Thursday, June 23, 2011

Hone: how not to win friends and influence people

Hone Harawira's loose lips have let him down again - the Herald reports:

Maori Party candidate Solomon Tipene sent an apology to a Te Tai Tokerau byelection debate last night because he was in hospital.

This prompted Mana candidate Hone Harawira to accuse his former Maori Party colleagues of "bulls*** tactics".

In response, Labour candidate Kelvin Davis said Mr Harawira was throwing a "tantrum" that did a disservice to the hui, organised by primary teachers' union NZEI Te Rui Roa.

Mr Harawira was late arriving at the West Auckland venue. Then he let rip to the audience that he was up against two former teachers - his former Maori Party colleague, Waiariki MP Te Ururoa Flavell, and Mr Davis.

Mr Flavell filled in because Mr Tipene was in Whangarei Hospital on antibiotics for a stomach ailment, party co-president Ken Mair said.

To a stunned crowd, Mr Harawira said Mr Flavell and co-president Pem Bird could have called him to let him know the change of plans.

"I don't like these sort of bulls*** tactics ... It's supposed to be a debate for the candidates ... but now I am up against a teacher and a teacher.

"I'm driving [from Kaitaia] because I don't have any money to do it any other way.

If I'd known this was the deal I would have brought my missus. Why? Because she's a tumuaki [principal].

Oh dear; there goes the teacher vote! NZEI organises a hui for the Te Tai Tokerau candidates and Harawira is both late and insulting towards the profession. He won't have won any friends.

As for the moaning about not having any money, perhaps Harawira should have taken that into account before resigning as an MP to force a needless by-election. After all, he has enjoyed almost six years of an MP's salary and expenses. And he will have been only too aware of the cost of travel because he has been one of the highest-spending MP's in that regard, an accolade which he defended because of the size of his electorate, and the amount of travel required. If he has failed to budget, he has no-one to blame but himself.

Hone Harawira is a loose cannon. We will be delighted if he finishes second in the Te Tai Tokerau by-election on Saturday. Vote Kelvin Davis for TTT!




30 comments:

James Stephenson said...

Hone Harawira - the most powerful unifying force in NZ politics. No seriously, tell me anything else every other party agrees on, other that it being in everyone's interests that he loses and disappears...?

pdm said...

Inv it won't be a needless by election if it sends Hone back to his mummy with his tail between his legs.

robertguyton said...

Keeping Stock urges readers to vote Labour!
Christian blogger continues hate campaign against Maori politian!
'Stop Hone' Inventory2 urges, again and again. 'Stop Hone!'
Shrill, desperate and futile, your campaign against Mr Harawira and Saturday will bring you nothing but tears :-)
In saying that, Hone's a dick for slagging off teachers. I wouldn't vote for him for that reason alone.

robertguyton said...

In saying that Hone's quip about his wife being a principal, therefore trumping the teacher candidates, is funny.
I vote for funny. Cullen was funny, but nasty. I'd not vote for him. Key's not funny, though he thinks he's a card. The Joker. 90 on the unpopularity list!
Joe 90. That was a funny series, in a puppety kind of way. Like this term of National's. Short term amusement.

Inventory2 said...

But he shoots himself in the foot Rob; why is he moaning about being short of coin when his wife is a principal?

pdm said...

Ah it is nearly the middle of the day and the troll RG emerges.

robertguyton said...

Separate bank accounts?
Perhaps he's the kind of guy who doesn't rely on his wife for financial support?
pdm - I've been up for hours, tormenting stick-in-the-mud's like yourself on other blogs. Now I'm off down to the wetland reserve to cut barberry - you up for it?

homepaddock said...

" And he will have been only too aware of the cost of travel because he has been one of the highest-spending MP's in that regard, an accolade which he defended because of the size of his electorate, and the amount of travel required."

Ah but that's the problem, he wasn't paying himself so he didn't notice what it cost.

Anonymous said...

@Robert, if his own wife wouldn't support him by donating to her husband a hundred dollars while he's seeking re-election, then why the fuck should anyone else support him?

Anonymous said...

NZEI meeting - so it's a Labour party setup anyway

Hone Harawira - the most powerful unifying force in NZ politics.

Yep, that's why he'll win. Not as much as he'd like, but win he will.

Anonymous said...

Iv2 Note the President of the MP is Ken Mair- are you not old enough to remember him? you should do- a mirror image of Hone but different rantings

Inventory2 said...

I do indeed remember Ken Mair Anon, and the Moutua Gardens/Pakaitore occupation in 1995. I have met Mair on several occasions, and like Tariana Turia, he has mellowed somewhat with the passage of time. He still holds views with which I do not agree, but does not express them as forcefully as he once would have done.

robertguyton said...

So let's see... Hone had to drive a very long way to a debate but wasn't told that one of the three candidates would not be present.
Enough to make him question the organisers?
Yes. I would say so.
"Mr Harawira said Mr Flavell and co-president Pem Bird could have called him to let him know the change of plans"
Fair enough. They could have.
Tactics?
Yes, of course.
So Hone is correct. His response fired you Tories up like moths with their arses on fire!
Hone would love it.
Almost as much as I do.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Hone's te hipi mate and he knows it.

robertguyton said...

Hone's no sheep, mate and you know it :-)
In fact, if there ever was a man who couldn't be described as sheepish, Hone's that man.

baxter said...

His latest outburst indicates he is losing it, panicking and ready to throw in the towell,

robertguyton said...

baxter!
Classic!
Hone's on the run!
Break out the champers chaps - the bounders broken ranks. Fire at will!

jabba said...

Bobby is so funny, he is such a hoot, that's what he is.
I can't stand Kenneth Mhair so find it hilarious that he is upset by Hatfield's outburst's.
National didn't bother wasting funds by fighting the election (careful with money see) but who is the Greens candidate, I mean with all the dope(s) up north, it would be fertile Greenie territory.

jabba said...

Bobby is REALLY fkd up. I2 campaigns against someone and he is running a hate campaign, well according to Bobby anyway.
Bobby, I note to try and look like Rod Donald, why don't you act like him?

jabba said...

in fact Kenneth Mhair did make a very true statement in regards to Harawira .. you see the true Hone when he is under pressure.
Similar to the old saying "never trust a man who doesn't drink"

robertguyton said...

Inv2 - I challenge you!
The Te Tai Tokerau by-election.
I reckon Hone will win.
You reckon the Labour guy will win.
My challenge: If my man wins, you stop blogging for a week.
If your man wins, I'll stop for a week (including commenting on other blogs :-)
Are you up for it Inv2?

Inventory2 said...

In a word - no!

robertguyton said...

You've conceded that Hone will win then Inv2?
Quite right too!
Why have you been saying the opposite then?
Just bluffing or was it wishful thinking or are you ... chicken :-)

Inventory2 said...

No Rob; I have far to much to say to remain silent for a week. I think tomorrow's contest will be close, and it may come down to who can get people to the polls. On that basis, Davis could win. I would obviously prefer that outcome, but democracy will prevail.

robertguyton said...

So it's chicken then Inv2!!
You Right-wingers are all the same. I cchallenged Farrar once to a similar bet and he chickened out as well.
Pssssssssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

Inventory2 said...

Fear not Rob; I'll be able to sleep tonight, and look at myself in the mirror.

robertguyton said...

You can see a mirror from where you roost?
There's a light in the hen house?

Inventory2 said...

You're treading a very fine line Robert, but then again, I'm sure you know that!

jabba said...

I see Bobby has been smoking again. I think Harawira will win NOT because he he is the best candidate but because many voters in the electorate like his abrasive though worthless style.
Bobby, I2 blogs on many subjects so why stop for a week over the outcome of a by-election with little meaning?
I assume you are bored with your own blog as no-one cares about your views

jabba said...

Bobby G .. philu, mmm are they related? Penny the water lady must be friends with both Bobby and philu, what a trio to make NZ proud