Profile of David Clark

March 10th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Vernon Small profiles David Clark:

Clark, a Presbyterian minister, returned the favour, officiating at Robertson’s civil union. (The Wellington Central MP’s partner, Alf, joked at the ceremony that given the keen interest from singles of both sexes he was sorry to report Clark was neither gay nor single.) Clark and wife Katrina have two children, the youngest just 3 months old. Katrina is on maternity leave from the Ministry of Economic Development, overseen by his new political duelling partner, Joyce.

Clark concedes: “We will have to face how we handle that” but says she is an exemplary civil servant and a “fanatical observer” of the public service code of conduct.

I’m sure she is, as was Madeleine Setchell whom got effectively sacked and blacklisted from public service jobs because her boyfriend worked for John Key. It’s fortunate National actually believes in public sector neutrality – unlike Labour which talks the talk but didn’t walk the walk.

So far his biggest impact in the House has been his bill to ensure a statutory holiday on the next Monday if Waitangi Day or Anzac Day fall on a weekend. It should have the numbers to pass – a rare victory for a non-Government measure.

It will conclude its second reading on Wednesday 13 March, and should pass into law on 17 April. I support the bill.

Clark says the free market is a good servant if properly regulated.

A statement few can disagree with, but what is critical is the details. Most people accept a degree of regulation in the economy such as the Fair Trading Act, the Commerce Act. But the fact that some regulation is desirable doesn’t mean all regulation is desirable. I’d like to see examples from Clark as to what further regulation he proposes.

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11 Responses to “Profile of David Clark”

  1. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    Christ that is a stretch to bring up Madeleine Setchell in association with David Clark.

    I guess you are getting in early with the hatchet job since David Clark looks like he has a bright future.

    [DPF: You're being malignant. I did not suggest Clark had anything to do with that, and no one could think I am. What I did was remind people that Labour's record in office is appalling when it comes to political neutrality - yet they benefit from it when National is in]

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  2. Pete George (22,866 comments) says:

    Bryce Edwards also profiled Clark recently: David Clark: The political rise of ‘a nice guy’

    Clark is just the sort of politician that Labour desperately needs, because the party has failed to rejuvenate in recent years. Clark is very much the modern look for Labour – nice but not too radical. Time will tell as to whether he’s got the actual substance to fulfil the big predictions being made for him.

    He’s right, Clark is a genuine nice guy and Labour needs the likes of him to renew. He is yet to show much substance beyond reciting party slogans. I added some of my views.

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  3. Ed Snack (1,739 comments) says:

    Trouble is, what passes for “properly regulated” in Clark’s mind and what is a reasonable level of real regulation are probably chalk and cheese. Regulate private industry out of business is probably a reasonable translation of what he means.

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  4. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    Fair game and open season on MP’s spouses and partners now is it DPF?

    Gee I wonder how Double dipton will buy up shares in state assets if not by the same way he wormed his way out of owning his own house?

    [DPF: 20 demerits for lying. I did not and would not attack a spouse. In fact I was doing the opposite. I think it is great that his partner can work in a ministry he is the opposition spokesperson for. That is how it should work. Anyone who suggests a partner can not be professional and neutral and should suffer because of their spouse's choice is wrong.

    The point I was making is that Labour have a black mark on this issue, and I'll remind people of this]

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  5. Shunda barunda (2,965 comments) says:

    What a pwogwessive nashun wee a becoming.

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  6. UrbanNeocolonialist (184 comments) says:

    Pretty discouraging if a partner or other family has to pay any employment price for being associated with a politician, because at the end of the day I would far rather see more politicians with families and non-political partners who are exposed to the same issues as ordinary kiwis than non-representative childless politicians who only associate with other politicians.

    Fortunately Katrina Clark is likely to be somewhat protected by O’Sullivan’s First Law: All organizations that are not actually right-wing will over time become left-wing. The right wing are more liberal and inclusive – less dogmatic and with their belief in fairness will hire and promote from both the left and right. The left wing play favourites and practice exclusion, only hiring or promoting people who share their world view.

    Anyway good luck to her, and to all politicians families, they all pay a pretty high price for the involvement of their loved one’s in politics.

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  7. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    every time I see Clark, I think of Adrian Edmondson from the show Bottoms (The Young Ones).

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  8. Nick K (1,072 comments) says:

    But the fact that some regulation is desirable doesn’t mean all regulation is desirable. I’d like to see examples from Clark as to what further regulation he proposes.

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    Better still, what regulation he intends to get rid of, and how quickly.

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  9. Cato (1,094 comments) says:

    UrbanNeocolonialist -

    O’Sullivan’s Law!

    Well done. Very erudite.

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  10. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    LYING DPF???….hahaha….IT’S A FUCKING QUESTION!!!

    still, your blog, your rules.

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  11. Paulus (2,503 comments) says:

    Pity about his surname – should change it if he wants a real MP’s job – bad connotation for Labour party.

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