The Fairfax front bench ratings

December 15th, 2012 at 8:24 am by David Farrar

Fairfax have rated the respective front benches. Their ratings on a one to five star scale are:

  • Tony Ryall 4.5
  • Paula Bennett 4.0
  • John Key 4.0
  • Gerry Brownlee 4.0
  • Judith Collins 4.0
  • Chris Finlayson 3.5
  • Bill English 3.5
  • Steven Joyce 3.5
  • David Carter 2.5
  • Hekia Parata 0.5

The minor parties:

  • Russel Norman 4.5
  • Peter Dunne 3.5
  • Winston Peters 3.0
  • Hone Harawira 3.0
  • Tariana Turia 2.5
  • Metiria Turei 2.5
  • Barbara Stewart 2.0
  • Pita Sharples 1.5
  • John Banks 0

Labour

  • David Parker 4.5
  • David Shearer 4.0
  • Jacinda Ardern 3.5
  • Grant Robertson 3.0
  • Clayton Cosgrove 2.5
  • Maryan Street 2.0
  • Su’a William Sio 2.0
  • Nanaia Mahuta 1.0

A fair few there I’d dispute, but each to their own!

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35 Responses to “The Fairfax front bench ratings”

  1. MrTips (144 comments) says:

    I know the rating is stars, but one can’t help convert it to percent……it just works better.

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  2. MT_Tinman (2,985 comments) says:

    I noticed there was no name(s) of who did the ratings published.

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  3. sparky (235 comments) says:

    How they could give David Shearer 4.0 Wussel Norman 4.5, and David Parker 4.5 is simply just laughable. What has David Shearer done to even feature, and the other two, say no more. Couple of others I would dispute too. I see it was done by Fairfax, so say no more. The give Chris Finlayson 3.5, what planet are they on. Oh that’s right Planet Labour, who don’t believe the world economy is at an all time low.

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  4. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    Many might be surprised to learn that Su’a William Sio is a frontbencher.

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  5. adamsmith1922 (888 comments) says:

    Jacinda Ardern 3.6, they must be in a parallel universe, especially when they suggest she was landing blows on Bennett
    If Parata was a 1/2 then Mahuta should be zero

    Whilst detesting Peters surely he did better than the Vicar of Bray (aka Peter Dunne)

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  6. Michael (895 comments) says:

    Under Shearer, Labour have climbed a few percentage points. He deserves credit for that – but 4 out of 5? Did Fairfax forget about Rufus Painter and Fran’s partner – Shearer has been caught telling porkies more than once. And David Parker is so boring he’s like watching paint dry, he’s got nothing on Bill English, and I don’t recall ever seeing him in the media except for soundbites on the Government or Shearer’s leadership.

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  7. mikenmild (10,644 comments) says:

    I should be quite interested if DPF, or someone, did a comparative survey of these ‘ratings’ alongside the Trans-Tasman ‘ratings’ and other similar exercises, maybe including the Kiwiblog rankings.

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  8. adamsmith1922 (888 comments) says:

    How the hell does Barbara Stewart rate 2 has anyone heard of her
    Turei a 2.5, she is dreadful
    Shearer and Parker ratings are a nonsense, perhaps Hartevelt ranked them
    Cosgrove 2.5 a joke surely

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  9. Peter (1,578 comments) says:

    A poll lacks all credibility if it doesn’t feature Rajen Prasad.

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  10. mikenmild (10,644 comments) says:

    There might possibly be some differences between ‘polls’, ‘ratings’ and random individual opinions.

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  11. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    Perhaps Cosgrove’s “2.5″ is a description of his haircut.

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  12. rg (197 comments) says:

    Zero for Banks is an indication of the problem ACT NZ has with a biased media. Banks introduced the Partnership schools legislation which will probably be the biggest shakeup og our education system ever, what did Norman achieve?
    Reform of the RMA and welfare are ACT initiatives largely ignored by the media.
    Also ignored is the fact that because ACT forced National not to restrict access to international carbon credits, each family in NZ is $1200 better off per year.

    The press gallery are lazy and biased, most of them raving lefties. There goal is to get rid of ACT and pave the way for a left wing govt.

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  13. Nookin (3,034 comments) says:

    I really cannot fathom why Russel Norman is getting so much kudos. He, and the Greens, have opposed every constructive step to create employment. His “we will print the money” policy has been thoroughly discredited – universally so. The uncompromising approach by the Green party is one of the biggest obstacles facing the economy. To his credit, he has brought a ragtag bunch of activists into line but his unprincipled approach to the vandalism of the signs prior to the last election and his wholly unrealistic expectation of key Cabinet posts have discredited him altogether.

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  14. thedavincimode (6,530 comments) says:

    Nookin

    You might not have noticed the title of this thread: “The Fairfax front bench ratings”

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  15. Inky_the_Red (735 comments) says:

    I don’t support Banks and he has done poorly this year but surely he has done beeter than Parata and Mahuta

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  16. Bill (90 comments) says:

    Cunliffe was the star performer of the Labour Party in Patliament by a country mile.
    To put Shearer and Parker at the top makes a joke of Fairfax. Shearer deserved a 1, for turning up!
    This Fairfax “thing” bring into question the objectivity and more of their lead political writers.

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  17. ben (2,396 comments) says:

    Parker 4.5 vs English 3.5? Pull the other one. Fairfax must have caught Parker’s bug and started multiplying by 7.

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  18. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    I take it these ratings are how well they shaft the NZ taxpayer. Ryall certainly wins as he has done nothing to reign in the fat ludicrous health system.

    Fiddleson should rate higher as I’ve never seen such rapid shafting as he’s done giving so much away to iwi.

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  19. Harriet (4,509 comments) says:

    Are you people fucken serious?

    What’s the point of this?

    Most people vote on policy – not how the ‘unsearching nz media’ rate politicians!

    I think Fairfax is taking the piss out of gullable people like you lot….I actually feel sorry for you all…truely I do! :cool:

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  20. bc (1,332 comments) says:

    rg @9.36am
    So you think that the media are responsibly for destroying ACT? Really? Seriously?
    John Banks is a liar. He has no credibility whatsoever. Zero stars is where he is at.
    The election 2014 will see the end of ACT and it would be the medias fault. It will be John Bank’s legacy – the man who killed ACT.

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  21. bc (1,332 comments) says:

    And as for charter schools – there is NO mandate for them whatsoever. (I notice that thay are now called partnership schools in an attempt to make them more palatable for the public).
    After 2014, (assuming National are running the country) with ACT gone National will have to make charter schools their policy. I suspect there will be more backtracking from Hekia.

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  22. rg (197 comments) says:

    bc
    Of course the medai were responsible for the losses experienced by ACT. By publishing inaccurate polls before the last election and not releasing any ACT Party policy while falling over themselves to publish Green and Mana Party policy.
    The pollsters and the media have never been called to account for getting it so wrong. They consistently get ACT polls wrong. Either the pollsters are incompetent or corrupt.

    You obviously don’t like Partnership schools and judging by the hatred you display you are a lefty yourself. If you had read ACT Party policy before the election you would not be surprised. You would have had to read it because the media did not publish any ACT policy let alone education.
    Peter Dunne has negotoiated as part of his coalition agreement free healthcare for all 65 year olds regardless of how wealthy they are. You would have to argue that there is no mandate for that either but I don’t supose you will.

    Every family in NZ is $1200 per year betther off because of ACT refusing to let National restrict international carbon credits. Unbelievably National were going to do this. That would make them as protectionist, interventionist and as socialist as Labour.

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  23. rg (197 comments) says:

    bc, I just clicked you are a teacher. I am sorry I didn’t realise of course you would not want anything to uspet the great number you are on, no performance pay, no accountability, no competition and for 20% of our kids, no education.

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  24. bc (1,332 comments) says:

    rg, it’s not about being a “lefty”. It’s all about reading up on issues and making an informed opinion. You are quite welcome to disagree with my opinion of course. But instead you attack the messager rather than the messenge.
    It’s interesting that you accuse me of hatred, yet your posts are full of nasty comments attacking me rather than the issue. Pot calling the kettle black my friend.

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  25. bc (1,332 comments) says:

    Damn no edit ability! Should read: But instead you attack the messenger rather than the message.

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  26. greenjacket (416 comments) says:

    David Parker 4.5
    WTF? Parker gets totally owned by English and Key in the House. Parker’s one policy, the Housing Lottery, turned into a joke (especially when it became apparent that David Parker has trouble with maths).

    David Shearer 4.0
    Riiiight. So an Opposition leader ends his first year failing to land any significant hits on the government, has his one big policy on a Housing Lottery pretty much discredited and an ongoing source of amusement for National, and is hated by his own party members – and you know that Shearer is pretty much a dead duck when National supporters want him to stay as Labour leader – and Fairfax journalists rate him as a 4? Oaaakayyy.

    Jacinda Ardern 3.5
    And her attempted King hit on Paula Bennett resulted in exposing a policy that the Labour Party introduced. 3.5? Seriously?

    Fairfax journalists really are a useless bunch That people actually buy their rubbish newspapers is beyond belief.

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  27. mikenmild (10,644 comments) says:

    Holy cow, there was a true ACT believer in this thread! Right down to the ‘pollsters getting it wrong’. Amazing, I thought they had all gone away.

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  28. Rex Widerstrom (5,257 comments) says:

    Just did a search on Fairfax’s own website (Stuff). Su’a William Sio features mostly for two reasons – a conservative stance on the issue of gay marriage (irresistible to journos looking to report a nice bloody internal stoush), him in a tizzy he won’t be sworn into Parliament in Samoan, and – about the only things I can find where he’s standing up for his constituents rather than it being all about him – funding for MIT and Pacific Island families being pestered by fundraising delegations from their home islands.

    On employment – his primary front bench responsibility – there is very little, and most of what there is is utterly predictable.

    And this performance rates a 2 (which, as someone pointed out above, is equivalent to 40%), seriously? Did they even read their own coverage before handing out these ratings?

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  29. rg (197 comments) says:

    milkenmild where would ACT supporters go? For anyone who believes in self responsibility, and in getting the govt out of our lives so that we can get on with it and who is not a socialist there is no other party.
    Bill English is going to veto the paid parental leave bill because it is too expensive but then goes on to say that extending paid parental leave is a good idea. One presumes that as soon as we get back on our feet financially his govt will be dishing out more welfare.
    National and labour both believe in socialistic principles, they just think that they can do socialism better than the other.
    bc must be a teacher.

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  30. bc (1,332 comments) says:

    rg, I’m a parent who has children in classes of 30. Naturally I along with plenty of other voters wasn’t happy with Hekia’s plans to cut teacher numbers and increase class sizes further. National was dropping in the polls until Hekia did some backpedalling (something she has been doing quite a bit of this year) so I know I’m in the majority here!
    Unlike you that uses the word teacher like it is a dirty word, I’m very appreciative and supportive of my childrens teachers. They are caring and work incredibly hard. Given the Novopay shambles (which Hekia has kept silent about) and the teacher bashing that goes on (thankfully only from a small ignorant minority) I’m amazed that they continue to do what they do.

    I’m also a parent that TALKS to my childrens teachers often. I know where they are at with their learning and where they need to go. I don’t need national standards to tell me where they are with their learning – I actually take some responsibility for my childrens learning and work in tandem with their teachers to ensure they are progressing. Frankly I believe the supporters of national standards and teacher bashers are that way because it is easier to just say it’s the teachers job, let them do it (and then criticise them of course).

    I’m also against a government which seems to be hell-bent on privatising education which I am opposed to. If that makes me a “lefty” or a “socialist” in your eyes then so be it. I couldn’t care less what you think. However, I voted National in the last election and will probably vote for them again in 2014. On many issues I think National are on the right track. But I believe National is getting it wrong with their education policy. I also think that Hekia is absolutely hopeless, and I know that I’m not the only one who thinks that!! She has no understanding of educational issues, and is just a puppet for Bill English who is holding the strings. I also think that the government has NO mandate to introduce charter schools.

    Finally rg, your beloved ACT party is dead in the water. Banks is only in there because of a deal done in Epsom. But you must be dreaming if you think that Epsom is going to vote for a liar, self-interested conman next time. And there is nothing you can do to change that.

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  31. Liberty (234 comments) says:

    How did Winston get 3?
    That might have been 20 years ago
    Now days he only a doddery old fool.

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  32. mikenmild (10,644 comments) says:

    ‘vote for a liar, self-interested conman’.
    If Banks had been the only person in ACT worthy of such a descrioption, rg might have had a point.

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  33. rg (197 comments) says:

    The people of Epsom have a choice, vote ACT and get a National govt or vote National and get a Labour govt. I think they are smart enough to see beyond the vitriol.
    If Mother Teresa was the leader of ACT she would be vilified. I think National voters are upset that they have had to abandon just about every principle they ever stood for to support a National govt that seems to have few principles. And to see a Party like ACT that stands for the things National voters know are needed like self responsibility and small govt must be upsetting and explains the vitriol.

    The Novapay was/ is a shambles. The schools were suposed to pay the teachers who did not get paid out of their operational budgets which were then topped up by the Ministry. No teacher should have gone unpaid yet they were complaining about missing mortgage payments. The only reason any teacher would not have been paid was because of incompetent school staff. Doesn’t excuse Novapay for their incompetence though.

    Apparently teachers at private schools were not affected. Neither would have any teachers at Partnership schools had they been operating. Competition will make education better. If my kid was in a class of 30 I would send them to a private school or if I could not afford that a Partnership school.
    John Key lied about the springbok tour, Dotcom, standard and poors downgrade, shares, not raising GST etc etc etc.

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  34. wiseowl (756 comments) says:

    This business of rating by journos has to stop.Who the hell do they think they are.Its time we had somewhere to rate the journos.

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  35. mikenmild (10,644 comments) says:

    Could we vote journos into office as well?

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