The 2012 Trans-Tasman Ratings

December 3rd, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

Transtasman has published (not yet online) its annual ratings for the 121 MPs. As usual, I do some analysis.

The overall average rating is 4.4 (-0.6 from 2011, which is a significant drop)

Average Ratings per Party

  1. United Future 6.5 (+1.5)
  2. Maori 5.7 (-0.1)
  3. National 4.9 (-0.3)
  4. Mana 4.5 (-0.5)
  5. Green 4.0 (-0.7)
  6. Labour 4.0 (-0.1)
  7. NZ First 3.4

I actually thought the Greens were a bit hard done by. I thought Hague, Hughes and Genter who scored 5, 3 and 3.5 all should have got higher marks.

Top MPs

  1. Chris Finlayson 8.0 (+1.0)
  2. Russel Norman 8.0 (nc)
  3. John Key 9.0 (-1.0)

The next five MPs on 7.5 are Tony Ryall, Tim Groser, Bill English, Judith Collins and Gerry Brownlee.

Bottom MPs

  1. John Banks 0
  2. Rajan Prasad 1.0 (nc)
    Kanwalkit Bakshi 1.0 (-2.0)

14 MPs were rated just 2/10.

Top Labour MPs

  1. David Parker 6.5 (+0.5)
    Phil Goff 6.5 (+0.5)
  2. Grant Robertson 6.0 (nc)
    Annette King 6.0 (nc)

David Shearer was rated 15th equal in Labour, along with Kris Faafoi, Shane Jones and Megan Woods!

Top Third Party MPs

  1. Russel Norman 8.0 (nc)
  2. Winston Peters 7.0
  3. Peter Dunne 6.5 (+1.5)
  4. Tariana Turia 6.0 (-0.5)
    Metiria Turei 6.0 (nc)
    Te Ururoa Flavell 6.0 (+1.0)

Biggest Increases

  1. Louisa Wall +2.0
    Colin King +2.0
  2. Peter Dunne +1.5
    Jonathan Coleman +1.5
    Chris Hipkins +1.5
    Paul Hutchison +1.5
    Ross Robertson +1.5
    Clare Curran +1.5

Biggest Decreases

  1. Hekia Parata -4.5
  2. Kanwlakit Bakshi -.2.0
    Nanaia Mahuta -2.0
    Phil Heatley -2.0

Group Ratings

  1. Ministers 6.0 (-0.3)
  2. Cabinet 6.1 (-0.3)
  3. National frontbench 6.8 (-0.4)
  4. Labour frontbench 4.1 (-0.7)
  5. National backbench 4.0

Both front benches have dropped compared to 2011. However National’s frontbench still rates an average 1.9 higher than National as a whole. Labour’s frontbench ranks just 0.1 higher than the caucus as a whole, which cements the perception that a reshuffle is definitely needed. Five of Labour’s eight frontbenchers got a score of under 5/10.

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22 Responses to “The 2012 Trans-Tasman Ratings”

  1. Harriet (4,752 comments) says:

    What’s the lowest common denominator then David?….because that would be a better reflection of the legislation that they put through their MMP parliment!

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  2. Peter (1,686 comments) says:

    Surely, the only way is up for Rajan.

    Unless it’s down.

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  3. PaulL (6,013 comments) says:

    Interesting. If I ran a political party I wouldn’t make decisions solely based on this kind of material, as it’s open to bias.

    Having said that, I agree that a party’s front bench should be their strongest performers. It’s very unusual that the front bench would rate the same as the overall caucus, noting that the overall caucus has people like Rajan Prasad in it. They should be dropping the lower performers from front bench, and promoting the higher performers from the general caucus, which will push down the backbench rating and up the frontbench rating. And, if the ratings are even close to being correct, improve Labour’s overall performance.

    No real likelihood of that though, Shearer needs support from much of the frontbench in order to keep his job.

    National still doing an OK job in keeping popular. Fixing the country……less so. Ah well.

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  4. Nookin (3,254 comments) says:

    Peter

    He may, of course, be moved sideways.

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  5. RRM (9,764 comments) says:

    Kinda cute that both big parties have a token Indian List MP… and interesting that both are all but invisible and rated as really really shit by Trans-Tasman.

    I wonder if either man gets referred to, or even addressed as “Token” by their peers?

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  6. PaulL (6,013 comments) says:

    @RRM: heh.

    It is of course possible that they’re doing great work in the Indian community that isn’t visible to Trans-Tasman. I somewhat doubt it, but you never know.

    There are a number of other tokens in there as well, if you look. I think Labour has a token straight white male, for example.

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  7. Peter (1,686 comments) says:

    He may, of course, be moved sideways

    I’m sure such a cunning move would be a strategic bid for the leadership. What else could it possibly be? In years to come, the saying “Never underestimate Rajan” will be a phrase on more than one persons lips.

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  8. Rex Widerstrom (5,342 comments) says:

    14 MPs at 2/10, 2 on 1.0 and one on 0. Most not even making a pass mark.

    Thanks, those who blindly supported no significant changes to MMP. FPP gave us dozing dimwits in safe seats. Now we have that plus tokenistic timeservers and the leader’s lackeys stuffing party lists, all funded by the long-suffering taxpayer.

    How did anyone look at this mess – which, by any historical standard you care to apply, has been getting steadily worse – and think “yep, she’ll be right”?

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  9. Steve Wrathall (281 comments) says:

    So handing over billions to greedy racists is what is required to earn top ranking from this crowd apparently. I’d be proud of recieving a zero if I was Banksie.

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  10. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    In years to come, the saying “Never underestimate Rajan” will be a phrase on more than one persons lips.

    Kiwiblog pundits don’t. Just look at the sidebar poll.

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  11. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    I’m not sure which is more laughable: Coverage of Trans-Tasman’s ‘ratings’ as though they are some kind of meaningful measure or DPF’s ‘analysis’ of such data.

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  12. Peter (1,686 comments) says:

    Kiwiblog pundits don’t. Just look at the sidebar poll.

    ;)

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  13. PaulL (6,013 comments) says:

    mikenmild: heh. If the rankings were favourable to Labour you’d have a different story. Sorry, no credibility with that statement.

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  14. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    I must admit that my bullshit detector goes off when DPF purports to analyse something. Trans-Tasman is a weekly newsletter put out by one guy who has been in the press gallery since the 1950s. So this is subjective ‘data’ from one journalist analysed for significance by DPF. Chortle.

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  15. Pete George (23,421 comments) says:

    I must admit that my bullshit detector goes off when mm purports to criticise DPF for his analytical skills. What has built KB’s reputation? After carefully analysing the evidence mm’s contributions can be ruled out.

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  16. mikenmild (11,246 comments) says:

    When does your Dear Leader come out with his ratings, PG? That’s always fascinating reading.

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  17. Griff (7,219 comments) says:

    I wonder about the poll
    at first it was Rajan by a large margin over shearer
    at a guess it was the KB stalwarts with that punt on rajan it seems to have come back to shearer since then
    May be the labour shearer faction has been at work on here
    It would be interesting to see a graph of votes for over time :grin:

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  18. Pete George (23,421 comments) says:

    Don’t know what you’re talking about mm. And I rule myself, I’ve never been ruled by any politician. Have you?

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  19. bhudson (4,736 comments) says:

    Griff,

    The truth is that Cunliffe has been the ‘stalking horse’ masking Rajan’s ascendancy. Unfortunately the Kiwiblog pundits saw right through the Brzezinski strategy. It is by good fortune, but not at all surprising, that Camp Shearer and the MSM haven’t figured it out yet.

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  20. ChardonnayGuy (1,195 comments) says:

    I note the breathtaking silence about the lamentable Mr Bakshi.

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  21. E. Campbell (90 comments) says:

    I was surprised at how high a score Parata was awarded. Similarly, I was surprised at how high a score Banks was awarded.

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  22. lazza (380 comments) says:

    Hey Guys and Gals … lay off Rajeen OK? I worked with RP at Massey (at Albany) … and he really “worked”, unlike a huge number of other tenured drones who just winged/cruised it. For an academic, he also knew the ropes and IP relating to commerce, acquiring research funding, he possesses great empathy-people-skills and thrives promoting teamwork. Not bad credentials for a budding MP eh?. If he, as an MP (and others?) fail to shine … amongst all the kneedeep BS of the Beehive then maybe its because they lack the showy PR BS … so beloved of the media corps … so absent from RP.

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