Bishop selected for Hutt South

May 22nd, 2014 at 10:29 am by David Farrar

Normally Labour held seats only get one or two people sticking their hand up to be the National Party candidate. But unusually five candidates contested the nomination for , and got selected last night. Great to see so many people keen to take Trevor Mallard on. The new boundaries mean the seat is not as safe Labour as it used to be, and a strong campaign could do very well there.

I’ve known Chris for the best part of a decade. One of the funniest brightest people I know, and he is one of New Zealand’s top debaters. He does or has spent a huge amount of time organising and coaching school debating tournaments and teams.

I’m looking forward to Meet the Candidate meetings with Trevor, Chris and Holly Walker. I recommend people who like a good debate go along.

Chris won the selection despite a Dominion Post editorial urging National not to select him. That was because, like Todd Barclay, Chris spent a couple of years as a regulatory and public affairs manager for Philips Morris. How dare National select two former tobacco lobbyists!

Well the answer is they got selected despite their former jobs, not because of them. Unless you’re George Clooney, it’s not the most popular job around. Fair enough.

But I’d make two points. The first is that National’s policies and decisions on tobacco issues have been almost everything the anti-tobacco lobbyists have been asking for. Excise tax has been hiked 50% over five budgets. An official goal of getting smoking to under 5% of NZ in the next decade was agreed to and being resourced. And the Government has agreed to plain packaging of tobacco products (subject to the WTO not ruling it illegal). I actually think the Government has gone too far (I’d trial plain packaging to see if it actually is effective), so any suggestion they are soft on tobacco is silly.

The second point is that Governments make decisions that impact companies in many industries. And every company deserves to have its voice heard on those policies. Some seem to think that tobacco companies should not be allowed to advocate on policies that affect them. I disagree. And judging someone on the basis it was their job to advocate for a tobacco company, seems akin to judging someone because they are a defence lawyer who represents undesirable clients. Everyone deserves a voice.

Anyway congrats again to Chris for winning a hotly contested selection, and commiserations to the other four who missed out. Hutt South is going to be a very interesting seat to watch.

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21 Responses to “Bishop selected for Hutt South”

  1. burt (7,793 comments) says:

    It’s hard to imagine anything sweeter than the fist-swinging Mallard not being elected.

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  2. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    “The first is that National’s policies and decisions on tobacco issues have been almost everything the anti-tobacco lobbyists have been asking for.”

    Yes, and this penchant for surrender is why I no longer support them. Hope Chris Bishop has some regard for the National Party’s founding principles, and is not just another Progressive who wants to make the traditionally conservative NZ National Party a sub branch of the far left Obama/ US Democrats.

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  3. themono (132 comments) says:

    > “The first is that National’s policies and decisions on tobacco issues have been almost everything the anti-tobacco lobbyists have been asking for”

    So you’re saying that Bishop and Barclay aren’t particularly good at their jobs?

    (Before anyone gets too upset, clearly joking)

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  4. alloytoo (431 comments) says:

    So you’re saying September is Mallard hunting season?

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  5. thePeoplesFlag (170 comments) says:

    So is Chris “tabacco is good for you” Bishop related to that lunatic ACToid John Bishop?

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  6. Keeping Stock (10,092 comments) says:

    @ alloytoo – yep. The Government is going to enact legislation for a one-day-only reopening of the duck shooting season on September 20th. It only applies to the Hutt Valley/Wainuiomata, and the only species needing reducing is Mallard.

    Seriously though, best of luck to Chris Bishop. The haters are already in full attack mode, but I’m sure that will be water off a duck’s back for him ;-)

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  7. peterwn (3,144 comments) says:

    Redbaiter – ‘Founding principles’ may have a feel-good factor, but do not win elections. ACT tries to adhere to its ‘founding principles’ but cannot even get its act together, witness the 2011 shambles and its aftermath which is still rattling around.

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  8. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (785 comments) says:

    Mallard losing Hutt South has the same probability of Helen Clark winning Miss World contest…..So moving on……

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  9. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    Peterwn, you said exactly the same last time you commented on this, and once again I refer you to Nigel Farage and his impact that has actually increased since we last conversed.

    Farage has the belief and the conviction and the courage not only to lead but to convince people to follow him. Against all odds, he is winning. Fighting exactly the same foes that exist here in NZ. An elitist self appointed media/ academic/ govt power bloc out of touch with the people. Farage has defeated them in the UK and they can be defeated here.

    There is nothing wrong with the Nats founding principles. The problem is the weak all things to all people John Key doesn’t have a fraction of Farage’s abilities and convictions and beliefs, and therefore would fail miserably if he tried to advocate for them.

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  10. YesWeDid (1,029 comments) says:

    So other than working for Philip Morris Chris Bishop has worked in parliament as a researcher or an advisor.

    Isn’t that exactly the sort of work history DPF would lambast if Chris was a Labour or Green candidate?

    It’s also remarkably similar to the work history of Todd Barclay; National Party insider with a stint at Philip Morris.

    I thought National Party candidates were meant to run successful businesses creating wealth and employing people and then take massive pay cuts to enter parliament and give us the benefit of their knowledge, or is that just a big fat myth?

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  11. Redbaiter (7,522 comments) says:

    “is that just a big fat myth?”

    Its not entirely a myth. There are less spongers in NAtional than in Labour, but apprently not enough to make any real difference.

    NZ is a one party socialist state. The only political argument that exists here is over who is better at leading that state. Key’s crowd or Cunliffe’s crowd.

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  12. BeaB (2,056 comments) says:

    The Left and the media should issue a list of prohibited jobs for aspiring politicians. Then young people will know which jobs will ban them from public service.
    I don’t mind starting off – I’d ban reporters and union officials.
    The media and the Left so love a ban and this one could keep them occupied and arguing for years. For instance, now sugar is the new tobacco perhaps they could kick off with bakers and ice-cream and lolly makers.

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  13. burt (7,793 comments) says:

    Sir Cullens…

    Mallard losing Hutt South has the same probability of Helen Clark winning Miss World contest…..So moving on……

    Is that the real Clark or the billboard Clark you are talking about ?

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  14. Viking2 (11,125 comments) says:

    Slime ciggies for war on smokes
    5:30 AM Thursday May 22, 2014

    Anti-smoking group wants to change white paper to unattractive green, brown and orange shades.

    Coming to you via the National Party?

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11259275

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  15. Mobile Michael (410 comments) says:

    The boundary redraw makes it marginal. Rimutaka is now safe Red.

    I’m in the electorate, the Epuni Baptist meeting is the closest and has a good programme as they don’t permit questions from the floor to stop activists from highjacking the debate. Should do better than Quinn at leadt.

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  16. mikenmild (10,618 comments) says:

    Mallard to win in a canter. Talking of this electorate being now marginal is overstated, to say the least.

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  17. David Farrar (1,853 comments) says:

    I don’t think a couple of MPs who have shall we say more parliamentary experience than perhaps wider life experience is a huge problem for a party. The problem is when they become a significant portion of the caucus, and the overall caucus becomes disconnected from society.

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  18. Fisiani (944 comments) says:

    Hutt South last time had Paul Quinn as the candidate. A lazier , thicker and crappier candidate I could not imagine.
    Mallard’s majority was 4000 and he lost the Party Vote.
    Boundary changes mean the effective majority is now 2000.
    Chris will do the doorknocking from dawn to dusk for the next 4 months and will retain National voters and just has to convert 1000 Mallard supporters to not just Vote National but vote Bishop.
    This could be the big surprise of the campaign and the biggest winner on ipredict.

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  19. Crusader (275 comments) says:

    Mallard losing Hutt South has the same probability of Helen Clark winning Miss World contest…..So moving on……

    Please. That’s just nauseating.

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  20. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Burt: The only time Mallard has actually thrown a punch was when he attacked a know coronary patient, awaiting artery intervention, which he had shortly after. Mallard being a gutless leftie, would have become a conscientious objector if he had been around during any major conflict. He is, and always has been, a disgrace to Parliament. When challenged outside the debating chamber, some years ago, regarding a foul interjection, he ran down the hallway like a scalded cur . . . showing how gutless he is.

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  21. questions (168 comments) says:

    Cloistered Young Nat who’s only employment has been gimmie jobs in a ministers office and a friendly corporate, who currently doesn’t even live in the electorate, and you think he’s the bees knees?

    Oh wait whats that?

    National = Good, Labour = Bad

    Ahhh makes sense now!

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