Rotorua Daily Post on Coffey

June 29th, 2014 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The Daily Post editorial:

Labour candidate no doubt learned a few lessons about politics and the importance of perception this week.

The former TV presenter organised a protest at Simon Bridges’ Tauranga office on Saturday asking for immediate action to ban oil and gas exploration in the West Coast Marine Mammal Sanctuary.

He said at the time the protest was not linked to the Labour Party and was a personal crusade. That point, understandably, was lost on many.

Those who gathered for the protest also appear to have been confused because many displayed their political affiliations.

A few days after the protest, Labour leader David Cunliffe said the party actually approved of oil exploration in the sanctuary if it was done responsibly.

In the wake of the statement, Mr Coffey said he stood by his protest “100 per cent”, but did appear to soften his stance to toe the party line.

On Saturday, he was calling for a ban on drilling within the sanctuary. Now he says he and Mr Cunliffe are “on the same page” in regard to oil exploration in the sanctuary – requiring the industry to have to prove it would cause no harm to the Maui’s dolphin before any new consents would be granted.

Apart from the stupidity of saying one must prove no harm (you can’t generally prove a negative), Labour’s policy is now much the same as National’s. Coffey led a protest against Simon Bridges, and then had his own leader pull the rug out from under him.

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19 Responses to “Rotorua Daily Post on Coffey”

  1. OneTrack (3,228 comments) says:

    What the hell is a political candidate doing a protest outside a competitors office inside the election period for? Is this the actions of a future MP, or of a professional protestor (like the Greens)?

    But it was a “personal crusade”. Yeah, right.

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  2. wiseowl (934 comments) says:

    Bit of a gay protest I think.

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  3. kowtow (8,771 comments) says:

    The likes of a complete,utter , absolute, total know nothing, has done nothing other than be a queer TV “personality” running for parliament really does show the depths that the labour party has fallen to.

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  4. AM1 (17 comments) says:

    Tamati Coffey has never been less popular.

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  5. tvb (4,512 comments) says:

    Typical comfortable comfortable middle class bullshit protest. Coffey is getting a very decent run from the Daily Post from his new best friend Michael Mackie but this editorial will ruffle his feathers a bit.

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  6. Michael (911 comments) says:

    Protests like this get support in Thorndon and Remuera. Meanwhile, in blue collar worker towns like Waitara the prospect of well paying jobs is welcomed.

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  7. mike tan (491 comments) says:

    Yawn

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  8. Other_Andy (2,676 comments) says:

    “Apart from the stupidity of saying one must prove no harm (you can’t generally prove a negative)…….”

    This is the new ‘Green’ Gaia centered ‘science’.
    They don’t believe in the null hypothesis in which a claim is capable of being proven false. Most of it is not about science anyway but about ‘feelings’.

    First of all, they make the protesters look caring, warm and fuzzy.
    Polar bears, pandas and baby seals do a good job.
    An interesting phenomena is that (because of the emphasis on empathy) you will find apart from the self-hating self-flagellating white lefties, a disproportionate number of women, gays and metrosexuals in the ‘Green’ protest movements which are generally led by men.

    Secondly (Straight out of Saul D. Alinsky’s playbook), you play the man and demonize the opposition.
    You go all black and white, no middle ground allowed.
    (The ‘gay marriage’ has and is using this with good success.)
    Any opposition and you make them look like knuckle dragging baby seal clubbing Nazi sympathizers.
    We care, you don’t…..

    For ‘science’ (using that term VERY loosely) they quote the precautionary principle. If an action or policy has a suspected risk of causing harm to the public or to the environment, in the absence of scientific proof that the action or policy is not harmful, the burden of proof that it is not harmful falls on those taking an action.

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  9. kowtow (8,771 comments) says:

    “mike tan (363 comments) says:
    June 29th, 2014 at 10:08 am
    Yawn

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    Go back to bed then.

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  10. gazzmaniac (2,307 comments) says:

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  11. coge (190 comments) says:

    Coffey needs to join the greens. With all the other washed up celebs.

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  12. mike tan (491 comments) says:

    Kowtow,

    Isn’t there an indoctrination session you’re supposed to be at? ;)

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  13. OneTrack (3,228 comments) says:

    “For ‘science’ (using that term VERY loosely”

    Like “Climate Science”(tm)

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  14. Fox (206 comments) says:

    “Apart from the stupidity of saying one must prove no harm (you can’t generally prove a negative)”

    Sure you can.

    Haven’t you seen the real life documentary ‘Minority Report’ before? :)

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  15. G152 (385 comments) says:

    The term strange bedfellows comes to mind and the left seem to have more than most

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  16. mike tan (491 comments) says:

    Kowtow,

    I am cranky in the mornings, that was a cheapshot on my part, my apologies.

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  17. Paulus (2,664 comments) says:

    Coffey is still an ignorant Twat.

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  18. Tauhei Notts (1,747 comments) says:

    I think that with a candidate like Damien O’Connor Labour would have a chance in Rotorua.
    The blokes I know from Rotorua would be terribly insulted to be associated with Coffey.

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  19. goldnkiwi (1,537 comments) says:

    mike tan (371 comments) says:

    June 29th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Kowtow,

    I am cranky in the mornings, that was a cheapshot on my part, my apologies.

    Have a morning Coffee, it works for some people ;).

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