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2:17 pm, November 12th, 2016 - 69 comments
Categories: labour, national, Politics, same old national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: julie fairley, michael wood, parmjeet parmar
What is it about National? In a general election at a National level their propaganda is superb but give them a by election and rely on one of their minions and their PR sucks.
Just think of all the by elections over the past 8 years. There was Mt Albert where in a moment of insanity Melissa Lee said that a new motorway would mean that criminals from South Auckland would be able to visit Mt Albert. There was a problem in that the new motorway would mean that people travelling from South Auckland would bypass Mt Albert but details, details …
The by election resulted in a convincing win to David Shearer even though at the time Labour was polling poorly.
This month we have had the Mt Roskill equivalent. On Wednesday night there was a debate between Michael Wood, Labour’s candidate and Parmjeet Parmar the National candidate.
It appears that the meeting descended into chaos. Parmar’s husband and others seated at the front chose to needle Woods about his wife Julie Fairley. She is a member of the Puketapapa Local Board and the former chair and a wonderful person. You just have to witness the work she has done in the area to realise that she is an outstanding talent.
And she was not even there. To attack the spouse of a candidate at a public meeting is appalling.
Michael Wood responded. As he should. All strength to him. Argue the merits and the policies but please leave family members out.
And there are so many important issues to discuss. Issues such as childhood poverty and the homeless crisis and the disintegration of the social infrastructure. Insulting a candidate’s wife instead shows how morally bankrupt the local National Party is.
The right claim that Wood abused and manhandled Parmjeet’s husband Ravinder Parmar after the meeting. Wood denies the manhandling but agrees that he addressed Ravinder in a very direct way. And Richard Harman, who was at the meeting, agrees.
I was at the Roskill debate.I saw the insults (from Parmar and her team) fly but I didn't see any manhandling. https://t.co/rihYAUQwpU
— POLITIK (@POLITIKwebsite) November 11, 2016
The Herald have chosen to make the manhandling allegation. Shame they did not have any reporter at the meeting. And I look forward to the retraction as the video shows that the the claim was, shall we say, inaccurate.
And in an interesting development the Police have confirmed that they had to escort Mr Parmar from the meeting.
The right’s handling of the issue is pathetic. Imagine insulting a candidate’s wife and then complaining when the candidate responds in no uncertain words. And running a line that there was an assault when the video clearly shows there was not.
I have known Michael Wood for many years and a more gentle ethical person you could not hope to meet. To rile him up takes a great deal. To then try and use this for political advantage is morally bankrupt.
National is trying to say that because Wood became upset he is not ready for Parliament. Obviously we do not need human beings in Parliament, only soulless automatons who do not respond if their loved ones are attacked without cause.
Time for National to forget the negative campaigning and talk to the good people of Mount Roskill about the issues that really matter.