Labour winners and losers to date

August 27th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

So who are the winners and losers to date.

Winners

  • David Shearer, can now remove all the knifes from his back
  • Andrew Little, gets kudos of being talked about as potential leader, and could end up Deputy
  • Shane Jones, his endorsement for second preferences may be crucial guaranteeing him a promotion
  • David Cunliffe, may get to become leader or at a minimum return to front bench
  • Unions, their votes may decide the winner, so will have the leader indebted to them
  • Helen Kelly, now the most powerful woman in politics?
  • Maryan Street, successfully knifed the leader
  • Moira Coatesworth, strongly campaigned against caucus working out a deal with no membership vote
  • The 45 powerful EPMU delegates who may all end up with future Government board appointments, list rankings, or electorate selections

Losers

  • David Parker, as his finance portfolio may go to Cunliffe or even Jones
  • Grant Robertson, as if he does not win may lose Deputy
  • Chris Hipkins, a goner as chief whip if Cunliffe wins
  • Fran Mold, loses her job as Chief of Staff around a week after starting it. May be rehired by next leader but depends on who wins
  • Clayton Cosgrove, a goner if Cunliffe wins
  • Old Guard, their strangle-hold on power may be wrenched off them
  • Rajen Prasad, Shearer’s resignation interfered with his planned coup for 2017
  • Russel Norman, may soon no longer be the de facto Leader of the Opposition
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16 Responses to “Labour winners and losers to date”

  1. wikiriwhis business (3,883 comments) says:

    Should be obvious Shearer was a patsy in the same way Goff was a patsy to take the fall for a predictable National win.

    Now Labour will bring out their true candidate for the 2014 election who will be a vast improvement and look absolutely charismatic compared to the gormless Shearer.

    And you can absolutely know the new leader will zoom into the camera’s which will not need zoom function

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  2. Michael (899 comments) says:

    You forgot National as a winner – Robertson wins, the old guard on the front bench = Labour not providing any freshness. Cunliffe wins, the front bench will contain political heavyweights like Mahuta and the backbenches will have the old guard undermining him…

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  3. flipper (3,843 comments) says:

    Add to the losers…

    ***Taxpayers.***

    The NZ Herald reports that this whole fucking labour promotion is to be paid for out of Parliamentary funds. A caucus vote I can accept. Party and union stuff ??? GET STUFFED, BIG TIME.

    A repeast, no less, of the $500,000 theft in 2005.

    Is it not amusing that the same Rainbow socialist folks are again involved????

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  4. stigie (1,003 comments) says:

    It really does not matter who is leader of the Liarbore,

    There will still be no unity within the party !!

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  5. Elaycee (4,332 comments) says:

    Losers: Rajen Prasad, Shearer’s resignation interfered with his planned coup for 2017

    DPF. Fomenting Happy Mischief since 2003. :D

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  6. nickb (3,675 comments) says:

    Rajen Prasad 2017 coup? U wot m8? I thought you did some post a few months back about how he was the least active MP in Parliament or similar? Or maybe I am just missing a joke.

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  7. kiwi in america (2,477 comments) says:

    nickb
    You’re missing a joke

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  8. Jack5 (4,895 comments) says:

    Phil Warrington quip on Radio NZ’s Labour Programme today, speaking about Cunliffe:

    He seems the sort of bloke who has a statute of himself that he carries from room to room.

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  9. Pete George (23,326 comments) says:

    Rajen Prasad was found last week and asked by a journalist if he would stand for leadership. He said he wouldn’t because he was too old. His Wiki doesn’t say how old – just that he became an MP placed at 12 on Labour’s list in 2008. That’s an extraordinary list position for a new MP.

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  10. BeaB (2,082 comments) says:

    I would add another Loser – Labour women. Out of the whole caucus, not one woman put her name forward or had the support to do so. No wonder they want a quota otherwise they are shut out – or shut themselves out. How shameful.

    Pathetic from a party that says it stands for equal opportunities.

    National can now have a field day when Labour starts preaching about women’s rights, pay etc.

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  11. smttc (711 comments) says:

    Helen Kelly, the most deceitful unionist in NZ and now the most powerful in left wing politics.

    There FIFY.

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  12. RF (1,343 comments) says:

    The silent T is nothing but a smart arse. I will never forget his crap when he was bad mouthing Key as the greasy little fella in the blue suit. This was up in Jafa territory. I prefer Shane Jones. He might be a tugger but at least he is honest and a man of the people.

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  13. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    I will now join the labour party and actively support Silent T if it guarantees that that horrible mono browed wanker Cosgrove is a gonner

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  14. kiwigunner (223 comments) says:

    Hopefully the biggest loser will be Key on Election night. What a wanker today in the house. Maybe if he stopped being David Brent (an unlikable David Brent) and did some work we wouldn’t be in such a mess right now. (Not) Soon enough the emperor will be seen with no clothes.

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  15. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Poor kiwigunner.

    Labour put their fresh, young talent on display today.

    And got the same old shellacking.

    You don’t need a new leader. You need a new caucus.

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  16. OneTrack (2,818 comments) says:

    Bea – “No wonder they want a quota otherwise they are shut out – or shut themselves out”

    Nobody is stopping any of them putting their name in the hat. Or do they want it handed to them on a plate, like Meteria and Tariana.

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