Labour’s Mallardy, Parliament’s malady

Attack politics has been practised for a long time, by different parties. It happens to be that the current gutter politician-in-chief seems to be Trevor Mallard. It may or may not be a deliberate whole of Labour strategy, David Shearer has spoken against it, but he seems to have been ignored by some within Labour.

Over the last few months there seems to have been a concerted Mallard led campaign to mudsling with unsubstantiated accusations. The most prominent examples are:

  • Accusations in the house and outside the house by both Mallard and Andrew Little that have led to pending threats of defamation proceedings by Judith Collins. There has been no evidence produced to support the claims, and what is publicly known tends to suggest Mallard and Little have little if anything to back the claims made by them and by associated mouthpieces on The Standard.
  • Accusations of hotel room rate impropriety against John Banks that seemed obviously a beat up (it took media and Banks nearly a day to wake up to this).
  • “Fresh allegations made against Banks” – by Trevor Mallard, who “is asking” speculative questions, again. Hoping the media will do his dirty work for him again?

It is claimed that “holding government to account” is an essential task of the opposition. It is. But there is a clear difference between holding to account and speculative and potentially destructive political attacks.

The opposition should examine Government policies , actions and MPs, that’s an essential part of our democratic system.

When MPs and their operators wage campaigns that appear to be aimed at trying to bring down our government, and are at least aimed at destroying the careers of democratically elected politicians using questionable and dirty tactics, it goes far beyond “holding to account”. I think it amounts to blatant subversion, and a direct threat to reasonable democratic process.

Political mudslinging is also a major turnoff for a lot of the population outside the political bubbles, and I believe is a significant factor in increasing levels of public apathy towards politics and parliament. Politicians as a group are generally not respected – for good reason.

Most MPs go into parliament with the aim of doing good for the country. Most give it their best shot. Some MPs give the whole group a gutter level reputation through the use of gutter tactics. And little seems to be done about it, although some do talk about the ideals they think they should follow – see Richard Prosser’s comments.

It may be no coincidence that Labour continue to struggle to recover from their 2008 defeat. Some in Labour blamed their 2011 defeat on the media, declaring that if only the media had properly conveyed Labour’s “brilliant” policy messages properly the million who didn’t vote would have flocked to the booths to tick Labour. They refuse to accept that the electorate are thoroughly ticked off with Labour and with gutter politics.

Is this post an attack on Trevor Mallard? No, it’s holding him to account. The media and David Shearer don’t seem to want to do it. Are the media likely to bite the hand that feeds it scandals? Maybe not. Is Shearer likely to cut off the festering sore that keeps preventing a Labour recovery? It doesn’t look like it – I don’t know whether that is due to impotence or hypocrisy.

But I do know that much of the voting public has had a gutsful. It’s a political disgrace.

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19 Comments

  1. Excellent post Pete. Perhaps it’s time that Trevor Mallard sought gainful employment elsewhere. After all, he’s been an MP now since 1984, apart from an election-induced hiatus between 1990 and 1993. He seems to have become Labour’s chief muck-thrower, but you can’t help but wonder if so much muck has stuck to him that he can’t smell the difference between smears and genuine accountability any more.

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  2. ur a fucking idiot cockfuk

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  3. The previous comment shows the mentality you sometimes come across when you’re prepared to speak out.I can guess where that brave commenter came here from.

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  4. everything that comes out yur mouth is nothing but verbal diarrhea clown

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  5. AngryTory

     /  6th May 2012

    “Pending legal action” – nothing “pending” about it. Collins is suing. When Little and Mallard are found guilty, they’ll be guilty of misleading parliament. Cue the by-elections!

    The opposition … an essential part of our democratic system. A sensible opposition might be – but look at the current Labour/NZF/Green/Mana/ who knows what melange. Face facts: NZ would be far better governed with only 61 MPs – the 61 MPs currently in the government – in parliament.

    Leftist parties are not democratic parties in the normal sense of the word: they are economic terrorists aiming to destroy what little capitalism is left in the Western countries where they are now allowed to thrive! That’s why it’s easier to start a business in communist China than it is in NZ, easier to run a factory with no fucking health & stupidity regulations, no fucking unions etc.

    Most MPs go into parliament with the aim of doing good for the country. Most democratic MPs do! But most leftist communist, unionist MPs certainly do not. That’s why they shouldn’t be allowed in Parliament.

    As for Mallard, not only a communist he’s also a convicted criminal and a fraudster – assaulting people and scalping tickets. He shouldn’t be in Parliament: he should be in gaol.

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  6. Tim

     /  6th May 2012

    Better unread here than unread AND cluttering up the place at sites like the dimpost I suppose.

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    • Sorry Tim, but I think you’ll find that this post will be quite widely read and discussed; as it deserves to be.

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  7. Yes Tim – I guess the Dim-Post academics would snoot their nose at it, but maybe with less abuse than at The Standard as the avoid talking about the elephanatidae in the room.
    http://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-06052012/comment-page-1/#comment-468091

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  8. mikesh

     /  6th May 2012

    While I have no particular liking for Mallard, I have to admit he is only saying what people already “know”, and giving his own slant on the known facts. People are of course free to have their own take on these matters.

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  9. imakunt

     /  6th May 2012

    hhha handle the jandle bitches
    youre lot have been exposed as corrupt so deal

    and theyre on the way out

    good fucking job

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  10. emelsee

     /  6th May 2012

    Oh but I like Trevor, he can do no wong. Labour is better than those nasty Nats.

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  11. nanapeedmyself

     /  6th May 2012

    Good on mallard, he is doing his job making this mob of underhand liars accountable ,and letting the new zealand people know what is really going on .

    Quotenanapeedmyself

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  12. chinamanzz

     /  6th May 2012

    [deleted – totaly off topic and inappropriate]

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  13. chinamanzz

     /  6th May 2012

    I love dobbing people in on the trade me messageboards

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  14. chinamanzz

     /  6th May 2012

    [deleted – totaly off topic and inappropriate]

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  15. wetfart

     /  7th May 2012

    [deleted – totaly off topic and inappropriate]

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