Irony on irony

September 23, 2011

There was more than a little irony in the idea of the Minister of Entitlement and Indignation Chris Carter accepting a post witht he UN to sort out corruption in Afghanistan.

But now there’s more. He did his valedictory speech a couple of weeks ago, started the new job last week but has only just got around to tabling his resignation with the Speaker – and it doesn’t take effect until the end of the month.

What’s worse, collecting two salaries for a fortnight; accepting yet more pay for being an MP when he’s no longer being one; or that parliamentary rules allow that to happen?

Hat tip: No Right Turn

Who’s left for him to play with?

May 6, 2011

No National-led coalition would include Hone Harawira’s party.

Labour, or at least its leader, has ruled out inviting him into coalition too.

Now Harawira has ruled himself out of a coalition which includes the Maori Party.

Who’s left for him to play with?

If he has a wee chat to Chris Carter he’ll find parliament is a very lonely place when you’ve got no mates.

Which bit of loyal doesn’t he understand?

February 21, 2011

Remember how Christ Carter kept saying he was loyal to Labour, his problem was with the leader not the party?

He’s changed his mind: Greens party of choice for Chris Carter

And the award for chronic entitilitis goes to . . .

December 23, 2010

 . . . Chris Carter and his partner who canned a taxpayer funded holiday  only after TV3 found out about it:

Mr Carter and his partner managed to book an international holiday using the MPs’ travel perk right before Parliament’s Speaker, Lockwood Smith, banned MPs from taking private travel with public money. . .

Carter and Mr Kaiser were booked to leave Auckland on December 29, flying business class via Singapore to Colombo and Sri Lanka.

The estimated cost of their flights is $13,902 – 90 percent picked up by the taxpayer.

The pair were planning on holidaying with British MP Ben Bradshaw and his partner but an hour after 3 News confronted Mr Kaiser, Mr Carter sent a text saying the trip was cancelled and he wasn’t going to front.

Well done TV3. Now could you follow up with some questions:

How much did cancelling the trip cost and who paid for it?

What do two professionals do with their money if they can’t afford to pay for their own flights?

What’s happened to the airpoints they’ve accrued on previous trips?

Which would cost more: a by-election or continuing to keep Carter in the lifestyle to which he’s become accustomed?

Quote of the week – updated

October 15, 2010

 The fact he [Chris Carter] is in trouble because he is an over-promoted party hack with a hugely inflated ego have taken some time to sink in.

The hints of revelations – some MPs were all set to join him and roll Phil Goff, but have apparently now headed for the Parliamentary underbrush – have only added to the air of paranoid and despairing disarray around Labour.  Not for the first time, we recall the words of another Labour dissident, John Tamihere:  there were too many people in the party with “nothing but the ability to plot.”

It looks as though a lot of them aren’t even any good at plotting any more.

Trans Tasman.


The speaker Lockwood Smith will fine Carter because he hasn’t been in parliament on sitting days as required.

“I recognise that that the penalty is small, but this does not mean that I do not take the attendance of members seriously. While members draw a parliamentary salary they should attend sittings of the House.”

Mr Carter has been back at his new office in the basement of parliament this week after he was kicked out of the Labour Party on Monday night.

He has given a series of media interview and was this afternoon reportedly at a gym in Auckland before doing a stint on a radio talkback show.

Parliament has been sitting all week, including today.

Docking an MP’s salary by $10 a day isn’t a small penalty it’s ridiculous and needs to be reviewed. 


Keeping Stock has more – Carter thinks Lockwood is kicking him while he’s down.

Tell that to his constituents who work for a lot less and would lose a lot more if they took a day off.

Hell hath no fury like an MP scorned

October 13, 2010

When you’ve been kicked out of the party you say you love you have several options.

Chris Carter has chosen the ballistic one:

Expelled former Labour MP Chris Carter has declared war on Labour and its leader Phil Goff, threatening to dish dirt and name those he said were involved in plotting to oust Mr Goff.

Mr Carter was booted out of the party by its ruling council on Monday night – the first such move since MP John A Lee was ousted in 1940 – despite an hour-long plea from Mr Carter laced with threats to reveal embarrassing skeletons. At one point he told the council: “I can be friend or foe. If it’s foe you want, its war.”

An ex-MP who has acted somewhat irrationally at times doesn’t have a lot of employment options.

One of those open to Carter is writing a book and it’s in his interests to keep himself in the headlines to generate sales.

But he may not be Labour’s only problem.

In his submission, leaked to The Dominion Post . . .

Was Carter the leaker or is there someone else in the party with issues?

Carter not a John A Lee

October 12, 2010

Chris Carter is the first MP to be expelled from the Labour Party since John A. Lee was kicked out in 1940.

Both expulsions were prompted by criticisms of their leaders but that’s where the comparison ends.

It wasn’t just Carter’s criticism of Phil Goff. You only have to look at his interview on Q&A to see that he still feels aggrieved and has no remorse.

Well, I got angry about being hung out to try over it, cos I was working my guts out and there was no private travel, it was all government business, and I felt Mr Goff hadn’t been loyal to me. You know, loyalty’s a two-way thing, Paul.

He keeps saying he’s loyal to Labour but his actions contradict that.

Any MP who doesn’t realise it’s not about him/her, it’s about the party is a liability.

Carter doesn’t get that and because he doesn’t he won’t go quietly.

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