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July 29, 2010

Take That!

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 6:22 pm

The latest on the Chris Carter Clown Show:

Suspended Labour MP Chris Carter is calling for leader Phil Goff to go.

Earlier Mr Goff suspended Mr Carter from the caucus over an anonymous letter delivered to press gallery offices this morning tipping a leadership challenge.

The move to suspend Mr Carter came after an urgent meeting of the party this afternoon.

Talking to reporters at Auckland Airport, Mr Carter said he felt liberated.

“It’s the leadership I’m finding impossible at the moment,” he said.

“I’m hoping my actions will be a catalyst [for a change of leadership].”

There were a number of people who could do the job better than Mr Goff, he said.

“I just want to see Phil Goff gone.”

This’ll show Goff. How dare he very leniently discipline Carter over the MP expenses debacle, just because Carter repeatedly disgraced himself  in public and was at the epicentre of a massive scandal that plunged the party even further down in the polls and dragged the entire institution of Parliament into disrepute.

Mr Carter indicated he would not force a by-election but continue to vote for Labour even if he was expelled and became an independent.

“I was elected for the full term of Parliament,” he said.

“If this has been my political death knell, so be it.”

Mr Goff said Mr Carter had no future in the Labour Party he led.

Poor little courtier. Lost his patron and now expelled from the court.

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26 Comments »

  1. Chris Carter appears to be basing his entire strategy on the belief he is a victim who commands considerable public sympathy. An interesting take, to be sure.

    Comment by Sanctuary — July 29, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

  2. Perhaps Labour could now develop some princles and revisit how obnoxious they all were in supporting Carter being such an arsehole to Geoff Palmer over whaling.

    Comment by NeilM — July 29, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

  3. “Poor little courtier.”

    Is that a Kiwiblogesque reference to the fact Carter is a gay man? I mean, it’s the only reason the media is interested in this story, etc, etc.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — July 29, 2010 @ 6:59 pm

  4. Dear sweet lord, what a ginormous plonker, I actually feel a bit sorry for Labour.

    If I was John Key I would personally bulldoze the township of Coromandel in a show of shear joy.

    Comment by Exclamation Mark — July 29, 2010 @ 7:07 pm

  5. “I guess in a way I kind of wanted to get caught. I’m not stupid.”

    Classic.

    Comment by gazzaj — July 29, 2010 @ 7:15 pm

  6. Just watched Close Up: Mad as a cut snake.

    Goff looked all resolute andleader like though, so there’s that.

    Comment by Exclamation Mark — July 29, 2010 @ 7:23 pm

  7. Is that a Kiwiblogesque reference to the fact Carter is a gay man?

    Nah, just that his role in Labour was predicated on being Helen Clark’s friend, rather than being particularly able or intelligent or having any political instincts whatsoever.

    Comment by danylmc — July 29, 2010 @ 7:24 pm

  8. his role in Labour was predicated on being Helen Clark’s friend

    ironic that Goff put one of his friends into Mt Albert,

    Comment by NeilM — July 29, 2010 @ 7:36 pm

  9. ironic that Goff put one of his friends into Mt Albert

    Shearer also has a pretty amazing background and (presumably) has skills and talents that could make him a good Minister. Carter . . . basically just seems to have been Helen’s friend.

    Comment by danylmc — July 29, 2010 @ 7:38 pm

  10. danyl @ 7:24 pm,

    Just to clarify – I was just being a dick in an attempt to mock Carter’s “they only hate on me ’cause I is gay” routine. I would never seriously liken your work to Kiwiblog. Now, Whaleoil, on the other hand …

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — July 29, 2010 @ 7:47 pm

  11. Mad as a cut snake.

    That’s the heart of the issue. No point in attempting any more personal political point-scoring, this is now plainly about a very sick man, who should be removed from public life for his own good.

    Comment by joe W — July 29, 2010 @ 7:50 pm

  12. But will he call a by-election? By god I hope not (I couldn’t handle the stress). Still, think how stink it would be to have to hang around Parliament for 18 months and not be in a Party? Would be sad and lonely.

    Comment by LucyJH — July 29, 2010 @ 7:56 pm

  13. I think his fantasy is that Goff will get rolled and he’ll be welcomed back into Labour with open arms by his fellow MPs who totally don’t despise him.

    Comment by danylmc — July 29, 2010 @ 8:01 pm

  14. You’d think so, Lucy, but Peter Dunne seems quite happy with it. I imagine his caucus meetings are a bit dull.

    Comment by kahikatea — July 29, 2010 @ 8:04 pm

  15. Mad as a cut snake.

    Yeah. Starts funny, ends sad.

    The 1% who fixate hourly on internecine party politics will say it’s about Goff or the next poll or whatever. They live on blogs, mostly.

    The other 99% will just shake their heads and wonder what on earth Carter’s hallucinations have to do with their real lives.

    Comment by sammy — July 29, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

  16. “I think his fantasy is that Goff will get rolled and he’ll be welcomed back into Labour with open arms by his fellow MPs who totally don’t despise him.”

    Verily, the would-be Clay Davis of Te Atatu.

    Comment by Sam Finnemore — July 29, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

  17. Peter Dunne has wormed his way into a ministerial post for the past 8 years, which helps kill the time.

    There is no reason, of course, why Carter needs to hang around Parliament. There’s no way to actually force an MP to turn up to work. So he could enjoy his newfound freedom by simply drawing down his salary, while jetting around the globe to exotic locations with his partner … oh, right.

    Comment by Andrew Geddis — July 29, 2010 @ 8:13 pm

  18. Shearer also has a pretty amazing…

    my comment was half in jest but if a more astute politician such as Clark can have her judgement clouded by friendship. And Mt Albert is one of the safest seats around. Why wasn’t someone younger with potential to be PM given the seat.

    Carter is clearly unhinged and does Goff winds up more secure. One would think so.

    The accepted wisdom has been Labour has little chance of winning the next election but will claw back a few seats so Goff can step aside with dignity for… Cunliffe (my bet). So this makes little difference.

    But what if there are growing fears withing Labour that the might not gain seats at the next election.

    Comment by NeilM — July 29, 2010 @ 8:17 pm

  19. @kahikatea

    I like to believe that Dunne’s caucus meetings are lively and exuberant affairs where Dunne delicately acts out a variety of positions and arguments in a wonderful, frenetic ballet of politics, unseen by all.

    Then, he emerges tired, and somewhat bewildered, into the uncaring world.

    Comment by marsoe — July 29, 2010 @ 8:20 pm

  20. Thanks to expired taco shells, I just got canvassed by RadioNZ at the Te Atatu foodtown. Once my 10 second soundbite gets aired on Morning Report, Sean Plunket’s job will be mine.

    Comment by Pat — July 29, 2010 @ 8:34 pm

  21. Well, Ducky, if you are going to have a hissy fit make sure you have maximum media attention.
    Otherwise , why bother?

    Besides all of Queen Street will sit up and pay attention.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — July 29, 2010 @ 8:51 pm

  22. Give Marsoe a blog (not about transport)(sorry)

    Comment by david c — July 29, 2010 @ 10:21 pm

  23. Phil Goff bullied Chris Carter out of his job because of his sexual orientation. His remark last night “I don’t know what’s going on in Chris’s life” was testament to that. Goff is too thick to understand that nothing is happening in Carter’s life to make him act like this, it’s just that Goff is not going to win an election.

    Comment by Liam — July 30, 2010 @ 11:44 am

  24. Godwin!

    Comment by Clunking Fist — July 30, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

  25. He lays hold of the wheel of the world to set it moving on that last revolution which is to bring all ordinary history to a close. It refuses to turn, and he throws himself on it. Then it does turn; and crushes him.

    - Albert Schweitzer.

    Comment by bob ricketts — July 30, 2010 @ 2:05 pm

  26. Liam: You do realise that it is possible for people to have personal difficulties that do not relate to their sexuality, yes?

    Comment by Simon Poole — July 30, 2010 @ 2:32 pm


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