Are Labour shafting Ross Robertson?

November 19th, 2008 at 12:39 pm by David Farrar

I’ve heard from a fairly reliable source that the highly respected will not be nominated by as an , but instead is favoured.

This is not confirmed. Moroney seems a competent sort, but Roberston is held in high regqard by most MPs as a very fair Assistant Speaker. It has been suggested to me some MPs are angry with him for not retiring and letting new blood come through, so they will punish him by taking his prized role off him.

I guess we’ll find out by early December when the roles are elected.

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12 Responses to “Are Labour shafting Ross Robertson?”

  1. GPT1 (2,116 comments) says:

    That would be a shame. I thought Robertson was fair and competent.

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  2. Mike Collins (170 comments) says:

    How do the nominations work? If RR could be nominated by anyone then the new govt benches could block vote for him above someone like Sue Moroney.

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  3. David Farrar (1,883 comments) says:

    The tradition is you allow the major Opposition Party to choose one of the four positions.

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  4. Turpin (342 comments) says:

    Who did he fall foul of
    Rainbow
    Unions
    Traditional Labour?

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  5. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    Ahh yes, Sue “Sneering” Moroney – she has an academic sneer permanently etched on her face. A much more accurate pictorial description of “the major opposition party”. In her younger years she used to tell her family it was because the sun was in her eyes. But there ain’t no sun in parliament, not even if your staring at the backside of Dear Leader for nine long years.

    Other points of interest are if you take away the e and y from her second name it also describes the major opposition party members. Poor Ross just couldn’t compete.

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  6. toad (3,674 comments) says:

    Poor Ross! He’s been there forever, and is someone who has never had the competence to be an effective MP.

    Yep, I know someone will come up with the Greens putting the lazy Ian Ewen-Street high enough on their list that he was elected as an MP for two terms.

    I hope that we in the Greens have learned from that – an essential qualification for an MP imo is a capacity for hard work.

    That said, the Greens have had only one MP ever who didn’t cut the mustard re working hard.

    Labour and National have had (and continue to have) heaps. Although some of the deadwood, like Judith Tizard, Dave Hereora and Bob Clarkson, have ben pruned, I suspect both Labour and National will continue to have lots of MPs who do bugger all.

    Ross Robertson, imo, is one who should have got the shunt too.

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  7. Woodstein (15 comments) says:

    Ross is earnest, but uninspiring.

    You have to give him credit though—he is a survivor.

    The fact that he’s been in Parliament for 21 years is testament to that. It wouldn’t kill Labour to renominate him for assistant speaker.

    One would think this term would be his swansong before he gently gets the nudge to make way for fresher blood.

    So why not give him one more shot?

    His knowledge of standing orders will likely far outstrip Moroney’s whose turn will no doubt come, and yes he does have cross-party respect which is always an advantage.

    As Mike Collins says, if National wanted to be Machiavellian, they could bloc vote for Spot ahead of Moroney.

    Bring it on!

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  8. paradigm (507 comments) says:

    Ross Robinson was (by in large) a very good assistant speaker. He (along with most of the MPs in large parties – particularly labour under Helen’s iron grip) never really got the chance to “inspire” as their roles in question time and other high visibility are limited to asking a sycophantic question to the minister that has been prewritten. I note that Sue Morony’s only high visibility job was to sit straight behind the PM and make faces of approval when the PM spoke, so she has hardly inspired the public either. Ross was heavily employed last government in positions that demand a degree of neutrality (the aforementioned assistant speaker and commitee chairman) and was therefore even less likely to get coverage.

    I’d note one other difference between Sue and Ross:
    Sue=list mp
    Ross=electorate mp (one of the few Labour MPs that kept their electorate!)

    Advantage Ross

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  9. emmess (1,420 comments) says:

    Labour
    Moron

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  10. Dazzaman (1,139 comments) says:

    Who did he fall foul of
    Rainbow
    Unions
    Traditional Labour?

    Almost certainly the first two groups. A good old-fashioned electorate MP, solid constituent advocate and a decent bloke. One of the few Liarbour MP’s regarded as such, one would think.

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  11. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,834 comments) says:

    Are Labour MP’s feeling a little grumpy from the election results? Can’t be fun being in a reduced caucus and having to stare cross the table at the two people responsible for Labour’s pasting, Helen Clark and Michael Cullen.

    Does shafting Ross Robertson constitute Labour’s blood on the floor after the leadership transition?

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  12. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,834 comments) says:

    Labour did shaft Ross Robertson:
    Goff criticises National’s Speaker lineup

    Thankfully National shafted Labour. Nice. :cool:

    Rick Barker gets to cry himself to sleep at night.

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