Labour loses their MVMP

May 2nd, 2014 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

has announced:

’s Immigration spokesperson Rajen Prasad says he has  decided not to seek re-nomination for another term in Parliament at the next election.

This will be a devastating blow to Labour. First they lose Shane Jones, and now Rajen Prasad.

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26 Responses to “Labour loses their MVMP”

  1. RightNow (6,994 comments) says:

    Posted over an hour ago and it’s apparent nobody cares. I only commented out of boredom.

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  2. Kimbo (934 comments) says:

    The biggest blow to New Zealand’s well-being since Wallaby Pat “how many points shall I gift the All Blacks today?” Howard hung up his boots.

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  3. nickb (3,687 comments) says:

    He has found a job that pays more than a backbench salary??!?!

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  4. ross69 (3,652 comments) says:

    And 15 National MPs will be quitting soon…

    Obviously a post to deflect attention from Williamson’s moonlighting…

    [DPF: 20 demerits off topic]

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  5. Judith (8,534 comments) says:

    I think many people may be aware that Rajen’s decision is based on personal circumstances and not particularly to do with the party.

    Rajen is an intelligent man, honest, and especially kind to others. He has given time to assist others freely and was a wonderful educator in the area of Social Policy. Whether one agrees with his politics or not, he is still worthy of respect for being the kind of person he is – someone prepared to fight for those that need support. A sad loss to the Labour party no doubt.

    I wish him well.

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  6. Manolo (13,837 comments) says:

    A non-entity, a very successful mediocrity. The sooner Prasad disappears, the better.

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  7. shoreboy57 (140 comments) says:

    Nigella will be pleased

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  8. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (890 comments) says:

    As a Labour supporter, I am sad to announce that a bright political career has ended. Rajen Waste Prasad is an intellectual of the highest calibre and would have made an excellent Prime Minister of this country. He is one of the sharpest minds in Labour and his contribution to parliament and NZ public is second to none. More popular than John Key, Mr “Waste of Space” – as he is affectionately known in parliament circles – he is adored by Kiwis all over New Zealand. Rajen is known around the world and Obama once mentioned – “Rajen is NZ and NZ is Rajen”. Tony Abbot once invited Rajen to advise him on economic matters.

    Rajen leaving politics is not only a loss for Labour, but for this world. I hope John Key is shrewd enough to use Mr Waste Prasad in some official capacity…..

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  9. Rich Prick (1,705 comments) says:

    Actually, Prasard is a huge loss. He did so little there was no chance of him doing any damage.

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  10. bc (1,367 comments) says:

    This is clearly a case where not only can Labour use DPF’s National spin that this “rejuvenation” for the party, but also that the spin will actually be true :)

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  11. spanish_tudor (81 comments) says:

    Prasad probably saw the writing on the wall re: the man ban. As did Jones.

    Obviously Cosgrove, O’Connor, Nash, and Davis need to win their prospective seats to have any chance of making it back after the election, as the hatchet-faced harridans of Labour will all be better-placed on the list than they will be.

    Raymond Huo is surely toast as well.

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  12. Kimbo (934 comments) says:

    Rajen is an intelligent man, honest, and especially kind to others. He has given time to assist others freely and was a wonderful educator in the area of Social Policy. Whether one agrees with his politics or not, he is still worthy of respect for being the kind of person he is – someone prepared to fight for those that need support. A sad loss to the Labour party no doubt.

    That is all true, Judith (except the “sad loss to the Labour Party”) – or at least the generous of spirit and fair-minded who can see beyond Prasad’s “let’s create government agencies as the primary means of addressing society’s ills” approach would acknowledge it.

    However, I’m reminded of Martin Luther’s advise (and I’ll paraphrase slightly)

    “Better to be ruled by the competent, than the incompetent but well-meaning”.

    Rajen may have many talents. He may have been good at some constituency work (even though he was a list MP). But NONE of Rajen’s talents were suited to being an MP who could contribute to his party winning power.

    And without that, you are a passenger. Or worse, a liability. As evidenced by the needless and foolish Nigellagate own goal recently – about the only time in 6 years one of his press releases has received public prominence.

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  13. NK (1,244 comments) says:

    At this rate Labour won’t need to apply its Man Ban at all because all the men are leaving.

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  14. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    Does this mean Labour’s hard line policy to refuse visas for anyone who has ever taken drugs at any time in the past regardless of lack of criminal conviction might change?

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  15. johnwellingtonwells (137 comments) says:

    Claire will be desolate in losing her backbench companion.

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  16. UrbanNeocolonialist (289 comments) says:

    All you labour shills; just how long should a politician be in parliament for on average? 3 terms? more? Are spent forces like Mallard and Goff, King (and Hunt a few years back) the standard to which all parliamentarians should aspire?

    National, with nearly 60 MPs and 15 retirements this election points to a mean of 4 terms in parliament. That is more than enough time to learn the ropes and make whatever contribution is within you (Key is only in his 3rd term).

    The longer you stay in parliament the more you get captured by the system, losing sight of who you are supposed to be serving, losing your passions, and getting that sense of entitlement likely to see the privileges you are granted (and more) as your due. Through that door lies corruption and I think we see those tendencies in some of the longer serving MPs who occasionally get bought to task for it (Field was in his 5th term when he was busted).

    So if you truly believe that the job-for-life labour MP like Jonathon Hunt is the ideal then tell us why it is a good idea.

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  17. MT_Tinman (3,204 comments) says:

    Who?

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  18. davidp (3,581 comments) says:

    UrbanNeocolonialist>Through that door lies corruption and I think we see those tendencies in some of the longer serving MPs who occasionally get bought to task for it (Field was in his 5th term when he was busted).

    Williamson is in his 9th term. I hope that someone tells him that a 63 year old who has just been sacked for monumental stupidity shouldn’t be running for a 10th term.

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  19. UrbanNeocolonialist (289 comments) says:

    davidp, I agree. Williamson is past use-by. Looking around parliament there are quite a few other spent forces too, Mallard, Goff, Peters, Dyson, Ross Robertson, Eric Roy and Maurice Williamson. Sadly not so many within National as within Labour.

    I think in general after 4 terms if you are not in the Cabinet (or shadow) then you shouldn’t be there.

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  20. Viking2 (11,488 comments) says:

    That’ll save the taxpayer some money. :lol:

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  21. RossM (45 comments) says:

    Things average out. They’ve lost their best MP and their worst one. Net effect is zero.

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  22. s.russell (1,642 comments) says:

    Maybe Labour’s decision to blame immigrants for rising house prices and shut them out of the country was an influence here.

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  23. Tookinator (221 comments) says:

    Rajen has hidden talents.

    Unfortunately during his tenure they remained hidden….

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  24. Daigotsu (459 comments) says:

    He was actually a pretty good Race Relations Commissioner but it’s obvious his heart and talents weren’t in Parliament.

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  25. igm (1,413 comments) says:

    Another loser out the door!

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  26. Bob (497 comments) says:

    What is so special about Rajen Prasad resigning? Tony Ryall is resigning. I’m sure National will be disappointed. Shane Jones was a special case because of the circumstances and his antipathy to the Greens.

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