Trans-Tasman makes a rare mistake

September 13th, 2012 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Trans-Tasman this week said:

Given the jockeying for the ’s role inside National, why not offer the post to the man who has got a burning desire to preside over the House, deputy  Ross Robertson? At one stroke, it could strengthen the coalition’s majority. After all, there’s a precedent, when Jim Bolger enticed Labour’s Peter Tapsell to take the ’s chair back in 1993. On the other hand, it might be seen as just a tad too Machiavellian…….

Not machiavellian, just totally ineffective.

Trans-Tasman should know that the Speaker has had a deliberative vote since around 1996, when MMP came in. The party the Speaker comes from has no impact on the Government’s majority in the House.

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9 Responses to “Trans-Tasman makes a rare mistake”

  1. IHStewart (388 comments) says:

    Actually I was unaware of the change. I suspect a lot of people missed that.

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  2. dave53 (85 comments) says:

    Obviously not written by Ian Templeton!

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  3. boredboy (250 comments) says:

    Perhaps the author is mistaking us with the Australian House of Representatives.

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  4. Graeme Edgeler (3,274 comments) says:

    They should also know that Ross Robertson is not Deputy Speaker.

    I think he would be a good choice, however, even though it doesn’t make a difference to the votes.

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  5. Ross Miller (1,679 comments) says:

    Just a tad suprised that Eric Roy doesn’t appear to be in the mix. He is afterall the Deputy Speaker and appears to have the respect of the House.

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  6. tvb (4,242 comments) says:

    Being a good speaker is about temperament. Margaret Wilson was plainly not fit for purpose though she had the intellect. Of the names mentioned I just do not know who would do. I suspect Eros Roy may not be quick enough on his feet. No doubt Lickwood Smith will have some views on the matter.

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  7. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Eros Roy?

    Perhaps he is seen as too licentious for the role :-)

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  8. s.russell (1,580 comments) says:

    It is regrettable that the role has become a consolation prize for expired ministers (even if the choice of Smith on this basis turned out serendipitous). It would be nice to see a decision based on considering who would actually be best at the job.

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  9. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    s.russell,

    I think, perhaps, the reason is not so much the role being seen as a place for outgoing Ministers as it is that it is perceived that there is no role within Govt for a retiring Speaker to go to. So once you take the role, there is no other place to go than retirement.

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