Another one bites the dust?

March 24th, 2014 at 7:17 am by David Farrar

News has reached me, even in Clyde, that the Leader’s office has lost another staff member. A senior researcher who has worked there for eight years is off.

She’s worked for four party leaders and six chiefs of staff, but it seems she isn’t a fan of being shouted at and having the staff blamed by the new Chief of Staff for mistakes made by the Leader. The whispers are she may not be the only one seeking to bail.

It is relatively rare for staff to leave a leader’s office just six months before an election. The general expectation is that if you want to move on you leave the year before an election or just after it – not just before it.

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33 Responses to “Another one bites the dust?”

  1. Reid (16,061 comments) says:

    it seems she isn’t a fan of being shouted at and having the staff blamed by the new Chief of Staff for mistakes made by the Leader

    That’s hardly the style you’d expect from a compassionate unionist is it. Perhaps that part of Matt’s image is just a carefully cultivated front to hide the despicable reality lurking deep within his inner being.

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  2. burt (7,945 comments) says:

    Reid

    A staunch unionist lefty who thinks paying tax to the government is optional …. He took it off his workers and spent it – that’s the measure of the man…

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  3. Scott1 (478 comments) says:

    Who would have guessed that this might be a problem…

    Matt = yet another poor strategic choice by Labour.

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  4. Mobile Michael (428 comments) says:

    Parliamentary researchers are well known for being triple sure before putting a black and white fact into writing. Those that can’t don’t make 8 days, let alone 8 years.

    If McCarten makes it to 8 hours after the election I will be surprised. Cunliffe will be joining him too.

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  5. ShawnLH (4,315 comments) says:

    I never bought the argument that McCarten was a game changer and a great organizer. McCarten has never had any real long term success with any political campaign. Why did anyone expect him to do so now?

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  6. NK (1,099 comments) says:

    You say it’s a “she”. Well, after Matt McCarten and Andrew Williams, are there any other “caring” lefties out there who despise women and treat them like shit?

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  7. tvb (4,229 comments) says:

    I guess McCarten wants to work with his own people. But losing someone as experienced as this and is clearly able to navigate the tricky waters of the Leaders’ Office through several changes in Leader- is not a good look. Shouting at someone is a form of abuse and is rarely effective. Adults are not dogs and will not stand for it. Neither will dogs.

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  8. Reid (16,061 comments) says:

    If she was employed by Parliamentary Services then presumably the taxpayer is wide open to an Employment Court claim for bullying, is that right? Whether or not she takes the claim, it’s not a good look for the party whose core value is to represent workers rights, is it.

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  9. WineOh (570 comments) says:

    Matt M will be proud of this… he’ll be needing to prove (to himself among others) that he has the power to “change” the environment – even if it means losing talented staff.

    Do standard employment laws around abuse apply to political parties?

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  10. alex (301 comments) says:

    So should we all just take dpf’s word for it? He isn’t an impartial source.

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  11. big bruv (13,450 comments) says:

    I bet McCarten takes a bloody long time to shout at the staff.

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  12. big bruv (13,450 comments) says:

    “Parliamentary researchers are well known for being triple sure before putting a black and white fact into writing.”

    Clearly that does not apply to Green party parliamentary researchers.

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  13. davidp (3,550 comments) says:

    >it seems she isn’t a fan of being shouted at

    She could complain to her union, and get them to haul this abusive employer in to court.

    But what is it with the Left and women: McCarten and Cunliffe, Andrews, and Brown have all been shown to be abusive to women staff they employ. On one hand they’re talking about compulsory quotas for female MPs. On the other hand, they’re disrespectful to the women they employ. No wonder they are losing the female vote.

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  14. davidp (3,550 comments) says:

    Oh, and has anyone checked that Labour are paying the income tax they deduct from their staff to IRD? How do we know McCarten isn’t back to his old form, and just spending the tax collected on his own pet projects?

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  15. Judith (8,204 comments) says:

    And the evidence that she was shouted at is where?

    Yelling, shouting and even throwing things is not exclusive to the left. Ten years ago there was a certain female politician that was known to start off in a whisper – which was an indication to get ready, because it meant she would end up with a scream!

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  16. PTM (44 comments) says:

    So you are saying Judith that yelling and shouting at staff is ok because there are precedents?

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  17. Pete George (23,123 comments) says:

    davidp – I think Parliamentary Services will be handling all the staff payroll and tax obligations.

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  18. Judith (8,204 comments) says:

    @ PTM (40 comments) says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Hell no – I’m saying that this (when we are given evidence of it) is not the first time, and I’d be really surprised if it was the last example as well. It tends to originate from the sad fact that we keep electing humans for these positions (although there are some I apply that label too very loosely). Humans who are under a lot of pressure – who in their right mind would ever want to be an MP or in politics – you can’t do right for doing wrong!

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  19. Fisiani (974 comments) says:

    A bad workman always blames his tools. The Cunliffe and his HOS simply regard the workers in the office as tools. This is not the end of the shouting and the tears in Labour, just the beginning.

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  20. peterwn (3,189 comments) says:

    Judith – Your example was a politician. This is a leader’s chief of staff. The chief of staff needs to be capable of bearing the brunt of the leader’s frustrations while not then venting these frustrations on to the staff. I suspect Matt has badly underestimated the parameters of the job. Previously he could get away with doing what he liked, but now has to work in a structure. His boss is under severe stress, he does not have confidence of much of his caucus, he has a ‘mask’ he has to wear the whole time and he has been unable to gain traction as a leader. Matt also wants to make a difference, but seems unable to get from the staff what and when he wants to meet the leader’s needs. An ideal chief of staff needs to provide an appropriate service to the leader on time and of the right quality and be able to cheer the leader up when he is in the dumps. He needs to inspire the staff to produce accordingly while shielding them from the leader’s ups and downs. I suspect that Matt is trying to impose his own personality and requirements on the staff meaning what they produce either meets Matt’s requirements, or the leader’s requirements and it is luck if they meet both sets of requirements. While Matt may have alleged skills in trying to round up 800,000 lazy votes, he seems to lack the skills and attributes to be a successful chief of staff.

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  21. Peter (1,652 comments) says:

    Suspect those who crow loudest.

    They’re usually talking about their own failings and projecting onto others. I’ve yet to meet a high ranking Union person who wasn’t more of a bully than employers.

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  22. dirty harry (444 comments) says:

    yeah where is all that paye tax money ma-ma-ma-matt? What have you done with it ? Why haven’t you paid up ? Shouldn’t you be in jail with the other high highfalutin tax evaders?

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  23. Lance (2,529 comments) says:

    Didn’t good old Kevin Rudd also treat employees like shit?
    I know he used to hurl obscenities and yell at colleagues over printing allowances, cabin crew on aircraft etc over trivial matters.

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  24. Judith (8,204 comments) says:

    @ peterwn (2,885 comments) says:
    March 24th, 2014 at 9:15 am

    Yeah, I realise that and agree with you totally (if you can’t handle the jandal don’t wear them, right?) – however I do also regard Matt as a politician (as in ‘political’). But my point was really that even though this is not on – it isn’t specific to any particular party and similar has occurred before in all areas – and I’d go so far as to say especially in the administration.

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  25. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,810 comments) says:

    Peterwn has nailed it.

    McCa-a-a-a-arten wa not hired as a Chief of Staff. He has no ability and experience in that role. He was hired as a campaign manager and the COS role was a subterfuge to allow Labour to steal the money for his salary from tax payers.

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  26. dirty harry (444 comments) says:

    dont be silly Judith..

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  27. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (823 comments) says:

    “A senior researcher who has worked there for eight years is off” – when National MPs leave, it is rejuvenation. When an unknown researcher staff leaves, it is not a good look. Get a life fellows.

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  28. ShawnLH (4,315 comments) says:

    “dont be silly Judith..”

    She seems to excel at silliness.

    “and similar has occurred before in all areas – and I’d go so far as to say especially in the administration.”

    Do you have any actual evidence for this Judith, or is it just your irrational hatred of JK screwing with your brain again?

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  29. OneTrack (2,726 comments) says:

    Judith- any examples of where else this has happened or are you just reflecting away from labour?

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  30. thor42 (958 comments) says:

    This is great news!

    The more people who leave, the bigger the workload on those who remain. It’d be great to see the whole house of cards come tumbling down.

    Even better – from what Cam has been saying over on WhaleOil there could be a big hole blown in the side of Labour in the next day or two due to their dalliance with Kim Dot Com.

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  31. peterwn (3,189 comments) says:

    Adolf – yes, and many have been appointed to managerial ranks who are not suited to the job. Very often this is because they have specialist talents but have reached the top of pre-ordained salary scales so the only way to reward and retain them is to promote them to a management position so their skills remain available but hope they have adequate management skills to run their divisions satisfactorily. Often they do not.

    So Matt was brought in for campaign skills assuming he could run the leader’s office on the side, but it seem he cannot. So David Cunliffe has no effective chief of staff and too will in due course be holding up a couple of snapper in parliament.

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  32. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (823 comments) says:

    Why am I getting so many thumbs down for telling the truth?

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  33. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Judith: Maybe you should trade your Zimmer for a scooter . . . you may fall off!

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