April 23rd, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Press reports:

Speaking to The Press yesterday, Labour deputy leader Grant Robertson said Dalziel has been “upfront” about chewing over challenging Parker.

Upfront is not quite the word I would use.

On 12 May 2012:

“I’m sick of every time I try to get debate around the real issues, they say, ‘It’s the beginning of her mayoralty bid’. So I’m taking it off the table.

Off the table sounds rather final.

“I intend to re-stand for Christchurch East in whatever form it becomes, because obviously there will be major boundary changes. I could end up the MP for Christchurch Central again by accident,” she said.


’s refusal to stand for the Christchurch mayoralty should scotch the gossip that has been swirling about the city for more than a year.

Alas such denials do not scotch the gossip, because you can’t believe them!

And in today’s stories:

Dalziel ruled out her recent demotion as reason for considering a shot at the mayoralty.

“I don’t want anyone to believe that the mayoralty of Christchurch was somehow second-best. I crossed that hurdle when I realised how serious the issues actually are [in Christchurch].”

You mean Lianne didn’t realise there were serious issues last May when she ruled out standing?

6 Responses to “Upfront?”

  1. hannity (153 comments) says:

    Right from the appointment of Part time Minister Brownlee, Nationals’ response to the Ch CH earthquakes has been amateurish, deservedly National are about to feel the Backlash.
    Starting with the local body elections.

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  2. Auberon (810 comments) says:

    You’re a tragic wee troll hannity. I actually think she’s lost her bottle on this one and won’t stand, despite telling people on the ground for weeks that she would.

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  3. hannity (153 comments) says:

    You might well be correct, re Dalziel
    I stand by my comment.

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  4. RightNow (7,328 comments) says:

    “National are about to feel the Backlash.
    Starting with the local body elections.”

    Who is representing National in the local body elections? I’ll be interested to see how your predictions pan out.

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  5. GPT1 (2,155 comments) says:

    Frankly even the right want Lianne to stand. She’s politically impure but not a complete incompetent ego as we have now. The rumours are thick and fast – apparently she was telling her electorate last night. Apparently.

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  6. pq (728 comments) says:

    don’t know if its on I predict yet, but the next Mayor is Tim Carter. Labour is just too sloppy and weak to vote for, there is no brand here in Christchurch, and Parker is spent, It is difficult for two centre right candidates against a sludge of Labour voters, but look Dalzeil has no appeal here, none at all. She hasn’t actually done anything except look lesbian in newspaper photos

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