The Dim-Post

August 25, 2011

You’ve been cold to me so long I’m crying icicles instead of tears

Filed under: blogging,Politics — danylmc @ 7:41 am

Clare Curran issues an apology. Not a politician’s apology – ‘I’m sorry if you choose to be offended’ – a real person’s apology!

 . . . it’s important to acknowledge mistakes. I made one this week. For that I apologise. It was never my intention to argue entitlement to a share of the votes.

I have to earn votes. Whether it be personally or for the Party. And I’ll be judged, along with everyone else standing on November 26.

Bravo Clare. I guess when you see Cactus Kate speaking out in your defence it’s a strong sign you’ve gone beyond the pale of acceptable adult behaviour.

And on the subject of social media faux pas, Stuff reports:

ACT has appointed a former adviser to Rodney Hide as its election campaign manager, fuelling suggestions of further turmoil in the party.

Stuart Wilson was appointed by the party’s campaign director and parliamentary leader John Boscawen this week, to replace Karen Bridgman.

Ms Bridgman was an out-of-Parliament adviser to Mr Boscawen from 2008 before becoming an assistant to Dr Brash.

But she was forced to explain comments posted on her Facebook page last month which read: “I love helping dysfunctional organisations. Some, however, are beyond saving and should be left to die.”

Just yesterday I was thinking about writing a satirical piece: ‘Apolitical web developer one angry resignation away from becoming ACT’s campaign manager’.

Update: After posting I had a hankering to listen to the Meatloaf song referenced in the title. I love the video:

And the top comment in the youtube thread from ‘peatloaf':

2 of my children were conceived to this song, There is no and will never be performer like this man

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33 Comments »

  1. the he was made redundant by maf and went to work for one of wellingtons many vibrant tech companies with global reach dashing your piece to smithereens.

    Comment by will — August 25, 2011 @ 8:04 am

  2. Stu Wilson is not apolitical :-)

    Comment by Graeme Edgeler — August 25, 2011 @ 8:53 am

  3. Stu Wilson is not apolitical

    I assume not – but my idea for a satire was that some random guy who happens to curate their web site winds up running their campaign after everyone else resigned.

    Comment by danylmc — August 25, 2011 @ 9:02 am

  4. I’m not sure if the ‘thick as pigshit’ theme to her blog posts are a deliberate branding move, or completely unintentional.

    “The essence of being Labour is at the core of my being and I will always be Labour”

    There’s something a bit strange about that assertion. Obviously it’s the party she currently supports, but wouldn’t you announce you are committed to what the party wants to acheive, rather than the party itself.

    Comment by Bed Rater — August 25, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  5. (to the general public I mean)

    Comment by Bed Rater — August 25, 2011 @ 9:42 am

  6. Bed Rater – the essence quote may point to the core of Labour’s problems. She’s not the only one that seems obsessed with the core and doesn’t think to consider the rest of the apple.

    Comment by Pete George — August 25, 2011 @ 10:02 am

  7. Obviously it’s the party she currently supports, but wouldn’t you announce you are committed to what the party wants to acheive, rather than the party itself.

    After the alarming flirtation above with a sense of proportion, I’m relieved to see the political blogosphere get back to the important work of placing extravagant constructions on the words of well-meaning MPs.

    Would a witch-burning be out of the question? If it saves one child, I think it’s worth it.

    Comment by Russell Brown — August 25, 2011 @ 10:03 am

  8. Russell, when you said “political blogosphere” I’m sure you meant “world”

    Normally it wouldn’t register, but in a post apologising for being a plonker, it’s good to avoid making other idiotic statements

    Comment by Bed Rater — August 25, 2011 @ 10:20 am

  9. Bed Rater: “There’s something a bit strange about that assertion. Obviously it’s the party she currently supports, but wouldn’t you announce you are committed to what the party wants to acheive, rather than the party itself.”

    There’s absolutely nothing at all strange about the assertion that “The essence of being Labour is at the core of my being and I will always be Labour”. Unless, of course, John Key was being a bit strange when he praised the attendees at the Central North Island National Party Conference in the following terms: “You are loyal National Party members and you make this Party strong.”

    I mean, obviously they currently support National, but wouldn’t you expect their leader to praise them for their commitment to the goals National seeks to achieve, rather than the party itself?

    Comment by Grassed Up — August 25, 2011 @ 10:55 am

  10. Is she core 1930s Labour, 1980s Labour or core 2000s Labour? (I’m not sure anyone knows what current Labour is)

    Comment by insider — August 25, 2011 @ 11:19 am

  11. Your children are never going to forgive you for making that news public

    Comment by Michael Stevens — August 25, 2011 @ 11:44 am

  12. Please tell me that woman has a total of three children. Life imitating art.

    Comment by Brad — August 25, 2011 @ 12:03 pm

  13. Grassed Up, that’s missing the point. Key (probably) moved on from introductory brown-nosing slogans, to other policy slogans eventually. Curran just sticks with the “I amLabour. Dunedin families are starving. I R Angry. Fuck you all!” motiff. It’s opposition like Clare that makes Key look like the golden boy.

    Comment by Bed Rater — August 25, 2011 @ 1:45 pm

  14. At a quick glance Curran’s latest post has 20 sentences and 17 references to herself. As Labour’s spokesperson for Communications and Information Technology she seems to be very good at commenting on issues as they relate to Clare Curran.

    I keep hearing how Curran is a communications expert, and seeing absolutely no evidence of it. As Labour’s telecommunications spokesperson she appears to be technically ignorant and of average literacy at best. Examples:

    http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/05/27/lets-all-admit-it-our-internet-speeds-are-rubbish/

    Curran finds out about a site on the interwebs called “speedtest.net” (/facepalm) and has discovered that NZ is actually geographically remote and its “bandwidth data” or something is, um, less good than that of someone somewhere else.

    http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/05/28/advertised-vs-actual-broadband-speed-there-is-a-difference/

    Curran discovers that broadband in South Korea and Japan is faster than in NZ and DEMANDS AN EXPLANATION.

    http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2010/07/03/beyond-lol

    Curran, Labour spokesperson for Communications and Information Technology, proclaims that typing “LOL” is silly and that everyone should stop it.

    Curran, Labour spokesperson for Communications and Information Technology, seeks crowd-sourced assistance with Open Source content management framework. Shortly before it was revealed that Labour’s “Droopol” installation was sharing confidential donor information with the entire Internet.

    Oh yeah, there was her hard-hitting poll on Red Alert:

    “Internet speeds: are they fast enough?”

    [ ] YES
    [ ] NO

    And who can forget her glorious campaign to defend the long heritage of the Highlanders jersey, a taonga with the cultural significance that only comes with not actually existing before 1996 and being manufactured by Adidas in China.

    The other day I described my impression of Curran as someone doing a “teehee I’m a girl on the Internet!!!1″ schtick. That got me thinking… maybe she really IS a communications expert. Maybe she’s a frickin’ genius and she’s worked out that the absolute best way to get attention on the Internet is to act like a clueless ditz, get flamed, and acquire a posse of White Knight defender types (come on, we’ve all seen it happen a million times over).

    Maybe this whole technically-ignorant barely-literate mememememefest is just an act, because she really is a communications expert and knows how to work geek culture and this is all part of a strategic plan.

    Fuck me.

    BACK AND TO THE LEFT. BACK AND TO THE LEFT.

    Comment by SHG — August 25, 2011 @ 1:57 pm

  15. @SHG, post of the day.

    ++

    Comment by abel the amish — August 25, 2011 @ 2:31 pm

  16. > I will always be Labour…

    I wouldn’t mind betting Chris Carter felt the same way….once.

    Comment by Ross — August 25, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

  17. “2 of my children were conceived to this song”

    *gag* *good god*

    Comment by annie — August 25, 2011 @ 4:24 pm

  18. Clearly peatloaf’s 3rd kid wasn’t though assuming the ‘life imitates art’ spin on his comment was intenetional.

    Comment by Gregor W — August 25, 2011 @ 5:06 pm

  19. Thanks for reminding me why Meatloaf always gave me nightmares as a child. There is a truly terrifying moment at about 4:30 where he strokes his chin…

    Comment by Sam — August 25, 2011 @ 5:12 pm

  20. Clare was in a lose-lose situation, back-stabbed by her so called comrades in the left.

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again: people are always going to be afraid of a woman who speaks her mind. And nowhere was this more powerfully demonstrated.

    Comment by Francisco Hernandez — August 25, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

  21. A woman who by her own admission spoke her mind stooopidly. F for Fail Franny.

    Comment by abel the amish — August 25, 2011 @ 7:31 pm

  22. “2 of my children were conceived to this song”

    *gag* *good god*

    Maybe there’s something in that peasant belief that disabilities can be classified according to the type of animal or event that “frightened” the pregnant mother of the afflicted.

    Comment by Joe Wylie — August 25, 2011 @ 7:42 pm

  23. Francisco, I really don’t think a man making comments like hers would get a different reaction.

    Comment by Kahikatea — August 25, 2011 @ 9:23 pm

  24. I’m selflessly nominating myself Evil Bitch Who Won’t Let This Go, so just to be pedantic, what Curran is apparently apologising for is: “It was never my intention to argue entitlement to a share of the votes.”

    Except that’s exactly what she did do. And she’s not apologising for feeling entitled to people’s votes, or bagging the Greens, she’s apologising for typing out an argument she didn’t mean to type out. In hindsight, or something. (Yes, this is catty, but I’m a feminist blogger, people. We get picky about apologies.)

    @SHG, you’ve missed her crowning achievement, “scanning a page of the NBR to post but being unable to rotate the jpeg.”

    Comment by QoT — August 25, 2011 @ 9:32 pm

  25. QoT, shorter: “Curran didn’t apologise for being an awful person! She only apologised for saying something wrong!”

    I don’t think we can ask any more from an apology than “What I said was wrong, it’s not true, and I’m sorry I said it.” I don’t think it’s reasonable to ask people to apologise for being upset. We can hold people accountable for the content of what they say, and for their actions, and I really think that’s all we can or should hold people accountable for.

    As for “in hindsight”, I’m not sure what other way there is to be sorry for something. Sorry in the future?

    Comment by Tui — August 25, 2011 @ 10:02 pm

  26. “Curran finds out about a site on the interwebs called “speedtest.net” (/facepalm) and has discovered that NZ is actually geographically remote and its “bandwidth data” or something is, um, less good than that of someone somewhere else.”

    Is it possible that when people try to write introductory posts containing basic information for laypeople, they play down and simplify their actual knowledge and may make up a rhetorical narrative?

    Comment by Tui — August 25, 2011 @ 10:06 pm

  27. I don’t think it’s reasonable to ask people to apologise for being upset.

    Yes it is, Tui — because the attack on the Greens for… well, being all green and shit was not only bad politics, and bad strategy but totally out of order. Back on Planet Earth, some of us can get upset without making arses of ourselves.

    And before I get some snarky bitch about showing a sense of proportion, it’s a very nice of Curran to apologise. Would be better if she had nothing to apologise for, because this seems to happen an awful lot where Red Alert is concerned — Trevor Mallard fag-baits Chris Finlayson (again), Damien O’Connor launches a bizarre and fact-free attack on the Electoral Commission (http://blog.labour.org.nz/index.php/2011/07/25/signs/comment-page-1/#comments), Trevor Mallard keeps over-sharing about his love-hate bromance with Cameron Slater…

    Comment by Craig Ranapia — August 26, 2011 @ 1:07 am

  28. Despite SHG being on the money, it is good to see her apologise and both Danyl and IS pick it up and accept it.

    Comment by martinb — August 26, 2011 @ 5:59 am

  29. as thouroughly fascinating as this discussion abour Clare Curran hasn’t been and as diversionary as the meme that we are all sexist prigs for being mean to her has been do you think we can stop now.

    You can never get back these moments of your life, ever.

    Comment by will — August 26, 2011 @ 6:20 am

  30. You can never get back these moments of your life, ever.

    Cancel your internet, take time to get out & bitch about the roses, & you might live a little longer?

    Comment by Joe Wylie — August 26, 2011 @ 6:40 am

  31. “Yes it is, Tui — because the attack on the Greens for… well, being all green and shit was not only bad politics, and bad strategy but totally out of order. Back on Planet Earth, some of us can get upset without making arses of ourselves.”

    Nobody is saying that what she said wasn’t wrong, or bad politics, or just plain silly. My point here is that QoT’s “She only apologised for what she said! Not for what her sekrit thoughts are!” is asking for a more rigorous standard than can or should be applied. Neither you nor I nor QoT can inspect the contents of Curran’s brain to make sure she is appropriately, fawningly sorry, so what QoT’s comment here comes down to is “Well, I think I can tell that Curran’s not actually sorry, so I refuse to accept her apology.”

    I have a lot of respect for both you and QoT and I have no particular fondness for Curran and Labour polly behaviour on RA may be the deciding factor in me choosing not to vote for them this year … but I think refusing to accept an apology sincerely offered is just a waste of time/breath/energy.

    Comment by Tui — August 26, 2011 @ 10:42 am

  32. “Yes it is, Tui — because the attack on the Greens for… well, being all green and shit was not only bad politics, and bad strategy but totally out of order. Back on Planet Earth, some of us can get upset without making arses of ourselves.”Cancel your internet, take time to get out & bitch about the roses, & you might live a little longer?

    Comment by nike official site — August 28, 2011 @ 9:22 pm

  33. Bumped for latest gem:

    Comment by SHG — September 4, 2011 @ 2:48 pm


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