MPs on ‘gotcha’ politics

I am contacting all MPs and asking the following:

Do you support “gotcha” politics where attacks and accusations are made to try and damage parties and to discredit and potentially end the careers of fellow MPs? Yes/No?

A comment is welcome. This will be published online.

NOTE: The question refers to what is beyond holding Government and parties to account, it is negative politics aimed at scoring political points and inflicting political damage regardless of the personal consequences and regardless of the reasonable democratic process.

Voters elect MPs and choose preferred parties. It should not be up to party strategists and dirty tricks operatives to try and determine who they want to be forced out of their place in our House of Representatives.

I will post all responses here.

Name Party Yes/No Comment
Adams, Amy NAT -
Ardern, Jacinda LAB -
Ardern, Shane NAT -
Auchinvole, Chris NAT -
Bakshi, Kanwaljit Singh NAT -
Banks, John ACT -
Barry, Maggie NAT -
Bennett, David NAT -
Bennett, Paula NAT -
Blue, Jackie NAT -
Borrows, Chester NAT -
Bridges, Simon NAT -
Browning, Steffan GRE -
Brownlee, Gerry NAT -
Calder, Cam NAT -
Carter, David NAT -
Chauvel, Charles LAB -
Clark, David LAB -
Clendon, David GRE No Personality driven politics  based on personal attacks is seldom helpful and can further alienate people from the political process..  There is a responsibility to reveal and critique behaviour that does not meet the standards that people might reasonably expect of MPs, but in general we should seek common ground where possible, and debate policy differences otherwise, but steer clear of point scoring and denigration.
Coleman, Jonathan NAT -
Collins, Judith NAT -
Cosgrove, Clayton LAB -
Cunliffe, David LAB -
Curran, Clare LAB -
Dalziel, Lianne LAB -
Dean, Jacqui NAT -
Delahunty, Catherine GRE -
Dunne, Peter UF NO Most certainly not. There is plenty of substance in the issues to be debated, without descending to gutter politics.
Dyson, Ruth LAB -
English, Bill NAT -
Faafoi, Kris LAB -
Fenton, Darien LAB -
Finlayson, Christopher NAT -
Flavell, Te Ururoa MAO -
Foss, Craig NAT -
Genter, Julie Anne GRE -
Goff, Phil LAB -
Goldsmith, Paul NAT -
Goodhew, Jo NAT -
Graham, Kennedy GRE -
Groser, Tim NAT -
Guy, Nathan NAT -
Hague, Kevin GRE No Certainly not as an end in its own right, although it is important to hold Government and Members (particularly Ministers) to account for their behaviour. For example, it was legitimate to expose Ministers who misused their credit cards or used parliamentary travel for personal business interests. It was legitimate to expose a Minister who intervened inappropriately in the case of a friend dealing with a department that was accountable to him. It would not be legitimate to publicise the fact that an MP was having an extra-marital affair, as this would have nothing to do with that MP’s performance of his or her role.
Harawira, Hone MAN -
Hayes, John NAT -
Heatley, Phil NAT -
Henare, Tau NAT -
Hipkins, Chris LAB -
Horan, Brendan NZF -
Horomia, Parekura LAB -
Hughes, Gareth GRE -
Huo, Raymond LAB -
Hutchison, Paul NAT -
Jones, Shane LAB -
Joyce, Steven NAT -
Kaye, Nikki NAT -
Key, John NAT -
King, Annette LAB -
King, Colin NAT -
Lee, Melissa NAT -
Lees-Galloway, Iain LAB -
Little, Andrew LAB -
Logie, Jan GRE -
Lotu-Iiga, Peseta Sam NAT -
Macindoe, Tim NAT -
Mackey, Moana LAB -
Mahuta, Nanaia LAB -
Mallard, Trevor LAB -
Martin, Tracey NZF No
Mathers, Mojo GRE -
McClay, Todd NAT -
McCully, Murray NAT -
McKelvie, Ian NAT -
Mitchell, Mark NAT -
Moroney, Sue LAB -
Ngaro, Alfred NAT -
Norman, Russel GRE -
O’Connor, Damien LAB -
O’Connor, Simon NAT -
O’Rourke, Denis NZF -
Parata, Hekia NAT -
Parker, David LAB -
Peters, Winston NZF -
Prasad, Rajen LAB -
Prosser, Richard NZF  No  See below
Robertson, Grant LAB -
Robertson, Ross LAB -
Roche, Denise GRE -
Ross, Jami-Lee NAT -
Roy, Eric NAT -
Ryall, Tony NAT -
Sabin, Mike NAT -
Sage, Eugenie GRE -
Shanks, Katrina NAT -
Sharples, Pita MAO -
Shearer, David LAB -
Simpson, Scott NAT -
Sio, Su’a William LAB -
Smith, Lockwood NAT -
Smith, Nick NAT -
Stewart, Barbara NZF -
Street, Maryan LAB -
Taylor, Asenati NZF -
Tirikatene, Rino LAB -
Tisch, Lindsay NAT -
Tolley, Anne NAT -
Tremain, Chris NAT -
Turei, Metiria GRE -
Turia, Tariana MAO -
Twyford, Phil LAB -
Upston, Louise NAT -
Wagner, Nicky NAT -
Walker, Holly GRE -
Wall, Louisa LAB -
Wilkinson, Kate NAT -
Williams, Andrew NZF -
Williamson, Maurice NAT -
Woodhouse, Michael NAT -
Woods, Megan LAB -
Yang, Jian NAT -
Young, Jonathan NAT -

Richard Prosser:

No I don’t support it.

Whilst there are, by definition and indeed of necessity, always going to be
differences of opinion and philosophy in politics, it behoves us as Parliamentarians
to play the ball and not the man (or woman), and to address such differences, and
attempt to influence policy, through reasoned debate and by keeping an open mind,
and above all by having regard to the wishes of the voting public and the best
interests of the nation.

While we may not agree with the views or positions of any particular Member or
Party, it has to be remembered that most MPs enter Parliament with genuinely held
beliefs and with honourable intentions, and we owe it to the future of our
Parliamentary democracy to respect that fact.

Beyond holding Members and Parties to account as regards their current and intended
actions, and their present and past indications of character, we have a duty to be
fair in our dealings, and to conduct our affairs in the dignified manner which the
public has a right to expect.

Best regards

Richard Prosser


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