Willie Jackson backfiring

 

There were comments that Labour had scored a major coup over the Maori Party by securing Willie Jackson as candidate, but that could end up backfiring.

He has strong support from Andrew Little:

But backson is not the most popular of additions to the Labour list.

At The Standard: Labour Spokesperson for Family and Sexual Violence Poto Williams on Willie Jackson

Kia orana

As the Labour Party Spokesperson for Family and Sexual Violence, I am concerned that Willie Jackson is becoming a Labour Party candidate with a prominent ranking on the list.

White Ribbon encourages everyone to break the silence around domestic violence by challenging comments and actions that are abusive or condone abuse. I was a vocal opponent of Mr Jackson’s comments during the ‘Roast-Busters’ incident and I do not believe that his attitude towards victims of sexual abuse match what I expect of a member of the Labour Party. Especially a member of our caucus.

I appreciate that Mr Jackson may regret his comments, but I am yet to hear that he understands his attitudes and views are highly offensive to many New Zealanswrs. I’m yet to hear that he wishes to work on putting that right and apologise for his behaviour.

Violence is not just physical, but also covers emotional and verbal abuse. Not speaking out against abuse of any kind is condoning or tacitly endorsing that behaviour. The comments Mr Jackson made around the ‘Roast-Busters’ incident are never OK, but it is OK to ask for help.

White Ribbon calls for us to support people who wish to change their abusive behaviour, so I welcome the opportunity to support Mr Jackson in apologising and making those changes.

Until then, as someone who speaks for the victims of family and sexual violence, and as a survivor of such abuse, I can not in good conscience support him as my colleague.

That’s strong public criticism from a Labour MP, effectively condemning Little’s choice of candidate.

There is a lot of discussion on that Standard post where at a glance looks to be fairly strongly against Jackson.

An Open Letter being circulated in social media:

Open Letter to New Zealand Labour Party Council re: Willie Jackson

Dear New Zealand Councillors,We, the undersigned New Zealand Labour Party Members, write to express our collective dismay at recent news that Willie Jackson seeks a high list placing to re-enter Parliament as a Labour MP.

From defending the conduct of the Roastbusters gang, to questioning the suitability of a Labour MP for leadership because of his sexuality, to advocating for National’s charter schools, Mr Jackson has, time and time again, demonstrated his unsuitability to be a New Zealand Labour Party Member of Parliament.

Roastbusters Rape Apologist

During the 2013 Roast Busters investigation Mr Jackson, along with his co-host John Tamihere, interviewed a young woman on their RadioLIVE show who was close to some of the victims and familiar with the case. During the interview Jackson engaged in a line of questioning that blamed the alleged victims and mocked the interviewee.

Jackson refuted the interviewee’s allegation that the young men involved were rapists, saying “girls shouldn’t be drinking anyway, should they?”, “how free and easy are you kids these days?”, and referring to the accusations as “mischief”, before asking the young woman when she had lost her virginity.

Jacksons’ conduct in regards to this investigation was abhorrent and totally at odds with Labour values. Allowing Jackson to represent our Party flies in the face of survivors of sexual violence, and the policies Labour seeks to put in place to improve justice system processes for complainants.

Comments about LGBT New Zealanders

Mr Jackson seeks to join the party that introduced Homosexual Law Reform and marriage equality, but says he is “a little uncomfortable with gay men”. As a talkback host he interrogated a Labour MP and leadership candidate about his sexuality. He followed this appalling interview with a column which dressed up his homophobia as remorse on behalf of a country ‘not ready’ for a gay Prime Minister. Jackson wrote:
“The main issue, however, for Robertson has nothing to do with his ability to be able to front over policy, which he does well – but everything to do sadly, with him being homosexual.”

Labour should not want a person to be an elected member of parliament that lacks the courage to fight homophobia, let alone exhibiting comfortability with prejudice against LGBTI New Zealanders.

Advocacy for Charter Schools

Willie Jackson has publicly advocated for charter schools. He led an organisation to establish two of National’s charter schools and publicly questioned Labour’s commitment to the educational progress of New Zealand’s children.

Lack of renewal and women in caucus

Even if Willie Jackson had not advocated such offensive positions in sharp contrast to Labour’s values and the dignity of those we seek to represent, he remains the past, not future of Labour politics. The New Zealand Labour Party is lucky to count amongst its ranks many potential candidates with immense potential, drive and energy to renew our caucus.

We the undersigned are extremely concerned that high ranked list positions are being promised to men, contrary to the constitutional requirement that the list moderation committee makes decisions that would result in equal numbers of men and women in caucus following the election. Given the composition of Labour held electorates, very high places on the list must be given to women for it to be constitutional, and a promise to give Mr Jackson a high position would threaten this.

We, the undersigned members, in light of Mr Jackson’s comments and conduct, urge New Zealand Councillors to reject Mr Jackson’s membership, and to vote against his nomination at List Moderation Committee.

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38 Comments

  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  6th February 2017

    Spare a thought for the DNC which seems about to elect a Muslim to lead it over the protests of its LGBTs.

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  2. lurcher1948

     /  6th February 2017

    You rule Willie a great talk back host and he payes his bets

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  3. insider

     /  6th February 2017

    Even funnier on the standard thread were the causeless bannings and shrill threats that went on. The Stalinists were out in force suppressing anything that challenged Little’s rule.

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  4. Martyn Bradbury thinks Labour have pulled of a damaging blow to the Maori Party.

    Why Willie Jackson’s Labour Party Candidacy is a political earthquake within Maoridom

    By winning Willie Jackson over to Labour, left wing political Svengali Matt McCarten has not only checkmated the Maori Party, he’s prepped an inoculation to the wider left wing activist base who will go into online revolt when Police cheerleader Greg O’Connor wins the Labour Party nomination for Ohariu.

    McCarten is a player of the great game unlike any other on the Left.

    Jackson’s candidacy for Labour is a political earthquake within Maoridom.

    Losing Willie Jackson is a terrible strategic blunder by the Maori Party which may well be seen as the beginning of their end.

    One can only imagine the shouting matches erupting behind closed doors with Te Ururoa Flavell right now.

    Bradbury posted that before the Poto Williams post.

    There may be a lot more shouting, and not just behind closed doors, in the Labour Party.

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    • PDB

       /  6th February 2017

      Well that seals it then, if Bradbury thinks Jackson is a masterstroke it’s obviously going to be a massive failure. This is the same bloke that said the Maori party would be killed off at the previous two elections.

      The Maori party to their credit are looking forward, Jackson (like Harre) is only an example of past failures and a lack of talent within. To my mind Jackson was being shut out of the Maori party with his ‘all about me’ personality not being what they require. Hence his desperate jump to a Labour party already on life-support, no doubt with a high list-place sweetener from his very good mate McCarten.

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  5. insider

     /  6th February 2017

    And the feminists were banning anyone who suggested identity politics and rape culture weren’t the most important criteria in the discussion

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  6. PDB

     /  6th February 2017

    This comment on the Standard is close to true except it should have added ‘which way the winds blowing and what personally benefits his own interests’;

    “Willie is only interested in himself, rugby, boxing and celebrity news. His idea of the right course of action is which way the winds blowing”.

    I was unfortunate to sit in a café with Jackson once who proceeded to talk extremely loudly (to the point that you could hardly hear what the people at your table were saying) and continually look around to see if people were watching him.

    Awful man but he is good at wasting other people’s money so in that regard a good fit for the Labour party. This appointment only confirms the split within Labour with Little/McCarten on one side promoting mates like Jackson and with Ardern/Robertson leading the other.

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  7. Is there such a thing as an Urban Maori? For Sid, I would think he pretends to represent Urbane Maori instead.

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    • Gezza

       /  6th February 2017

      Can’t make up my mind whether the shades give them a cool look or a gangsta look … 😳

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  6th February 2017

        I thought that that comment was incredibly patronising, as if the hundreds of thousands of these can’t speak for themselves.

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        • PDB

           /  6th February 2017

          http://www.teara.govt.nz/en/urban-maori/page-5

          “Many Māori who are third- and fourth-generation urban dwellers have lost their tribal identity. There are many more who are aware of their tribal affiliations, but have little to do with their tribes in everyday life. ‘Urban Māori’ or ‘non-tribal Māori’, therefore, is an identity increasingly being claimed.

          This new identity has challenged traditional institutions, generating the sometimes divisive debate on the position of tribes and urban Māori bodies and their influence in Māori society. Urban Māori have become the ‘unmarshalled force’ which calls for fresh understandings of what it means to be Māori”.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  6th February 2017

            That’s not the point. These are adults, not children who need to have their hands held and someone to speak for them-the idea that they do (and that they all think alike)-is an insult !

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            • PDB

               /  6th February 2017

              I think the point Kitty is that they are so disenfranchised from the tribal system they gain no benefits from the treaty settlements that they should be entitled to. By collectively joining together they have a better chance of making this happen.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  6th February 2017

              It’s up to them if they feel that way, and up to them to not be disenfranchised..

              I can only speak for one tribe-Tainui-and anyone who thinks that the ordinary Joe Tainui & his wife and family have had any benefit from the settlement, they are very much mistaken.

            • Gezza

               /  6th February 2017

              That’s true PDB, but from what I understand of the Poneke Marae down here, it’s also a marae, and a movement or support group or kind of adoptive hapu which some, particularly younger urban Maori, gravitate towards in a quest for identity – & where they can get introduced to imootant aspects of Maoriness such as their national language, local tikanga & kaupapa etc, while still remaing plugged in to their urban environment. I think they’re a good thing.

            • PDB

               /  6th February 2017

              I agree Gezza – but do I agree that Jackson represents this group? No, from what I’ve seen Jackson in all instances only represents his own interests. I can’t see how someone can want to be Labour MP and also support charter schools that Labour have said they will abolish regardless of how well they are doing & without consultation.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  6th February 2017

              I don’t see how anyone can claim to represent other people without asking those people, when the other people are adults with minds and voices of their own.Damned cheek.

            • Gezza

               /  6th February 2017

              Speaking on behalf of everyone, I see your point.

              The LF bought me a box of Nestle chocolate macadamias after I mentioned Whittakers still don’t seem to have their macadamia chocolate blocks on sale in New World.

              Luxury.

  8. Alan Wilkinson

     /  6th February 2017

    I do protest about the headline to this post, PG. It keeps giving me the most unpleasant mental image.

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    • PDB

       /  6th February 2017

      I think with Jackson you will find most of the wind comes out the other end Alan……..

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  6th February 2017

        Considering the b.s. that comes out at the top I hate to think what comes out at the bottom.

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        • Gezza

           /  6th February 2017

          Beneath you, Sir Alan. Even your serfs expect better from a beknighted gentleman such as Your Grace.

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          • Gezza

             /  6th February 2017

            Oops. *knighted. Just checked the meaning of the other one. 😳

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          • Alan Wilkinson

             /  6th February 2017

            It’s not beneath me, it’s beneath him that the issue arises, G.

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            • Gezza

               /  6th February 2017

              Al, let’s face, sometimes we’re all full of it. Fortunately we come with an inbuilt waste disposal system.

            • Gezza

               /  6th February 2017

              2120 hours. Comments, as usual, have simply abuptly ceased. Kitty has apparently pulled her customary daily Polish Exit.

  9. Zedd

     /  6th February 2017

    There was talk that the ‘maori blue-bloods’ (king & his cronies) were pushing to move maoridom to the right, away from Labour.

    …good news, because Jackson (who seemed pro-maori party) may now help Labour (&/or Greens) at least maintain their hold on 6 of the 7 maori seats.. OR even win them all in 2017 ? 🙂

    Of course Winston may have other ideas ??

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    • Gezza

       /  6th February 2017

      Winston always has other ideas. That’s the whole idea.

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    • PDB

       /  6th February 2017

      What nonsense Zedd – if that was the case why are the Maori party entertaining joining with Mana which is as far-left as you can get?…….Jackson will lose more mainstream voters than he gains within Maori.

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      • Zedd

         /  7th February 2017

        @PDB

        I return the compliment; “What nonsense PDB” Mana is hardly ‘Far-left’ they are mostly ‘pro-maori’ (likely; centre/left ?)

        there is a perception that Flavell/Fox (at the table with Nats) are also ‘the Kings Cronies’/secret ‘Far-righties’ !

        BUT.. what will be, will be.. we shall see in Sept. ?? 🙂

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  10. Gezza

     /  6th February 2017

    I really like Bomber. He’s someone who somehow manages to combine being both a pessimist and an optimist into one personality – and his never-ending political horoscopes are all the more enjoyable for being so consistently often exactly not what actually happens on the day.

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  11. Pete Kane

     /  7th February 2017

    Political Drama Puss (and he’s Southern Pete).
    She may have done major damage, time will tell but Chris Trotter certainly gives no appearance of giving up ‘its’ title of NZ’s Ultra Political hyperbole Queen, well anytime soon anyway.

    “Conflicting Priorities: Has Poto Williams just cost Labour the 2017 Election?”
    http://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/02/06/conflicting-priorities-has-poto-williams-just-cost-labour-the-2017-election/

    Actually in all seriousness Trotter often destroys some very valid points with his sprinklings of melodramatics.

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