Sunday, February 1, 2015

WILL 'JOHNNY' HARAWIRA BE STANDING IN NORTHLAND?

The word is out that Hone Harawira is giving consideration to standing in the Northland bi-election in order to revive interest in the Mana Party Movement following their disastrous showing last September.

If not Hone then perhaps John Minto will grace us with his presence.   No matter for both Hone and John that neither are entitled to cast a vote in the electorate.    Didn't matter much to the Labour Party candidate last time round either.

All the other parties contesting the election will have a considerable advantage over National in time and space. With their membership numbers in the tens they have probably already met in telephone booths around the electorate and 'anointed' their respective candidates.     For National, and with the Northland electorate membership the second highest in the country and measured in the thousands, there is a democratic process to go through.

Nominations for National will open tomorrow (Monday) and close on 12/13 February with pre-selection taking place on Saturday 14 February (when the number of nominees are reduced to a maximum of five) leading into the selection proper to be held on Saturday 28 February in Kaikohe where well in excess of 100 delegates will choose their new Member.

But will he/she be opposed by John or John?   Interesting question.



7 comments:

The Realist said...

The 14th February is a wonderful date. It's my birthday. A box of Jacob's Creek will suffice.

Noel said...

Remind me. Why is there another election?

The Veteran said...

Hmmmmm .... a rugged individualist like you (with emphasis on the word rugged) could go down well in Northland although on second thoughts some of our people might consider you a little too liberal in your politics so perhaps not.

Anyway congrats on your 40th, 45th, 50th, 55th ... am I getting close?

The Realist said...

Pension day...

Rex said...

Yes, why is there a by-election? It's odd that the recently re-elected chair of the Law and Order Committee should resign so suddenly and yet this has attracted no comment on a right wing blog. What's going on?

The Veteran said...

Noel/Rex ... I am assuming your questions are genuine and you haven't read Sabin's media statement where he said that he was resigning to deal with issues that are best addressed as an ordinary citizen (or such like) and would suggest it might be wise to leave it there.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Realist

It is also the anniversary of the Valentines Day massacre.