Poto Williams

Poto Williams swallows huge rat to restore fake party unity

Party leader Andrew Little shoulder-tapped Mr Jackson, a former politician and broadcaster, to stand for Labour in the September 23 general election and is still backing him.

Ms Williams took to Facebook just hours after Mr Jackson was named as a list candidate to say his comments over the Roast Busters scandal in 2013 didn’t match her expectations of a Labour Party member.

Mr Jackson says he apologised for his Roast Busters comments at the time, and has done so several times since.

The pair met for a “robust and honest conversation” on Wednesday night and Ms Williams said she accepted that Mr Jackson’s apology was genuine.

She said he realised he had more to learn about issues of sexual violence.

“In that regard I hope to help him increase his understanding an our conversations will continue,” she said.

“I welcome that opportunity and Willie is keen for that to occur.”

But Ms Williams stopped short of endorsing Mr Jackson as a candidate.

In the end, for a sitting MP to be made to meet with someone who isn’t even a Labour candidate yet and be forced to play nice is just humiliating. ? But as one fire is put out, another starts. ? Read more »

How can an MP that hires a PR company to undermine her party leader not be punished?

David Peter Farrar at Kiwiblog writes

I?ve been involved in politics for around 30 years and I can?t recall ever before an MP hiring a public relations firm to help them promote a statement attacking a decision personally made by their party leader.

If Little lets this pass without sanction, then his leadership is even weaker than we thought. Any other leader in any other party would sack or suspend an MP who hired a PR firm to attack the party leader. Read more »

Andrew Little’s promise to Willie Jackson rings hollow

Andrew Little is dying in a ditch defending Willie Jackson, but at the same time, he is walking back his promises after an activist and caucus backlash.

Labour leader Andrew Little said he would address internal ructions about Willie Jackson with his caucus today and indicated MP Poto Williams would be reprimanded for voicing her concerns publicly.

She directly, and rightly attacked Andrew Little’s leadership. He is riding roughshod over the rules and constitution of the party.

There has been some concern within Labour about Jackson since Little announced he would stand on Labour’s list, including from Williams. ? Read more »

Trotter on the outbreak of war in Labour

Open warfare has broken out within the ranks of Labour with a sitting electorate MP, Poto Williams, attacking list candidate Willie Jackson and now the unofficial mouthpiece of activists, The Standard, also weighing in trying to discredit him.

Chris Trotter writes at The Daily Bog about the outbreak of internecine warfare, just when Labour?are trying to suggest they are a government in waiting.

POTO WILLIAMS? very public criticism of Willie Jackson?s return to Labour has done huge damage to her party?s re-election chances. At a stroke, her ill-disciplined and (presumably) unsanctioned outburst has undermined the positive perceptions created by the joint Labour/Green state-of-the-nation event of 29 January. All of those ?good vibrations? (to quote TV3?s Patrick Gower) have been drowned out by the high-pitched screeching of identity politics. Too wrapped up in their quest for a gender-balanced caucus to recognise the strategic importance of Andrew Little?s eleventh-hour recruitment of Jackson, Williams and her supporters have cost Labour tens-of-thousands of urban Maori (and Pakeha!) votes.

Little?s own quest: to reconstitute Labour?s ?broad church?; is clearly considered secondary to the Labour Women?s Council?s determination to achieve a gender-balanced caucus in 2017 ? as mandated by the Party?s recently revised constitution.

The recent recruitment of Greg O?Connor to contest the critically important Ohariu electorate has ruffled more than a few progressive feathers. (The Left deems the former policeman to be a rock-ribbed social conservative.) With the surprise return of Jackson to Labour (on the promise of a favourable position on the Party List) these already fragile feathers have started flying in all directions.

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The incredibly wonky, topsy, turvy world of Greg Presland

David Cunliffe acolyte, trustee and launderer of donation cash through Cunliffe’s secret trust, flea lawyer and blogger at The Standard is going full retard this morning.

Now that his messiah is nothing but a stinking, rotting, political corpse he is unleashing on the enemies of the left.

Suddenly I have some more independence. ?Instead of people thinking I am some sort of mouthpiece I can just be myself and say what I think.

I would like to start with this new feeling of independence by saying to David Shearer that the thing that really drives activists wild is when our MPs say stupid things to the media that reinforce right wing narratives about?the Labour Party. ?Please do not do this. ?If you feel?the urge to do this?please?just be quiet. ?The right will still use their framing but at least the effect will be reduced because people in our party will not be saying the same thing.

And there is Greg Presland aka Micky Savage doing what socialist and Labour people do best…threatening silence on dissent, not because the message is inherently evil?but because?it doesn’t fit their narrative or world view. This over-riding belief that people who have different views should be silenced is part of Labour’s problems not a solution.

And another thing, going on Paul Henry?s show and talking to him about Labour?s internal politics is not a good thing to do. ?He is not a friend of the party. ?He is actually a real @#&*%^&+. ?He does not have the party?s best interests in mind and any Labour MP getting an invite to appear on his show should decline the opportunity. ?And yes I know that David Cunliffe appeared on his show. ?The things we do ?

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No Sh*t Shylock quits Labour Party

If there is one overarching issue that the Labour party faces is that it can’t get rid of people that don’t want to quit. ?Remarkably, one of he lowest grade candidates (debatable?) has resigned saving his party a lot of headaches

Former Labour Rangitata electorate candidate Steve Gibson has quit the party after being threatened with expulsion, saying he wants to be a “normal person” again.

Gibson said he left after receiving the ultimatum from a Labour Party campaign member on Saturday.

He had earlier argued about candidate gender quotas on the Twitter website with Labour supporters whom he described as a “lefty hatesquad” of “penny annie [sic] toytown tools”. Although Gibson admitted he had brought criticism on himself from the people he had called “twitter twats”, he believed he “did the best with what I had” in his electorate contest, where incumbent MP Jo Goodhew’s majority more than doubled.

In a written statement, Gibson thanked the 8156 voters who preferred him as their candidate. The campaign had taught him an important lesson: “Be careful what you say.”

Gibson probably never had the right skill set to be a politician, but at least you weren’t left wondering what he was thinking. ?He’s the sort of guy that would put the knife in your front. ? Read more »

Pimping the Poor Day Three: Green Taliban hugs benefit fraudster

If you’re new to the story of the family?living in a tent in Christchurch because they can’t make ends meet, you can catch up here and here.

Political leaders have joined the debate surrounding a family living at a camping ground, with a Christchurch MP insisting ”no one deserves to live in a tent”.

Taurua Houia and his family have been living in a tent at Spencer Beach Holiday Park for two months. The family cannot afford a private rental home and have a poor rental history, but is now among 270 applicants on Housing New Zealand’s (HNZ) priority A waiting list.

Their former landlord Cosmo Jeffrey said the family had trashed his house and failed to pay rent.

Christchurch East MP Poto Williams said there was ”a lot of complexity involved” in such cases.

”What are we going to do? Are we going to put them out on the street? Are we going to let the kids roam the streets?

”Some people do miss the point that everybody deserves to be in a house. There is no such thing as a deserving poor.”

Some politicians do miss the point that some people are unable to look after themselves, and are unable to act appropriately towards?the people trying to help them. ?There are companion animals that are better behaved and less trouble than these people. ? Read more »

The rolling list of David Cunliffe’s gaffes, stuff ups and mistakes

Where do we start with David Cunliffe’s increasingly long list of stuff ups.

This man would pretend to be Prime MInister but simply is prone to error, obfuscation, and cock-ups.

The Baby Bribe stuff up he blamed on a drafting error:

Labour leader David Cunliffe has admitted he got a key detail wrong when announcing his $60-a-week baby bonus policy.

Mr Cunliffe said in a speech on Monday that 59,000 families would get the bonus for a full year, but the actual number is closer to half that.

The baby bonus debate hit question time today with all the focus on that key line in his State of the Nation speech.

The fine print reveals 26,000 parents will be ineligible for six months because they get paid parental leave. This means only 33,000 will get it for the full year.


Mr Cunliffe has been forced to admit he got a key part of his State of the Nation speech wrong, and that has given the Government a clear attack line and a major distraction

How about his Electoral Act breach tweet?

Labour leader David Cunliffe has been warned by police over a message he posted on Twitter on November 30, the day of the Christchurch East by-election.

Cunliffe’s tweet urged residents to vote for Labour candidate Poto Williams, breaching electoral laws which ban any campaigning on election day.

“If you are resident in Christchurch East don’t forget to vote today – for Labour and Poto Williams!” Cunliffe wrote.

The Electoral Commission referred the tweet to police, with Cunliffe revealing today he had been warned.

“It was an inadvertent mistake which I regret. I took steps to rectify the error by immediately deleting the tweet and Labour also notified the returning officer as soon as possible,” he said.

“I have taken the warning on board and will not repeat the error.”? Read more »

Warnings aren’t enough, prosecute one FFS

David Cunliffe got a warning from Police, who have acted a whole lot faster than ever before with referrals from the Electoral Commission.

The next politician that is referred to Police by the Electoral Commission should be charged.

Labour Leader David Cunliffe says he has been given a written police warning about a tweet he posted on the day of the Christchurch East byelection urging people to vote for Labour candidate Poto Williams.

Mr Cunliffe says he has taken the warning on board and will not repeat the error.

The tweet said: “If you are resident in Christchurch East don’t forget to vote today – for Labour and Poto Williams.”? Read more »

McCready contemplating prosecuting Cunliffe

I’d say Graham McCready will end up prosecuting David Cunliffe, mainly because the Police have never acted on any complaint and there are more than 50 from 2008 and 2011 that remain untouched by Police.

Serial litigant Graham McCready has put Labour leader David Cunliffe on notice: if the police don’t prosecute him for breaking electoral rules, then he will.

McCready said Cunliffe could expect court action within six months.

Cunliffe is being investigated by the police after the Electoral Commission referred a tweet he sent on the day of the Christchurch East by-election, encouraged people to vote for Labour Candidate Poto Williams.

“If you are resident in Christchurch East don’t forget to vote today – for Labour and Poto Williams!” he wrote on Saturday.

Under Electoral Commission rules, no campaigning of any kind is allowed on election day.

Yesterday the commission announced it had referred Cunliffe to the police saying it believed he had breached the Electoral Act.

Police were yet to decide whether there were grounds for prosecution.? Read more »