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Monday, April 04, 2005

Tamihere's revenge Part III

I will be posting updates here as the news cycle progresses.
Earlier posts: Part I - Part II

UPDATE 5:55PM: Richard Prebble's The Letter has no new info on the Tamihere interview, nor insight into political tussles behind it. Damn.

UPDATE 5:58PM: Clark has ordered Tamihere to 'take a week off'. The following quotes have to be the biggest understatements ever.
The Prime Minister Helen Clark and the Labour Party president Mike Williams want the MP to reflect on the criticism he made in an interview iwth the Investigate Magazine article.

Clark says Tamihere has shown some remorse, but has not apologised, and Labour MPs are not happy. She says while Tamihere has been through a period of considerable stress, this latest incident hasn't helped his hopes of an eventual return to Cabinet.
UPDATE 6PM: One News leading with Popes funeral, following with Tamihere. Taping TV3 - will post details later.

UPDATE 6:15PM: TV3's coverage was mindless, no new information or insight revealed. One News was slightly better with Mark Sainsbury suggesting Tamihere still has a chance to come to terms with the Labour Party. Clark was her bitchy self during the press conference, suggesting attacks from Tamihere were like 'being squirted at with a water pistol'. Other than this, Clark was careful to put the ball in Tamihere's court.

AL: Surely its the Labour Party that has benefited from Tamihere over the years? Without him, there would be no prominent Maori member of the party except for Dover Samuels. Because of Turia's defection and subsequent creation of the Maori Party, Tamihere is more valuable than ever.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/04/2005 05:49:00 PM


Blogger Lucyna said...

I noticed the spin machine in action already on TV3 News. This quote was split into two quotes, though I'm not totally sure that the first sentence below was used:

"(Prime Minister Helen) Clark has been brutalised by people who have called her lesbian, no children and all the rest of it. Her key advisor Heather Simpson is a butch, and a lot of her support systems are, Maryann Street and so on, and she's very comfortable in that world and comfortable with it. I'm not."

The "she's very comfortable in that world" looked like on the news that it was attributed to Heather, not Helen.

4/04/2005 06:32:00 PM  
Blogger STC said...


What about Parakura Horomia, one of the best ministers in cabinet?

He is far more likely to be the next anything than his "shadow" spokeperson, Gerry Brownlee.

4/04/2005 09:15:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Is he popular? I don't know my internal Labour Party popularity, but he doesn't seem popular with general NZ public to me.

He's not exactly charismatic is he, unlike Tamihere. And no-one was envisioning him as a future Prime Minister.

Point partly conceded though.

4/04/2005 09:23:00 PM  

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