Saturday, March 20, 2010

Braindead Labour choose Sepuloni the phony

What the hell are Labour thinking?

It’s been announced that Carmel Sepuloni, the latest in phony, insincere Labour harpies, has been selected to be the Labour candidate for Waitakere.

In doing so, they rejected Phil Twyford, perhaps the only Labour politician who has been able to whip up public discontent over a government policy – the Auckland supercity.

Sepuloni is famous for not very much, except her ability to whinge about a lack of speaking rights at a Polynesian festival the other week. (Come to think of it, it now seems awfully contrived given that her selection was coming up, doesn’t it).

The other Labourites seeking nomination included Hamish McCracken, a former gameshow winner who grates worse than an early 1990s boy band and wannabe Labour MP, and Ann Pala. According to my sources, Pala gave a speech so bad that it probably prevents her from holding any kind of quasi-political responsibility anywhere in the nation. I’m including DOC boards and the local school board in that assessment too.

But back to the main contenders – Sepuloni and Twyford.

Waitakere is a largely middle class electorate. For all the talk about westies and bogans, the locals there are aspirational. Its 60% European, 14% Maori, 17% Pacific Islander and 13% Asian. Given that Paula Bennett of National is part Maori, and Sepuloni is Polynesian, neither would have any tactical advantage in appealing for votes on race.

But there is an issue that is up for grabs out west – the supercity. It’s not an issue associated with either Bennett or Sepuloni, but the people out west are nervous about loss of identity. It would be an issue Twyford would have been able to artfully pursue, and one Bennett would have been unwilling to debate Twyford on. But the lazy, shrill Sepuloni will not be able to prosecute that argument anywhere near as effectively.

Instead, Sepuloni would have to rely on other Labour talking points, plus make the argument for change based on personality. But why would anyone vote out a prominent, pleasant, part Maori youthful cabinet minister for a less prominent, unpleasant Polynesian backbencher? There’s no compelling need for people to change their allegiances to Labour, no “unique selling point” for Sepuloni to accentuate?

So why did Twyford lose? My header suggests that Labour were braindead to choose Sepuloni, but there must have been more to it than political incompetence by the party. Twyford must have abysmally weak links into the party faithful if he is incapable of gaining the nominations for Mt Albert, Auckland Central and now Waitakere. He will now be damaged goods in Parliament for this third rejection.

Twyford, as a rather intelligent looking middle class white liberal male must be completely out of kilter with the factionalised gay/maori/polynesian/trade union Labour Party. Put short – he’s a smart man who has failed to build his links into a party that is factionalised. Twyford, ironically, would have thrived in the Greens, who could have used an erudite, middle class looking white man with real world talents to lead them.

For example, Twyford’s background as former head of Oxfam will mean he will have skills in management, humanitarian issues, advocacy and analysis, international relations and diplomacy. These are all valuable skills in the real world and in productive government. But they are not values of a defeated Labour Party that seeks to reward race and mediocrity instead of real life talents.

And that’s precisely why Labour are in opposition, and will continue to remain there.

17 comments:

Inventory2 said...

Hamish - you might be mistaking Hamish McCracken for Hamish McDouall, Mastermind and Sale of the Century winner who stood for Labour in Whanganui in 2008 - and got his butt kicked by Chester Borrows.

McCracken is another in the long line of unionists looking for a Labour meal-ticket - he is EPMU.

Still, all these Hamishes - no wonder Hamish was confused!

gingercrush said...

She said she was privileged to be chosen as the Labour candidate and was looking forward to showing the people of Waitakere how different she was from National MP Paula Bennett.

"We have similar backgrounds but below the surface I am nothing like the Minister of Social Development who has set about disadvantaging the very people she claimed to speak for.

"I'm proud to be part of a Party that supports the most vulnerable members of our society and I will be fighting hard for all those who are being left behind by this National Government."


- NZ Herald.

I can't wait to see how West Aucklanders react to that.

Gooner said...

Chris Trotter agrees with you Hamish.

Good post.

http://bowalleyroad.blogspot.com/2010/03/wrong-choice.html

Hamish Collins said...

Shit - I2, you are right. I confused the Sale of the Century guy with McCracken.

Which maybe shows I get my odd fact wrong, but also shows that McCracken clearly has some name recognition work to do too!

Anonymous said...

I saw Hamish McDouall at a Wanganui NPC game .. had a silly scarf and a labour badge trying to look like a good old boy .. fail.
I really wanted Philin McCracken to win myself but the reason wasn't political.

pdm said...

I have known a number of cats named Hamish lol.

Does anyone else think Helen sorted that nomination out while she was in NZ.

Foxen said...

Gingercrush, you are spot on in your analysis. She is extremely naive and obviously puts no thought in what she says... by stating that she supports the most vulnerable she tacitly and by default excludes all others in Waitakere that don't fall into that group. If she is going to expend all her energy on the vulnerable, it leaves little space for the rest (and majority). Rule number 1 in politics don't pay extra attention to some voters over other voters.

Her Labour report card will now read a big fat F.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Carmel SeppuLoony

Labour picked her because they are on track to suicide.

Anonymous said...

On Red Alert a while ago they were discussing Hobsonville and she admitted she had not been there and knew little about the area!
One of the questions the repeaters need to ask her is does she think tithing is a good thing?
Poor Phil Twyford, the opposition MP for the Homeless.

Anonymous said...

This is a strange decision from Labour. If I was Phil, I think I'd walk away from the party (big salary and all). What a kick up the rear end, and so totally not deserved. Good news for National and Paula, though.

Anonymous said...

This is a strange decision from Labour. If I was Phil, I think I'd walk away from the party (big salary and all). What a kick up the rear end, and so totally not deserved. Good news for National and Paula, though.

Anonymous said...

phil always struck me as a decent guy. in fact so decent and down to earth, that if his personal beliefs could be altered a bit right, he would fit right in at the national party. then it would be a PR dream, a perfectly useful candidate having to cross the floor to pursue the goals he wants the nation to achieve, but can't do so in his "home" party as he isn't Gay, Brown, a full time labour hack or froma union

The Veteran said...

A thoughtful and incisive post.

Just why Labour would effectively write-off one of the 'must win' seats quite escapes me.

Anonymous said...

More of a setback for Phil Goff too, Twyford is a long term mate. If Goff is powerless in selections, who actually holds the power in Labour today ??

Anonymous said...

Jenny Mitchie, maybe, holds all the power. Or H2, or even Helen. How very odd!

Anonymous said...

Look - No labour cunt will ever beat the Crusher!

Phil "Unelected" Twyford. Camel "CarpetBagger" Sepuloni. Jesus "lefty" Christ.

Crusher will Crush 'em all!

Middle NZ, West Auckland have move decisively against Labour. They've learned from the last ten years of communism - and will never bring it back again.

If I was Phil, I think I'd walk away from the party (big salary and all)

A labour trougher walk away from the most money he'll every earn? Get a Grip!

Falafulu Fisi said...

For example, Twyford’s background as former head of Oxfam will mean he will have skills in management, humanitarian issues, advocacy and analysis, international relations and diplomacy. These are all valuable skills in the real world and in productive government.

Hamish, your life skills are irrelevant to your political ideologies if you're a lefty. It means that Twyford's background, he's better at drafting socialist legislation to nanny the country's citizens and take away freedom from them.