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Patrick Gower – losing his rag and the plot


Foot In Mouth


When I first read  Patrick Gower’s comments on Twitter;



Patrick gower - twitter - laila harre - mana internet party alliance


– I was gobsmacked.

For a moment I considered that his account had been hacked and hijacked by ACT-On-Campus agitators.

Then I read several further “tweets” from the TV3  journalist;


Patrick gower - twitter - laila harre - mana internet party alliance (2)


This was not the work of a “hacker”.

More like a hack.

Note Gower’s comments,


“Lalia Harré – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP Same goes for your pals Hone, Dotcom, Minto and Sykes.”

I trust that Gower will not be surprised if Ms Harré declines any further interviews  with him? After all, Laila’s compassion would not allow her to make poor Patrick “feel sick“.


“No I’m not OK with it. It’s not OK. Rorting MMP is not OK.”


No, Patrick. A strategic alliance between two political parties is not a “rort”.  It is making full use of the rules of MMP – as this current government has itself endorsed and used on at least two occasions.

Secondly, it is not a “rort” because the strategic co-operation is out in the public domain, for all to see. Including the voters of Te Tai Tokerau.

It is up to voters to determine if it is a rort or not.

I would add that this strategic co-operation was done more openly; more transparently than the *nudge,nudge, wink, wink* “cuppa tea” meeting between John Key and John Banks, in an Epsom coffee shop, on 11 November 2011. And far more open  and upfront that the sham candidacy of National Party candidate, Katrina Shanks, in Ohariu in the 2011 Election.

Was the Alliance – set up in 1991  between the NewLabour Party, Mana Motuhake, Greens, and Democratic Party (a fifth party, the Liberals, joined later)  – also a “rort”?

Or was it a what it was – a strategic alliance of small parties to adapt to the rules of the then-electoral system of First Past the Post?

The rules of MMP were not decided by Lalia Harré, Hone Harawira, Kim Dotcom, John Minto, or Annette Sykes. They can only use what they have been given.


“I want coat-tailing to go. I want politicians to stop rorting MMP.”

Fine. But I really think you should take that up with John Key and Judith Collins.

They are the ones who decided to keep the “coat tailing” provisions.

They are the ones who rejected the recommendations of the Electoral Commission to eliminate the “coat tailing” rule and reduce the threshold for Parties from 5% to 4%. But they refused. Why?  Because the “coat-tailing” rule suited them very nicely.

When a governing party decides to preserve a provision in an electoral system because it increases their chances of winning more seats, or gaining seats for prospective allies – that is a “rort”.

It is also known as gerrymandering.

Blaming two tiny political parties who, between them have one seat in Parliament, and are using the MMP system as it has been presented to them – is just too asinine to take seriously.

Gower shows himself to be the  village idiot, with an over-inflated sense of self-worth, is he does not understand this simple truism.


“I fight those deals too.”

“Lets fight these deals together.”


And here I was, thinking that you were a political journalist reporting the news – not making it or judging it.

Aren’t you supposed to present the facts to us, and leave the evaluation to us, Joe and Jane Public?

Or are we too thick to be able to form our own opinions without journalists now telling us what and how to think?!

If you want to do a Campbell Live or Paul Henry style of story-telling – get your own show, Mr Gower. Then we can keep the differentiation between real reporting and advocacy journalism.


“Nobody in politics will – all are too greedy for power.”


Funny thing about that, Mr Gower –  all those “greedy for power” were elected to office by us, the People. If you have a problem with that – take it up with the voters who put those politicians into office. I’d like to see Patrick Gower make a tweet, for example;

“Voters of Epsom – you make me feel sick by how you are rorting MMP Same goes for your pals, the voters in Ohariu.”

I could see your employers having ‘kittens‘ if you tried to slag off tens of thousands of potential viewers with such a shotgun-style delivery of abusive criticism, eh?

What really annoys me about such a cynical state that “Nobody in politics will – all are too greedy for power” is that it is patently untrue. It is a generalisation based on nothing except your own personal experiences and cynical outlook on life.

Because, really, what is the alternative?

Democracy is be the worst form of political system – except all the others, as some famous bloke said a while ago.

By your cynicism you are simply perpetuating the feeling of alienation that pervades our society and helping to further voter disengagement rather than doing anything positive to improve the system.

Maybe I’m missing something here?

Perhaps trying to increase disengagement – especially with parties on the Left – is your real agenda?


“It is about standards. Somebody has to hold the line”

I guess it’s easier to maintain “standards” and “hold the line” when it’s two small parties, with one MP between them – rather than the governing party in power, with fiftynine MPs, and the full force of the State behind them?

That’s the ‘trick’, Paddy, start small, on the little guy. And if you can beat him up, move on to the next little guy. But whatever you do – don’t take on the Big Boys, Paddy. Because you know they’ll kick your flabby arse from one end of this country to the other.


“@RusselNorman Yes. But now it is time for the Greens to show some backbone and rule out working with the Mana-Dotcom rort. Why won’t you?”

Ah, and here we have it – the nub of it all.

This is not about “rorting” MMP. Or keeping “standards“. Or “holding the line“. Or any other lofty ideals.


This is about keeping a Labour-Green-Mana-Internet Party(-NZ First?) coalition government from taking power post September 20th.

Because if the Greens (and Labour) were foolish enough to follow  Gower’s suggestion – that would effectively lock out any chance of a new government forming, thereby throwing out Key and his cronies.

Bear in mind that when National did their dirty deal in Epsom with John Banks – Gower did not call on Key “ to show some backbone and rule out working with the ACT-Banks rort”.  (If he did, I must have missed it.)

That is what this is all about. All this self-righteous, indignant chest-thumping – to keep National in power and prevent a left-wing government taking office.

How else does one explain the volume of hysteria associated with two tiny political parties that barely register 2% (collectively!) in the polls?

Answer? Because it threatens the established system and those who maintain it and profit by it.

Gower has seriously damaged any credibility he might have had.

By his own words, he has disclosed his agenda.




Twitter: Patrick Gower



20 september 2014 VOTE

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 1 June 2014.



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  1. David H
    7 June 2014 at 9:29 am

    Here’s hoping they keep him away from The Nation again this week. Damn he really is irritating, and I see that Brooke Sabin is catching his ‘jonolist’ style too. TV3 News is just a waste of time.

  2. 7 June 2014 at 11:01 am

    Yet more proof that Patrick really is channelling Mr Bean – not just in his physical appearance……

  3. Mooloo magic
    7 June 2014 at 11:21 am

    Once again Gower showed his true colours, he is just a messenger for the Right and not a political journalist. He has no credibility. Our mains stream media is full of other right wing messengers they are not objective old school, journalists.

  4. KJT
    7 June 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Gower has forgotten how National; started. A stitch up between the “Reform” and “Liberal” parties, to combine their vote under FPP.

  5. 7 June 2014 at 12:36 pm

    David, Neil, Mooloo, KJT – indeed.

    It’s interesting that Gower demands that Labour, Greens, Mana-Internet play by different rules to which National is using.

    Going by Gower’s Rules, the Left will be consigned to Opposition forever – whilst the Nats will be laughing their heads off in government for years to come.

    If Gower really, really, really wants the rules changed, he should be directing his criticism at those who make the rules, not those who have to play by them.

    It would be like Gower telling the All Blacks not to perform a certain style of tackle – which the rules allow – and meanwhile the Aussies, South Africans, Brits, et al, carry on tackling, and winning.

    All because the IRB rules allows for that style of tackling.

    Which would make carping at the ABs utterly futile. And wholly unfair.

  6. Zero Kelvin
    8 June 2014 at 5:03 am

    Well I guess that is Patrick Gower’s impartiality shot to pieces.

    Is he getting paid by the National Party as well as drawing a salary from TV3?

  7. Deb Kean
    8 June 2014 at 5:04 pm

    Gower (or Petruck Gair, as he pronounces his name) is awful. He used to be Duncan Garner’s Mini-me, now he’s his own biased horrible self.

  8. Moonbeam
    9 June 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Gower should be reporting the news, not participating in it’s creation.

    His impartiality and credibility is irrevocably damaged and he should be stood down from any further political reporting.

  9. oohandonemorething
    14 June 2014 at 7:52 pm

    You’re all very mistaken.

    He’s not a messenger for the right or left. They’ve all been playing the system to suit themselves, but they also make the rules!!

    MMP refurendum was many years late, and included an MMP system which the populace suggested (along with the Electoral commission) suggested changes… and the incumbent government refused!! Lbour did their big “whip-around” after breaking the rules in respect to campaign money, and yet also changed the rules retrospectively to make it okay!

    By the time we get to a cup of Tea in Epsom, it’s only being done because its BLATANT. It’s a PR stunt. It’s happening again because there ARE NO RULES AGAINST IT and NEVER WILL BE. Because those engaging in this behaviour make the rules!!! Get it?

    I do believe that is what Patrick is referring to, but by the looks of things, none of you care to listen!! Either that or you’re much too keen to! It’s like you’re all sheep from Epsom!!

    Heaven help us at the polls this year. I may as well just abstain!

  10. Priss
    25 June 2014 at 12:42 pm

    There’s something about Gower that I find unappealing. As if he’s hiding something. Call it my “woman’s intuition”, LOL!

  11. Who Gnu
    26 June 2014 at 4:55 am

    “But now it is time for the Greens to show some backbone and rule out working with the Mana-Dotcom rort. Why won’t you?” ”

    Probably because that’ll guarantee a third National term. And of course that wouldn’t be your agenda would it Gower??

    Here’s an old fashioned idea – leave it up to voters to decide and mind your own fucken business. I’m sick of media “experts” like you telling us what we should do! As a voter, it’s my choice, not yours Gower so you can piss off.

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