with a bit of read
Googling would have provided ‘a bit of a read’ on James Dann’s not inconsiderable activism from well before he was a candidate. Certainly more than enough to lay the cheap shots you’ve sadly lowered yourself to.
Yeah, I get the impression James is pretty ambitious and has therefore hitched his wagon to the Robertson juggernaut. Probably hoping for a reasonably high List spot or Safe-ish Electorate somewhere down the line.
Well I wouldn't really know about that. What I do know is that James Dann's been one of the few Labour insiders to consistently maintain a level of activism on the post-quake issues that really matter here in Chch. For the wider Labour Party it's been a pretty dismal track record:
Lianne Dalziel demoted as recovery spokesperson under Shearer, prompting her move to local government.
Narrowly defeated Chch Central MP Brendon Burns who, despite having shown himself to be an effective advocate for the quake disadvantaged, was given a losing list spot in 2011.
After a false dawn as recovery spokesperson, Clayton Cosgrove went missing in action.
Megan Woods, who holds relatively undamaged Wigram by the grace of Anderton and will never forget it, has offered almost zero solidity with the badly affected East. The one time she did put her head above the parapet she couldn't apologise enough.
No-one within Labour, be it Cunliffe, Robertson, or anyone with real seniority, has taken a sustained and consistent line on festering issues such as insurance. The official Party obituary on Chch central's conversion to a solid National seat is that Tony Milne ran a great campaign. As I haven't lived there since the quakes I wouldn't know, but I understand that James Dann was a contender before being given the Ilam short straw. Frankly it's hard to believe that he'd have done worse.
Labour wanted a lot more government spending that even with higher tax rates would have required more borrowing, a higher deficit and more public debt.
Don’t mention the bailout of South Canterbury Finance, unless you want to spoil a lovely bedtime story.
Also keeping in mind that this is a guy who proudly stated, on the record, as being the person whose role in politics is “smashing your face into the ground”.
Yeah, spotted that.
As long as he remains an outlet for his political links, he’s going to retain the attention he has.
I suspect his kind of connections will ensure that it’ll be business as usual until the slime seriously blows back onto someone really important in the National camp.
I’ve been thinking along the same lines, with the proviso that it’s a big ask for Robertson’s partner to have Slater et al sniffing around.
Would they really be that stupid, especially in the light of Dirty Politics?
Slater et al have no 'moral' position on anything. They'll smear someone for being homophobic if they sense it will aid their agenda. Whoever the next opposition leader turns out to be, their partner will be scrutinised for vulnerabilities by these ratbags.
But you’re kinda saying that if you call people and and ask them a list of questions that’s data, but if you front up on their doorsteps and listen to them, that’s anecdote.
Yeah I am, kinda :) I’m not dismissing people’s experience, just very wary of jumping in any old direction because – well – gotta jump!
The last time that Tim Barnett ran for Chch Central he blogged about how he'd been both surprised and dismayed by the number of sad and broken single men he'd met when doorknocking in his electorate. I was impressed by his apparent candour in describing a problem that existed under a Government that he was part of. Then again, I wondered how such an outgoing and apparently approachable MP could have remained unaware of something that was happening in an electorate he'd represented for years.
Respect to those who put in the hard footslog, but it seems there'll always be hidden depths beyond the reach of doorknocking and datamining.
Ilam did pretty well in what was a tough year for us. And this isn’t arrogant either, it’s the kind of honesty and directness that Labour needs.
I'm only sorry that I missed out by a few blocks on being an Ilam voter. Unlike so many Labour insiders, James Dann has never been in the habit of talking down.
Gower is of course a synecdoche for the media pack.
True dat. Distinct from, but probably related to, Neil Gaiman’s American Gods female Media incarnate:
"Media. I think I have heard of her. Isn’t she the one who killed her children?”
“Different woman,” said Mr. Nancy. “Same deal."