Politician of the week – Lianne Dalziel

Lianne Dalziel takes a principled stand and says she will not be a scum list MP.

“I came to the conclusion that if I wasn’t re-elected by the people of Christchurch East I wouldn’t want to be a member of Parliament. I wouldn’t want to be anything other than the MP for this area, especially now with the challenge we’ve got.” She said she had not enjoyed being a list MP because the connection with her constituents was not as close.

Lianne highlights one the major weaknesses of the political system in New Zealand. MPs can get kicked out by their electorate and keep troughing by being reelected by party hacks in some shabby backroom and regurgitated on the voters who have rejected them.

If “Patsy” can recognise that list MPs are scum we might finally be getting somewhere.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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