Monday, December 3, 2012

How to win friends and influence people, JT style

John Tamihere just can't stay out of the headlines; 3News reports:

Within hours of being allowed back into the Labour Party, John Tamihere was already shooting his mouth off, calling the Social Development Minister "that bloody fat girl".
It has forced Paula Bennett's arch-rival to stand with the minister and other women in the Labour Party to condemn Mr Tamihere, with Ms Bennett herself slinging mud right back.
Carmel Sepuloni lost the Waitakere electorate to Ms Bennett by just nine votes last election.
Now she's empathising with her rival after Mr Tamihere called the minister "that bloody fat girl".
“At the end of the day I'm a plus-size girl myself, so I don't have anything to say about that,” says Ms Sepuloni.
Mr Tamihere's indicated he's keen to take Ms Sepuloni's place for Labour and run in Waitakere in 2014.
Ms Bennett's unfazed.
“He probably should zip it,” she says.
And she says he's no threat.
“He's a failed politician, that's what he is. I suppose he sees someone who's considerably younger than him and female and sees that as some kind of threat, and who's had a more successful career than he has to date.”
Mr Tamihere left Parliament in 2005, not before infamously his calling colleagues "front bums" and "queers".
3 News wanted to know, why all the slurs?
“I don't have a problem with gay people,” says Mr Tamihere. “I have a problem with gay marriage.”
When asked about sexism, he responded, “What is that? I'm a man, you're a woman”.
Mr Tamihere wasn't happy with the 3 News line of questioning. He used his talk-back show to say as much.
“Hey Tova, go jump in the lake, you stupid little girl.”
Since his acceptance back into Labour, two of the party's MPs have called him a misogynist on Twitter. Nanaia Mahuta says his past comments don't gel with the party.
“It doesn't, but John Tamihere's a radio presenter and he'll say anything to get a soundbite, and the more controversial the better for him.”
They say any publicity is good publicity, and Mr Tamihere is certainly drumming up it up one way or another. But with Labour MPs publicly speaking out against him already, his chances of getting selected to run in 2014 may be getting slimmer.

We wonder if any of those who voted for Tamihere's readmission to the Labour Party are yet having second thoughts, just 48 hours later.


Credit though to Nanaia Mahuta and Carmel Sepuloni for denouncing Tamihere's "fat" comment about Paula Bennett. We suspect that they are not the only Labour MP's not especially happy to see JT welcomed back into the party fold.

And as an aside, was the last line of the 3News story a subtle dig at Tamihere?



4 comments:

Graeme Edgeler said...

Credit though to Nanaia Mahuta and Carmel Sepuloni for denouncing Tamihere's "fat" comment about Paula Bennett.

Are we reading the same comment? Sepuloni is quoted as saying:

“At the end of the day I'm a plus-size girl myself, so I don't have anything to say about that,”

This isn't a denunciation. It's an observation akin to "I'm a woman, so I shouldn't speak out about sexism."

Keeping Stock said...

I was basing it on this Graeme:

It has forced Paula Bennett's arch-rival to stand with the minister and other women in the Labour Party to condemn Mr Tamihere, with Ms Bennett herself slinging mud right back.

If you want me to withdraw my gracious comment towards Ms Sepuloni, I'll gladly do it :-)

toad said...

Glad I am a Green member and don;t have to deal with this shit.

What bothers me most is not the "front bums" reference or the ones designed to offend the GLBT community to get some votes from redneck NZ, but Tamihere's animal abuse, where he left his pet cats to die.

Barney said...

Couldn't have happened to a nicer party.

Between arguing with women and killing pesky animals, I too am clearly satan's son deserving of some wierd liberal torture method just to teach me a lesson and expose the well known hypocrisy in all things left of centre. But guess what, I can read too, and aren't as simple minded as idiot politicians and their supporters would think.

JT's aims around housing and the support of working class people give him a couple of options if he wants to see any of those goals reached during his career. He can join Mana, The Greens or Labour. Since the Greens are so far up themselves only the most pious could be considered and Mana are a long way off from being able to implement their policies, JT has one choice.

He really should start his own party, but time is not on his side. Time may not be on his side with Labour either as they seem intent on self destructing. Come February, I doubt there will be much left that can survive without life support.

Maybe that's why they let Tamihere back in, as something loud and stupid to approximate the noises of a friday night drunk, to give the illusion of a pulse in a political party that is otherwise lifeless.