Pundits are starting to put out their top 5 MP lists and they seem to be based on who can play the game of politics rather than what these MPs have actually done for the people of Aotearoa. The Daily Blog’s best and worst list is drawn up based on what MPs have actually done for those with the least be it positive, negative or in some cases, just speaking the truth.
Top 5 Heroes of the People:
5: Chris Finlayson – National Party
Chris Finlayson has been tireless in trying to reach honourable Treaty settlements with Maori, and with so many racists in the National Party, that’s no easy feat. It also takes a lot of guts to call your own Party leader out as a maniac which is exactly what People’s Hero Chris Finlayson did this year when asked a question on the GCSB spying for Tim Groser to win the WTO job by Guyon Espiner on RNZ…
“When this (the GCSB spying for Tim Groser to win the WTO job) became public in the New Zealand Herald one comment was that “this was a backward looking anti American bunch of plonkers thats what these guys are. They are not interested in the future of New Zealand or making it stronger, they are just opposed to the Government”. Do you agree with that?”
“You always get that type of wild eyed stuff on the right.”
…what Chris may have not known was the quote was actually from the Prime Minister John Key. How a person of Finlayson’s intellect and ethical integrity tolerates a power abusing, ponytail pulling multi-millionaire bully like John Key is beyond us all. Keep calling John Key out for the deluded fanatic he is Chris!
4: Marama Davidson – Greens
For someone who has only been in Parliament for a nano second, Marama Davidson has done more to push for social justice than the entire back bench of the National Party put together. Despite just entering the debating chamber, she has already been asking questions and was one of those courageous MPs who stood against the Speaker last month and was the first one to be ordered out of the House for challenging him. Legend!
3: Kelvin Davis – Labour
I’m a Hone Harawira fan so had zero time for Davis, but even I have to admit that I have been surprised and impressed with his amazing stand on the human rights of NZers jailed on Christmas Island. Davis has shown a compassion and courage by taking this stand because few NZers care about prisoner rights, going against that negative flow deserves respect.
2: Metiria Turei – Greens
Turei has been tireless in attacking the privatisation of public services that are looming in CYFs and social welfare. It’s work that has largely gone unnoticed by the media (hungry children in poverty is a downer in the clickbait world of mainstream media) but we here at TDB have seen and noticed the huge amount of energy she has thrown into this debate. Her leadership by standing and talking about her sexual assault in Parliament was surely one of the most brave acts our Parliament has ever witnessed. She spoke for every woman who had not seen justice and our history books will be far kinder than the media today were.
1: Sue Moroney – Labour
While her bill proposal for parental leave was defeated in Parliament at the last minute, Sue was able to push more progressive legislation through than anyone else on the Opposition benches. While she failed at extending 26 weeks parental leave, the Government did acknowledge there was legitimate cause to extend it to parents of premature babies, multiple birth babies and babies born with disabilities. Getting those concessions was worth it and will help those mums and dads who face such challenges in a real and meaningful way, and in the end – surely that’s what our MPs should be in Parliament doing, not playing at bullshit Game of Thrones chess moves. All hail Sue Moroney!
Top 5 Enemies of the People:
5: Sam Lotu-Iiga – National
The full scope of Sam’s incompetence when handling Serco’s numerous failures and his bungling are all highlighted in this gruesome interview on The Nation this year…
Owen: “So are they getting paid and how much?”
Lotu-Iiga: “Well, the contract is between Serco and PlaceMakers, and I’m not privy to those sums, but—”
Owen: “So you don’t know how much the business is going to make—”
Lotu-Iiga: “I don’t have the figures on me, but we could ask Serco what the contract’s for.”
Owen: “Out of the inmates building framing and having these contracts. So who makes the profit out of the contract?”
Lotu-Iiga: “ Well, we don’t know whether there’s profits being made, but what PlaceMakers—”
Owen: “Why don’t you know that, Minister? Because this is under your watch.”
Lotu-Iiga: “Well, I spoke to the managing director of PlaceMakers yesterday, and they said that they will pay a standard contract for fees to Serco. I don’t know what that amount is…”
Owen: “Right, so in terms of rehabilitation, but you don’t know who’s making a profit or if one’s being made?
Lotu-Iiga: ” Hang on. They’ve got a commercial transaction between Serco and PlaceMakers. I don’t know what that figure is, but we can work it out.”
Owen: “Even with that $30 million? Even with that $30 million profit that they’re making per annum?”
Lotu-Iiga: “I don’t think they’re making a $30 million profit.”
Owen: “You don’t think it’ll make $30 million, and what you’re saying is it’s still saving money even though this company is making a profit out of it? It’s still saving us money even though they’re taking that profit.”
Lotu-Iiga: “It’s… Well, it’s saving the taxpayer money. It is saving the taxpayer money.”
Owen: “Who employs those monitors? Who employs the monitor in the prison? “
Lotu-Iiga: “There will be— If I can just finish, there will be an ombudsman. They will be subject to complaints—”
Owen: “So the monitor in the prison, Minister, just to be clear, the monitor in the prison; who employs the monitor?”
Lotu-Iiga: “My understand is that the monitors are based in the prisons, but they report to the Department of Corrections.”
Owen: “Who employs the monitor and pays their wages, Minister?“
Lotu-Iiga: “Well, I don’t have those facts on me, but they do report—”
Owen: “Well, I do. The person who employs the monitor— the person who employs the monitor is the company, Serco. They employ the monitor, and pay their wages.”
That has to be the most painful interview of the year. His total lack of command over the portfolio, his inability to work out when Serco had lied to him and his ongoing lack of ability mark him out as a terrible Minister who has allowed Serco to get away with running an asylum of corrupt violence. Should have been sacked a long time ago for incompetence.
4: Tim Groser – Trade Minister
Conning NZ into believing the nothings he gained for the TPPA were somehow magic beans in disguise marks Groser out as a traitor to the people of NZ. He has helped sell the entire country down the drain with a deal that robs Aotearoa of our economic and political sovereignty so that America can jockey for positioning against China in their geopolitical posturing in the Pacific. Getting the GCSB to spy for him while he was attempting to win the WTO job is as disgraceful as his ‘fast follower’ crap on climate change.
3: Louise Upston – National
In a year when rape culture reared its ugly head again our Minister for Women’s Affairs has done nothing at all to progress women’s rights. A Minister who proudly declares she’s not a feminist and thinks beauty pageants are positive could only offer up a this advice to women who were harassed in the workplace ‘they should speak up for themselves’. Upston was then quizzed on her Leaders bullying and harassment of Amanda Bailey and all she had to say was that he had apologised and “that was the end of the matter”. Cameron Slater may be the only person worse at being Minister of Women’s Affairs than Louise Upston.
2: Anne Tolley – National
So the latest report into failures within CYFs shows hundreds of children being abused and damaged in state care and Tolley’s solution? Sterilisation. Unbelievable. Remember these are children being abused IN state care, how will sterilising parents stop the abuse of children within state care? Well that’s never been explained because National believe beneficiaries breed for business, when asked why she thought parents who kept having their children removed had more kids, her unbelievable answer was ‘I think they like having sex’. That’s the intellectual weight behind the latest move to privatise welfare.
1: John Key – National
The worst politician of 2015 has to be John Key. It’s not his policies or politics but his personal behaviour which this year has been that of a petulant spoilt bully arsehole. Abusing a waitress on 10 separate occasions at her place of work was creepy, unacceptable and bullying. It led to world wide mockery and pulled the entire country’s reputation down. His callous nature was revealed over his foot dragging on the refugees fleeing war zones he’s sent our troops into and his weird interview where he talked about urinating in the shower, masturbation and stealing things brought more mockery.
It was his extraordinary abuse of Opposition MPs who were asking questions about the human rights violations on Christmas Island that sealed him being so awful. Screaming that Labour backed and supported rapists and murderers (when there actually weren’t any on Christmas Island) was sick enough, but refusing to apologise as female MP after female MP stood courageously and stated how offensive they found his comments due to them being sexually assaulted was a deplorable moment not just for politics but for us as a society.
John Key is a repugnant human being, put aside the abuses of political power, the shallow vision and the self serving policies aimed at empowering the wealthy who vote National, on a personal level he is dreadful and deformed.
He’s Donald Trump without the wig.