Sunday, March 27, 2011

Judith takes her time...

The Herald on Sunday reports on the fallout from Darren Hughes' resignation on Friday. And the most significant thing to come out of the story is this:

Meanwhile, former Labour MP Judith Tizard said last night she may take at least a week to decide if she wants to return to Parliament.

Party leader Phil Goff rang her yesterday to ask if she was planning to take the spot vacated by Hughes.

Tizard said she had "some unfinished business" and it would also be nice to say "stick it up you" to those who didn't want her back.

Tizard plans to speak to friends, including former Prime Minister Helen Clark before she decides.

Asked if she supported Goff as leader, she said: "He has to decide if New Zealanders see him as a future Prime Minister. Phil could be a Prime Minister. I think a Prime Minister has to lead, has to be very fair, very generous. The question for Phil is if he can step up to that."

The vacancy created by Hughes' resignation is legally Judith Tizard's if she decides to accept it, and Phil Goff and Andrew Little can do nothing about it. Over at Kiwiblog yesterday, DPF provided a step-by-step analysis of the process under the Electoral Act that will be applied to fill the vacancy.

But Phil Goff would not be human if he wasn't just a tad concerned, especially with Ms Tizard's plans to discuss her options with her close friend Helen Clark. If there is any truth in reports in the NBR and Scoop of the New York branch of the Labour Party, Goff's concerns would be well founded. We wonder of the threat of a return by Judith Tizard may end up being a tool with which to leverage a leadership challenge. After all, Tizard's reported comments above are hardly a ringing endorsement of Goff's leadership prowess

As for Judith Tizard; Barry Soper reported on Newstalk ZB that she had told him she had unfinished business. Being defeated in the 2008 election meant that she left Parliament without delivering a valedictory speech. Soper suggested that she may want the chance to put that right.

We reckon that an interetsting week awaits Phil Goff; there is talk of a meeting of senior caucus members on Monday and Tuesday; there is the threat of a leadership challenge; and of course, there's the small matter of replacing Darren Hughes. The last seven days have been tough on Goff, and there's no indication that the pressure will ease any time soon.

20 comments:

pdm said...

Will that be Judith's valedictory speech or Labours obituary that she will be giving?

PM of NZ said...

Cruel, pdm but true.

Inventory2 said...

That, pdm, is the $64,000 question!

Shunda barunda said...

What a bloody shambles!
Labour are years away from being a viable opposition let alone govt.

robertguyton said...

Nonsense Shunda et al. You are buying into Farrar and co.'s spin, promulgated here by Inv2.

Shunda barunda said...

And Matt Mc Cartens spin Robert?

That Labour can not regroup under such circumstances is very damning, and reveals just how thoroughly Helen Clark squashed all her potential rivals.
A lesson worthy of the history books.

grumpy said...

Surely there is something in Hi & 2's contract with the UN to prevent them from meddling in any countries internal politics

Inventory2 said...

@ Robert; I realise that you were otherwise engaged yesterday, but I posted a sampling of opinion from right across the spectrum including Robert Winter (who you frequently refer me to), The Standard, and Psycho Milt from No Minister who is a Green voter. The general sentiment that Goff's leadership has been poor and that the time has come for a change; and it's not just the righties who are pointing that out.

jabba said...

mmm, Robert is back .. hi Robert, still bored??

jabba said...

maybe I2 is following Bombers spin Robert. I'm sure you agree what he has to say about the whole thing

robertguyton said...

Jabba - I'm almost completely disinterested in the 'Goff saga' just as I find the 'Key saga' intensely dull.
Inv2 - you have a clearly expressed rule here in Keeping Stock - commenters must stick to the subject of your post or you will lambast them until they a) conform, or b) stop commenting. "This post as about Phil Goff' you intone. You have a very authoritarian approach to people you have invited to comment here - they can do so, so long as they say what you want to hear. It's really odd.

Inventory2 said...

Oddness is in the mind of the beholder Rob. But you're the one that was accusing me of promulgating "Farrar and co.'s spin" whilst accusing Shunda of buying into it.

Face the facts Rob. The condemnation Of Phil Goff is widespread, it emanates from both sides of the political divide, and is thus newsworthy. You might find that odd; others may not. But that's fine, and there's room for all of us!

robertguyton said...

Oh and just one other thing that puzzles me Inv2 - you bat off challenges from people who encourage you to use your real name when you are blogging and presumably feel that it's perfectly okay to blog under a pseudonym, yet you constantly go to great lengths to expose, here, on my own blog, at Homepaddock and on Kiwiblog. my early days as an anonymous commenter, when I used the names greenfly and Village Idiot, Can you explain to me how that's not the most blatantly hypocritical behaviour? You are determined to remain anonymous, yet equally determined to expose my time when I desired anonymity?
I'd really like an answer to that please.

Inventory2 said...

Rob - I was of the impression that you were open about past identities. If that's not the case, and I have misinterpreted things, I apologise.

robertguyton said...

Inv2 - I've no problem with being associated with those two pests, but you do make great issue of exposing my relationship to them and conversely, your own right to anonymity. It's incongruous.

robertguyton said...

Plus you've left out Tom Putt and Gladstone Gander and Hugh Manatee.
Hardly fair.

gravedodger said...

How strange that a person who behaves so badly as a guest on blogs other than his own, has form for behavour that got him banned until sept 2032 from kiwiblog, commits the most blatant trolling and threadjacks under an excuse of political opposition that has all the hallmarks of a compulsive behavour fuelled by a challenge to his ideological vision in the form of the most popular Prime Minister in many years. Now blogs under his actual name as he attempts to further a career as an elected representative is so caustic at your chosen anonymity, now laments his outing as a complete moron as greenfly and village idiot, idiot.

Inventory2 said...

Hugh Manatee - love it!

As for the anonymity bit; I could blog under any old name, and who would be the wiser? But would that be honest?

robertguyton said...

"As for the anonymity bit; I could blog under any old name, and who would be the wiser? But would that be honest?"

You do Inv2 'blog under any old name', no one is 'the wiser' and no, it wouldn't be 'honest'. Since you asked. I haven't pressed you to use your own name. Couldn't care less. But since you asked...

robertguyton said...

September 2032 Gravedodger?
I don't think so. I got 'life', twice.
"a challenge to his ideological vision in the form of the most popular Prime Minister in many years."
Key's behaviour is ideologically incompatible with mine, as is his persona replete with mangled speech and dead-fish eyes, but your statement causes me to ask Gravedodger, though I don't expect you'll answer straight; did Helen Clark 'present a challenge to your ideological vision' and did you remain silent for the duration of her reign?
Eh Dodge? He aha to whakautu?
I'm asking so I can check to see if you are hypocritical in attacking me for that behaviour.