If we ever wanted a priceless example of how Labour regard taxpayers and Parliament, it is this blog post from Trevor Mallard:
She is a member of the Electoral Legislation Committee. It sat from 10am to 4pm today with a 45 minute lunch break. Anyone who was outside Room 3 Parliament House would have seen her going into the room and coming out with other members of the committee.
Asked Nats why she wasn’t working on her campaign.
” No one would replace her.”
Don’t think they believe they have a chance – but they didn’t need to throw in the towel so early.
So just think about this. Hekia is paid by the taxpayers to be a Member of Parliament. Her role as a by-election candidate is supplemental to that – ie to be done when not conflicting with parliamentary duties.
But Trevor wonderfully shows us what Labour thinks of that notion – scorn and derision.
Now everyone knows that Mana is not marginal. For National to win would require two unique firsts – a Government to win a seat off the Opposition in a by-election and for Mana to vote National. But having said that, Hekia is working very hard on the campaign. But unlike Trevor I don’t think that means she should never turn up to the House and not turn up to select committees.