Soper challenged

February 3rd, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

The Southland Times reports:

The fate of ’s candidacy will be left to the quandary of party processes after another city resident entered the contest.

Michael Gibson will challenge for the position, in what the party have dubbed ”democratic process”.

The two will need to pull together party member votes before a selection panel makes the final decision. 

None of the head office people will vote for Soper as she is pro-life, so she is dead in the water.

New Zealand Labour Party regional representative Glenda Alexander said contest was healthy for democracy.  

Sticking to the rules is healthy for democracy. I’m no fan of Soper, but if she was the only nominee, and did not break any rules, it is not fair to nobble her after she has been selected.

The uncharacteristic decision to reopen nominations could be perceived as a breach of the democratic process, she said. 

Because it is.

Michael Gibson’s nomination was received on Thursday evening by Labour Party general secretary Tim Barnett in the ”nick of time”, a spokesperson said. 

It took them until the last minute to find someone!

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17 Responses to “Soper challenged”

  1. CrazyIvan (90 comments) says:

    It’s not clear that Soper had ever been selected as the candidate. Sounds more that she was the only nominee when the nominations closed at the end of last year. The previous reports seemed to indicate that she was telling the Southland Times that she would be the candidate, not that the party had confirmed it (big noting because no one else sought the nomination).

    Sounds like with Eric standing Labour wrote off the seat and Soper would have been selected as no other muggins wanted the job. Now Eric’s gone the party’s probably decided to look for someone with a better chance of winning the seat (yes, that is deluded – place Tui ad slogan here). Not nice way to treat anyone but it’s a political tactic.

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  2. anonymouse (716 comments) says:

    I’m guessing that Michael Gibson is the ACC/employment law advocate, and if that is the case I would love to hear whether the labour party support his position on ACC

    “In my view, ACC should be restructured to become a Department of State, directly accountable to its Minister for the way it rehabilitates and compensates injured New Zealanders”

    http://www.parliament.nz/resource/0000109999

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  3. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Further exposes how vile the left are in their quest to get power and wreak their envy on those that keep them.

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  4. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    A sudden attack of “democracy” has infected the socialist Labour Party. Fingers crossed, the poor Soper is doomed.

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  5. gravedodger (1,566 comments) says:

    Gives a whole new meaning to “in the nick of time” eh.

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  6. freethinker (691 comments) says:

    With Tim Barnett involved I detect slime and deviousness.

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  7. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    Assume he is homosexual – he has all the correct traits which would satisfy Barnett.

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  8. jp_1983 (213 comments) says:

    Well a quick look on Linked In indicates to me that any Michael Gibson who might be the candidate there will have to get his parachute on.
    Just what Southland needs is another carpet bagger

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  9. jp_1983 (213 comments) says:

    I stand corrected
    http://laudafinem.com/tag/mike-gibson/

    …Mr Michael Gibson LLB of Invercargill NZ is not one in the same man that was convicted of fraud in 2009, any simple Google search would have revealed that….

    http://www.odt.co.nz/files/story/2008/09/members_of_the_public_watch_as_from_left_michael_g_1752804193.jpg

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  10. big bruv (13,904 comments) says:

    I think that Paulus is correct to assume that Gibson is gay.

    Had he been straight he would have not passed the Labour party Man ban.

    Just what we need, another gay person wanting to get to Wellington to “fight” for gay rights. One would have thought that as a aspiring pollie they would want to get to Wellington to serve all of their constituents. Not so it seems, these days you only fight for those who are either female/gay/lesbian/frock wearing males or spiky haired trouser wearing chicks, if they also happen to be a person of colour or have a disability then that is even better.

    Nobody, and I do mean NOBODY gives a shit about the white, middle class/law abiding heterosexual male.

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  11. Nukuleka (327 comments) says:

    “I’m no fan of Soper”

    Be interesting to know WHY DPF is no fan of Soper. As the only thing mentioned is that she is prolife (not a bad social position to hold, I would have thought- to be prolife rather than prodeath) I guess that must be it.

    What a sad wee world we live in when someone is judged and found wanting because they believe in life rather than death.

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  12. Akaroa (557 comments) says:

    Pretty predictable outcome can be expected IMHO!

    Never mind Lesley! Them’s the breaks!

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  13. RF (1,399 comments) says:

    Timmy Barnett is just covering his buttocks by pushing one of his coven into the invercargill seat. Democracy my arse. A dangerous word around Timmy.

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  14. bringbackdemocracy (427 comments) says:

    Is he prepared to have a sex-change after the election if the requirements of the man-ban are not met?????

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  15. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    Who cares what happens to Sopher. Move on bro, we have better things to worry about…John Key is going to lose 2014 election for sure…

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  16. SouthernRight (53 comments) says:

    I still bags her red trenchcoat, as long as it’s not worn out from her excessive handwringing

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  17. Simon J Taylor (32 comments) says:

    I endorse most of the above.. but also wonder why Labour choose their candidates so early; way before National’s and before confirmation of new boundaries and even in seats where they have no chance. They seem to be making their own problems here.

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