2007 Trans-Tasman MP Ratings

December 9th, 2007 at 10:10 am by David Farrar

Trans-Tasman has published its rankings for MPs in 2007.

As with last year, I like to analyse data so have put all the ratings into a spreadsheet and here are the average ratings for each party (2+ MPs), with the change from last year:

ACT            4.3        nc
Green         4.1         +0.2
Labour       4.0         -0.3
Maori         4.4         -0.8
National     4.7         nc
NZ First    4.1          -0.4
United       5.0         +0.5

So Labour MPs rated worst on average, with United Future best, followed by National. Interestingly in 2005 both National and Labour averaged 4.5.  In the last two years Labour has dropped to 4.0 and National increased to 4.7.

I also calculated averages for the Cabinet, the Government’s front bench (top 8), and National’s front bench (top 8):

Cabinet             5.1
Labour FB        6.3
National FB      7.2

Top Scores

Helen Clark       8.5
John Key            8.0
Bill English        8.0
Phil Goff            8.0

Bottom Scores

David Benson-Pope      0
Taito Philip Field           0
Gordon Copeland          0.5
Ashraf Choudary            1.0
George Hawkins            1.0
Dave Heroera                1.0
Mahara Okeroa             1.0
Judith Tizard                1.0
Nandor Tancoz            1.0
Brian Connell                1.0

Largest Increases

Paula Bennett         +2.0
Phil Heatley            +2.0
Charles Chauvel      +2.0

Largest Decreases

David Benson-Pope    -4.0
Gordon Copeland        -4.0
Mark Burton                -2.5
Tim Barnett                 -2.5

Top Performers by Party

Act – Heather Roy 5.0
Green – Jeanette Fitzsimons 6.5, Metiria Turei 5.5
Labour – Clark 8.5, Goff 8.0, Cullen and King 7.5
Maori – Pita Sharples 6.0,
National – Key and English 8.0, Power and Collins 7.5, Brownlee and Rich 7.0
NZ First – Peters 7.5, Mark 5.5
Progressive – Anderton 5.5
United Future – Dunne 5.5

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16 Responses to “2007 Trans-Tasman MP Ratings”

  1. Lindsay Addie (1,183 comments) says:

    Interesting ratings.

    Cannot see how Clark can be rated ahead of Key, it’s been very even in and out of Parliament with both having good moments. The other surprising rating is Judith Collins who has had a solid but average year. I think Ryall deserves an 8 because of his performance in health. Also how on earth does King get 7.5!! This minister has been very inadequate in handling the EFB and in The House tends to bluster far too much. The poor performers list is about right apart from where is Burton who was pathetic when in charge of the EFB. At best I’d give him 0.5.

    Finally how did Connell get 1.0, -1 would be more like it.

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  2. peteremcc (341 comments) says:

    I think a 1.0 is very harsh for Nandor, especially when you look at some of his companions down there.

    He often does excellent work, the Copyright bill being one of the first things to come to mind.

    [DPF: I agree that is too harsh]

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  3. Ross Miller (1,681 comments) says:

    Lindsay … picking up on your commet re Judith Collins. Have to say she has been absolutely brilliant on Veteran’s issues and especially Vietnam Veteran issues.

    It was Collins who masterminded the Health Select Committee Inquiry and in the months and years since that Report she maintained constant pressure on the Government to put things right. We would not have got as far as we did with the Memorandum of Understanding if it hadn’t been for her support.

    It was a real pity that Government declined her offer of bi-partisan support for developing a comprehensive response to the ‘Winteringham’ Report. But I guess that was to have been expected.

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  4. Buggerlugs (1,609 comments) says:

    How does Turei get such a high rating? All pet causes, political correctness and anti-capitalism psychoses, she just keeps a seat warm.

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  5. tim barclay (886 comments) says:

    he thinks Helen Clark is on top of her game. But she has a tin ear on the EFB and has largely left it to others. If she gets a 4th term she will stop at nothing. She will truely think she is bullet proof.

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  6. Reg (544 comments) says:

    There’s a lot of things you could say about Clark, most would earn demerit points or suspension from this blog.
    But loath her or hate her, she is still the best political operator in NZ. I hate to admit it but Trans Tasman got it right.
    The true test of a successful politician is not decency but their ability to secure and retain the top job.
    Clark is up there with the Greats – Mao, Stalin, Franco, Castro and Chavez!

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  7. Tamaki Resident (66 comments) says:

    As usual statistics only tell part of the story – It’s not all good news for National – they need to lift their game or they’ll be opposition for another 3 years.
    There are some supposed big players in National that have dropped: Nick Smith, Williamson, Ryall. Also, others who are meant to be “big-hitters” that have not improved: Rich, Groser, Finlayson, English.
    The comments are the most telling for National – not many show a “government in waiting” imho.

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  8. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    how has Helen Clark received a large score?

    For cynical laughter about Leigh.
    Standing up in Question Time, saying ‘Yes’ and sitting down.
    Standing up in Question Time, saying ‘No’. sitting down.
    Endorsing Mallard’s bullying.
    Throwing King to the wolves.
    Hiding behind Cullen.
    Doing the odd sympathetic radio and tv interview?
    Going quiet when the going gets tough?

    What does she need to do to get a low score?

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  9. James (1,338 comments) says:

    Anything that does not have Rodney Hide as the most effective MP is a sham and not worth wasting time on….

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  10. James W (277 comments) says:

    Big call James. I like Rodney but with such little time given to him to speak he is severely hamstrung.

    Personally I have been very impressed with Heather Roy, Darren Hughes and Chris Finlayson.

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  11. georgedarroch (317 comments) says:

    A highly opinionated view on things. Take it’s take on Sue Bradford, who I would rate as one of the real performers in this Parliament.

    Sue Bradford – 3.5
    “First it was anti-smacking, then equal pay, then
    voting age. She’s used Labour to the fullest
    under MMP which has allowed her too much say.”

    Sue Bradford puts forward legislation which has a fair chance of passing, and works then across parties, and outside parliament to form coalitions. This is using MMP to the fullest, not Labour, and as it should be. Whether you like her or not, you’d have to agree that she’s achieved a lot in the last year, far more than many of the other 3.5 ratings.

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  12. Reg (544 comments) says:

    Lee C asked:
    What does she need to do to get a low score?

    Lee – I believe – the woman is a cynical dictatorial cowardly truth distorter; however in spite of this belief -probably shared by over 75% of contributers to this blog – she still manages to remain high in the preferred PM stakes and run a political program that is skewing the electoral system to her advantage and present a business as usual face to an administration that has produced more scandals than a Nigerian corporate!
    To get a low score she just needs to blink and then the guilable masses will realise their empororess has no clothes!

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  13. Reg (544 comments) says:

    Sorry about the spelling was in a hurry!
    Bye

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  14. first time caller (384 comments) says:

    Why did Parker get 6.5?

    I also note that the Sunday Star Times had a misprint and had Ryall at 4 instead of 6.5

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  15. virtualmark (1,522 comments) says:

    Re Clark getting the highest score of any MP … I suspect that Mr Templeton understands that giving Helen a middling rating will just ensure a vindictive loss of his political access going forward.

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  16. MikeE (555 comments) says:

    Good to see we got a mention:

    “Dean, Jacqui Otago Messy year. Responsible for RMA but focused on
    party pills. Unfortunately fell for the old water
    is poison trick. 4 3″

    :-)

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