Cunliffe v Mallard

October 15th, 2013 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

The Herald reports:

Labour’s caucus meeting today will be the first MP has attended since he was demoted by new leader – and Mr Mallard said fears he will go rogue are unfounded, but nor will he disappear in 2014 and he still hopes to be made the Speaker if Labour wins the next election.

He still wanted to be Speaker and and Mr Cunliffe was open to that. “Absolutely. There’s no problem in that area.”

Really? Cunliffe is open to that? Luckily the Herald didn’t take Trevor’s word for it but asked Cunliffe:

Mr Cunliffe said he had not told Mr Mallard he could still be Speaker under a future Labour Government.

Doesn’t sound good for Trevor.

“No decisions have been made about that, but I’m well aware of his strong interest in it.” Asked if it was a sign he expected Mr Mallard to step down in 2014, he said he was not yet going through the process of holding retirement conversations with MPs.

The key words are “Not yet”

My expectation is that if Labour wins, they will put Annette King up to be Speaker.

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20 Responses to “Cunliffe v Mallard”

  1. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    Haere ra Trev.

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  2. Paulus (2,633 comments) says:

    Assuming that Annette King stands in 2014 and does not have a promised sinecure overseas to retire from Rongotai.

    It is no secret that Helen Kelly wants that seat, being a safe one, from which she can easily climb to power without having to watch her constituency to hard, with a large majority.

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  3. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    I think it highly unlikely that Mallard will retire next year.

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  4. burt (8,275 comments) says:

    Clever Trevor – the guy who voted to pass the EFA then had unauthorised signage on his Labour van…. It was confusing….

    No wonder he thinks he can have any job he wants – he’s never been held to account for any self serving positions he has taken – even when they broke the law …. the law he voted to pass.

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  5. adamsmith1922 (890 comments) says:

    Bully meets bully

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  6. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    If anyone could be a worse speaker than the Wilson woman then Trev could.

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  7. tvb (4,432 comments) says:

    The job of Speaker is not solely Labour’s to appoint. Cunliffe should careful not to start measuring the curtains before the election.

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  8. Manolo (13,840 comments) says:

    NZ doesn’t need a socialist thug and parasite like Mallard at all. The sooner he fucks off, the better.

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  9. anonymouse (717 comments) says:

    My expectation is that if Labour wins, they will put Annette King up to be Speaker.

    To run this scenario, they would have had to prise her out of Rongatai and on to the List,
    Its pretty hard to be speaker and be an effective constituent MP, (and no speaker since MMP has not been a list MP)

    I’m not saying that there is no shortage of current MPs lining up for a safe seat like Rongatai (Mr Little’s name seems to keep popping up in this regard), but Land lady King has shown no willingness to step aside….

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  10. Tom Jackson (2,553 comments) says:

    He’d probably make a good speaker. If Cunliffe promises him the job, he would likely shut up.

    They need Annette King as a minister. She’s one of the few in parliament who knows what she’s doing.

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  11. bhudson (4,740 comments) says:

    I think it highly unlikely that Mallard will retire next year.

    Perhaps Cunliffe will have him retired through the selection process. After all, busing supporters in to parachute in a leader’s favourite is par for the course for Labour.

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  12. BeaB (2,125 comments) says:

    Annette King has many good qualities but I still want to know the role she played that infamous night when a naked boy fled her house to escape Darren Hughes.
    Was she involved in any way? It is difficult to believe she snored happily throughout.

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  13. Pauleastbay (5,035 comments) says:

    I think it highly unlikely that Mallard will retire next year.

    or that labour have a shit show of getting anywhere near the Treasury benches.

    Tom et al can fantasize all they like but Cunliffe is already seen to be a union bum boy. NZer’s do not like unions. Everyone over 20 can remember those pommy union bullies so well that even lefties want nothing to do with the pricks.

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  14. Komata (1,191 comments) says:

    Now that Mr. Mallard has deigned to return to New Zealand, and knowing that he does read these pages, perhaps he might care to advise the forum members of his future plans, himself?

    After all, these ARE important questions for the nation to have answers about. For instance:

    Is he in fact still seeking the Speakers job?

    Is he going to stand again in 2014?

    Is he going to be loyal to the NZLP present leader (at least for a few minutes)?

    (It saves all the media speculation, you know)

    But then again……

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  15. King Kong (41 comments) says:

    As much as Cunliffe fancies himself, it is important to remember that although Mallard is a gigantic douche, he knows where the bodies are buried.

    Mallard could make Chris Carter look like a minor annoyance with what he could conjure up. He is the kind of bloke that, if shown the door, would set fire to the Labour Party on the way out.

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  16. mikenmild (11,247 comments) says:

    Mallard is safe in Hutt South until he wants to retire. No head office machinations would change that. I doubt that he will negotiate with Cunliffe via the media.

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  17. alwyn (427 comments) says:

    @anonymouse.
    You aren’t quite right about all the Speakers having been List MPs.
    Doug Kidd was Speaker from 1996-1999 while he was the MP for Kaikoura.
    Hunt and Wilson were both List MPs throughout their time as Speaker.
    Lockwood Smith was the MP for Rodney from 2008-2011, while Speaker.
    He only became a List MP in 2011. That wasn’t to make it easier to be Speaker but to mean they didn’t have to have a by-election when they made him the High Commissioner to London. That was widely heralded before the 2011 election.

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  18. lilman (960 comments) says:

    Two great intellectuals meeting in a showdown,like watching a monkey picking its nose with a pocket knife.

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  19. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Mallard best prepare to move over, Little wants a seat that even a loser can win . . . he hasn’t the guts to try New Plymouth again, they have shown him, and Duynhoven, their contempt for the leeching left.

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  20. Johnboy (16,722 comments) says:

    Pity the speaker doesn’t wear a big sheepskin wig anymore. It would make both Trev and Annette look prettier! :)

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