Johnson not standing

April 22nd, 2013 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Press reports:

Student Volunteer Army founder will not challenge Mayor Bob Parker in the upcoming Christchurch elections, despite agonising over an offer to team up with Labour MP .

The Weekend Press revealed Dalziel – the MP for Christchurch East and Labour’s earthquake recovery spokeswoman – invited Johnson to be her running mate and would-be deputy mayor in October’s local body elections.

Neither Dalziel nor Johnson would comment on Friday, but Johnson admitted last night he “very seriously did consider” the offer. He finally decided against it on Saturday afternoon.

“I really wanted to do it,” he said. “It was a really difficult decision to make, but I don’t think it is the right thing for me right now.”

Johnson did not intend to run for a seat on the and was undecided about standing again for the Riccarton-Wigram Community Board.

He planned instead to finish his law and politics degree and focus on the Volunteer Army Foundation and his work with the Ministry of Awesome.

I often talk to young aspiring politicians, and my advice almost always is not to stand too early. I think it is crucial that people do not just go from student politics to a job in Parliament to being an MP. While there are exceptions, you are a better MP if you have some life experience.

Now Sam has had some pretty incredible successes and experiences, and would have been a credible figure at a young age. But his decision not to rush things shows a good level of maturity.

However, he did not rule out dipping a toe back into politics in the future.

“I’m not a career politician. Later in life, maybe, but right now there are many other things that need to be done.”

Sensible.

Despite Johnson’s defection, Dalziel has not ruled out a mayoralty bid.

She would have been “exceptionally happy to stand alongside Sam”, but maintained she was not committed yet.

Oh, of course Lianne is standing.

Dalziel had previously ruled out standing for mayor but had been persuaded to reconsider, she said.

Oh, yes persuaded against her will I am sure. There’s nothing wrong with saying you want to be Mayor, but I can do without the false reluctance.

Even since Shearer dumped Lianne from the shadow cabinet, the bid was near-inevitable.

Lianne has said she will resign as an MP, if she stands. That means a by-election in Christchurch East. Who would stand for Labour?

UPDATE: I am told my multiple sources that Labour has already had their normal democratic selection process and the unions and hierarchy have chosen Tony Milne. Tony used to work for Tim Barnett, and is currently the National Manager of Public Health at the Problem Gambling Foundation.

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13 Responses to “Johnson not standing”

  1. iMP (2,247 comments) says:

    Totally the right decision Samo.

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  2. Manolo (13,395 comments) says:

    The Democratic Republic of Christchurch would deserve comrade Dalziel.

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  3. Lloyd (125 comments) says:

    Manolo, thanks for the constant anti-Christchurch invective. It really helps us.

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  4. Elaycee (4,305 comments) says:

    I wouldn’t want to appear on the hustings with Lianne Dalziel either.

    It would be as bad as being seen in the passenger seat of a Lada.

    Oh, the ignominy. :D

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  5. Manolo (13,395 comments) says:

    Lloyd, I apologise if my comment was not clear or misinterpreted.

    I have the utmost respect for my Cantabrian compatriots, with the exception of those who support the dinosaurs Anderton, Dalziel and their ilk.

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  6. KevinH (1,132 comments) says:

    Sam Johnson has potentially better career prospects ahead of him than becoming a Labour politician. This young man has international potential and could look forward to a career with private equity organisations or global organisations such as the U.N.
    Which ever direction he chooses to follow I wish him well.

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  7. RRM (9,478 comments) says:

    I’m surprised he was even thinking about the grey world of local body politics to be honest…

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  8. Paulus (2,503 comments) says:

    Dalziell is very afraid that she will not get re-elected despite her previous majority as many of her voters no longer live in the constituency.

    Blimey – she will have to find a job, but who would employ her outside the Unions of labour Party

    - she need to be Mayor to get an income, and then spend other people’s money recklessly, as any good Labourite has shown how to do.

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  9. Jack5 (4,597 comments) says:

    At 10.49 Elaycee posted of standing for an election in partnership with Dalziel:

    ..It would be as bad as being seen in the passenger seat of a Lada…

    You’re not a former Zapper, are you Elaycee?

    In the 1970s and in 1980s, an organisation in Christchurch ran a campaign against Lada cars from the then Soviet Union.They were cheap, very basic cars, but in those protectionist days of expensive cars (new and second hand), Ladas were all some young families could afford.

    The anti-Lada organisation was Zenith Applied Philosophy, known widely as ZAP. It was a splinter group from Scientology. Members would harass little old ladies or young mums driving Ladas and shout slogans, perhaps with a grain of truth, that they were made by slave labour.

    The bullying nature of the protests and the zeal of “Zappers” made them quite unpopular in Christchurch. Like other cultists, Zappers would stop people walking through the Square and try to recruit them.

    They ran courses in how to get rich, but they were only ones getting rich from the recruits’ fees, and allegedly some of the recruits were driven to the point of suicide or beyond when they found they could not achieve ridiculous goals given to them.

    Zappers had some fairly nasty connections. One was a shop in the Square with a window that prominently displayed nasty, virulently anti-Jewish books. This shop would certainly have been blown up had it been in New York.

    ALSO, Kevin H posted at 11.29 of Johnson, that he “could look forward to a career with private equity organisations or global organisations such as the U.N.”

    Private equity vultures on the Right? The rag-tag, dictator-dominated UN on the Left? What are you wishing on this young man, Kevin?

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  10. pq (728 comments) says:

    My prediction for Mayor is Tim Carter, his campaign last time was good,

    Although Parker will be hard to move on, his brand is damaged by a thousand burns to the people .
    He started his Mayoralty with dishonesty [ buying Ngai Tahu building for 150 million ] and continuing in secrecy and pomposity. He has aged terribly. His idea of a train set from Rangiora to Hornby was the craziest idea in the history of Canterbury, but it meant good travel to Seattle and other places with Tony Marryat.
    Parker is spent.
    Tim Carter is unscathed and his centre right position will not scare people. we need someone to deal to the mongrels around.
    The Sam Johnson idea was absurd.

    Also to go with any luck from Council Ngaire Button, Sue Wells, … Barry Corbett is resigning, Clauda Reid is resigning., .
    Aaron Keown will possibly hang on to the ludicrous adventure that he is, don’t know about Sally Buck. The left who knows, but Parker established the premiereship of Mayoralty so this will be good for Carter.

    Carter will have good backing and substantial resources.

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  11. Roflcopter (427 comments) says:

    DPF, the title of this thread is exactly what happens, physically, whenever someone mentions Dalziel.

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  12. Elaycee (4,305 comments) says:

    @Jack5 – No, I’m certainly not a ‘Zapper’ but I know a piece of shit when I see one. And the Lada falls right into that category….

    If it wasn’t for the appalling deal (at the time) between Lada and the NZ Dairy Board they would never have appeared on NZ roads. But as the Soviets couldn’t afford to pay currency for NZ butter, the NZDB somehow agreed to take Ladas instead.

    Go figure…. 8O

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  13. Hodor (36 comments) says:

    LOL Roflcopter that was brilliant!

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