Trans Tasman sexism and racism

Apparently there have been quite a few claims online that the Trans Tasman MP ratings are sexist and racist.

Here’s an example:

Wow. Looking at those ridiculous Transtasman MP ratings and they sure are racist. All the low performers are the non white MPs.

The MP of the year happened to be female, but perhaps Amy Adams doesn’t have Samoan, Ngai Tahu, Indian and Dalmation grandparents.

If someone thinks that women, or Maori MPs, are performing poorly should they not say anything about it?

Stuff listed a few more ratings in The best and worst of New Zealand politics: National, Labour and the rest, and that includes:

National’s bottom five: 

Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi: 2/10

“All he’ll be remembered for is the Indian students and faulty fridges disaster. Maybe it’s better he doesn’t say anything, just works away in committees and asks the odd patsy.”

Todd Barclay: 2/10

“Electorate office problems were hushed up. Given a hurry up, and now represents local Queenstown issues more effectively.”

Nuk Korako: 2/10

“What was he thinking with his ridiculous airport lost property bill? Didn’t seem to realise what was actually in it, caucus should have shot it down.” 

Melissa Lee: 2/10

“Part of National’s ethnic diversity who showed promise to begin with, but that was 2008 and it’s all gone now. Past her use-by date.”

Jono Naylor: 2/10

“Calling it quits after one term, so what got into him? No-one has bothered finding out.”

That looks quite multi-cultural and only one woman.

Labour’s bottom five: 

Nanaia Mahuta: 2/10

“There because of who she is, not what she does, which isn’t much. When she does react, it’s usually too little and much too late.”

Rino Tirikatene: 2/10

“Another disappointing year. No cut through on fisheries, arguments lack focus.”

Meka Whaitiri: 2/10

“Many outside of Parliament have never heard of her. Needs to change this, or she’ll be forgotten inside Parliament as well”. 

Ruth Dyson: 3/10

“Still lurching along, she’s rejuvenation material but doesn’t look like going. Labour won’t pick a fight over it. Good debater, competent chair of Government Administration Select Committee.”

Iain Lees-Galloway: 3/10

“One of the boys who makes the noise, not all of it worth much but he didn’t miss many opportunities. Strong debater, although he descends into diatribes.”

There’s a bit of a mix there, but 3/5 Maori and 3/5 women. Are any of those ratings unjustified? Have any of those MPs impressed?

Perhaps this is what peeved some Greens:

Green Party co-leader James Shaw: 6/10

“The smart half of the co-leadership. Shaw has the rare talent of thinking before he opens his mouth. Comfortable with the media across a broad spectrum of issues.” 

The Metiria fan club won’t have liked that. Two MPs can co-lead, but you can’t make them drink the same Kool-Aid.

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30 Comments

  1. PDB

     /  28th November 2016

    Nanaia Mahuta has done nothing in all her 20 YEARS in parliament – giving her a ‘2’ was far too generous.

    As for the others they appear fair enough but really it’s just someone’s opinion – hardly worth playing the race/sexist cards on.

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    • Blazer

       /  28th November 2016

      No ones any good in your world Mr lemonsucker!

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    • But you can’t call lazy ineffective MPs hopeless any more.

      Perhaps Parliament should be properly represented by lazy and ineffective MPs to balance out the industrious effective ones.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  28th November 2016

        I hope that you’re joking. I imagine that in most cases these are one term wonders.

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      • David

         /  29th November 2016

        If 32.7% of the population are lazy and ineffective, then it is only fair that the same proportion of their representatives are also lazy and ineffective at exactly the same rate.

        Anything else would be homophobic, sexist, racist, fatist or something.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  28th November 2016

    It’s only sexist when women are criticised by men. When men are criticised by women, it’s because they are doing something that lays them open to criticism, especially if they are white men.

    Seriously, a lot of people think that Nanaia Mahuta is a seat-warmer. She’s well-meaning but her name is what keeps her there, I think-I could be wrong.

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    • Blazer

       /  28th November 2016

      Nania is a sincere,competent,Maori woman….why should the Mahuta name keep her there?

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      • What did she last do of note as an MP?

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  28th November 2016

        You obviously don’t live in the Waikato or you wouldn’t need to ask.

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        • PDB

           /  28th November 2016

          I do and she hasn’t.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  28th November 2016

            Hasn’t what ?

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  28th November 2016

              I was replying to Blazer, not Pants. 😦

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  28th November 2016

              A Mahuta would be elected regardless, I fear. Nanaia is well-meaning but I suspect that if she wasn’t Robert Mahuta’s daughter she wouldn’t be an MP. I bet that his ears were burning when he accepted the knighthood; you should have heard some of the comments from unimpressed Tainui members !

            • PDB

               /  28th November 2016

              She hasn’t done squat – or anything that covers a 20 year period in parliament.

              Her bare minimum Wikipedia page says it all – the highlight of her entire career being she twice voted against Labours Foreshore and seabed legislation before doing a back-flip and supporting it on its third reading. Amazing stuff!

              https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nanaia_Mahuta

      • Corky

         /  28th November 2016

        She’s renowned for being lazy. That’s how Michael Laws summed it up. Few disagree.
        Her name is the thread stopping her going over the cliff of no return.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  28th November 2016

          She does seem to coast along, I must admit. She’s a decent enough person, but she’s no stateswoman.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  28th November 2016

            My old man knew her and would know what she’d done, but I suspect that it’s not much. Good intentions and all that, but not much action. All hui and no do-ey.

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        • Blazer

           /  28th November 2016

          she has done no more,or no less than the majority of M.P’s.

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          • PDB

             /  28th November 2016

            No more, or no less than some but for a hell of a lot longer…..

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  29th November 2016

            That is nonsense, Blazer, and shows that you don’t know any MPs. Yes, there is the odd lazy one, but they are the minority and I would guess that their constituents would soon catch on and vote them out.

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    • David

       /  29th November 2016

      A suicide bomber is well meaning.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  29th November 2016

        Tell that to the people who’ve been injured, widowed, orphaned or terrorised by them.

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  3. duperez

     /  28th November 2016

    There’s a guy called Chris Rattue who writes sports stuff in the Herald. Often after rugby internationals he pens a column with his ratings of the players. He is just a person. From his writings just a person with the normal foibles, peccadilloes and peculiar perspectives.

    At times it seems to me that he concentrates of some players a lot and makes an assessment of others with very cursory perusal. Their body of work is unrecognised but a judgement of it is equally out there. (The cursory perusal is totally understandable, to be thorough you’d need to watch the game 47 times concentrating on each participant in each viewing.)

    transTasman MP ratings? Big deal. Maybe their MP ratings were made by Rattue moonlighting. They may as well have been.

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  4. Corky

     /  28th November 2016

    To be fair to Korean babe, Melissa Lee, she lost her confidence after telling the truth about South Auckland ferals. That’s a no-no in Aotearoa. She has paid the price. And is probably kept on because she has the right shaped eyes. Kind of ironic, isn’t it?

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2410051/Lee-issues-full-apology

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  29th November 2016

    Tweets from twits, what’s new?

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