Clarkson dons yellow

Tauranga’s Bob Clarkson is the latest high profile former National Party member to defect to the Act Party, joining new leader Don Brash and former Auckland Mayor John Banks in the revamped party.

Bob revealed his intention to support Act when Brash visited Tauranga on Monday.


Bob Clarkson is aligned with Act Party leader Don Brash.

The former Tauranga MP told SunLive he was not going to stand as the party’s candidate in the city, but would campaign for the party in the electorate and provide advice to Brash.

He is not yet an official member of the party, but says it is likely he will join.

Brash led the National Party into the 2005 election, narrowly losing to Helen Clark.

John Banks was the National Party MP for Whangarei from 1981 to 1999.

Brash told SunLive that Clarkson was just one of the many high profile New Zealanders now supporting Act because of concerns about the current National led government.

He would support Clarkson as Tauranga’s Act candidate if he decided to take up the position. 

“Bob is a very well regarded person in Tauranga and the wider Bay of Plenty,” says Brash.

He says Clarkson was very successful at the 2005 election, managing to wrestle Tauranga away from Winston Peters.

Clarkson says he is now supporting Act because of three main issues – the Emissions Trading Scheme, the nation’s $16.7 billion deficit and a need to have ‘one law for all’.

He says Act needs to be in government ‘guiding and supporting’ a National led government, believing Brash is the ‘right man’ to lead Act in doing that.

“Don Brash is an economist – he got New Zealand’s interest rates down from 32 per cent to 5.5 per cent over a five to seven year period,” says Clarkson.

He believes the government is not doing enough to reduce New Zealand’s deficit.

“Any businessman knows when you accrue debt like that you have to do something serious.”

Clarkson told SunLive he wants to work with Brash on affordable housing policies for New Zealand.

Since the last election he has worked with the National government on affordable housing, but says “they’re not doing it right”.




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30 Comments

bOB STANDING FOR ...

Posted on 13-06-2011 23:35 | By DRONE

LABOUR, NATIONAL AND ACT MAYBE EVEN NZ FIRST, (OPS CANT BE BECAUSE IT IS ALWAYS ’BOB FIRST’) WELL ON THAT NOTE THERE IS NO POINT HAVING AN ELECTION AS THERE ARE NO OTHER CANDIDATES ...

WELL REGARDED, YA WHAT ?

Posted on 12-06-2011 17:09 | By THE RING MASTER

When and where did that happen, a slippery as decision that, no vote on it? love to see him stand now, lets see how many votes he gets.

FLORID & JAUNDICED

Posted on 10-06-2011 10:28 | By EYESPY

DO WHACKY DO WHACKY DO WHACKY DO. GOD DIDN’T MAKE LITTLE GREEN APPLES AND IT DON’T RAIN IN TAURANGA IN THE SUMMERTIME or so it goes.

old time policys & people

Posted on 10-06-2011 07:59 | By slimjim

old foggies trying to get more self immage before they move on to recieve all the benifets that they have got buy ripping the common man and woman off just ego tripper both of them

NOW YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DON'T ...

Posted on 07-06-2011 16:40 | By YOGI

To many right hands and to many left hands in the cookie jar all around I am afraid, and the cookies are dissappearing faster than the wind can change.

YELLOW IS GOLD

Posted on 06-06-2011 18:44 | By RASPUTIN

A large pot of it from us all when we did not even know about it and even now we still don’t actually need it. Thanks Mr Crosby and Mr Town, NOT!!!!

Name Change (#2)

Posted on 06-06-2011 18:13 | By carpedeum

Hey whodaman .................... what about "The Disgruntled Party" as an alternative name?? This MMP just has to go !!!

24 carat stuff it is.

Posted on 05-06-2011 16:42 | By KAMIKAZE

As I recall someone struck yellow gold and paydirt once and it wasn’t Don Brash -Guess who ? yes right first time BMC with the sale of Baypark Stadium to naive TCC Ratepayers CCO. EUREKA then WHAMMO.

SOLD THE STADIUM

Posted on 05-06-2011 12:04 | By YOGI BEAR

There was nothing principled about that, but that was shunted through and everyone else is still paying dearly now and for deades to come. The same applies here, rejected by National for something way better (Bridges) forgot to put his nomination in on time to National, have a tantrum as a result and jump ship. End result Mr Peters has a good shot at getting back in and Builder Bob will have to go back to shifting dirt at Tauriko.

NEWSPAPER REPORTS

Posted on 04-06-2011 11:37 | By Silence of the Lambs

Reported that Bob is a National party member for 40 years?????? But he told most around the place that he only joined National when he stood against Mr Peters. so the maths here are not so good right?

LONE RANGER RIDES AGAIN

Posted on 04-06-2011 10:56 | By PLONKER

With Tonto of course, Don has a short memory, clearly forgotten what happened last time when they got together like this, a match made in heaven for National.

Stadiums and sell NZ silverware

Posted on 04-06-2011 07:36 | By Hebegeebies

Mellow Yellow Mellow Fellow Hollow Fallow its all of these.The super imposed mugs shots say it all one of the subjects is urbane the other only vain.What’s the upshot then, ACT lose all credibility and Booby gets a money platform for personal crusades.One thing for sure it will be a lose lose deal for Joe Bloggs public. oo la la

BACK DOOR ENTRy

Posted on 03-06-2011 11:35 | By WARTS N ALL

John did not want him, so back to Don we go, I am amazed that Bob is preapred to "don" the yellow colour, considering is 100% contempt for Aussies.

HE WILL STAND

Posted on 02-06-2011 13:12 | By DRONE

But he can not stand up straight of course. there is no resistance to the thought of power, ego and manic room control. Watch this space.

Name change

Posted on 02-06-2011 05:19 | By whodaman

Perhaps ACT should now be called The Hasbeen Party

FAKE PHOTO

Posted on 01-06-2011 23:06 | By RASPUTIN

Take a close look at who is in front here, who is leaning over in anticipation of the next move.

14GK

Posted on 01-06-2011 13:25 | By 14GK

It’s interesting that Bob Clarkson is reported as saying that Acts policies now are just like National’s in 2005, Duuhh Bob - wasn’t Brash the Nat’s leader back then? Spot the reason yet?

If ever...

Posted on 01-06-2011 13:12 | By morepork

... there was a reason to get rid of MMP, this would be it. Although Bob the Builder is wisely not going to stand (at least, not today - a week is a long time in politics...), ACT and simlar spin-off vote-splitting parties should get ONLY the candidates that are actually elected by the constituents.

Scraping the barrel

Posted on 01-06-2011 12:26 | By esquire

I wonder what other finished politicians Don ’The Reaper’ Brash is going to dig up from the political grave yard?

sheeple bleating

Posted on 01-06-2011 11:55 | By onthelevel

Pull your heads out of the sand you fools. One law for all is enough of a reason to put your votes behind Bob Clarkson and Don Brash. National has pulled the wool over your eyes and you just can not see ! Who Polices the Police force .. Answer = No One ! Act now !

What a great ruse by National.

Posted on 01-06-2011 11:50 | By SpeakUp

Actually, this is better than a comedy thriller: J.Key sent undercover double agents Brash and Clarkson as saboteurs to unhinge ACT. Simply brilliant! Gosh, New Zealand SO needs a new direction with a new party. It won’t be any of the established ones.

MELLOW YELLOW AND TESTAGATE

Posted on 01-06-2011 11:16 | By WORMTONGUE

With a touch of Aussie green! Like what advice can Bob give to Brash ...

Like national has done a good job...

Posted on 01-06-2011 11:15 | By wreck1080

Lets see, how has national performed in their election promises to catch Aussie incomes? Not at all? Thats right. At least Act have a semi decent plan.

RAPTUREIN HEAVEN ... FOR KEY

Posted on 01-06-2011 11:11 | By WORMTONGUE

How could you look at this any differently than National wins, Brash loose on this, the saying that about sums it up is: ’he is changing foot in the mouth’. This is the best thing since sliced bread to come to town. Winstone will stand a better chance ....

TRUE COLOUR SHOW THROUGH

Posted on 01-06-2011 10:52 | By WOMBLE

About time that surfaced, he needs a tounch of green with it though and with any luck he will go and jump ship again so as to be with PM Gillard in Australia, I am sure she would love to hear all of his advice to ... NOT!

Like Aged Wine

Posted on 01-06-2011 08:44 | By tabatha

Both like aged wine, if left long enough with a loose cork, turn to vinegar.

AAAAAAHAHAHAHA!

Posted on 01-06-2011 07:51 | By Chris

Wow this just gets better every day. Act - keeping the election hilarious since 2011.

AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY THEY RESTED

Posted on 01-06-2011 07:42 | By MISS ADVENTURE

National will be very pleased in fact over the moon that such an easy target will oppose them. That will increase the IQ on both sides of the ditch by a landslide margin. However the mood in Tauranga on the reputation of Bob’s stained skirt tails will leave a sour taste generally. Brash should know this already from past experinces.

Promoting Self Interest

Posted on 01-06-2011 07:27 | By KAMIKAZE

Poor old Don just got rid of one clown and now he has acquired an even bigger yobbo.Really it is a bit of Murphy’s Law -if something can go wrong it will.Some days you just have to accept you get out of bed and nothing seems to go right. Que Sera Sera

A C T

Posted on 01-06-2011 07:16 | By KiwiSteve

Aged Cronies Together

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