend of mine- “Ngati Shock Jock”, the other member being Willie (“Once Was Socialist”) Jackson.

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  10. ChardonnayGuy (1,023 comments) says:

    ACT *and* New Zealand First? Well, yes, given that populists tend to leech themselves onto any convenient political vehicle, as long as they give support to the soundbyte politics and showpony wannabe celebrity status of its proponents. Populism is what destroyed ACT and is Winston First’s raison d’etre. It perverted Labour during the Mad Mike era of the early nineties, and National during the Muldoon Error. Fortunately, for the most part, both parties have outgrown those phases.

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  11. Chuck Bird (4,402 comments) says:

    “The front bums won’t be happy.”

    Not to mention those who like it up the bum!

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  12. Reid (15,526 comments) says:

    Tamihere’s one of the few Shane Jones is another who truly represents the blue-collar bloke. This is what Liarbore have lacked since the Sisterhood takeover. Most of the caucus men are regarded as pansies by Liarbore’s blue-collars including Shearer and Cunliffe but Tamihere’s not.

    A Tamihere-Jones combination could take out the Cunliffe team in 2018 or so once Tamihere’s been in for a term or two. and he’d trounce Bennet in Waitakere. That’s his seat for life if Liarbore ever let him have it. The reason they haven’t yet is because of the evil tentacles of the Sisterhood. No, those front bums aren’t very happy at all, are they.

    Awwwwwwwwwwwww.

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  13. Bill (82 comments) says:

    Tamihere said he would not take a golden handshake from Waiparera Trust if elected the lat time.
    The secretly received $192,000.
    When it became public the weak Trust Board made a post event authorisation of the payment.
    They then had to pay the PAYE ax on top.
    There was also a question over a Landcruiser that transferred to Tamahere.

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  14. wat dabney (3,438 comments) says:

    Tamihere’s one of the few Shane Jones is another who truly represents the blue-collar bloke.

    Oh fuck off.

    He’s simply smart enough to understand that portraying yourself as a straight-talking maverick pays dividends. Everything he does is calculated.

    None of these shysters represent anyone but themself.

    A competitive free-market is what delivers prosperity for blue-collar workers. What it doesn’t do is deliver a cushy lifestyle for politicians. Hence these fake working-class heroes promising to fight your corner.

    He’s a racist, exploititive cunt with typical leftist contempt for the workers.

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  15. bhudson (4,720 comments) says:

    @Bill,

    So we can gather that JT is not a supporter of Cunliffe then? Or is he simply unwanted competition?

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  16. Reid (15,526 comments) says:

    None of these shysters represent anyone but themself.

    As usual wat you misunderstand the point. Which is that I used the world “truly” not to represent what Tamihere truly believe but what those Liarbore blue collars truly believe, and they do, in fact, truly believe Tamihere is one of them, as opposed to most of the other poofters, as they see them, in the caucus.

    I make no judgement on this, it’s a simple observation.

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  17. David Garrett (5,120 comments) says:

    Chardonnay: Is that a misprint/typo? You would back Sepuloni against Bennett in Waitakere “any day”? Hate to point this out old son but the Camel lost to Ms Bennett…and if you watched parliament TV you would “back” Sepuloni for anything…except perhaps a tug of war contest…and even then, Bennett would have her beat!!

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  18. Steve (North Shore) (4,318 comments) says:

    I like JT, many including me say he is in the wrong Party. Why bother with the Liarbour Lying Losers?
    If he should take Waitakeri then Bennett would still be in on the List.
    Jump ship JT, go independent – you can do it man

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  19. Bill (82 comments) says:

    The only thing “JT” ever beat was taking responsibility for his actions.

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  20. pq (728 comments) says:

    I wish Tamihere would come across to us, he is politic, I would ask the leader JK to take massive chances on Tamihere, and don’t count my hopes out Tamihere, you can see NZ yourself,

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