Trans Tasman: best and worst of Labour

Stuff reports on Trans Tasman’s annual assessment of political performances in Trans-Tasman roll call – the best and worst of the 2015 political year.

Here are Labour MP assessments and ratings.

Labour fares little better, with transTasman saying it is still reeling from electoral defeat and Andrew Little’s ascension to the top job.

“He is battling to get his caucus behind him and to an extent has succeeded, but there are still many in the party’s ranks who should be looking to their futures – Clayton Cosgrove, David Cunliffe, David Parker and Trevor Mallard should all be looking for new jobs.”

Top five – Labour

Annette King – 6.5/10

Struggles to shake off the mantle of the 90s but is still a dominant force in the party. Labour will need her experience heading into a tough election in 2017.

Andrew Little – 6/10

Making a good first of the leadership, getting his MPs on side and on message. Still not using all his MPs strengths to full advantage. Polls need to move quickly and needs better advice.

Kelvin Davis – 6/10

Gets up the PM’s nose and has a social conscience…..is ready to be thrown into the attack and relishing it.

Chris Hipkins – 6/10

If Labour ever gets back into power, he will be at the top table.

Phil Twyford 6/10

Another of the young Labour stars who has worked his heart out on housing and transport issues. Deserves a big role in the next Labour Government.

Bottom five – Labour

Te Tai Tonga MP Rino Tirikatene – 2/10

Another MP going nowhere fast. No prospect of advancement.

Port Hills MP Ruth Dyson – 2/10

Another Labour MP on her last legs. Needs to move on.

Mangere MP Su’a William Sio -2.5/10

His role is to deliver the Pacific Island vote and as long as he is there he probably will

List MP Clayton Cosgrove, Mana MP Kris Faafoi, Tamaki Makaurau MP Peeni Henare, List MP Sue Moroney, Manukau East MP Jenny Salesa, Ikaroa Rawhiti MP Meka Whaitiri  – 3/10

Cosgrove is “a shadow of his old self” and on the outer – probably time to go, says trans-Tasman. Of the others, it says Faafoi had promise, but is yet to deliver, Moroney has worked hard but “it’s not enough”, Salesa has talent but hasn’t shown it and Henare has had no memorable moments so far.

As for National their deputy ranks ahead of Labour’s leader, showing how important a capable deputy leader is.

No sign of Jacinda Ardern in the top five (nor the bottom ranks). She is rated 5/10:

Has done a good job of corralling the Auckland youth vote. Too close to Grant Robertson to have Deputy Leader aspirations. Didn’t deserve “pretty little thing” comment, but hasn’t exactly mastered her shadow portfolios. Still polled as 4th best preferred PM.

Grant Robertson should be worried about his rating, down from 6.5 to 4.

Floundering in the finance role, with generalised comments exposing his lack of knowledge. Isn’t making the traction he should and is relying on his cronies like David Clark too much to fill in the gaps. Not doing his party any favours.

It’s notable that for a party that puts some importance on gender balance apart from King who seems to be there for her long experience and ability to keep the caucus out of mishief the rest of the top performers are all male.

There’s more gender equality in the bottom perfomers.

It should be a major concern for Labour that their are 9 MPs rated 2-3 out of 10. That’s nearly a third of their caucus. The rest just about all have to make the shadow Cabinet being announced today.

Only 7 Labour MPs rate 5 or better. That’s also a major concern.

Trans-Tasman 2015 MP roll call

http://publications.themainreport.nz/transtasman/downloads/Roll%20Call%202015.pdf

http://publications.themainreport.nz/transtasman/downloads/Roll%20Call%202015.pdf

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8 Comments

  1. Timoti

     /  30th November 2015

    Ladies and gentlemen, in the blue corner we have ” Burntout”. And the challenger, in the red corner – ” Irrelevance. Ladies and gentlemen this is the fight you have been waiting for since……zzzzzzzzz

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  2. Zedd

     /  30th November 2015

    What no mention of the Dunedin MPs : Dr. David Clark (Dn Nth) & Clare Curran (Dn Sth) both have made a decent contribution in their portfolios this year 🙂

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    • David Clark Dunedin North 4/10 (down from 5.5)

      His desire for media headlines sometimes overtakes his capability and he has had a number of misfires which just haven’t connected and have hurt important relationships.

      Clare Curran Dunedin South 3.5 (down from 4.5)

      Continues to have discipline problems and has a
      reputation for running to the Leader when she doesn’t get her own way. Could be a much more valuable MP with a more mature approach.

      I don’t think either are unfair.

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  3. kiwi guy

     /  30th November 2015

    “There’s more gender equality in the bottom performers.”

    LOL, Pete is a misogynist.

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    • Mefrostate

       /  30th November 2015

      Nope, just you.

      Reply
      • kiwi guy

         /  30th November 2015

        You are the one giving the thumbs up to lowering standards for gender quotas and when a female STILL fails the test gets the job anyway “because Equality” or something.

        You are a Feminist Man Hater:

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