Young on McClay

January 14th, 2013 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

interviews Rotorua MP Todd McClay:

What highlights have you had in the past year?

The first was being asked to chair the finance and expenditure committee. It’s a big step up and quite an honour if I look at other members in Parliament who have been offered the opportunity over the years to choose FEC. The other, and I wouldn’t put one before the other, being able to negotiate support for my member’s bill once it came out of the ballot with Act, United Future and New Zealand First to get my gang patch bill over the line [banning gang patches in Government- and local government-owned buildings]. I’ve received support from those parties to see it all the way into law.

On other MPs:

What other MP makes people’s lives better and does their party impress you and why?

There’s a number of them … Probably the one that I respect the most of other parties would be Te Ururoa Flavell. I find him to be a man of great dignity and respect and a lot of integrity and honesty. His electorate of Waiariki and Rotorua overlap. We work quite closely together on a number of local issues. I have a lot of respect for him because of the gravitas and dignity he brings to the job in Wellington, but the human side to his politics I see on a pretty regular basis around our electorate.

I also think Flavell is a very good MP.

How are you unwinding over summer?

My wife’s a Kiwi too but all my kids were born overseas so when we chose to come home it was so my children could do the stuff I did when I was growing up. Our holiday this year is going to be around camping and beaches. I want them to be able to enjoy for the whole of the school holiday all of the pursuits you can have around water in New Zealand which, by the way, nobody owns. We are going to be camping in and around beaches in the Gisborne area, a bit in the Bay of Plenty and for a week we are heading off into the bush to do a little bit of hunting and walking and staying in a hut away from everybody else.

Sounds like a great family summer.

Do you mean you want Tim Groser’s job [Trade Negotiations Minister]?

I don’t think anybody could do Tim Groser’s job but I would love an opportunity to do more in an area I have done a bit of work in before.

The translation is “Hell, yes” :-)

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9 Responses to “Young on McClay”

  1. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    I guess McClay couldn’t be any worse than Groser.

    I my view, the next Government will produce the best trade negotiations minister NZ has ever seen in Kennedy Graham. A man who can do the grunt work on the international scene. A man not easily fooled by the trappings of alcohol and business class flights.

    [DPF: yes we need a trade minister from a party that is against trade!]

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  2. Manolo (13,517 comments) says:

    A man not easily fooled by the trappings of alcohol and business class flights.

    For some reason the name of the venal Winston Peters comes to mind.

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  3. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    Perhaps John Key could offer trade negotiations to John Banks. Try and keep him out of the country until the next election. Make him travel with a minder who can also try and hatch-up any blunders. Probably a low risk around alcohol than some of the other candidates.

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  4. hmmokrightitis (1,579 comments) says:

    Ah hammy, so easy to make unfounded criticisms from your armchair isn’t it? If you had 10% of the skills of Groser, understood the pressures of a role like his, and still managed to deliver what he has done – then we might listen.

    I mean, FFS, you obviously forgot your login / password combo for V1, right? Why would anyone trust you to deliver anything more than a soggy biscuit competition?

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  5. hamnidaV2 (247 comments) says:

    hmmokrightitis – “deliver what he has done” What exactly? A hangover.

    I use the same password for most websites, including Kiwiblog, so I highly doubt I forgot it. I think I was kicked-off because DPF didn’t like my views on Peter Jackson. So I started a new log-in, “hamnidaV2″.

    On that note, I see Jackson has not been nominated for any Oscars.

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  6. hmmokrightitis (1,579 comments) says:

    Aw bless, I forgot youre a socialist, success in others is to be derided, what was I thinking :)

    And if DPF kicked you for something, he will kick you again for coming back I suspect, unless youve served your time.

    And youve been badly misinformed. 3 nominations I think, might have been 2. Apparently hes happy with that. Shame that, you know, that whole ‘facts’ thing.

    Dickhead.

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  7. labrator (1,892 comments) says:

    Where were Todd’s children born?

    I use the same password for most websites

    Says a lot about you.

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  8. Reid (16,180 comments) says:

    McClay would be useless. Sure, anyone would by comparison to Grosser but he has nothing to bring to the job. We need someone at least as good as Joyce would be at it if not Joyce himself, since its vital to us, it’s right now more vital to us than warfare is, it matters more, on a daily basis and the value indeed necessity of having a total star in the role all the time across administrations is proved when people like Mike Moore and Tim Grosser expose the potential of the role to drive the economy. Why the heck don’t we all do this all the time no matter who is in power? Why don’t we have a standard parliamentary practice of training people from both sides how to take over from the incumbent total star? As in, the politicians who wish to learn from both sides are mentored in the art of trade by whomever side is in the role. Make a point of it. Institutionalise it.

    There’s plenty of deals to be made all over this world, and unfortunately with all due respect to the man, I don’t think someone like McClay is capable yet of opening those doors. But maybe in fifteen years he will.

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  9. hmmokrightitis (1,579 comments) says:

    Couldn’t agree more Reid, nicely put. Their role is so fundamental to taking us to the world, it really should be the rock stars who get it, and whatever they are paid its worth it. Deal makers, the likes of Grosser, and to a lesser extent, Key, are what we need. We are a tiny little country at the bottom of the world, and the ability to raise our profile is a huge dependency for us.

    More power to you Timbo :)

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