Getting rid of deadwood

[Imported from Whale Oil Beef Hooked on Blogger]

Helen Clark has said she’d like to see “exits with dignity” for long serving members. MPs like Diane Yates have of course said they’d like to see out their term, but it they probably will be pushed if the PM wants to get rid of deadwood.

Assuming only List MPs move on, in order of what I see as most likely to happen, what changes could we see?:

Jim Sutton – Just lost electorate seat (by a hell of a lot) stepping down from Cabinet, MP since 1984 (although lost in 90, back in 93).

Diane Yates – MP since 1993, just lost Hamilton East, wasn’t elected to cabinet either despite having already served four terms. Done bugger all as an MP. An opportunity for change.

Jill Pettis – MP since 1993, just stood down (dumped) as whip, wasn’t elected to cabinet so she know her political career is going nowhere, most annoying voice in parliament!!

Michael Cullen – If Clark is rolled during the term, Cullen will go too. Labour was highly annoyed by his budget bungle before the election, and had he not played it so badly, Labour would probably have a few extra seats right now and wouldn’t have such a twisted coalition make-up. I doubt he’d want to hang around powerless on the backbenches for too long.

Georgina Beyer – another waste of space since 1999. Her indecision about restanding resulted in Labour losing Wairarapa. Her sole purpose as an MP has been to work on queer/sex-related legislation.

Ann Hartley – still relatively new MP (since 1999), but just lost Northcote and has only ever been dep. speaker. One of the less likely ones to go, esp if she becomes dep. speaker again, but a possibility.

Will post about possible new list replacements later in the day. Feel free to comment on these 6 above.


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