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McCarten confirmed as Cunliffe’s chief of staff

The Daily Blog has announced that  will be ’s chief of staff.

As I said earlier, this will be great when  say people should pay more tax, when their chief of staff ran an organisation that owed $150,000 to the IRD in unpaid taxes – and even worse most of it was tax deducted from employees and not passed on.

Imagine if John Key hired a chief of staff who had run an organisation that spent employee’s taxes on political projects, rather than paying the IRD, He’d be crucified by the left as condoning tax avoidance.

Mr McCarten is a very skilled operator, but he is from the hard left. This is a clear signal that Labour is going to go even more hard left.

Danyl at Dim Post notes:

Can Matt McCarten turn things around? If you’re seeking to unify the party then the answer there would be a massive ‘No.’ The last thing Labour leads is a Chief of Staff with a big personality, big profile, big ego, talent for skullduggery and a strong left-wing political agenda that’s totally at odds with those of his leader’s enemies within the party.

But if you’re Cunliffe and you’re looking at Goff, Mallard, Cosgrove, King et al and coming to the conclusion that unity with them is impossible, war is inevitable and the best thing to do is try and win it then McCarten would be a pretty great choice

So Mr McCarten’s appointment isn’t to help Labour win the election, but to help Mr Cunliffe defeat his enemies in caucus.

UPDATE: Looks like the misappropriated tax payments have never been paid. The documents for UNITE Support Services show it was finally liquidated on May 29, 2013 with no funds available for creditors.

An earlier report showed that the IRD was owed $101,000 by the shell company.

Political commentator David Farrar posts at Kiwiblog.

Comments and questions
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Just when I thought that politics couldn't get any more interesting with Kim Dotcom, Colin Craig, Winston Peters, Russell Norman and the new ACT leader. Along comes Matt McCarten to prove me wrong!!!! What a smorgasbord of possibilities for this year.

Hardly a balanced article.

If you consider the future, one really need to target the main stream; rather than the elite few. Otherwise your business model will fail, unless you have a brand with an international following.

Why does anyone that doesnt support neo liberal economics have to be labelled left wing and (hardly) extreme?

Plenty of people have failures. They key thing is being able to learn from them.

It would seem Jonkey & Benglish havent seemed to have learned that selling assets for less return than the cost of keeping them doesnt make sense; unless something fishy is going on in the background.

"less return than the cost of keeping them" - is that before or after the Labour/Greens proposed electricity policy??? They had no issue with creaming massive dividends while they were in power.

Given where the share prices of the assets are trading I would suggest that they have sold pretty well.

"It would seem Jonkey & Benglish havent seemed to have learned that selling assets for less return than the cost of keeping them doesnt make sense;"

The left complains about this, then late one night quickley devise a plan that with decimate both the capital value and returns of the power companies..

The dividends and capital value of 51% is worth significantly more than 100% under the Greens/Labour power scheme.

Why does anyone who doesnt agree with hard-left policies have to be labelled a neo-lib?

Eastern Europe here we come........

In the parlance of any fine restaurant's wait staff, "An excellent choice".
And who can argue with that, when Mattie comes with such an excellent pedigree -- Hone Harawira's Mana Party,

Looks like Cunliffe was right when he said this is going to be a red Labour party.

the blind leading the blind

Cunliffe is just the gift that keeps giving’ comparing neighborhoods with Key and now McCarten. Would be interesting to know who paid the account. Willie Jackson will be happy. OH and If you thought Russell the green Norman was red, wait until McCarten opens his mouth. Mallard et-al needs to get on the front foot now

Excellent news! Cunliffe is determined to hand the election to National on a silver platter. Between Bully boy McCarten's hard left track record and history with Hone Harawira's Mana Party and Russel Norman's communist policies Labour is sure to alienate its more mainstream supporters.

No need to buy a ticket to Billy Connelly now ....

Cunliffe is just the gift that keeps giving - comparing neighborhoods with Key and now McCarten. Would be interesting to know who paid the account. Willie Jackson will be happy. OH and If you thought Russell the green Norman was red, wait until McCarten opens his mouth. Mallard et-al needs to get on the front foot now

And this is what Matt wrote about David in Nov 2012 :

"With Shearer you can sense his real character. With Cunliffe, I can't escape the feeling that he has the same phoniness as the Republican US presidential nominee Mitt Romney."

Oh dear!

Stand by for the explosion inside Labour; the ABC faction against the two who aren't in it - Cunliffe and McCarten.

McCarten is like herpes. Just when you thought you finally got rid of him, he flares up again and now he's all over my Cunliffe; and I wonder why no-one wants me.

Oh dear...labour are not making smart moves...the electorate is at the centre left...ironically ground the nats have claimed. Is this the most extreme left Labour Party ever?

Not saleable...like genesis only buyers For 30% with this offer.

McCarten will certainly be no Heather Simpson, but the appointment makes sense if Cunliffe has given up on winning in 2014 and wants to get shot of Mallard and other treacherous elements so as to have a real shot in 2017.

The problem with idealogues like Mallard (and McCarten, Cunliffe, Hone and Norman for that matter) is that they aren't able to change their views, and are unemployable outside of Parliament. (Creating wealth themselves being completely off the agenda). So with no other options available to them, they'll all be around and still squabbling over their pieces of left-wing turf, come 2017...

Cunliffe's doing what he does best -- being "All things to all people". He's praying, that with this appointment, he'll unify the disparate -- and-dispirited -- faction who are on the hard-left. Mind you, if he leans any further in that direction, he'll topple over.
Key expressed his disappointment on NewstalkZB, he was wanting a keenly-fought election to keep the party fleet-footed and sharp. He's been denied that in one fell swoop.

Seems like a suicide bid to me!