Labour and Ilam

April 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Stuff reports:

’s high hopes of gaining traction in the National stronghold of got off to a false start yesterday.

The day started off promisingly, with two nominees – Riccarton-Wigram Community Board member Debbie Mora and Left-wing blogger – set to contest a selection meeting next week.

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has held the Ilam seat since 1996 and, while Labour is unlikely to win the seat, the party had hoped to target it and make the contest there a referendum on the Government’s handling of the quake recovery and Brownlee’s role.

A week may be a long time in politics but try 17 hours.

That’s the time between Mora’s campaign team proudly announcing, through a press release, that she wanted to be the first female to represent Ilam and a brief email, from the same source, saying Mora was out of contention because of “unforeseen circumstances”.

Somewhat Mickey Mouse.

Mora said her campaign manager, Luc Chandler, was “a bit over-eager” in sending out the first release last night.

She had wanted him to hold off for 24 hours – a sensible move considering she was sorting out a possible medical operation.

But then it got even worse when news of Mora leaving the race was given to media – before Labour Party officials were told.

Oh dear.

It leaves plenty of uncertainty over whether the selection process will continue with Dann the anointed candidate or if Labour will have to rethink and get some competition back into the race.

I hope Dann is selected, as that may stop the media quoting him as merely a Christchurch blogger, rather than a Labour candidate as the Herald does.

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19 Responses to “Labour and Ilam”

  1. Manolo (13,780 comments) says:

    Is he aligned with the Rainbow Branch too? Just asking.

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  2. Huevon (222 comments) says:

    Pin a blue ribbon on a donkey and it will get elected in Ilam.

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  3. lolitasbrother (698 comments) says:

    Ilam electorate was largely sheltered from the Earthquakes, and the people there have increasing value for their homes.
    Its not a place I would like to stand as a Labour candidate.

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  4. ShawnLH (5,124 comments) says:

    To put it mildly it is delusional for Labour to believe they can make any significant ground in Ilam.

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  5. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    Oh dear. Labour is now so desperate it’s resorted to ringing-in National party officeholders as candidates.

    The “rival Labour candidate” Deb Mora was, until recently, a Nat office holder; was a National nominee in Port Hills 2008 and again in Wigram in 2008; an ex electorate treasurer; has been helping Hon. Amy Adams since the last election; and even applied to be Gerry’s secretary in Ilam. But this Council election, she turn-coated to Labour (when approached, “they did everything for me,” she told me) to try and get in to office on the surname coat-tails of her Uncle Mike Mora who is the chair of the Wigram Community Board (which worked). She got elected.

    Mega mercurial.

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  6. Henry64 (83 comments) says:

    DPF – he has been selected as candidate. http://www.stuff.co.nz/the-press/opinion/9893382/Labour-nominee-pulls-out-of-Ilam.

    Obviously the MSM knew in advance of the article??

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  7. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    You need a CAMPAIGN MANAGER to even put yourself forward as a candidate?!?

    The NZ labour party has been around for a long time now; SURELY there would be some rational, well-oiled process for internally nominating a candidate that doesn’t require ludicrous amounts of combative spending?

    FFS, no wonder the unions need to commit tax fraud, in order to get enough cash to pay the necessary dues to The Party. The flow of other peoples’ money will never stop..

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  8. RRM (9,924 comments) says:

    To put it mildly it is delusional for Labour to believe they can make any significant ground in Ilam.

    >

    There are a lot of Uni students living in Ilam. I don’t know if Uni students are still pretty pro-labour, but certainly most of them used to be, back when interest free student loans were on the table…

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  9. bringbackdemocracy (427 comments) says:

    Just like Cunliffe
    Today the statement, tomorrow the denial.

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  10. Keeping Stock (10,342 comments) says:

    Is James Dann from the same stable as Corin and Liam Dann?

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

    Chief of Staff Matt McCarten just texted me – “Bro, Christchurch people are so frustrated with National. Even a cardboard cut out of our dear leader Sir Cunliffe will win Ilam. Brownlee will be lucky to get 10% of the vote now”

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  12. iMP (2,385 comments) says:

    Dear Matt. You don’t understand Christchurch at all. Gerry will win Ilam.

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  13. Paulus (2,627 comments) says:

    iMP

    Does anybody understand Christchurch ?
    All I read is delusional gimme – I am owed so somebody has got to pay me.

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  14. Alan (1,087 comments) says:

    Who wins the seat is meaningless fptp thinking, what matters is the party vote. The labour party vote in the last 3 elections here has halved, 12,589 in ’05, 10,168 in ’08 & 6,552 in ’11.

    Interestingly, these votes don’t seem to have gone to National, it’s vote was almost identical in ’08 and ’11. The 3,500 votes it lost last time were split between the Greens who gained 1,500 and 2,000 people who stayed home.

    It makes sense to put resources in this seat and try and win back people that voted Labour in recent memory, it’s fairly fertile for them, at a minimum they should be looking at squeeze the greens and bring the party vote back up to 10k

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  15. tas (625 comments) says:

    Brownlee had a 13,000-vote majority in 2011. If Labour make the Ilam electorate a referendum on anything, they’ll get their arse handed to them. Slimming a majority is not a victory.

    That said, I’m registered in Ilam and am considering putting my electorate vote elsewhere in protest.

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  16. lolitasbrother (698 comments) says:

    I agree with Tas above 1.55pm . Ilam is safe as a house in Fendalton with no Earthquake

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  17. Auberon (873 comments) says:

    “Is James Dann from the same stable as Corin and Liam Dann?”

    Corin’s cousin. Don’t know about Liam.

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  18. flash2846 (287 comments) says:

    @ Paulus
    April 2nd, 2014 at 1:41 pm
    “Does anybody understand Christchurch ?
    All I read is delusional gimme – I am owed so somebody has got to pay me”.

    I can help (I live in Christchurch):
    1) The whingers and complainers in Christchurch that the media focus on will whinge and complain no-matter what.
    2) Almost all the vocal moaners are fanatic Labour/Green supporters
    3) EQC has offered very generous amounts for red zoned properties and at least reasonable amounts for repairs. The problem is with the people who see an easy opportunity to hold out for more. They are greedy and dishonest.
    4) Many claims are fraudulent or at least partially; I would suggest around half from what I have been hearing.
    5) The shear volume of claims meant mistakes were made and I know of two couples who were paid out for the same land twice. One of these couples now live in Perth.
    6) Christchurch has a very left wing council who I strongly believe would have moved a lot faster if they wanted the government of the day to look good.
    7) While students and volunteers were digging liquefaction from around homes in the eastern suburbs many of the residents were sitting at home drinking beer and watching on. These same people double dipped from the Red Cross and other support entities.

    I could go on but I’m sure you will get the drift.

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  19. hj (7,023 comments) says:

    james Dann fighting against racism

    Right Wing Resistance

    Mission We are an organized unified resistance movement against mass immigration, the Dilution of our European Culture and Pride, and the current multicultural agenda created by the current government networks designed to destroy our colonial rights and identity. We stand with an active structure that rewards those who work hard for the movement. Our primary purpose is to recruit like minded individuals and groups into an organization of active men and women.

    http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t1031179/
    Nazi symbols and attacks on Asians aside they have a point and the current plan to rezone perts of Ilam/ Upper /Riccarton for density might make some of the residents wonder if immigration really is for them?

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