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  • Craig Ranapia,

    Now that wasn't half bad, though could we please retire 'race card' to the place where political cant goes to die?

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

    Yes, a race card is surely the list of drivers at the speedway, hearing it mangled by politicians got old.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8592 posts Report Reply

  • Francisco Blaha,

    I never had any personal deal with Mallard so I cannot comment on the guy, but I had to endure a flight from Wellington to Auckland with Henare and the guy is a nasty piece of work, he was so condescending, arrogant and up his role (besides being pissed)... some of his words to me are the closest to racism that I have experienced in my 12 years in NZ (I’m from Argentina... go figure).

    It was quite shocking for me, because at that time i was helping set up a iwi based oyster farm up north with some of the coolest and loveliest people ever... and this guy was just a fool

    So it does not surprises me that someone hit him... the whole incident remained me to the headbut from Zidane to that Italian in the football world cup final... completely out of place and senseless... but good’n’him...

    Since Dec 2006 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Rich of Observationz,

    some of his words to me are the closest to racism that I have experienced

    About whom: white people, Argentinians, other Maori, Islanders, Chinese, all of the above?

    Back in Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 4463 posts Report Reply

  • Felix Marwick,

    Russell, regarding Parekura on cool heads over the police raids.

    It was reported by precisely no one ...

    Yes it was. I distinctly remembering running a line from his office before he went into Monday's cabinet meeting and then interviewing him immediately afterwards.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 198 posts Report Reply

  • Francisco Blaha,

    hi Rich: he was critical of foreigners (like me) working with Maori on aquaculture issues.

    But basically he passed the feeling that everyone else besides him was inferior and non-deserving of being here.

    Since Dec 2006 • 9 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Good column by John Armstrong on Rodney Hide's crusade against Mallard, making the point that what Mallard is going to cop today is stronger than anything the Privileges Committee is likely to dish out.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    __It was reported by precisely no one ...__

    Yes it was. I distinctly remembering running a line from his office before he went into Monday's cabinet meeting and then interviewing him immediately afterwards.

    Fair enough, my apologies. I did a Google News search and couldn't find anything.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    But basically he passed the feeling that everyone else besides him was inferior and non-deserving of being here.

    He came on Off the Wire a couple of times and took it way too seriously.

    The points scoring in the show was basically a laugh, but the second time he kept his own score to make sure he wasn't being done out victory. On a comedy news quiz where people (shock horror!) know the questions in advance, it was quite odd behaviour.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    He came on Off the Wire a couple of times and took it way too seriously.

    Believe it or not, he's lightened up and chilled out a lot - though I've got to say being around Winston or his cult-like party for any length of time would turn a saint into Satan.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • InternationalObserver,

    All Hail Me!

    (from page 3):

    I predict she'll 'sin bin' him by taking his beloved RWC and Sports Portfolios off him

    Not so sure 'bout Clayton Cosgrove as the Sub, but that could just be my hair bias.

    Since Jun 2007 • 909 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    As long as it doesn't involve animals, baby blood or dancing around in esoteric caftans - Hail you!

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • WH,

    Does anyone have the inside story about Mark Burton?

    Since Nov 2006 • 604 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Does anyone have the inside story about Mark Burton?

    Performed very poorly, took the hint and "stepped down" is probably the extent of it.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Not so sure 'bout Clayton Cosgrove as the Sub, but that could just be my hair bias.

    I'm more inclined to wonder about whether he's really the right man for Immigration.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18970 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Performed very poorly, took the hint and "stepped down" is probably the extent of it.

    Was kinda sorta not surprised by any of the names, really. The really interesting one to watch will be Shane Jones - know I'm in the minority on this, but IMO he's been over-hyped and better get over himself long enough to perform well.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • David MacGregor,

    Re-reshuffle.

    Two phrases come to mind:

    Deck chairs on the Titanic and Card Sharp.

    Interestingly one of the techniques used by Card Sharps is called 'culling' - manipulating desired cards to the top or bottom of the deck (according to Wikipedia).

    There ought to have been a cull of the more literal kind - the Mallard population seems to be out of control.

    Auckland, New Zealand • Since Feb 2007 • 30 posts Report Reply

  • daleaway,

    There are a lot of eyes on Shane. He's been groomed for leadership, whether he liked it or not, since birth. And oh, he does like it.

    A likeable enough chap though, and as a Taffy Dally Hori having a foot in several racial camps keeps him striving for balance. But as you say, Craig, the sort of personality I believe they call "unconflicted" or "untroubled by self-doubt".

    Since Jul 2007 • 178 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    But as you say, Craig, the sort of personality I believe they call "unconflicted" or "untroubled by self-doubt".

    That's diplomatically put. :) A really interesting aspect of political psychology is watching people make the transition - or not - from being very big fish in their respective ponds to runts in the Parliamentary pecking order. And I really hope Jones pulls it off, because he's not stupid, or a disagreeable man (most of the time - when he's tried being a shit-kicker he's just come across as a condescending dick). But what plays at home doesn't necessarily go down well in Wellywood.

    Nanaia Mahuta, to her credit, promptly cashed the reality check that she can't coast on her family connections with the Kingitanga, but has had to do the work and pay her dues.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • rodgerd,

    Rodney Hide's crusade against Mallard,

    Was Rodders this insenced when a certain future National deputy leader was beating up pensioners?

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 512 posts Report Reply

  • Felix Marwick,

    Mark Burton -

    Official version: he made a decision some months ago to concentrate on holding his seat at the next election. (Taupo is very marginal under the recent boundary changes)

    Unofficial version - got the boot due to a poor performance in his justice portfolio and for making a pigs ear of handling the Electoral Finance Bill once it was released.

    make up your own minds as to which version you want to believe

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 198 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Was Rodders this insenced when a certain future National deputy leader was beating up pensioners?

    Oh, you mean the future National deputy leader who (if my memory serves) was charged - and convicted of - assault, and has had his nose rubbed in it at every opportunity since? I'd also check the use of the plural and the term 'beating up', rodgerd. While I don't think Gerry's actions were in any way acceptable, I think 'beating up pensioners' or 'throwing an old man down a stairwell' (as one of Kiwiblog's more excitable lefty-readers like to put it) is a wee bit OTT.

    Apparently Trevor isn't under such horrible stress that his workload is being reduced - instead he's picked up environment, labour and broadcasting -, and the ballyhoo-ed demotion hardly reached the level of a slap over the wrist with a moist Cabinet paper. No ministerial photo-op in Beijing for Trev next year.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    make up your own minds as to which version you want to believe

    I could believe both and this:
    1) Someone took a sideways glance at Benson-Pope and decided that death with dignity is infinitely preferable to being gutted in public. She needs Mallard; Burton, not so much.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Craig Ranapia,

    Oh, you mean the future National deputy leader who (if my memory serves) was charged - and convicted of - assault

    Whoops, to be pedantic, I'm not sure that a private prosecution involves charges being laid. But anyway, here's the Herald report which doesn't seem to back up the delicious picture of Basher Brownlee "beating up pensioners". A wee bit more complicated, though no more palatable in my book.

    North Shore, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 12034 posts Report Reply

  • Raymond A Francis,

    Thanks Craig
    Interesting to get the facts on the Brownlee case, it was not a pensionerand Brownlee went down the stairs hmmmm does not sound quite so bad does it
    Still as you say. "not palatable"

    Now let me make it clear I don't like Mallard, bad mouthing ,sports mad bullies are not my style
    But I do like the way he took ownership of what happened, no whinning, no excuses, no buts

    45' South • Since Nov 2006 • 543 posts Report Reply

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