A couple of weeks ago Whale Oil ran a general debate on whether MP’s should face a maximum of four terms and an age limit of 65. It’s pretty obvious that such rules have little merit.
For starters a four term limit is too short. If enacted it would see the end of 34 sitting MP’s including party leaders John Key and David Cunliffe. Also, I’m a believer in discriminating on merit first and foremost, if an MP’s over 65 and is still capable of performing effectively then why would it be fair to turf them out?
But the debate did get me thinking about ways to define what constitutes a dud MP. Instead of looking at MP’s performance in the house (which Trans Tasman already covers) or their press releases and questions (which Kiwi Blog has covered), I’ve looked at how Party’s have utilised their MPs against how many terms they’ve served.
Most Ineffectual MP’s by Terms served and Roles Appointed
|Rank||Name||Party||Highest Role||Terms||Age||Sex||Electorate||Role Rank||Current Roles||Total Roles||Retiring|
|1||Ross Robertson||Labour Party||Spokesperson||9||64||Male||Manukau East||4||4||27||Confirmed|
|2||Shane Ardern||National Party||Spokesperson||6||53||Male||Taranaki-King Country||4||2||19||Confirmed|
|3||Eric Roy||National Party||Spokesperson||6||65||Male||Invercargill||4||2||16||Confirmed|
|4||Paul Hutchison||National Party||Spokesperson||5||66||Male||Hunua||4||2||16||Confirmed|
|5||Lindsay Tisch||National Party||Spokesperson||5||65||Male||Waikato||4||3||19||Speculation|
|6||Moana Mackey||Labour Party||Spokesperson||4||39||Female||List||4||6||25||-|
|7||Colin King||National Party||Committee Deputy-Chair||3||63||Male||Kaikoura||13||2||5||Speculation|
|8||Nicky Wagner||National Party||Committee Chair||3||60||Female||Christchurch Central||10||2||7||-|
|9||Chris Auchinvole||National Party||Committee Chair||3||68||Male||List||10||2||6||Confirmed|
|10||Jacqui Dean||National Party||Committee Chair||3||56||Female||Waitaki||10||2||6||-|
|11||David Bennett||National Party||Committee Chair||3||42||Male||Hamilton East||10||2||5||Speculation|
|12||Katrina Shanks||National Party||Committee Chair||3||44||Female||List||10||3||7||Confirmed|
|13||John Hayes||National Party||Committee Chair||3||65||Male||Wairarapa||10||3||4||Speculation|
What stands out from this ranking is the number of National Party members on the list, they have some real dead wood and are in desperate need of a prune.
The good news is that Ross Robertson, who I’ve ranked as New Zealand’s most ineffectual MP, has announced that he’ll retire at the end of this term. There’s also speculation that Colin King, Chris Auchinvole and David Bennett may also retire at the end of this term.
I’d wholeheartedly encourage all MP’s on this list to retire at the end of this term.
Note that only MPs who’ve served 3 or more terms have been considered for the list. Roles have been ranked using the following ranking:
Where MP’s have served the same number of terms and have obtained the same highest role, I’ve ordered MP’s by number of currently roles (descending), then total roles appointed (ascending), and lastly age (descending) where there’s still a tie. The use of age is justified on the basis that a younger MP potentially has more time to improve their position.