McCarten for Labour?

February 26th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Vernon Small writes:

is poised to announce lead roles in David Cunliffe’s office and a new election campaign manager, with former Alliance president tipped to be in the running for a top post with his old rivals.

Oh I do hope this is correct. If so, I can’t wait for the next time Labour campaigns on tax avoidance and people or companies not paying their fair share of tax.

Other names mentioned in party circles for the pivotal role, as Labour tries to regroup after a run of bad poll results, included Mr Cunliffe’s top electorate official Greg Presland and a number of former MPs from both Labour and the Alliance.

So it may be a choice between someone who blogs at The Daily Blog or who blogs at The Standard. A choice between the far left and the far far left. Wonderful.

They saw him as a good fit for the party, combining parliamentary experience, Left-wing credentials and the ability to deal with the tensions between the party and caucus members – a key cause of stress for Ms Brandon.

Matt’s a good operator and I rate him. It is worth mentioning though that when he was Alliance President the tension between party and caucus led to a split and the death of the Alliance. To be fair to Matt though, I blame Anderton 95% for that as he wanted to become effective dictator.

Meanwhile, former Labour researcher Dave Talbot, who works for the party’s pollsters UMR Research, is set to be named as the party’s general election campaign manager.

Talbot worked for Labour under Phil Goff, off memory.

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35 Responses to “McCarten for Labour?”

  1. Cunningham (840 comments) says:

    So they want to win an election by appointing someone from the extreme left as their campaign manager and then winning the middle vote? Great logic that is.

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  2. burt (8,231 comments) says:

    DPF

    Oh I do hope this is correct. If so, I can’t wait for the next time Labour campaigns on tax avoidance and people or companies not paying their fair share of tax.

    You seem to have forgotten the golden rule – It’s different when Labour do it !

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  3. dime (9,847 comments) says:

    LMAO isnt he a communist?

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  4. dime (9,847 comments) says:

    If he employs mickey savage, i hope someone in the media will google some of the nutty, over the top, evil shit he has said on kiwiblog and the standard over the years. infact, why hasnt that been done already?

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  5. Manolo (13,571 comments) says:

    Matt McCarten continues his career as mercenary and political prostitute. Shame on the tax evader!

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  6. deadrightkev (439 comments) says:

    I wonder how Hone feels about this development?

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  7. virtualmark (1,512 comments) says:

    What happened with Matt McCarten’s health? Didn’t he have cancer, and wasn’t he on a pretty finite timeline?

    I’ve got no truck with Matt McCarten’s politics but I’m always happy if someone beats cancer. But I hadn’t heard if he’d got past his health problems or not.

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  8. Keeping Stock (10,290 comments) says:

    @ deadrightkev – quite so. I’m wondering if Labour is trying to eliminate the Mana Party by going further to the Left, or whether Bradbury and McCarten are leading a takeover did on behalf of Mana to drag Labour kicking and screaming to the Left.

    Whichever, it makes a nonsense of the prevailing wisdom that elections are won and lost in the centre, not at the margins.

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  9. wreck1080 (3,881 comments) says:

    Why , does mccarten avoid tax?

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  10. tvb (4,360 comments) says:

    Having a very high stress job will do nothing for his health problems but I assume he is very confident. A period of respite from cancer can lead people to think all is well and it might be. But McCarten is full of all sorts of prejudices. He has not one damn clue how the National Party thinks and what their political appeal is. Helen Clark did. I think he will be a high risk appointment.

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  11. Rick Rowling (812 comments) says:

    It will be interesting to see if McCarten can do to Labour what he did to The Alliance.

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  12. Ross Miller (1,700 comments) says:

    Hmmmmmmm …… well, it’s a matter of public record that Labour stole from the taxpayer to fund their election campaign while McCarten appears to haver a cavalier approach to paying tax. Great bedfellows.

    Were he to get the job can I suggest that Parliamentary Services would be well justified in conducting a forensic audit of Labour’s Parliamentary budget …. or even if he doesn’t get the job.

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  13. Longknives (4,690 comments) says:

    “Oh I do hope this is correct. If so, I can’t wait for the next time Labour campaigns on tax avoidance and people or companies not paying their fair share of tax.”

    Why?? We all know the sympathetic left-leaning NZ media will give him a free ride…

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  14. OneTrack (3,017 comments) says:

    I though McCarten said Labour weren’t hard enough left.

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  15. burt (8,231 comments) says:

    OMG Is micky savagae Matt McCarten ?????

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  16. RRM (9,826 comments) says:

    Has labour stopped to consider that maybe, just maybe, their lurch to the left is the REASON their polling is going from bad to worse…?!? Not the solution to it.

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  17. burt (8,231 comments) says:

    wreck1080

    Why , does mccarten avoid tax?

    Because he’s a lefty and tax is what other people pay to provide lefties with other peoples money.

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  18. Pete George (23,474 comments) says:

    I don’t know how Greg’s name got included in the article. He may have been considered but has stated he is not it.

    I can confirm that I will not be the next chief of staff. Announcement today at 1 pm …

    But that doesn’t rule out another position.

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  19. Pete George (23,474 comments) says:

    RRM – they seem to have become convinced that the path to power is somehow converting recidivist non-voters into Labour voters. They have given up on the middle.

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  20. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Will he still be polluting media with his foul left-wing rhetoric in APN publications? This is where the media in this country have arsed up . . . giving showers of shit such as McCarten space to push their disgusting agendas.

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  21. CHFR (226 comments) says:

    No burt Greg Presland is

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  22. Yoza (1,808 comments) says:

    Heh, the ABCs will be spitting blood.

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  23. Monty (976 comments) says:

    While I love that Matt McCarton will become Cheif of staff and encourage a lurch to the left, I have to think that labour have had a massive brain explosion. like the TVNZ / Shane taurima saga is no one actually saying ” should we be doing this”

    It’s not like Matt is the best person to try and prop up the middle vote that labour desperately needs. Oh well I will enjoy gloating the the leftards “three more years”

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  24. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    @tvb – “I think he will be a high risk appointment.”

    *Very* high risk. How can Labour waffle on about “the nasty rich people not paying enough tax” when one of *their* central people has “tax issues” himself? Talk about “Hypocrisy Grand Central Station”!

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  25. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

    He’s going to make Labour stutter even more!

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  26. tvb (4,360 comments) says:

    I understand McCarten’s Union did not pay PAYE yet the IRD credited those employees with having paid that tax. Suppose the IRD went after the employees. McCarten will be the first to scream unfairness to the workers.

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  27. kiwi in america (2,428 comments) says:

    Two phrases come to mind “re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic” and “you can’t put lipstick on a pig”.

    McCarten is hard left and this signals that Cunliffe is going to double down on his lurch to the left. The hard left seem to think that the election is there’s for the taking if just the troops that put Cunliffe in his job are appeased and they are motivated to fight the good socialist fight. What they all forget is that Labour is not unpopular because its not left enough, its less popular because it used to be a broad church that welcomed white middle class men, heterosexuals, the self employed, people of faith (especially Catholics) and the social conservatives who voted Labour because they wanted a government with a heart etc etc. Labour’s current activist base is so busy being PC and appealing to beneficiaries, academics, trade unionists, gays and feminists that they forgot that this coalition is maybe 20% and the other 20 – 25% they need to govern has left them for good. How will Matt McCarten quoting Chris Trotter and backed by the foaming legions at The Standard ever going to get the lost 20-25% back? Cunliffe and Shearer brought out plenty more left leaning policies that failed to excite – what new policy could they possibly dream up that will have middle NZ flocking back? There isn’t once hence Labour’s conundrum. Once they lost the astute political compass of H1 and H2, they have been rudderless ever since.

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  28. davidp (3,580 comments) says:

    So Labour is…

    Taurima: Essentially sacked after corruptly turning TVNZ in to a branch of the Labour Party.

    Singh: Convicted of erectoral fraud.

    Mallard: Convicted of assault. And guilty of ticket scalping.

    Cunliffe: Warned by police after commiting an election offense.

    McCarten: Doesn’t pay his taxes.

    Suddenly Russel Norman (offering extradition rulings in return for political favours) doesn’t look like the most corrupt politician in the country.

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  29. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    davidp: What about the ex-Labour MP, convicted of dishonesty, and having strings pulled by Clark, Goff, Cullen, Cunliffe, and company to give him lifelong suppression of name and facts. This cetin is now leeching, in a big way, off ratepayers, in a regional council.

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  30. pcplod (26 comments) says:

    Matt McCarton gets a free ride with the media. Remember Q+A on Sunday mornings? McCarton very rarely stated any truth but was never challenged on it. Even Fran O’Sullivan would just smile and let him go. He constantly interrupts the reasonable panellists without any reproach from the media hosts.
    I think this grippa will make life a little more d.ah.d.ah.ddifficult for National.

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  31. georgebolwing (792 comments) says:

    I don’t think that the leader of the opposition’s office is large enough to contain both Cunnliffe’s and McCarton’s egos. It will all end in tears.

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  32. kiwi in america (2,428 comments) says:

    My figures were slightly out. Labour has a core constituency of 20% and then loosely aligned voters that have swung +7 to + 14% above the core over the last 5 years. To win they need to lock down the +14% on the left and add another 6-8% from the centre. That’s what Clark managed and Cunliffe will never manage with a race with the Greens and Mana to the left.

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  33. backster (2,150 comments) says:

    David……….You have left out, [deleted by DPF]………..Feild……..slave labour Jones………Porn Brown….sex mania Carter……perversity and many other birds of a a feather.

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  34. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    davidp: Mallard was convicted of assault, but let’s face it, he assaulted a person well known to have serious coronary artery problems. He should have been jailed. Mallard was once called out by a good man in National, for continuous objectionable abuse in the House, he ran away from the debating chamber like a wounded cur.

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  35. RRM (9,826 comments) says:

    davidp: Mallard was convicted of assault,

    :cry: Boo hoo!

    You’re permanently angry, you’d love a bit of Polly on Polly biffo, if it went the other way. So spare us your fake outrage. There are plenty of things validly wrong with Mallard, you don’t need to have a cry about someone throwing a punch.

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