Getting rid of dud MPs – Ask Winston

Winston Peters speaks at a Maori Affairs select committee

The National Party is dead set useless at getting rid of dud MPs. They took weeks to run Aaron “Do you know who I am?” Gilmore out of parliament.

Instead of quickly and quietly knifing him they left him flopping around for a couple of weeks before he finally reached the inevitable conclusion.

Claudette Hauiti would have probably faced a police investigation if it hadn’t been politically expedient to let her get away with a little bit of personal spending of taxpayers money.  

Even then she took a while to work out she wasn’t wanted and National had to leak details to the MSM to make sure she knew she had to go.

Now they have a problem with Mike Sabin, a problem that it seems impossible for him to survive politically.

Instead of moving him on quickly and quietly the Sabin scandal is going to run right the way through the summer and into the next term.

This is what happens when you have an ethically challenged party hierarchy, who are supposed to deal with all the knifings instead of making the parliamentary wing get their hands dirty.

If National were smart they would get New Zealand’s longest serving MP and expert knife man Winston Peters to help them.

Winston is particularly good at efficiently dispatching wrong-doers in his caucus, removing Brendan Horan for being a total ratbag, although he flopped around for a while suggesting that Winston might have been getting on a bit. He redeemed himself with the very quick and clean dispatches of the leaky mayor Andrew Williams, and Asenati Lole-Taylor near the end of the term.

National should put a call in to Winston and find out how to get rid of Sabin quickly and cleanly.


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  • Justsayn

    National may not make knee-jerk reactions, and that is a god thing, but they do get rid of the dud MPs like Gilmore, Huaiti, and WInston himself. I think a more measured approach is a good thing.

  • MrBarrington

    I thought Sabin was a mate of yours Cameron??

  • Wheninrome

    There appear to be certain elements in parliament who believe they have a given right to behave exactly how they wish and as MP’s this is okay. I won’t get into the ethnic side of things on this.
    Bit like the 1st XV at high schools, forgiven so much compared to their peers, and unfortunately a lot of them take that expectation into later life.

  • Graeme

    Take a look at the history of Labour getting rid of problem MP’s

    • ex-JAFA

      They promote theirs to the party leadership so the inevitable knifing is that much more public and spectacular.

      • Another Middleagedwhiteguy

        The promotion of said Lefty problem MPs amplifies their sense of entitlement but also their ineptitude, leading to the knifings being highly unanimous – and that’s about the only time you see any unity and cooperation amongst that lot !!

  • twr

    It does highlight the very shallow talent pool they are picking from. Who on earth would give a clown like Gilmore a job in the private sector?

  • John1234

    Winston wasn’t that quick about getting rid of Assenasty Lolly-Stealer or the Clown of Campbell Bay, was he?

    • burns_well_eh

      CoCB lasted just one term and was shunted down the list. He managed to keep his nose clean and the lemon trees un-irrigated, making it impossible to sack him for anything specific. He either fell out with Winnie or failed to hide the fact he was completely useless, something the erstwhile voters of North Shore City came to realise very early on.

  • Captain Darling

    How long before Winnie does the decent thing and knife himself in the back and remove himself from parliament, before dementia really sets in.

  • Teletubby

    National’s real problem here is that they are compromised by the senior party official who shall not be named. It would be rather difficult for that person to kick someone out who is alleged to have assaulted a partner

    • ex-JAFA

      Yes, a mischievous opposition MP might just take the opportunity to draw attention to the hypocrisy of dumping one at the hands of another. Might be a bit of “damned if you do, damned if you don’t”.

  • Blue Tim

    I seem to remember that about this time last year the National Party delegates in Kaikoura Electorate de-selected Colin King