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On Thursday night there was a function at parliament to welcome the Springboks to NZ.

Trevor Mallard was there apparently representing his hopeless and absent leader.

Things were trucking along nicely until Mallard got up to speak. He talked about how nice it was that there was a united welcome for the Springbok as 30 years ago, just down the road, “my good mates were batoning my other good mates“.

Cue – sharp intake of breath all around.

The Springbok captain in his reply pointed out very nicely that he was a little boy at the time (3 years old) but he very graciously dealt with the crippled campaign manager.

One of the All Blacks said to my tipster later on that evening that he had asked Mallard what the f**k he thought he was doing.

More than one tipster has relayed this story. Trevor Mallard by all accounts was a boorish prick and should apologise for his behaviour. It is made all the worse for the fact that there were a few hundred people there. Lots of diplomats, Rugby World Cup people, and Ministers from Australia as well.

The talk was he was lucky he wasn’t caught alone afterwards otherwise he might have got a right good hiding from some pretty angry rugby players.

  • whafe

    Good find Whale….

    Are we surprised by this behavior from the BIG Trev?????

    No, it is typical Mallard behavior, scary hey, and this is who a good many in Labour think should take the leadership from Goofy. Give me strength…

  • Trevor Mallard

    One well known Nat greasing pr idiot told me the comments were inappropriate. Several Nat MPs, senior Rugby Union figures, All Blacks, Springboks thanked me for referring to the elephant that has been in the room and not previously noted.

    And it was in the context of a united welcome to the Springboks and that the tour had helped us look at our own relations which to that point had been viewed through rose tinted spectacles.

    The WTF comment from Ali Williams didn’t relate to that but to my comment that there is no such thing as an easy SA test team, and relaying the famous Leslie dangerous wounded Springboks comment. He thought it might motivate them and didn’t like it.

    So when you get tips from polluters apologists maybe do a fact check.

    • http://whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz Whaleoil

      So you say Trevor. Here’s the deal. You publish your speech on Red Alert, unedited, and If I’m wrong about what I said then I will apologise, something you have never done.

      • Trevor Mallard

        I didn’t keep the notes but other than the partial deafness of the polluter’s apologist when he misheard Ali Williams’ comments there is no debate on the facts.

        It is the interpretation and reaction that you have related that differs from the views expressed to me by a wide cross section of people in the room.

        • http://whaleoil.gotcha.co.nz Whaleoil

          Are you back on the pain killers?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1201173949 petal

    Trev, there was no elephant in the room. These people were just hoping to feel welcome in a relaxed atmosphere, you know? There really are times when you have to leave your job behind and just be a fan instead.

    And while I’ve got your attention, are all of you really going to let Phil burn and lose many “young” MPs careers in the process? Or is one of you going to stage a “Coup”, take one for the team, and save a few jobs down the line?

    The rejuvenation has to happen eventually – why doesn’t anyone have the stones to do what needs to be done? Flipping Phil now will be the circuit breaker that will add 10% to your party vote, and with a bit of luck and coalition partner maneuvering, you could actually be sitting on the right side of the house.

    The electorate will simply not LISTEN unless Phil is removed.

  • rouppe

    Well at least he didn’t try to make jokes about alternative uses of Heineken bottles. You know, that time he was sports minister when we lost co-hosting rights because of his and Labour’s handling of the event.

    I’m still banned from Red Alert for highlighting that but what do you expect Trevor when you tried to portray Labour as the only crowd that could have got the 2011 world cup.

  • Ministry of Justice

    Reminds me of this… Don’t mention the war

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