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The Clown of Campbells Bay is in awe of Len Brown’s time management

clownIn another award winning piece, the Herald’s gurnard writes:

One of the most puzzling aspects of the Len Brown scandal is when he found time to cheat on his wife, says former North Shore City mayor-turned-MP Andrew Williams. ? Read more »

Poll: Name the List MP that got the least votes from his/her electorate

Don’t cheat by looking it up.

Which of the Scum List MPs below had the least amount of electorate votes from the electorate they stood in?

  • Mathers, Mojo (29%, 207 Votes)
  • Horan, Brendan (16%, 117 Votes)
  • Prosser, Richard (15%, 107 Votes)
  • Hughes, Gareth (12%, 89 Votes)
  • Peters, Winston (9%, 61 Votes)
  • Ngaro, Alfred (7%, 53 Votes)
  • Parata, Hekia (5%, 34 Votes)
  • Graham, Kennedy (5%, 33 Votes)
  • Calder, Cam (2%, 12 Votes)

Total Voters: 713

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And what exactly are your qualifications as an MP Cathy?

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It is genuinely amusing when a Member of Parliament questions the suitability of people to do a particular job, especially when they are Scum List MPs!

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University life would not keep Catherine?s attention and she left Victoria half way through her BA.

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How thick are teachers?

Well the answer is pretty obvious even to a failing NCEA student, or someone that doesn?t pass national standards.

Despite the alleged political clout of the teachers union they are as thick as pig sh*t. Any sensible teachers organisation would have worked out that Anne Tolley holds a marginal seat, is a carpet bagger so has no deep connection to the electorate, and as a senior cabinet minister is going to have no time in her electorate to mount even a modest campaign.

This means the East Coast is up for grabs, and a well resourced, well supported Labour candidate in the East Coast will see Anne lose her seat. Sure she will become a scum list MP (again) but it will be hugely embarrassing for her and almost certainly see her replaced as education minister.

The real problem for the teachers unions wanting to win the East Coast for Labour is they are going to have to get a decent candidate. Moana ?the shark? Mackey is so useless she makes Katrina Shanks seem slightly competent. So they have to stick a big knife into Moana and get someone good to run for them there.

A WOBH tip for the teachers unions ? being a teacher, poofter, maori etc is nice but won’t win votes. Get some good quality local regardless of whether they teach, are into man on man love or are indigenous.

Add Peter Dunne to the hit list

Peter Dunne has now managed to make it to my hit-list. An un-official list of useless MPs past their use-by date who are usually troughers as well.

He has come out all po-faced, no doubt with his cow-lick at high dudgeon, supporting useless Speaker Lockwood Smith and his re-imposition?of un-conscionable secrecy of parliamentary spending.

United Party leader Peter Dunne said the Speaker had made the “right decision” and he would be abiding by the rules to keep his travel spending secret. As a long term member of parliament Dunne qualifies for a 90 per cent rebate.

“The rules are set and I think it’s important that people abide by them,” said Dunne.

Here’s a though, how about letting an independent body set the rules instead of the current system where the fox is in charge of the hen house.

Rodney Hide, to his credit, ?has come out against the Speaker’s new rules, ironically after he was pilloried by the same Speaker releasing information in the first place. One would have to wonder if Speaker Smith was trying to hurt Act when he released the information in the first place.

John Key also has opposed Lockwood Smith’s sudden turn around, refreshingly calling for more transparency, as have the Greens. They are to be commended for their?commitments to transparency.

However, Hide said yesterday there needed to be more openness about public spending.

“I don’t think they can put the genie back into the bottle. People have an expectation around transparency and accountability these days,” he said.

He was was joined by Greens Party co-leader Metiria Turei, who is calling for an independent review on MPs’ remuneration.

The Greens led the transparency process when they released their expense details last June, following a Herald on Sunday campaign to hold politicians accountable for their spending.

Turei said the existing system was “messy and incoherent”.

“The Speaker continues to refuse to have independent review of the system so we can clean it up,” said Turei. “The Speaker is responsible for that and he should lead on that.”

Personally I think that Lockwood Smith has planned a great big trip for Christmas for him and his long time secretary and didn’t want to be hung out to dry. One thing is for certain though, his bid to become a scum list MP is now almost certain to backfire with a lower than expected list ranking after going against Prime Minister John Key’s wishes.

We need to go even further with transparency, opening the whole of Parliamentary Services up to the Official Information Act, particularly over expenditure. We won;t see any action though unless a public campaign is mounted because there are far too many vested interests who will spike any efforts for more transparency. Labour will oppose it because they largely run their party out of the leaders office, including advertising and polling, likewise National.

So far the Greens, even though they have their own rorts with housing and super-annunation are the only ones calling for more transparency.

From hero to zero, time for the axe on Lockwood Smith

The other day when I went to Wellington I spent a bit of time talking to Lockwood Smith in the Koru Club.

I asked him if he wanted to be known as a great Speaker. The discussion then centred around how the low the bar had been set before him taking the position. But the point I was trying to make was that he should be looking at making Parliamentary Services more open and the way to do that would be to extend the OIA in the interests of transparency.

He utterly refused and at the same time pointed out that he released travel details. His reasoning was that what MPs do in their private time was of no interest for anyone and nor should it. I pointed out that it was never private time at the office, that all the resources that they use is paid for by the taxpayer and as such is not private. He disagreed strongly and we parted with me commenting that I guess he was never going to be a great Speaker.

It is with some interest now that I see the very thing he was patting himself on the back over, MPs travel expenses, he has now deemed to be “private” even though we the taxpayer foot the bills.

Parliament’s Speaker has introduced new rules preventing public disclosure of individual MPs’ spending on tax-payer funded overseas jaunts.

The change mean trips like those taken by Rodney Hide and his partner to Hawaii and through Europe last year are now secret.

Mr Hide admitted at the time that he made a mistake, but Speaker Lockwood Smith today said the matter was private and should never have been made known to the public.

“It is taken out of members’ salaries and it is private,” Dr Smith said.

“It is not a public expense, it is a private matter.”

Well, Mr Speaker, you were doing so well and now you have gone and crapped all over your reputation. Not surprising though given that you have decided to become a scum List MP at the next election.

You are also a hypocrite, given our conversation on Thursday evening and for that you now make the Whale Oil Beef Hooked target list of MPs that need close attention. You are, as they say in Texas, “Big Hat, no Cattle”. Yes, yes I know you like your bulls but in this case you are full of bull by suggesting that things the taxpayer pays for are “private”.

Actually I hink you should be added to the Dead Wood page, MPs that should be chopped as being of no use to man or beast.

Labour in Disarray – Laban quits

Labour’s caucus is in disarray as more and more MPs face up to the reality of life forever as an opposition MP. Winnie Laban has shown she doesn’t have the mettle for opposition chucking in her MP credentials for which she was elected, letting both Labour and her constituents down in the process.

A by-election is looming after Labour MP Luamanuvao Winnie Laban announced today she is leaving Parliament for a new career.

The Mana MP told caucus colleagues this morning she would be stepping down to take up the role of Assistant Vice Chancellor Pasifika at Victoria University.

Labour leader Phil Goff confirmed that Ms Laban’s departure would mean a by-election in her safe Labour seat. Ms Laban won in 2008 with a 6155-strong majority.

Ms Laban said it had been “an enormous privilege” to serve as Labour MP for Mana over the last three elections but “I have worked out that it’s time for me to step away from Parliament now”.

I’d put money on Darren Hughes stepping in so he can stop being a scum list MP, the problem with that though or any other scum list MP stepping forward is the Tizard effect. The other worry for Labour is that they are broke and face the prospect of fighting three by-elections back to back just a year out from the general election.

Labour faces the real prospect of going into next years General Election dead flat broke, if not still paying off the last election. Expect the union levies to bite hard next year. If they thought they could win last week, the task just got worse this week and with George Hawkins imminent demise come October and the Chris Cart affair yet to be settled they are certainly dreaming thinking they can win the government benches next year.

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