ImperatorFish: Phil and Carmel’s Greatest Hits

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Scott at Imperator Fish has kindly given us permission to syndicate posts from his blog – the original of this post is here


Phil and Carmel’s Greatest Hits

David Farrar: (20 March 2010)

Sepuloni is probably the candidate with the best chance to take the fight to Paula Bennett. I don’t think she’ll beat Paula, but she’ll do better than a white middle aged guy would, to be blunt.

Twyford was proclaimed as one of the new high flyers. However if he loses tonight, it will shoot his credibility to shreds, considering it will be his third effective rejection in a row, having been scared off Mt Albert and Auckland Central. Some in Labour will not want to embarrass Twyford like that, even if they think Sepuloni has a better chance.

Chris Trotter: (20 March 2010)

UNBELIEVABLE! The Labour Party has just offered the NZ electorate further proof (if any more was needed) of its accelerating political infirmity.

It has just selected Carmel Sepuloni as it Waitakere candidate.
In making this decision it has not only chosen wrongly, but it has also dealt what may prove to be a fatal blow to the career of one of its more talented MPs, Phil Twyford.

[Trotter then expounds on his dubious “Waitakere Man” theory]

Carmel Sepuloni’s going to win back those voters?

Yeah, right.
The truly sad aspect of today’s selection is what it tells us about the paucity of talent in Labour’s ranks.

And (in the comments to that post):

[Phil Twyford’s] enemies in the EPMU, combined with his possession of a penis (and, increasingly rarely for a Labour MP – a pair of balls) have reduced his chances of securing a solid political base to something approaching zero.

Those same handicaps also put his position on the 2011 Labour List in doubt.

Clearly, being an intelligent and compassionate human-being, with an impeccable background in the voluntary/humanitarian sector, counts for far less in Labour circles than having a few union mates and a vagina.

Tim Watkin: (March 24 2010)

I suspect quite a few working class New Zealanders look like Sepuloni. I don’t know her; neither her scrappiness nor her campaigning ability. So I’m in no position to write her off before the next election.

But Labour hardly looks focused in Auckland, or refreshed with new talent. Phil Twyford – the man who everyone likes but no-one wants – has been allowed to stand (or almost stand) and lose in three electoral seats now. Is that how you treat a man of his talent? It’s appalling mismanagement. And to however many Aucklanders are paying attention, it looks shonky and undermines his efforts in the Super City debate, sending the message to Aucklanders that the man chosen to lead the party’s attack on the Super City isn’t worthy of a seat in it. Clumsy is the kind word for it.

Cameron Slater (20 March 2010):

The interesting thing about Repul­sion Camel is no-one really knows who she is. In a meeting with some of the senior Pasefika community leaders in Auckland they were saying “we don’t know her. It isn’t a surprise that she isn’t known in the Pasefika community, which is largely Auckland based, because she was born and raised in Taranaki and from went into the union movment. She is about as Pasefika as I am because I was born in Fiji.

Someone (repeaters) should ask where she is from, what her Pasefika credentials really are, or is she just playing on the funny name and the brown skin. If she is she picked the wrong electorate to play the race card.

Back to the Pasefika community, basically if you raise a name with these folk that person will be someone’s cousin/aunty/uncle  pretty much every time. Repul­sion Camel isnt, and the community leaders just don’t get why Labour are promoting her because she has no standing in the Pasefika community.

“Luimachuwum­bama” Win­nie Laban & Su’a William “So-so” Sio do have standing, they are known, they have credentials and while the Pasefika community leaders  don’t really rate “So-so” he has a chiefly title and has some respect. there is a reason Repul­sion Camel doesn’t have a title, the face doesn’t fit, she is a carpet-bagger from Taranaki for Waitakere and a carpet-bagger trading on her brown skin in the Pasefika community.

If the Greens selected Robyn Malcolm then they may come second pushing Repul­sion Camel to third place.

Phil Twyford went on to win selection for the Te Atatu electorate, and he won the seat with a healthy majority.  Carmel Sepuloni won Waitakere by 11 votes, although a judicial recount seems likely.

(Hat tip to Russell Brown (@publicaddress) for some of the links)

3 comments on “ImperatorFish: Phil and Carmel’s Greatest Hits”

  1. Lew 1

    In defence of Comrade Trotter* he has since written a mea culpa that stops short of actually apologising to Carmel Sepuloni, but does congratulate her for doing what he said couldn’t be done.


    * Words I write with due reluctance.

  2. bbfloyd 2

    so cameron is now using insulting titles to make his points? or has this always been his method of reasoning? i find it incredible that this driveler has been one of the go to guys for the herald, and other mainstream news outlets for years now……it’s no wonder political debate in this country has become such an embarrassment……

    even the australians are smirking at us…. (i have to endure this regularly from friends over the ditch).

    they were shocked that we were stupid enough to elect a merrill lynch hack in the first place… they just laugh openly at our obvious stupidity…… while happily cherrypicking our brightest and most skilled to contribute to their wealth rather than ours….

    it’s thanks to our media giving these poodles print space, and air time that the tories have managed to suppress any kind of constructive dialogue on issues central to our viability as a society capable of self determination……..

    the fact that cameron and his coven of half arses are generally innacurate, irrelevant, or both doesn’t stop the media portraying them as having their “finger on the pulse”…..

    at this rate, we will be good for no more than becoming the ideal place for senior figures in the “tea party” to retire to…….the unreality of daily life here will sit well with their peculiar world views…

    • Ari 2.1

      He’s always written like that. There’s a reason many commentators don’t like to talk about him or quote him.

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