Cactus for Cunliffe

August 24th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Ms Odgers said on Twitter that she wanted to join so she could vote for MP to win the leadership: “He represents ambitious, successful, white middle class achievers unpopular with peers.”

Heh.

Asked how the party would respond to an application by Ms Odgers, who was not a member of any party, Mr Barnett said: “That’s a good question.”

As she is a declared supporter of David Cunliffe, any rejection of her membership would suggest the NZ Council is pro-Robertson!

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25 Responses to “Cactus for Cunliffe”

  1. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    Go Kate.

    We should all join in time to make her Party President. :lol:

    Now that would be a hell of a lot of fun.
    Think of the legendary pissups we could have on the Unions.

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  2. SBY (120 comments) says:

    Or that they are complying with the party’s constitution. But sure, let’s go with your theory.

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  3. dime (9,364 comments) says:

    SBY – DPF’s Kiwiblog – Fomenting Happy Mischief since 2003

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  4. Paulus (2,492 comments) says:

    With Pinky Timmy Barnett as General Secretary of the Labour Party we would all know who he wants to cuddle up to, because if Cunliffe gets in both Coatsworth and Barnett are probably out as they have and are performing terribly – no money collected.
    Timmy and other Rainbow birds flying together with Robertson.

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  5. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    Perhaps if we all join up dime we could change Labour from a workers Party to a True Employers Party.
    We have the coin. We rule.

    We might even get back to having slaves again! :lol:

    How good are you with the whip?

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  6. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    As an aside Cactus doesn’t need to worry about Helen returning.

    Labour will sort it out

    Posted at 9:54am Saturday 24th Aug, 2013 | By Elaine Fisher

    The Labour Party will sort out its leadership issues and she has no involvement, says former Labour leader and Prime Minister Helen Clark.

    Helen declined to comment on the resignation of Labour leader David Shearer when she attended a cocktail party at the Athenree Homestead near Katikati despite the fact there has been speculation in the media that she may have influenced David Shearer’s decision to step down. Labour has yet to appoint a new leader.

    To a question about calls from some in her former Mt. Albert electorate for her to return Helen says “it is a very loyal electorate. I was its member of parliament for 15 years and before me was Warren Freer who was the representative for 34 years.” Mt Albert has elected only Labour MPs since it was first contested at the 1946 election.

    http://www.kiwiblog.co.nz/2013/08/cactus_for_cunliffe.html/comment-page-1#comment-1191509

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  7. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    Cactus Kate has previously donated money to Labour. IIRC it was around the time that Whaleoil came into possession of their membership/donations records.

    If she was recorded as a member by virtue of that donation, then, as Graeme Edgeler has pointed out on twitter today, she could automatically gain membership by simply paying $120 or more.

    According to the mighty Google university, the modern equivalent of “30 pieces of silver” is USD$600. So Graeme’s research would indicate that Labour once bought, stays bought, and that it will stay bought for less than 30 pieces of silver.

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  8. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    Leftists know Cactus is only pretending to like Cunliffe. (well, I hope so anyway)

    They also know Kate’s endorsement is a strategy to turn the left away from Cunliffe.

    Knowing this, they must also know that in the manner of Brer Rabbit and the Briar Bush, Kate does not want Cunliffe as leader.

    Therefore Kate’s faux membership application will encourage them to elect Cunliffe.

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  9. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    Therefore Kate’s faux membership application will encourage them to elect Cunliffe.

    Which is exactly what she wants as the guy is seen as unelectable in the general election.

    Go figure.

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  10. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    “Which is exactly what she wants as the guy is seen as unelectable in the general election.”

    What is the source of that speculation?

    And unelectable compared to whom?

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  11. Cactus Kate (545 comments) says:

    Nothing faux about the membership application. I submitted it in time and in accordance with rules.
    I consider the Labour primary vote more important than the two you get in November 2014 in deciding who the next PM is.
    For more than one reason and one angle.

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  12. Elaycee (4,287 comments) says:

    Given the state of their finances, Labour would probably embrace anyone willing to fork out $$$. Including someone willing to hold their breath and take one for the team.

    But I’m disappointed in CK – the money could have been better spent on bubbly.

    Even a cheap bubbly is unlikely to have a shitty aftertaste. :D

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  13. Cactus Kate (545 comments) says:

    Elaycee
    There’s plenty of $ left for good bubbles

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  14. Judith (7,466 comments) says:

    I do hope no one takes the action the wrong way and views it as no confidence in Key to be able to win the next election unless his supporters go to extreme and unusual measure to help him. Wouldn’t what that would we :-)

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  15. peterwn (3,143 comments) says:

    So it seems that some Young Nats have joined the Labour Party to try and get a say in Labour’s leadership. I am probably an old ‘stick in the mud’ but while it sounds a cute thing to do, I am not at all sure it is something Young Nats as an organisation should advocate or something the National Party at large should condone or even acquiese. It is interfering in the democratic process of a registered political party.
    Unions, parties, etc resist such tactics by a adopting ‘wedding cake democracy’ that is members appoint delegates who in turn appoint the governing body, thus effectively neutralising maverick voting. Labour is giving ordinary members (as distinct from union affiliates) direct votes in the leadership selection, which is vulnerable to interference unless robust ‘primaries’ systems as in USA are in place.

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  16. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    I had to laugh when watching the Nation this morning .. you can only vote if you were a member on the day David resigned .. what a pack of spoil sports .. shit I would have signed up for a vote .. COSGROVE for leader I say

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  17. MT_Tinman (2,984 comments) says:

    Elaycee (3,587) Says:
    August 24th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    Even a cheap bubbly is unlikely to have a shitty aftertaste

    Nope, nothing is worth cheap bubbles.

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  18. BlairM (2,286 comments) says:

    I genuinely support the Labour Party and hope they win the next election. You’re never quite sure if National is your friend or your enemy – at least with Labour there is no doubt. In addition, New Zealand has yet to hit “rock bottom”, a place that all who are dysfunctional must reach if there is ever hope to recover. Labour will turbocharge the effort, since there is no party of social democrats in the world outside of Venezuela who are more inept and unwittingly self-destructive with their policy prescriptions.

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  19. tvb (4,194 comments) says:

    National will be hoping for Robertson but will not breathe a word. Shearer was a gift that kept on giving but Cunliffe is a totally different beast. He is lethal and will retire King Goff and Mallard and Dyson and that dreadful Cosgrove.

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  20. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    Well said Blair.

    The people here putting their faith in John Key’s National Party are either far left themselves or soft in the head. Insulated from reality by a lying left wing media, and too blinkered to understand that problem, there is apparently only one way they will wake up and that is by bottoming out, as all socialist systems always do. As they eventually run out of other people’s money.

    So it matters not any more who leads what party, it merely becomes a matter of reaching that bottom as rapidly as we can, and only then will NZers wake up to their abject folly.

    Then we can start the rebuild, free of the influence of the left who will be discredited forever, or at least until they can engineer the same totalitarian cultural and political climate they have today. That should be a century or so away at least.

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  21. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    So Graeme’s research would indicate that Labour once bought, stays bought, and that it will stay bought for less than 30 pieces of silver.

    I later indicated that an alternative interpretation was more likely to be correct.

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  22. David Garrett (6,309 comments) says:

    jaba: And me ! COSGROVE is the midget who can lead the party to greatness…it’s just appalling that so few of us have recognised and acknowledged that reality…

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  23. RandySavage (196 comments) says:

    Cactus as usual as far too much time on her hands

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  24. WineOh (540 comments) says:

    @ Redbaiter “Therefore Kate’s faux membership application will encourage them to elect Cunliffe.”

    Inconceivable! But did he spend the last few years building up an immunity to Iocaine powder?

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  25. simian (29 comments) says:

    Labour’s rules for voting include that you must be both a member of the party and NOT a member of any other party. So young nats who join are wasting their time, and I guess that catcus kate is not a member of another party?

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