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Sunday, April 10, 2005

Force Tamihere to resign

Clark has said she found Tamihere's holocaust comment 'repugnant', and has told the NZPA he is on 'extended leave':
Prime Minister Helen Clark said Mr Tamihere was now taking "extended leave" due to "considerable stress" and would not be attending a caucus meeting on Tuesday where he had planned to apologise to colleagues for causing offence.
Rodney Hide had earlier told Newstalk ZB he found the comment 'intolerable' [also see Hide's post on the matter]. Brash said Tamihere had to 'apologise for his holocaust comments'.

Another tidbit from the Investigate interview:
The paper [SST] also reported that Mr Tamihere said his friend, ally and fellow Labour MP Clayton Cosgrove was not being promoted because he had conducted a "nasty telephone campaign" against Prime Minister Helen Clark and her husband Peter Davis before she took over control of Labour.
Cosgroves reply:
Mr Cosgrove told NZPA that the story was "pure fantasy" and Miss Clark would confirm that as well.
So now we have at least two possible lies: the Cullen 'small changes' lie (now retracted by Tamihere), and the Cosgrove issue (DPF has more). We also have an MP who thinks the holocaust should be minimizedbecause of his own sense of self-importance.

I'm beginning to think Tamihere is one of those guys who exaggerates to try and appeal to whomever hes talking to (or maybe to attack his political enemies if he's feeling paranoid). Thats a very dangerous character flaw to have when you're being interviewed by Ian Wishart. Tamihere has also been trying to prove Wishart taped him surrepticously, when it is obvious the interview was 'on the record' (15 photos, Tamihere! 15 photos!). So Tamihere's willing to attack anyone who is 'against' him? Even in the face of undeniable evidence to the contrary?

I guess the opposition parties and various 'right' bloggers gave Tamihere the benefit of the doubt, because the quotes Wishart released were so perfectly fitting the right's view of Clark and her powerbase. Now we know why - Wishart kept back all the really nasty stuff (who knows what else is to come), presumedly to produce a softened image of Tamihere agreeable with his own agenda. Nasty. Was the 'right' manipulated by Wishart? Would Wishart have released the extra material before the election if Tamihere hadn't lied about whether the interview was 'on the record'? Ugh.

Best to get rid of Tamihere now. Of course given Tamihere's performance to date, I imagine he's going to turn into a drama queen now that his back is well and truly against the wall. Will he quit and run as an independent, or start his own party?

DPF's personal comment is here.

Previous Sir Humphrey's coverage here.

p.s. Aaron Bhatnagar's excellent coverage of the holocaust comment (written earlier today) is here.

Posted by Antarctic Lemur | 4/10/2005 08:01:00 pm


Blogger Gooner said...

This is what I said on 4 April on Greg Stephens' blog when the musings first came out:

'Doug Howlett comes out and calls Graham Henry a fuckwit; Tana Umaga a thick coconut; rips into Richie McCaw saying he has his head up Henry's arse; and says the NZRFU is full of boneheads. Would he be picked for the All Blacks ever again? NO. JT is finished with Labour'.

I repeat, JT is finished with Labour.

4/10/2005 09:56:00 pm  
Anonymous Davros said...

Who does Wishart associate with on the political spectrum. I thought he used to work with Winston Peters a lot in the past. Didn't he collaborate again with Peters last year on some Zaoui stuff?

I haven't read Investigate enough to know where it is on the political spectrum (other than pretty out there). However Peters and Tamihere have some sort of feud don't they? Seems to be a hatchet job on Labour and Tamihere, not that Tamihere hasn't supplied his own axe.

4/10/2005 10:29:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Wishart's political colours are obvious from the content of Investigate: hes similar to the anti-evolution American rightwing Christian brigade. Investigate often publishes items criticising evolutionary theory, paleoanthropology (human fossils), and paleontology. Otherwise Investigate is anti-Government control but moral conservative. There isn't really a party in NZ like this, though maybe Winston's pushing NZ First in that direction. Most Investigate stories have a whiff of conspiracy about them, similar to Winstons view of the world.

Wishart has enough motivation by himself to create an anti-Labour storyline out of a much larger interview. It was 70 minutes after all.

In the end I hope Wishart is forced to release the entire interview recording to an independent media source so that he maintains credibility with potential interviewees. Unless of course the entire interview is too damaging to the neat story he created out of Tamihere's comments.

4/10/2005 10:44:00 pm  
Blogger ZenTiger said...

With the debate now another level up in seriousness, I think it would be good for the full transcript to be released.

4/10/2005 10:55:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

I think so. Wishart has some explaining to do.

4/10/2005 10:57:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fifteen photos? I realise you're a bit of a loose unit, but surely you realise that DBM is satirical?


4/11/2005 12:51:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

heh ;-)

4/11/2005 01:31:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Anonymous, read here:

You may post your apology at any time...

4/11/2005 02:16:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Presumably Helen can make JT take extended leave from the Labour Caucus, but has no authority to make him not attend parliament should he chose to attend ? It does sound rather dictatorial does it not ?

4/11/2005 03:31:00 pm  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Labour can deselect him for his Maori seat, and even kick him out of the party altogether (not sure how likely that is).

At this stage, either his behaviour is acceptable to the Labour Party or it is not.

Note that Clark has basically told him to leave in her quotes today. But I little knowledge of how these internal Party happenings play out. We are all speculating while Labour ponders what to do.

4/11/2005 03:52:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

I'd like to see JT rock off to his GP today, turn up to Parliament tomorrow, sit on the cross benches and ask to table his doctor's certificate confirmimg he is not suffering from stress. I wonder how Dominatrix, Economix and the Smarmy Army would handle that?

4/11/2005 04:17:00 pm  

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