The Dim-Post

October 7, 2012

Uh huh

Filed under: Politics — danylmc @ 5:40 pm

Just watched the John Tamihere interview on Q & A. Tamihere was dumped from Labour after a series of scandals, including an interview in which he made jaw-dropping misogynistic statements about his Labour party colleagues. Now he insists Labour should take him back because he’s ‘older and wiser’; he then went on to explain that every female MP in Labour’s front bench should be dumped because they’re under-performing. Also, he doesn’t want to stand in a Maori seat because it’s ‘too grueling’, but he’d like to be given Waitakere because it’s basically a safe Labour seat.

I doubt Shearer will still be leader come selection time, and I doubt the next party leader – whoever they may be – will want to spend three years surrounded by a media scrum demanding to know if they ‘still stand by John Tamihere in light of the latest scandal.’


  1. Guess it’s better he’s talking about “front bench” rather than front bums!

    Not to mention his abandoning his pet cats, who subsequently had to be put down.

    If Labour rehabilitates this guy, there will be thousands of votes from erstwhile Labour voters who are women and animal rights supporters moving to the Greens.

    As far as I am concerned, someone who moves house and leaves their pets behind to die is the lowest of the low – even worse than John Banks, who at least cares about animals despite being an arsehole in every other way.

    Comment by toad — October 7, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

  2. @toad This front-bum heartily concurs.

    Comment by blaphod — October 7, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

  3. +1 Toad and Blaphod. Maybe Tamihere should sound out that other drop kick, Owen Glenn. Think they have similar ideas about women….

    Comment by Sunny — October 7, 2012 @ 6:24 pm

  4. I kind of doubt that there are many animal rights supporters or feminists who didnt flee Labour circa 2003 or earlier.

    Comment by Hugh — October 7, 2012 @ 7:07 pm

  5. Thought he would have started his own party by now. Looks like someone who could possibly get immense support from the Destiny Church.

    Comment by Dan — October 7, 2012 @ 8:06 pm

  6. Tamihere reckons Mike Tyson being allowed into NZ is a good idea.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — October 7, 2012 @ 8:17 pm

  7. Why did Jon Johanssen in the news say that Tamihere was more “authentic” than any one else in the Labour caucus?

    Comment by M0 — October 7, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

  8. Of course JT doesn’t want a ‘grueling’ Maori electorate to contest – that would take too much time from his other big paycheck earning opportunities, like his radio show job, supercity Maori advisory board job, Waipereira Trust job, etc. Oh for the days when we accused politicians of double dipping…

    @ toad – abandoning pet animals is the lowest behaviour humans can stoop to? Really? So, people who kill their own kids not so bad after all, huh? Genocidal maniacs get a let off from the Greens? nice.

    @ MO – yeh, Jon J may have let the glorious impartiality of the MSM slip thru’ there, in all its shades of capitalist blue hue. Remember when the MSM were hounding Mike Cullen for their upper income bracket tax cuts? ‘But why aren’t you giving tax cuts to us six figure paycheck guys Minister, why?’

    Comment by bob — October 8, 2012 @ 2:29 pm

  9. He actually said he is “older and more wiser”. Obviously not more better at English then….

    Comment by PPCM — October 8, 2012 @ 2:32 pm

  10. He’s awesome!!

    Comment by Tanya Stebbing — October 8, 2012 @ 5:40 pm

  11. I just find him down to earth and nice, why can’t he go back? He was not too bad before.

    Comment by Tanya Stebbing — October 8, 2012 @ 5:41 pm

  12. @ Tanya S – assuming you are not being facetious, I suspect Labour may be a little hesitant to have a candidate/returned MP who at the last council elections mused publically about being Deputy Dog to National party mayoral candidate John Banks. Gee, that would have been fun for the media, wouldn’t it?

    Loyalty seems to be prized by political parties, other than minnow parties trying to poach an existing MP to get into Parliament. Can’t see JT fitting into that – his loyalty is to himself.

    Comment by bob — October 9, 2012 @ 11:54 am

  13. Bob, Damien O”Çonnor also spoke out, and he survived. I just admire the members of parliament who say what they think come hell or high water. At the end of the day, should not the voters decide? and OÇonnor was rewarded last election, by the people. No, I was not being facetious. I am on the right leaning side of the party.

    Comment by Tanya Stebbing — October 9, 2012 @ 3:41 pm

  14. Sorry, that is OÇonner, I think If there is a right leaning side, that’s fine with me.

    Comment by Tanya Stebbing — October 9, 2012 @ 3:42 pm

  15. @ Tanya S – Labour desperately needed Damien O’Connor to win back the West Coast seat for them; they hold so few electorates. JT is only offering to stand in Waitakere, which Labour should be confident they will retake off Paula ‘bash a benny a day’ Bennett ()Bennett only held the seat by 8 votes or so).

    Tamihere would have a beter chance of being welcomed back to the fold if he put hi hand up to stand for the Tamaki Makaurau seat and take it off Pita Sharples. That would be a coup for Labour, and is something Shane Jones couldn’t manage.

    Comment by bob — October 9, 2012 @ 10:34 pm

  16. “He wasn’t too bad before”

    Tanya, he was diabolical to the extent that he will not be welcome in any of the mainstream parties any time soon. His chances have been whittled down to joining a fringe party (and there probably isn’t any of those that will be happy to have him), or starting his own party (a possibility that sounds the most promising, given how crazy sects in this country love to fund campaigns for fringe causes, such as the Exclusive Brethren, Destiny Church, a whole raft of corporate interests).

    Comment by Dan — October 9, 2012 @ 11:11 pm

  17. Still, let the voters decide. That’s democratic!

    Comment by Tanya Stebbing — October 10, 2012 @ 9:54 am

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