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Cameron Slater gets it wrong

Written By: - Date published: 4:27 pm, June 10th, 2009 - 20 comments
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Cameron Slater (WhaleOil) gets it wrong again in his post about me today. On the upside he managed to write his post today for once not using any disgusting names. Anyhow, to clear up the issue once and for all, here are my political affiliations.

I was misquoted in the Herald article that Cameron Slater refers to. They asked if I was affiliated to any party, and I said “not currently”, which was true.

I am not a current member of the Labour Party, and haven’t been since 2007. I am thinking about re-joining, however I understand that it breaches the Labour Party constitution to be a member but vote for another party. I have voted party vote Green since I became eligible to vote in 2005. In 2005 I gave my electorate vote to Helen Clark, and in 2008, regrettably I gave my electorate vote to Richard Worth(less).

I support a Left wing coalition government, and would be very much more a Green party supporter than Labour. However there is strategic value to me being involved in Labour (lobbying on animal welfare for example). I also have many friends in the Labour party (largely due to knowing many of them growing up, thanks to Lynn’s long standing involvement with the party).

I was a member of Labour from late 2005 (after the election), until 2007. David Farrar was incorrect when he claimed I was on the Young Labour exec at the time I google bombed John Key’s website with the word “clueless” (more and more accurate by the day!). I resigned from the Young Labour exec in 2007 when I moved to Christchurch to live with my now ex-boyfriend (the spy), as my position was as Auckland rep.

I was a candidate for City Vision (a Labour-Green-Alliance-Independent coalition) in the 2007 Local Body elections in Auckland. I ran for the Eden-Albert community board and was defeated by around 200 votes.

I have been working on David Shearer’s campaign for the Mt Albert By-Election, as I think he is a fantastic candidate.

I hope that clears everything up for Cameron Slater, David Farrar, and anyone else who cares. You now have full disclosure of my political affiliations.

20 comments on “Cameron Slater gets it wrong”

  1. gingercrush 1

    They won’t be able to stop you joining them due to who you voted for. Likely, it would be around any campaigns you support etc.

  2. the sprout 2

    nice one rocky. but don’t expect publishing the facts in plain english where anyone can see them will improve their, or the msm’s accuracy in the future!

    you have an interesting political history, one that would make you an asset to any good party.

  3. Slater could benefit from professional help.

    He has denigrated a number of us on the basis that we are “left wing activists”. He does not seem to understand that it is actually a compliment to be called this!

    I wonder how it felt voting for Wirth. I appreciate that the desire to rid the country of the Act party can cause lefties to do unusual things but I would have to genuflect and say three hail Marys with my fingers crossed if I was ever in the position of voting National with my party or candidate vote.

    • felix 3.1

      Yet if enough lefties in Epsom had done exactly this, Worth would never have been made a minister of the crown.

      Funny old world.

  4. JK 4

    I wouldn’t bother responding to that vile smear merchant. You only give him oxygen.

  5. gobsmacked 5

    I wouldn’t worry too much, Rochelle.

    I’m sure it’s very unpleasant to be the target of WhaleOil, who is NZ’s leading purveyor of sewer slime. But comfort yourself with this thought:

    The more the media use WhaleOil as their source (as they are no doubt doing again today), and the more he comes out into the open, as he did on Close-Up recently, then the more it will be understood that this really is the true face of the National Party. The links between Key, Banks, Slater & co have previously been well hidden. Now they are gradually being exposed.

    And if they think that’s what the NZ public want from their politics, they are making a serious mistake. So just relax, and let them make it.

  6. Rich 6

    Do National / ACT have strictures about being a member of one and voting for the other?

    Also, I think Wail Oyl would be an excellent candidate for the National party at a future election. If nothing else, he’ll make Ms Lee look competent.

  7. Rex Widerstrom 7

    There’s a curious Bush-like “those who are not with us are against us” outlook to NZ politics which in fact mimics the US where there are “Republican political consultants” and “Democrat political consultants” and ne’er the twain…

    It’s why people like Winston Peters couldn’t get his head round the fact I worked for him, then advised Labour, then advised Act… goodness knows what he’d have made of the fact that my first client in Australia was a union and the second was a right wing politician who had a reputation as a union-buster.

    I’m not implying rocky is quite such a political slut (though in my defence, it’s a part of how I make a living) but my philosophy is that I’ll give honest advice to anyone who’s open about their agenda.

    The more information with which voters are armed, the (hopefully) better the quality of the decisions they’ll be able to make.

    While I’d draw the line at people whose philosophies I found utterly abhorrent (and that includes a complete lack of any moral core, so no campaigning for Peter Dunne) I’ll work for anyone who’s up front with voters, and I’ll seek to work for someone I personally admire even if I don’t agree with all (or even many) of their policies because I feel we don’t have enough quality people representing us.

    rocky’s making a worthwhile contribution to democracy and the common weal. To see it as somehow sinister or remarkable simply because she’s not a card-carrying party appartchik is kind of… bizarre.

    [And if Labour does have such a rule, that’s bizarre and outdated, too, especially in the age of MMP].

  8. stinkmeaner 8

    Stinkmeaner is on his final warning on this site for being a creep.

  9. Slick Rick 9

    Friend sent this to me today. Haven’t laughed so hard in ages.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Whale%20Oil

  10. infused 10

    Who cares zzzz.

  11. Nice to meet you tonight Rochelle.

    For teh record what I said at the time was “So Rochelle just last year was not just a member of Young Labour, but was elected onto its National Executive.”

    I never claimed you were still a member when you did the Google Bombing. I just pointed out your past and previous affiliations.

    • Pascal's bookie 11.1

      Kind of like today then. When you asked your commenters not to actually name the complainant, on your blog, if they could identify her from the clues you gave them.

      Because that would be wrong, as she might be a victim.

      You’re all class, sometimes.

  12. TC 12

    It’s a pity the rest of your comrades don’t ‘fess up instead of hiding behind pseudonyms – they would gain more respect that way.

    • QoT 12.1

      Maybe they’d “respect” your request if you weren’t hypocritically hiding behind a pseudonym yourself, old chap?

      Of course, I too am pseudonymous, but don’t really give a toss if other bloggers are. If their arguments are good enough, their identity is irrelevant.

    • felix 12.2

      Bit sad that “TC” has neither a real name or an original thought.

  13. millsy 13

    As I said before. Mr Oil is a cheif reason why we need hate speech laws in this country.

  14. Mondograss 14

    It’s not against the Labour consistution to be a member of Labour and vote Greens. It’s against the constitution to be a member of both parties at the same time, or to be a member of Labour and actively campaign against Labour.

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