And the winners are

December 15th, 2009 at 3:23 pm by David Farrar

Don’t really need a drum roll, as people could see the results in the sidebar up until closing, but here goes.

The 2009 MP of the Year is Lockwood Smith. Lockwood was always a hot favourite with rave reviews from the gallery and others for his efforts to make question time more relevant, and opening up MPs expenses to public scrutiny. Lockwood won 49% of the vote.  Police and Corrections Minister was 2nd on 22%.

The 2009 Kiwiblog National MP of the Year is Steven Joyce. An impressive performance for a first term MP. His swift decision making on much needed national roads of significance has made him the motorists fan, as well as his steady decision making on the fibre to the home project. Steven got 39% of the vote, with Judith Collins in 2nd place on 28%.

Kiwiblog readers voted John Key the 2009 Kiwiblog Labour MP of the Year. Some readers will have voted him the best Labour MP tongue in cheek, while others will be sending a message that they want more right and less centre. The PM got 40% of the vote, with new MP David Shearer in 2dn place on 14%. Were readers giving Shearer esteem for his massive win in the by-election, or because they like his defence privatisation essays?

The 2009 Kiwiblog Minor Party MP of the Year is Tariana Turia. The Maori Party co-leader got 39% of the vote, with John Boscawen on 29%. Turia in the mid 1990s was one of the most polarising figures in NZ politics. It shows how successful her efforts have been, that in 2009 she can win a poll amongst the generally conservative readership to be the Minor Party MP of the Year.

The 2009 Kiwiblog Press Gallery Journalist of the Year is John Armstrong. John won 45%, narrowly pipping out Jane Clifton on 39%.  Note this is the public poll of Kiwiblog readers. A separate poll of MPs and Press Secretaries on the press gallery will be published on Thursday or Friday. John is probably the most cited journalist online – not because people always agree with him, but because he provides analysis (not just reporting) almost every day.

Finally we have the 2009 Kiwiblog Public Servant of the Year and it is a tribute to Dame Margaret Bazley who got 48% of the vote, with Don Brash in second place at 38%. Lawyers have never been the most popular species, and the average pundit enjoyed her expose of the legal aid problems.

Note that despite me telling people not to do it, one Xtra user tried voting around 80 times in most categories. These show up in the logs like a flashing light, and those votes were deleted.

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21 Responses to “And the winners are”

  1. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Turia? Why?! Most unexpected.

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  2. David Farrar (1,894 comments) says:

    Never assume those who comment are representative of the overall readership.

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  3. mickysavage (786 comments) says:

    DPF

    Bazley did not expose legal aid problems. She quoted some highly defamatory rumours that she heard and represented them as fact. She did not actually find out the facts, nor did she put the allegations to the aggrieved individuals.

    I hear the collective Manukau Bar is busily drafting defamation proceedings and I wish them every success.

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  4. Manolo (13,743 comments) says:

    The 2009 Kiwiblog Disappointment MP of the Year is John Neville Key. He was always a hot favourite with rave reviews from Labour MPs and others for his countless flip-flops, his indecisiveness, his inane remarks, his hands-off approach to government, his pathetic efforts to avoid questions, the permanent asinine grin on his face, and finally by sacrificing the NZ flag to the altar of the Maori Party.

    Neville Key won 60% of the vote.

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  5. David Farrar (1,894 comments) says:

    Micky: There was one assertion made that might have been better unreported, but to suggest that undermines the massive rorts and problems exposed is ridicolous and patch protection. It is like arguing that Mahon’s comment about an orchestrated litany of lies meant the rest of the findings of the Commission were worthless.

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  6. Murray (8,847 comments) says:

    Even though Mahons observation was 100% accurate.

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  7. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Never assume those who comment are representative of the overall readership

    I do only to a small extent. But still, the other winners made sense, but seriously why would the winner here be Turia? I can perhaps understand from a Maori Party point of view, but that’s a pretty small minority. She got publicity for the Maori Party without disgracing herself? Anyone?

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  8. Repton (769 comments) says:

    DPF: You said you were going to “name and shame”…

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  9. david c (254 comments) says:

    John Neville Key

    Manolo why do you call him John Neville Key?

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  10. Jeff83 (745 comments) says:

    I do only to a small extent. But still, the other winners made sense, but seriously why would the winner here be Turia? I can perhaps understand from a Maori Party point of view, but that’s a pretty small minority. She got publicity for the Maori Party without disgracing herself? Anyone?

    Whether you like her politics or not she has managed to work constructively with a party that traditionally hasn’t had the strongest relations with her constituents.

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  11. Brian Marshall (202 comments) says:

    MickySavage, Dame Margaret got my vote for her work on the legal aid report. She has a long history in the public service and has been entrusted by both Labour lead and National lead governments to do very politically sensitive jobs.
    I trust her judgment 100% and yours zip. She reported the comments made to her on conditions of confidentiality, which in the circumstances are understandable. If she was sued for defamation, I’d love to be on a jury in that case.

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  12. David Farrar (1,894 comments) says:

    Repton. The IP address is not a static one and is not used by any commenter on Kiwiblog. I’d love to name them if I could.

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  13. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    Turia: Helen hated her. Any more reasons required?

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  14. GPT1 (2,121 comments) says:

    DPF – name the “massive rorts” that we identified, with evidence, in the Beazley report.

    The only massive rort is that legal aid lawyers are paid less than they were in 1990. Not less in real terms or percentage terms but less per hour.

    For that matter name one other profession or government department that is still operating on a 1990 pay scale?

    To answer my own question the only rort that might be proven and be massive is in Treaty area but I doubt that is what most punters think about when the legal aid question arises.

    And her report was sensationalised. It identifed a (through fair means or foul) a small but significant group of lawyers who rip off the system (which is ironic given the system rips every competent lawyer off) but went on to say that LSA was hopeless, lawyers were underpaid and undertrained.

    The irony was that she gave the law society a suggested 3 years to “clean up” a mess that she failed to identify beyond anecdote and hearsay and that the LSA (the contractor ) has never addressed (save for one case).

    Still, as you note, lawyers are not the most popular species (unless you’re in the shit) so what the hell – fuck ‘em they’re not going to change the course of an election.

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  15. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Jeff83 ,yeah that’s probably the right angle. Policy achievements to come too, presumably.

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  16. F E Smith (3,305 comments) says:

    David, can you please name the rorts that the legal aid lawyers are engaging in? Most of the criticism of the defence bar seems to be aimed at competence rather than dishonesty, with the exception of Manakau. Certainly nowhere else in the country seemed to be criticised for dishonesty, with the exception of Palmerston North, which criticism was more competence based I think.

    GPT is correct, the report was sensationalised. Bazely knew what Power wanted and had to stretch the bounds of hearsay to be able to include any real criticism of the legal profession. It seems, however, that she found ample evidence of the LSA’s failings. But Power had said that the lawyers were ripping the system off so he needed some basis to show he was right.

    Ironically, Power was himself a Duty Solicitor, and if a duty solicitor then probably a legal aid lawyer, in Palmerston North.

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  17. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    F E Smith opines:

    Power had said that the lawyers were ripping the system off so he needed some basis to show he was right

    Ahem… In my nomination of John Whitehead for Public Servant of the Year I said “To speak truth to power requires courage. To tell him what he wants to hear requires Margaret Bazley” :-D

    Glad to see the legal fraternity agreeing. Upon reflection I’d go furtehr and say it was a broad and unjustified slur against an entire profession based on the actions of a few of its members. No different to the left wing blog commenters who cherry pick a few extreme comments from Kiwiblog and then characterise it as “the sewer” despite the fact that many people of considerable wisdom and eleoquence lend us the benefit of their input.

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  18. Tassman (234 comments) says:

    Actually, he runs away with the breeder’s trophy, his own cows!

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  19. Elijah Lineberry (306 comments) says:

    John Key as ‘Labour MP of the year’

    Ummmmm…?!?! David, what makes you think it was tongue in cheek? (I was just reading the National Party founding principles and cannot find a single one which has been implemented in the last year)

    http://www.nightcitytrader.blogspot.com

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  20. lyndon (325 comments) says:

    Manolo why do you call him John Neville Key?

    I’d assumed he referred to Neville Chamberlain. I was just trying to work though that analogy, but it turns out I can’t.

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  21. david c (254 comments) says:

    I also assumed he meant Neville Chamberlain, but I’m just not quite clear what the comparison is…

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