Brownlee’s letter to the Speaker

Gerry Brownlee, Shadow Leader of the House, has written this letter to the Speaker (Trevor Mallard) expressing “serious concerns’ about Mallards chairing of Parliament.

He details his concerns and says” As a result our confidence in you as Speaker has been significantly shaken. This is not an acceptable position for you to be in.”

His main concerns are about a “silly little girl” story being circulated to media.

We expect a full explanation from you about your role in pushing this story in the media before the House resumes at 2 pm tomorrow.

I don’t know how an ultimatum will go down with Mallard.


29 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  May 24, 2018

    Seems reasonable to me.

  2. Ray

     /  May 24, 2018

    And now Speaker Mallard who had a reputation as a leaker while an MP does or is suspected of leaking the “sexist” statement only he heard.
    Hmmm

    • Ray

       /  May 24, 2018

      And as Trevor often says he has a hearing problem, can he even believe his own ears.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  May 24, 2018

        I wonder if someone DID say it…but not a National MP.

  3. Trevors_elbow

     /  May 24, 2018

    Ultimately thinnly vieled is perfect. Trev will have problems holging his temper now and will hang himself and be left with no option but to resign….

    • lurcher1948

       /  May 24, 2018

      Gerry are you still there,I thought national was getting rid of the dead wood,and good luck with the letter,Trev holds all the cards and blows the whistle

      • Corky

         /  May 24, 2018

        Big Gerry will stay around until Crusher Collins is PM at the next election. He’ll make sure National is in robust health and ready for the riggers of a twenty year government Reich.

        Heil Gerry.

        • Gerrit

           /  May 24, 2018

          What Corky said. Collins playing with Twyford at QT is like a cat with a mouse.

          • Blazer

             /  May 24, 2018

            you wouldn’t know Tom from…Jerry.

      • Gezza

         /  May 24, 2018

        I wasn’t that keen on him but Big Gerry’s gone up in my estimation in Opposition, Lurch. I think he raises genuine, good points of order & makes them well.

    • Gezza

       /  May 24, 2018

      Well, I thought he showed promise – and his regime of penalising infringements by taking supplementaries away or awarding them to The Opposition does seem to stopped the continual raucus Question Time circus that characterised Carter’s tenure, but it’s become evident that Speaker Trev is every bit as blantantly biased & inconsistent about the standards & rigour expected of questions and answers as his predecessor was. And he also I think lacks the emotional maturity for the job.

      If the public had any say in the matter the Speaker’s job would be taken right off Parliamentarians and given to someone better equipped to be completely neutral.

      • Trevors_elbow

         /  May 24, 2018

        An officer of parliament should do this and only hold the role for max 3 terms….make it non political and technival… no shielding incompetents…would be near ideal

  4. Gerrit

     /  May 24, 2018

    Can we get clarification please that the supposed comment uttered (or voices said inside the speakers head) was actually “stupid little girl”.

    It is being reported overseas as “stupid little girl”.

    The unintended consequence of search engine logarithms means the term “stupid little girl” will be forever linked with Ardern in the future, as the bots trawl the internet and collate the phrase with the person.

    • PDB

       /  May 24, 2018

      Considering Mallard is the only one to clearly hear ‘stupid little girl’ in relation to Ardern suggests it is he that makes the connection/ word association between the two and nobody else. Possibly what the old, more traditional Labour male MP really thinks.

      • Blazer

         /  May 24, 2018

        ..Mickeysav/TS…wilfully deaf….
        ‘Bridges was asked who called the Prime Minister a stupid little girl and Bridges gives this reply:

        I don’t know if anyone cause here’s the thing I was sitting there, I didn’t hear it, I’m closer to the supposed people who might have said it. I’ve informally gone around some of the people who supposedly are in the line up of culprits or possible culprits. No one has told me they said it so was it even said.

        Heather Du Plessis Allan then asks a remarkably good question.

        OK so you have gone through the list of people, does mean that you have spoken to Brownlee, Bennett, Foss, Carter, Doocey, Young, Smith Finlayson and O’Connor.

        And how is this for an answer from an ex Crown prosecutor:

        I don’t know if I have spoken to all those people. I am not going to go on some witch hunt about a supposed theoretical thing.’

        • Gezza

           /  May 24, 2018

          He’s actually not very bright, Simon. Days are numbered as leader. Not quick-witted enuf on his feet and probably wasn’t as a crown prosecutor either.

  5. Zedd

     /  May 24, 2018

    I think ‘big Gerry’ & the whole Natl party, need to take a long hard look in the mirror.. there is a difference between; holding a Govt. to account & acting like a bunch of petulant losers.
    It must be hard to act so SMUG, when you no longer have the numbers to get away with it ! ;D 😀

    • PDB

       /  May 24, 2018

      To be fair to Mallard it’s a bit hard for the govt to give answers when they don’t have any.

  6. Blazer

     /  May 24, 2018

    Carter showing his bias …again..

    • Trevors_Elbow

       /  May 24, 2018

      Do you have ANYTHING But whining about the Key government? No – thought not

  7. Zedd

     /  May 24, 2018

    Natl were OK with the previous speaker, often booting MPs (mostly Lab & NZF) out of the chamber, but they cant handle it, now ‘the boot is on the other foot’.

    Get over yourselves Natl.. you ARE in opposition, regardless of what you delusional thoughts are about having more MPs than Labour.. that FPP thinking.. “welcome to MMP !” 😀

    • Grimm

       /  May 24, 2018

      Thanks for enlightening everybody Zedd. Did you just wake up from a coma?

      Is there something about the letter that indicates that National think they aren’t in opposition?

      • Zedd

         /  May 24, 2018

        no Im just stating the bloody obvious.. dont be so Grimm

  8. lurcher1948

     /  May 24, 2018

    While Paula Bennett, Simon Bridges and Gerry Brownlee are acting like toddlers with temper tantrums, every parent knows to really worry about the one who has gone suspiciously quiet – please can someone check Judith isn’t poking a fork into a power socket somewhere?

    • Gezza

       /  May 24, 2018

      I would’ve thought you would prefer to let her?

    • Zedd

       /  May 24, 2018

      @lurcher

      Judith is likely just scheming about her next ‘take over bid’.. Bridges’ days are numbered methinks ?!

      • Corky

         /  May 24, 2018

        I think Judith will let slip when she’s doing the numbers. The media will be used to plunge the knife in.

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