The Dim-Post

September 18, 2013

Quote of the day

Filed under: psuedopolitics — danylmc @ 10:14 am

I was chatting to a National Party staffer, and pointed out that it was both amazing and totally not amazing that during this very tumultuous period for the Labour Party, Trevor Mallard – shadow leader of the House and one of its most senior, long-standing MPs – was in San Francisco watching a boat race. The staffer replied:

Remember that during the previous election when he was strategic campaign manager he was having a bike race with a beneficiary who has a blog

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  1. Given that he was the person who was largely responsible for making ETNZ’s challenge happen, it doesn’t seem all that unreasonable that he would be there.

    Comment by Louis M — September 18, 2013 @ 10:16 am

  2. Also, isn’t the format of said race such that if the two teams are evenly balanced, the racing goes on for ever, or until they run out of money?

    And since one team has the ability to tax the governments and corporates of the world with license fees and maintenance, and the other has the ability to suck in dollars using the full faith and credit of an (albeit small) sovereign state, they won’t run out of money.

    We may not see Mallard back before the election.

    Comment by richdrich — September 18, 2013 @ 10:24 am

  3. The more I look at Trevor Mallard’s general demeanor and behaviour over that last few years the more I have come to realise he has been enjoying a very well funded and active early retirement. All over now, though. Still I am sure a few well funded directorships await.

    As an aside, the fact that both he and Annette King are/were both more or less out of the country for the duration of the leadership contest should have told the media all they needed to know about the power shift away from the old guard in Labour. I was amazed that not one journo made this observation (in public at least) during the leadership contest.

    Comment by Sanctuary — September 18, 2013 @ 10:26 am

  4. Yes, he’s been Minister for the America’s Cup and Minister for Sport and Recreation, among more weighty portfolios (ie Education, SOEs, Asst Fin, Environment). New Zealand challenged for three America’s Cup series while he was Minister, and prepared for another in 2010.

    What I found bizarre last night was seeing TVNZ’s America’s Cup reporter (Barry) switch seamlessly from mass murder to yacht racing.

    Comment by George D — September 18, 2013 @ 10:26 am

  5. If I were contemplating my imminent demotion and the twilight of my career, I’d probably go fuck it and watch the yachts too.

    On another note, out of principle, I deplore the tone in “a beneficiary with a blog”. If Cam is legitimately entitled to state support, then good for him. Likewise, blogs are worthy publications. Cam deserves our scorn for what he writes, not for being a beneficiary with a blog. He is after all a hugely influential media figure, much as I wish he weren’t.

    Comment by Stephen J — September 18, 2013 @ 10:51 am

  6. That bike race probably increased WOBH’s pageviews overall too.

    Comment by Auto_Immune — September 18, 2013 @ 10:57 am

  7. Agreed, Stephen J but it was a National Party staffer who said that – are you really surprised?

    Trevor has heard of the internet so I’m sure he was well in the loop. And while he was screening Cunliffe’s calls, I’m sure he picked up for Robertson.

    Comment by MeToo — September 18, 2013 @ 11:01 am

  8. I suspect Trevor isn’t the only NZer in San Fran watching a boat race. I hear it’s quite an important boat race. Indeed, the government has thrown millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money at it.

    Comment by Ross — September 18, 2013 @ 11:51 am

  9. After chatting to Trevor Mallard and Muzza, the TV were interviewing Michael Fay and Mike Moore in San Francisco the other day. it was a line up which I thought was just about the surest way to destroy support for the America’s Cup there could be.

    Comment by Sanctuary — September 18, 2013 @ 12:04 pm

  10. Stephen J – yeh, but if you said screw it, and went to watch boat races in the twilight of your career, your boss would be well entitled to say, screw it, and sack you on the spot. Trevor is very well paid to represent the views of his Hutt electorate and Labour voters – the fact he leaves it all to his staffers says he should be pushed out first. Get some new blood in there, and not people like Hipkins.

    The point about Trevor’s bike ride was – Slater is/was just a bene with a blog. That is not bad per se; it is the fact that one bene with a blog is not generally momentous enough for an MP to waste a lot of time on, especially if the bene doesn’t have an issue relevant to govt, like an issue with their benefit, etc. Even less so when that blog is mostly just slagging people off.

    Comment by bob — September 18, 2013 @ 3:57 pm

  11. “Trevor is very well paid to represent the views of his Hutt electorate and Labour voters – the fact he leaves it all to his staffers says he should be pushed out first.”

    You appear to be saying any MP who takes a holiday should be ‘sacked’. You also seem to think that party leaders should have the right to do so. Pretty big calls.

    Comment by Hugh — September 18, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

  12. If only I was a beneficiary…sadly I wasn’t then and I am not now

    Comment by Cameron Slater — September 18, 2013 @ 6:37 pm

  13. “went to watch boat races in the twilight of your career, your boss would be well entitled to say, screw it, and sack you”

    I think I know who Stephen works for and that’s amusing and probably wrong.

    Comment by richdrich — September 18, 2013 @ 7:35 pm

  14. >He is after all a hugely influential media figure, much as I wish he weren’t.

    Yes, his blog destroyed an entire newspaper!

    Comment by Ben Wilson — September 18, 2013 @ 10:15 pm

  15. It doesn’t really seem that silly that Mallard is up there. There’s a chance he could even be the Minister for the Cup, when we hold it in NZ in 2016. It was his portfolio before. And maybe he likes to watch it, too.

    Comment by Ben Wilson — September 18, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

  16. Mallards are very good survivors.
    Tthey know how to duck for cover, as well as chase breadcrumbs on the water.

    Comment by peterlepaysan — September 18, 2013 @ 10:31 pm

  17. If Mallard learned anything from Helen it is that the best place to be while any cluster-fuck is happening is out of the country.

    Comment by Lee C — September 19, 2013 @ 6:42 am

  18. “Remember that during the previous election when he was strategic campaign manager he was having a bike race with a beneficiary who has a blog”

    Couldn’t you be bothered checking whether this statement was true? The bike ride with Slater was on 21 August 2011, the election 26 November 2011. That’s more than 3 months apart…feel free to criticise Mallard but try sticking to the facts.

    Comment by Ross — September 19, 2013 @ 7:13 am

  19. Oh and Labour began its election campaign in late October 2011…more than 2 months after that bike ride. Next time you might be a little more sceptical when speaking to National Party staffers.

    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/election-2011/89219/labour-ditches-traditional-campaign-launch

    Comment by Ross — September 19, 2013 @ 7:16 am

  20. Ross – are you seriously suggesting that Mallard didn’t start campaign strategy activities until a month out from the general election?

    Actually, that might explain a lot, not least of all the Curran Affect.

    Comment by Gregor W — September 19, 2013 @ 8:01 am

  21. “Ross – are you seriously suggesting that Mallard didn’t start campaign strategy activities until a month out from the general election?”

    I have no idea when Mallard began strategizing. But I doubt that a bike ride got in the way of it.

    Comment by Ross — September 19, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

  22. Given Cameron says he is/was not a beneficiary, I apologise for saying he was a beneficiary with a blog. I was under the impression from my small reading of his blog a while back that he had gone on the benefit after his employment insurance dried up – clearly I was wrong.

    Hugh, not at all. I think Trevor should be sacked for leaving ALL the work to his staffers, not for just taking an occasional holiday. I don’t mind Trevor going to the yacht race; what bugs me is his lack of effort for Labour and NZers; he is a senior MP who could easily have helped on Education issues, say, tackling charter schools.

    Also, of course party leaders lack power to sack MPs, but they are influential in deciding upcoming list placings and can influence electorate candidate selections. Cunliffe should do what Goff did to his mate Hawkins – push him out well before years end; a byelection is good publicity and a chance to get a new MP a year’s experience before the general election.

    Comment by bob — September 20, 2013 @ 3:40 pm

  23. I’d say when an MP is as popular with his electorate as Mallard is, the leader’s influence is not sufficient to force him out. And the whole “leaving ALL the work to his staffers” thing is conjecture. It’s true he has kept his head down during the leadership kerfuffle, but that’s not laziness, it’s just recognition that he’s no longer the party grandee he once was.

    Comment by Hugh — September 20, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

  24. went to watch boat races in the twilight of your career, your boss would be well entitled to say, screw it, and sack you

    Comment by Jhon — October 5, 2013 @ 3:55 am


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