Mallard ‘had enough’ of Opposition

Trevor Mallard held his Hutt South electorate in a close tussle with National’s Chris Bishop in the 2014 election but this year decided to go list only to focus on his ambition to become Parliament’s Speaker.

Unless Labour improve on last election’s effort Mallard is at risk of missing out on returning altogether, but he says he doesn’t want to spend more time in Opposition so if Labour fail again he may be happy to not be a part of that.

Mallard has been placed at 32 on Labour’s party list, which would require a party vote of about 32% (depending on electorate results) – 32 is effectively closer to 38 due to the six Maori electorate MPs not being included on the list. Mallard opted off the list himself last election, relying on his electorate win to get back in.

Going list only this time Mallard needs an improved party vote to return as an MP, and Labour need to probably do even better than Mallard needs to form the next government. 35% or more is probably needed to be a credible lead party.

The list ructions over the last couple of days won’t have helped.

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When asked to comment on the way the list disputes had played out so publicly, long-serving Labour MP Trevor Mallard said he’d never seen “anything like it” but he didn’t want to comment on “what, if any, damage it has done” to the party’s reputation.

He’ll be hoping not to much damage has been done, but Labour need to go forward, not backwards in credibility and support.

Mallard said Labour was a “broad-base party and some people will be more supportive of the shape of the list than others”.

He said he wasn’t one of the MPs that was unhappy with their list place – Mallard was given the 32nd spot, which means he needs more than 30 per cent to safely get in.

“Opposition is absolutely debilitating and I’ve had enough of it.”

His low profile may be a reflection of this – he seems to have largely given up apart from trying to be Speaker.

“I’ve made it very clear to people I have no interest in being an Opposition member of Parliament. I had nine years in a row of that. I’d love to be Speaker and the position means that if we were in a position to be in Government I can be the Speaker,” Mallard said.

So it sounds like Mallard will be happy to be out of Parliament if Labour fail again.

However to become Speaker Mallard needs Labour’s party vote to improve. Will he do anything to help with that, or has he had enough of campaigning as well?

More widespread disgruntlement amongst current or ex Labour supporters won’t help.

Jo Bond:

Disgusting. Did you find out about NZ Council rushing a special conference last year to get the moderating committee shrunk and remove binding votes from list conferences? We don’t even get to find out the results of our indicative votes. This is so bad.!

Tat Loo:

Yes I heard about that but am out of the loop on details. The old guard Labour right wing is ripped to shreds now.

Tat Loo was a Labour candidate in 2011 but has crossed swords since then, notably with Clare Curran, and as Colonial Viper at The Standard (I think he is banned until after the election).

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10 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  3rd May 2017

    Tat Loo was a Labour candidate in 2011 but has crossed swords since then, notably with Clare Curran, and as Colonial Viper at The Standard (I think he is banned until after the election).

    You haven’t really arrived on the political commentariat scene until you’ve been banned by The Standard.

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    • Here’s his latest ban (23 February this year):

      Hey always happy to argue my points hard out over a beer, but last time I was banned for a month for referring to what official exit polls said about demographics voting Trump.

      So why bother.

      [That’s not why you were banned. You were banned for making assertions as fact and not backing them up, and that specifically being a pattern of behaviour considered trolling. Here you are misleading about why you were banned. I can’t see any point waiting for yet another series of demonstrations of the patterns of behaviour that have led to multiple bans in the past, so I will just do it now. Banned until a month after the election. – weka]

      https://thestandard.org.nz/1984-2/#comment-1303016

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      • Gezza

         /  3rd May 2017

        He should come here. I’m sure his contributions would be very welcome unless he refers to Jeff Sessions as “[Deleted.G] features”.

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  2. Corky

     /  3rd May 2017

    Kind of ironic in a away. One of the most feral Lefties in parliament wanting to become speaker. A man who beat up Tau so bad, Tau still has nightmares.
    .

    What Trev forgot was to keep an eye on his own kind. Lefties are pack animals, and when the pack decide its time to go…you are gone.

    However, Trev realizes John Key banished him to a life of political servitude long before current events transpired.

    Take the gilt edged retirement fund, Trev….and bike off into the sunset.

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    • Gezza

       /  3rd May 2017

      Lefties are pack animals, and when the pack decide its time to go…you are gone.

      *Come off the grass*, Corks. It’s not just lefties. What about poor young Aaron Gilmore ? 😳

      One innocent mistake … and … 👢

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      • Corky

         /  3rd May 2017

        Aaron Gilmore…one innocent mistake? At least Trev had value to his party.

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        • Gezza

           /  3rd May 2017

          You’re right. But. National selecting him was the innocent mistake.

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          • Corky

             /  3rd May 2017

            Exactly.. the innocence of a babe. .betrayed by a feral who failed to realise he was being bless with a once in a lifetime chance to join an exclusive club.

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        • Anonymous Coward

           /  3rd May 2017

          I grew up around the corner from Gilmore. Must say I was very surprised when he turned up in Parliament, much less so when he fucked it up by lunchtime.

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          • Revel

             /  4th May 2017

            Aaron was last heard bragging he was worth upwards of $25 million and planning a comeback in business. People with $25 million don’t need to brag about it and definitely don’t keep a flame for politics once it has gone out.

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