F for consistency

June 19th, 2013 at 3:07 pm by David Farrar

Kate Shuttleworth at NZ Herald reports:

A privileges complaint has been laid with the Speaker of Parliament over the behaviour of two veteran Labour MPs at last week’s Law and Order Select Committee.

Committee chairwoman Jacqui Dean is unhappy with the way and Phil Goff behaved during the appearance of Police Commissioner Peter Marshall and Deputy Commissioner Mike Bush.

Labour MP Trevor Mallard stormed out of the committee during a fiery exchange about the eulogy given by Mr Bush at the funeral of former detective inspector Bruce Hutton in April. …

Mr Goff argued with Ms Dean and swore after his questions about police redundancies and station closures were stifled.

Mrs Dean said both outbursts were unacceptable.

I understand Goff used the F word, which is definitely not allowed in Parliament.

Mr Mallard said: “The only comment I will make is the fact that Jacqui Dean has been public [about the complaint] is an indication that she’s not taking it seriously.

“You either let the Speaker decide if you’ve got a case or you make a fuss about it publicly, you don’t do both,” he said.

Does no one in Labour think about their record before they open their mouth? So according to Trevor you shouldn’t make a fuss about privilege complaints if you are serious about them. Well let’s look at some recent cases:

Here’s his own leader David Shearer just a few days ago:

New Zealanders are still none the wiser as to who leaked the Kitteridge Report. All we have is an MP who has resigned as minister but refuses to cooperate with the inquiry. The matter cannot lie here. This is why we have taken the matter to the to get to the bottom of who leaked the report.

So according to Trevor’s own words, David Shearer is not serious about his privileges complaint as he went public about it!!

And if we go further back we have:

  • 10 Oct 2011 – Press Release by Phil Goff about how Labour is laying a privileges complaint against the PM over comments in the House
  • 1o July 2011 – Press Release by Trevor Mallard about how Labour is laying a privileges complaint against Bill English over comments in the House about asset sales 
  • 30 July 2009 – Press Release by Clayton Cosgrove about how Labour is laying a privileges complaint against ACT MP David Garrett over comments in a select committee 
  • 7 July 2009 – Press Release by Grant Robertson about how labour is laying a privileges complaint against Nick Smith over comments in Parliament relating to ACC redundancies

Trevor gets an F for consistency!

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17 Responses to “F for consistency”

  1. In Vino Veritas (140 comments) says:

    Of course no Labour MP thinks about their record before opening their mouth. I cannot recall a more risible bunch of no-hopers representing a main party in Parliament. They continue to defy belief with their repetitious ineptitude.

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  2. queenstfarmer (782 comments) says:

    Hypocrisy from Labour has become so frequent and normal that it has just become background noise.

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  3. Eisenhower (137 comments) says:

    Trevor usually lets his fists do the talking

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  4. Keeping Stock (10,405 comments) says:

    The real consistency here is Trevor Mallard’s unparliamentary conduct. It has been one of the hallmarks of his time in politics.

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  5. virtualmark (1,536 comments) says:

    But you don’t have to be consistent when you know your fellow travellers in the media will never call you on your inconsistencies.

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  6. KiwiGreg (3,259 comments) says:

    Is the F word “fuck”?

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  7. David Garrett (7,523 comments) says:

    You forgot the one by Carmel Sepuloni about how I had supposedly threatened poor little Clayton and asked him to step outside….they got on the front page with that one. I guess from what Trevor has just said they knew from the outset that both of the complaints were crap, and the Speaker would see them as such. As he did.

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  8. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    As Tory stooges go, Dean is pretty meaningless and not terribly bright.

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10463579

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  9. bringbackdemocracy (428 comments) says:

    How long will Trevor’s menopause last?

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  10. Colville (2,298 comments) says:

    Is the F word “fuck”?

    Yes F is for Fuck.

    And in Mallards case F stands for Fuckwit.

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  11. queenstfarmer (782 comments) says:

    Won’t find many arguments there, ross69.

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  12. F E Smith (3,307 comments) says:

    As Tory stooges go

    I don’t get it; what does the Conservative and Unionist Party of the United Kingdom have to do with this subject?  

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  13. David Garrett (7,523 comments) says:

    FES: It’s more than a little amusing, isnt it? I can remember as a young tacker of 7 or 8 our neighbours darkly talking about “the tories”…. but that’s pushing 50 years ago…Ross69 was more than likely born that year…

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  14. Pete George (23,680 comments) says:

    Here you go DG:

    The exchange is understood to have taken place in a closed session of the law and order committee on Wednesday, and has prompted a privileges complaint from Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni.

    It is understood her complaint relates to an exchange between Mr Garrett and another Labour MP, believed to be law and order spokesman Clayton Cosgrove.

    The complaint is thought to centre on claims that Mr Garrett used a phrase along the lines of “let’s take this outside” during his discussion with Mr Cosgrove.

    Ms Sepuloni tried to table the complaint, which she made to Speaker Lockwood Smith, in Parliament yesterday but was blocked by National MP Sandra Goudie, who chairs the committee.

    Labour MP Chris Hipkins later claimed in the House that Mr Garrett had threatened another MP. “I understand that he’s taken to threatening other members of Parliament at select committees when he disagrees with them.”

    Mr Garrett said through a party spokeswoman that he could not comment on the allegations as they related to a closed session of a select committee and discussing them publicly was in itself a breach of privilege.

    But wait, there was more…

    Yesterday’s complaint is the second privileges allegation Mr Garrett has faced in a week. The first, laid by Mr Cosgrove, also related to an incident in the law and order committee after Mr Garrett told prison officers who spoke out against plans for privately run jails that they had hurt their job prospects.

    Mr Garrett said he had simply pointed out that the officers were not likely to be employed by a firm about which they had made negative statements.

    Both have ironic similarities to a current allegations against Mallard.

    DG can explain some more.

    http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/2728548/MP-David-Garrett-accused-of-threat

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  15. Floyd60 (92 comments) says:

    Shrill, petty, small minded.

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  16. David Garrett (7,523 comments) says:

    Why would I “explain some more” you silly old man?

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  17. Black with a Vengeance (1,865 comments) says:

    The F word?

    As in…Where the Fa’afoi is the real Labour police spokesperson?

    “Better fucking not be on those fucking pokies at sky city again the useless fucker!”

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