This is what Labour Party Backbenchers think is Whare of Cards Machiavellian genius

When you are making Chris Bishop look good, you need to ask yourself  'why am I in Politics?'


Oh God this is embarrassing…

Opposition MPs hit out at Labour’s select committee gatekeeping

Opposition parties say Labour is misusing its majority by keeping useful information away from the select committees.

MPs from across the House, including National, ACT and the Greens say backbench Labour MPs – who make up the majority of members at most select committees – are actively blocking parliamentarians from accessing information from officials.

They say this gatekeeping is undermining the job of the Opposition and obstructing democratic debate.

The issue of select committee gatekeeping surfaced most recently with the National Party’s justice, police and mental health spokespeople being denied access to the police commissioner and also for a briefing on the damning Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission report.

But Opposition MPs say this has been an ongoing issue, since Labour won a majority at the 2020 election.

National Party leader Christopher Luxon said there was a trend where Labour MPs would block briefings and inquiries about health, policing and housing.

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“For a Government that purports to be transparent and open, it’s blocking us from doing our job – which is holding them to account but more importantly, doing the right thing by New Zealanders who are asking some questions,” he said.

Luxon said his MPs started keeping a record of every time Government MPs blocked their requests for briefings or meetings with officials, which he said was happening more than once a week.

National had recorded 19 instances so far.

…bloody Labour Party Backbenchers!

Is there a more tribally bitchy bunch of spite clowns than these MPs?

It’s all so cringingly petty like a middle class mean girls clique at a private school.

They think this type of bullshit is Machiavellian genius and it’s been happening for 2 years now!

Poto Williams tried it last month by denying Mark Mitchell access to the Police, Carmel Sepuloni just hangs up on journalists, Labour are trying to ignore scrutiny over the Parliament Lawn riot and let’s not forget the Health Select Committee fiasco that ended up awarding Chris Bishop an extra question in Parliament.

When you are making Chris Bishop look good, you need to ask yourself  ‘why am I in Politics?’

I wish this could all be explained as ruthless strategic political management by Labour, but trust me, they aren’t this clever. It’s just petty bullshit mixed with what they think is Machiavellian genius mixed with a level of political arrogance after 5 years that is bewilderingly misplaced.

What it really speaks to is that the Left have lost the confidence to win arguments. Our activist base is infested with woke deplatforming and cancel culture dogma and instead of arguing our case, Labour MPs think cancelling that debate is the smartest way to deal with it.

They’ve lost the confidence of arguing the Left wing cause, so it’s just easier to not engage and force stuff through no matter how arrogant that looks to the rest of the voters.


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  1. Well the back benchers hardly have a good example set to them, if it’s acceptable for Williams and Sepuloni to carry on like they have.

    Is it a woke thing or is it a reflection on how petty and immature our political discourse has been for years now?

  2. Yes these mean girls petty and bitchy were on full display at the select committee on gender self I d and the Conversion Practices Bill

    • Anker: “….these mean girls petty and bitchy…”

      Indeed. Somebody recently described them as the mean girls’ club. About sums it up, really. But the example of that behaviour comes from the top, doesn’t it?

  3. ohhhh well at least they’re using their majority for SOMETHING cos they certainly don’t exercise it for anything useful

  4. Martyn must be cringing having to write this stuff but is showing he’s got principles, whereas his Labour Party hasn’t. There’s only one reason for this behaviour and that is to hide weak, failed and failing policy. The arrogance of snuffing out debate and not being open with records and relevant information, is not fooling anyone. Labour might have got away with this arrogant shit if it’s record of completed projects and we’ll thought out policies were there for all to see. They’re not.

    • It’s been obvious from the get-go. The party has the depth of a tennis court puddle. (Calvin; where are youuu?) Deputy PM one year invisible man the next.
      The majority of them have the intellectual fortitude of Baldrick, and would be unlikely to win a debate against a high achieving year 13.

  5. There are times when I wish you wouldn’t confirm my suspicions so emphatically -Martyn.
    The very real prospect of Luxon as PM and Seymour as de facto PM ( greater intellect and leadership ability)fills me with a level of fear I do not want at this stage of my life. I am working on accepting it. It’s gonna take some time to adjust.

    • I have the same misgivings Shona. When Minister’s no longer even acknowledge receipt of messages something is seriously wrong.

    • In a democracy voters get the the Govt they deserve.

      Consider the alternative to democracy currently attempting to be implemented without electoral mandate by Labour/Maori/Green parties & be very afraid.

    • Shona: “….fills me with a level of fear I do not want at this stage of my life.”

      Underwhelmed as I am at the thought of Luxon being the next PM (I felt the same way about that Key fellow), that is as nothing compared to my fear that the current government would get another term. I’m an old Lefty: never in my worst nightmares did I dream that I’d be saying such a thing about a LABOUR government. But here we are. Not only is it blindingly incompetent – a bunch of kindergarten children would do no worse a job – it’s apparently determined to turn away from representative democracy towards ethno-nationalism. And ethno-nationalism – as everybody but the government is only too well aware – is a facet of fascism.

      And of course it’s giving aid to the neo-Nazi regime in the Ukraine. Truly, one couldn’t make this stuff up.

  6. There won’t be many Labour back benchers after the next election. Problem sorted. Thank goodness because the uselessness and incompetence from them is staggering.


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