An outrage

When Clark announced her intentions to resign, in her own time, a win in the by-election by “Gary” Twyford, a sitting list MP, would have freed up a list spot for Judith Tizard to return to Parliament. But there was a hiccup, Blackwater parachuted in at the behest of What’s his name and that was all she wrote for the she-beast’s chosen, actually hand-picked, successor.

It is hard to reconcile what has happened to him over the past year with how Helen Clark glowingly described him as “a person of the future” just before the 2008 election.

Clark said this about Phil Twyford prior to the 2008 election;

Q: Who is Labour’s next Maharey?

A: It may well be people like Phil Twyford who are thinkers. Steve is unique.

He came out of that background in sociology – a thinker about society and social policy. But someone like Phil Twyford who has a good broad perspective, worked overseas, worked for Oxfam, interested in development, I think he is the sort of person who will develop into that kind of thinker and play that sort of role..

He got spiked instead of taking the role Helen Clark had wanted for him. He was very magnanimous, and quietly went off to build his castle in Auckland Central. No sooner had he hung his shingle just up the road from Nikki Kaye’s office, he was again given the boot by the hierarchy of Labour. There wasn’t even a selection in this case, just and order, get out, let My Little Pony, another interloper from outside Auckland, have a crack. Poor Phil, two losses inside 6 months.

Again to his credit he went off to another electorate and this time another selection and again another carpet-bagger, from Taranaki rather than Jordan, gets selected. Phil Twyford has lost 3 battles inside a year.

I think though that Twyford is the victim of Labour’s pathological requirement not to have even the remotest possibility of having Judith Tizard back warming the benches at the trough.

Audrey Young writes;

When Clark announced her intentions to resign, in her own time, a win in the by-election by Twyford, a sitting list MP, would have freed up a list spot for Judith Tizard to return to Parliament. That was the reason the party gave for persuading him not to stand. (Judith blames the media but it was, of course, the party’s decision).

This is a serious insult. Not to Labour, not even to Judith Tizard but to David “MSM” Farrar and myself. This? is this is a mortal insult. It was me? and Pinko that clobbered Tizard, not the media.

In their avoidance of the “Tizard Effect”, Labour have painted themselves a pretty awful picture for dealing with Phil Twyford.

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