Democracy in action

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, March 26th, 2008 - 6 comments
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The Press reports that:

National’s hunt for a candidate in the new Selwyn electorate continues to cause problems, with one unsuccessful applicant taking the party to court to protest against his rejection…

Payne said yesterday he was paying the price for being “the whistleblower” over the selection concerns in Selwyn last year.

“It’s unfair and anti-democratic. It is an abuse of power, of natural justice and human rights,” he said.

6 comments on “Democracy in action”

  1. rjs131 1

    Whats your point? If you are suggesting that the guy Payne is an idiot (and i dont know him) then you might be rights as he is possibly deluded to think that by taking the party to court will attract support amongst party members for his election as the candidate?

    If you are trying to suggest there is a lack of democracy in the selection of candidates for National, maybe you can elaborate on the Labour process? Are you honestly suggesting that rank and file members think Judith tizard should be ranked 6th in the list selection for the northern region

  2. Steve Pierson 2

    rjs131. the Labour list is chosen by a committee of labour party members at regional level, they are in turn appointed by branches. Nominees have to be nominated by 6 members. http://staging.labour.org.nz/labour_team/nz_council/ASTFIL80739.pdf page 20. That’s a democratic process, as is the choosing electorate candidates parties. National broke its own rules in that regard.

  3. Phil 3

    Any particular reason why you put the staging site in the link?
    They’re normally restricted access, and used to preview pages before they go ‘live’?

  4. Steve Pierson 4

    I just went to the labour site and found the link.

  5. Monty 5

    hey – so bloody what – a flake did not get selected. As opposed to Labour where only flakes get selected.

  6. Pascal's bookie 6

    From the article:

    Front-bench National MP David Carter was selected late last year to contest Selwyn, but this was overturned by party president Judy Kirk after a group of party members, including Payne, went public with concerns over the way the selection had been handled.

    Several high-quality candidates were allegedly persuaded to withdraw their nominations so Carter could win the nomination unopposed….

    …Payne’s application was rejected without an interview.

    Payne said yesterday he was paying the price for being “the whistleblower” over the selection concerns in Selwyn last year.

    “It’s unfair and anti-democratic. It is an abuse of power, of natural justice and human rights,” he said.”

    Sounds like he’s got a point, especially since the tories are always banging on about their selection process is ever so much more democratic and local based than other parties.

    From Monty:
    so bloody what

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