The Benson-Pope come-back

July 31st, 2013 at 5:38 am by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Former Cabinet minister is planning a political comeback.

Mr Benson-Pope, 63, a five-term Dunedin city councillor before entering national politics, yesterday said he would stand again in October’s local body elections for a council seat.

He is the fifth candidate confirmed as standing in the council’s 11-seat central ward.

Mr Benson-Pope left national politics in 2008, after becoming embroiled in scandal over allegations he mistreated pupils while a teacher in the 1980s.

He was eventually sacked as a Cabinet minister following separate claims he misled the public, and later lost the Labour Party nomination for the Dunedin South electorate to Clare Curran.

Mr Benson-Pope said he hoped his critics had moved on.

Will Mayor be the next step after Council?

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35 Responses to “The Benson-Pope come-back”

  1. Liberal Minded Kiwi (1,571 comments) says:

    Mayor Panty Slut Boy I presume!

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  2. RRM (10,001 comments) says:

    I AM DUNEDIN.

    Erm, no thanks!

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  3. big bruv (14,132 comments) says:

    The NZ Labour parties very own Weiner.

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  4. Keeping Stock (10,406 comments) says:

    Benson-Pope did not leave politics because of “allegations he mistreated pupils while a teacher in the 1980s”. He was sacked as a Minister by Helen Clark because he made misleading statements to Parliament about his role in the sacking of a senior public servant. Madeleine Setchell. When it became clear that he would not get the Labour nomination for Dunedin South, he stood against Ms Curran as an independent, and lost.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/54563/Minister-faces-sack-after-change-to-his-story

    Time may have moved on, but the facts have not changed.

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  5. Manolo (14,030 comments) says:

    Watch out, Peter George!

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  6. Pete George (23,680 comments) says:

    Could be an interesting election here this year. Might be fun to get involved.

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  7. Manolo (14,030 comments) says:

    With the huge profile and publicity given to the highly honest, truthful, and ethical Peter Dunne I reckon UnitedFuture is money in the bank, a shoe in.

    TAB paying $1.01 on the UF candidate to win Dunedin. Go for it.

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  8. Pete George (23,680 comments) says:

    It would be nothing to do with UF, party politics is best left out of local body politics. There are other things to campaign on locally.

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  9. Keeping Stock (10,406 comments) says:

    Agreed Pete; however Labour uses local body politics as a training ground for its future MP’s, or for those, like Benson-Pope without a future.

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  10. Whaleoil (767 comments) says:

    This will be doubly interesting if the rumors about Clare curran standing for mayor are true.

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  11. Pete George (23,680 comments) says:

    Haha Whale, very funny. Maybe she has been told she is being Benson Poped from Dunedin South, that wouldn’t surprise me.

    KS – Greens are heavily promoting a candidate for mayor, they are getting very involved in local body politics ate electoral level but also using the system to sneak through political statements eg the fracking ban. And orchestrating opposition like the proposed hotel.

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  12. Urban Redneck (234 comments) says:

    It would be interesting to discover whether this despicable pervert is still a member of the Southern Kinx and whether he is still somewhat of a regular attendee at their monthly “munches” and play parties.

    What’s the connection between a private eye checking out Benson-Pope, and a BDSM group? Benson-Pope is part of Dunedin’s BDSM scene.

    Sado-masochistic sexual torture has, surprisingly, taken off in recent years as society’s tolerance of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender sex has grown. In fact, if you search the websites you will find it is common for sado-masochists to actively advertise online for group sex with gay men and transsexuals. The BDSM community calls itself “GLBT friendly”. If there is an intersection between heterosexuals and the queer community, BDSM is it. Gay Labour MPs Tim Barnett and Chris Carter sometimes attend BDSM functions in Christchurch and Auckland respectively, but until Investigate received a tip off earlier this year no-one knew that Benson-Pope was even more involved than either of his gay colleagues.

    http://www.thebriefingroom.com/archives/2007/07/something_else.html

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  13. Keeping Stock (10,406 comments) says:

    @ Pete – are they being open about it? After all, the vast majority of those in Wellington who voted for Wade-Brown as a second preference would not have known that she was a member of the Greens

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  14. peterwn (3,298 comments) says:

    Paul Foster-Bell once stood against David Benson-Pope and claimed that as experience in dealing with people like David. He has since moved on to bigger things being National’s ‘shadow’ MP for Hutt South – Trevor Mallard’s electorate.

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  15. duggledog (1,582 comments) says:

    Another corpse walks.

    By the way if anybody wants to see a documentary on Helen Clark there’s one on tonight on TV3. Being TV3 it will be hero worship

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  16. Pete George (23,680 comments) says:

    Yes KS:

    It’s an honour to be able to publicly announce my Green Party candidacy for the Dunedin Mayoralty (and City Council) in 2013

    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2013/05/26/hawkins-for-mayor/

    And this is very open about it – http://greendunedin.org.nz/

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  17. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    I thought the dead man walking had his eye on that job.

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  18. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    What a horror story..How could this be allowed to happen?..Ian Wishart did not release a lot of info he had on him out of consideration for his children. Given that they must be much older now , it would be a good time for this info to surface.

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  19. scrubone (3,104 comments) says:

    A good reminder after the Zimmerman case that the media are just as bad in this country.

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  20. smttc (761 comments) says:

    On a related note, I see Rick Barker is standing for the Hawkes Bay Regional Council this year after losing the Tuki Tuki seat, being bounced out of parliament as a list MP and failing to get back in in the King Country electorate.

    Don’t any of these Labour hacks ever retire to real jobs outside of politics? Or simply retire at all?

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  21. nickb (3,696 comments) says:

    Don’t any of these Labour hacks ever retire to real jobs outside of politics? Or simply retire at all?

    Everyone in Parliament, except perhaps a few in National (and those that have personal wealth from before entering) are completely unemployable in the private sector. They will rely on clinging to some union or bureaucratic sinecure for the rest of their days.

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  22. burt (8,309 comments) says:

    Benson-Pope back – …. lets look into that !

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  23. metcalph (1,433 comments) says:

    Everyone in Parliament, except perhaps a few in National (and those that have personal wealth from before entering) are completely unemployable in the private sector. They will rely on clinging to some union or bureaucratic sinecure for the rest of their days.

    There is Mark Peck (Labour, Invercargill) who is running a café in Wellington.

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  24. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    bahahahahaha maybe his “mistress” has decided he needs more public humiliation.

    hopefully she makes him campaign in a dress.

    not that Dime judges, i just find it funny.

    also, he seems like an awful human being. a nasty old bully.

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  25. dime (10,095 comments) says:

    also – how bad do you have to be to get kicked out of a labour govt lol

    didnt one of them keep slaves but still retain his seat for a few years?

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  26. Rich Prick (1,720 comments) says:

    “Mr Benson-Pope said he hoped his critics had moved on.”

    Nope, we’re still here.

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  27. thedavincimode (6,869 comments) says:

    Rich Prick

    If I was bedwetter I would log in to my proxy server and give you 50 ‘ups’ for that. But I’m not and couldn’t be fucked anyway, so 1 will have to do.

    how bad do you have to be to get kicked out of a labour govt

    Exactly. Hardly a ringing character endorsement.

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  28. David Garrett (7,523 comments) says:

    The one thing he can guarantee is that the media won’t have “moved on” if he reappears…the main reason my souffle could never rise twice….(that’s either an extremely witty simile or a totally inappropriate one given BP’s predilections…)

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  29. Tauhei Notts (1,746 comments) says:

    Silent T and the Panty Slut Boy.
    How come these Labour Party people get such imaginative nick names?

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  30. David Garrett (7,523 comments) says:

    Taheu: Well in BP’s case, it’s got to be fairly rare that a cabinet minister is found to be a regular attender at BDSM parties…Doesn’t someone claim he holds (or held) some sort of record for keeping a weight suspended from his scrotum?

    According to one book I read, one reason the British Police were so loath to raid some exotic brothel was concern over what they would do with the cabinent members they would find trussed up there…

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  31. Fletch (6,486 comments) says:

    I think some of these politicians rely on the public forgetting, and to some extent that is right. People do forget very quickly.
    Someone on my facebook posted the other day that they were watching the Helen Clark documentary on TV (on purpose) and I had to remind myself of her corrupt and illegal acts (because I’m betting the show sure as hell won’t mention any of them).

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  32. Monty (980 comments) says:

    I have always wondered what happened to panty slut boy. He was a nasty vicious piece of work. Basically a henchman for Clark and revelled in doing her nasty work. He got everything that eventually came to him. I hope the good people of Dunedin vote him in so that his some what less public humiliation can continue. He must have missed politics so badly. One thing is that he no doubt has been unemployable since his eviction from parliament (like all leftard MPs)

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  33. itstricky (1,880 comments) says:

    The one thing he can guarantee is that the media won’t have “moved on” if he reappears…the main reason my souffle could never rise twice….

    You are quite right. I remembered when I filled out a passport renewal a couple of.months back. $250k fine or imprisonment it said with a big fat warning sign….Please sign HERE. Thought to myself must take some balls and calculation to knowingly fill that out fraudulantely.

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  34. Bad__Cat (141 comments) says:

    But if he’s into BDSM, won’t the humiliation critics heap onto him be a sexual turn-on?

    Reminds me of a joke:
    Masochist: “Oh shit,, that really hurt. Hit me again!”
    Sadist: “No”

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  35. Viking2 (11,553 comments) says:

    One thing is that he no doubt has been unemployable since his eviction from parliament (like all leftard MPs)

    Running out of money.
    Pensions don’t buy many mistresses

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