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Monday, April 04, 2005

Tamihere's revenge

John Tamihere has been caught on tape by Investigate Magazine attacking Labour's power structure and particularly the butch women he says control the party.

Initial coverage
Rodney Hide has substantial quotes from the tape, and Clarks earlier response claiming Tamihere was drunk.

UPDATE: NZ Herald has contacted Ian Wishart, publisher of Investigate:
He [Wishart] said the lunch lasted 70 minutes and Mr Tamihere had half a glass of red wine.

He said Mr Tamihere subsequently left a voicemail message for him saying he thought his comments might have been "a bit too frank".

Wishart said he called Mr Tamihere and told him the magazine was running a verbatim interview.

"He hung up on me."

Mr Tamihere has not responded to NZPA's phone calls.
Similar piece from the Dominion Post.

Investigate magazine sold out across Auckland?

UPDATE: TVNZ Midday item has quick comments from Brownlee and Hide:
National's deputy leader Gerry Brownlee says all is not well with Labour. He says National will be questioning the Prime Minister over the apparent contradiction between her and the magazine over whether the interview was on record.

Act leader Rodney Hide says the comments reflect the real state of relations in the Labour caucus. He says it's an extraordinary and vile attack, which is likely to have upset Tamihere's Labour colleagues.
Similar piece from XtraMSN/Newstalk ZB.

UPDATE: Labour member and blogger Greg Stephens suggests Tamihere resign. I think the Wimmins Action Committee should resign!

UPDATE: More comments from the Investigate interview via the Herald/NZPA:
"Out of 51 in the caucus, 10 would back me to the hilt, another 15 say they would, but who knows? But that's a solid block in any caucus. What I'd do is promote (Social Development Minister Steve) Maharey immediately, make him wear all the bullshit that'll come out."

"I tell you what, if I was on the other side mate I'd have cut the bloody Labour Party to pieces over moral issues. There's a huge pendulum swing against what my leadership stands for."

"Unions, I can't stand them... It's always about threats and intimidation, and 'we've got big balls, what have you got?' "

"When you look at the (party) list, the union movement have got four new members coming in, end of story... They don't deserve to have that level of influence. I'm going to lead a charge against that, very shortly, because the party has to be updated to reflect where our society and communities are, as opposed to where they used to be."

"You can spend two hours with Maharey and walk away none the wiser but you've got three screeds of paper full of notes. So there's operators like him who are very smarmy, very clever, but no substance. It's all about status.'

"(The Parliamentary press gallery are) utterly and totally useless. And sycophantic. You know and I know there's no investigative journalism done in that bloody gallery. In the information age, we've got more ignorant people out there than there's ever been."

"(National Party finance spokesman John Key is) going to be very good. I've got the greatest regard for John. One more term, he's a formidable character. He's the one that scares the s...t out of me the most out of the whole bunch."

"I think Bill English will make a comeback after the election, but give John Key one more term to get blooded in the House... If I was to pick National's dream team it would be Key and (Katherine) Rich -- Rich for the south."

"Heather Simpson -- Helen's assistant -- wanted me in the tent as damaged goods. Too tough to lose completely. She's dangerous, a very dangerous woman."

Asked what was the most powerful network in the Labour executive "the Labour Party Wimmins division... it's about an anti-men agenda"

"We wouldn't survive without (Finance Minister Michael) Cullen -- he can cut a deal on a piece of legislation, he can change a single word in a piece of legislation without those other bastards (coalition partners) knowing about it."

"I hear Maori talking about how they were burnt out of the Orakei marae in 1951 and so on. Big deal."

"I've got a right to think that sex with another male is unhealthy and violating. I've got a right to think that."

"(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."

"(Helen Clark) goes to pieces. She'll fold on the emotional side and walk away or not turn up. She's knows it's going to get emotional and it upsets her."

"Men's problems are traditionally dealt with by the criminal justice system. Women, on the other hand, get a bloody Cartwright Inquiry and get millions of dollars thrown at their breasts and cervixes."
UPDATE: Other bloggers comment: Aaron, Farrar, MediaNZ, Metcalph, Popular and Competent Prime Minister, NZ Pundit.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/04/2005 03:36:00 PM


Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

It's quite difficult to actually picture Clark, Cullen and Maharey throwing millions of doallars ar countless breasts and cervixes.

4/04/2005 04:37:00 PM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Its a compensation mechanism. Don't you know any pop pyschology!

4/04/2005 05:06:00 PM  
Blogger Lucyna said...

Can I just say, they've got really bad aim!

4/04/2005 09:16:00 PM  

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