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I’m not sure newly elected MPs really know what they’re letting themselves in for. Parliament is a heavily structured environment where seniority counts. Newbie MPs are a little like year nine students. They very quickly learn that they’re not going to change the world overnight … for the first term you keep your head down and build your creds within your party. Can’t speak for other parties but certainly within National newly elected MPs tend to bind together, forming friendships and providing collegial support to each other.

The old maxim remains true. There are four classes of MPs. First, the Executive … they wield the power, collectively and individually. Next those who form the shadow cabinet … waiting for their turn at the table. Under them comes opposition backbenchers … all fun and no great responsibility … they get some slack. And last of all government backbenchers … at the beck and call of the party whip and voting cannon fodder and you rebel against that at your peril. A recipe for frustration.

And that is where the good Dr Sharma has ended up. Not sure there is any coming back for him. Within his party he is damaged goods and I suspect Jacinda ain’t into damaged goods … her entreaties about the need for kindness notwithstanding. Not sure though that Labour would necessarily want a bi-election at this point in the electoral cycle especially given that Sharma’s LRC appears to be standing solidly behind him in support. That night change though.

Written by The Veteran

August 16, 2022 at 11:19 am

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  1. Very helpful information Vet, a good summary.
    I am guessing The good Dr not being a List MP must be making any solution for the NZLP leadership a migraine level headache.
    I have had contacts with a number of MPs over the years and one a very common aspect rapidly comes into focus, they are in the main an unremarkable bunch who often largely by accident become elevated to a role in ruling but their inadequacies and faults remain untouched.
    I ran into a Pom on the Blue Rinse trail one afternoon at a regular “Happy Hour” who weeks later was still enamoured by a sense of deja vu in that he had spent an evening with an ex MP running a B&B. Such familiarity was beyond his comprehension, cripes it was Jonathon Elworthy an ex MP for South Canterbury, his apparent naivety was the only surprise to moi.


    August 16, 2022 at 12:18 pm

  2. Love the description I saw on Kiwiblog this morning – Sharma Drama!!!

    It fits the bill nicely.

    As far as the Local Electorate Committee is concerned no doubt Labour will send `the heavies’ in to deal with them. In Mallard and Meka Whaitiri they have two natural thuggish leaders supported by Willie Jackson to provide the verbals.


    August 16, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    • LEC’s have n power in picking candidates if the Unions and Head Office are aligned as the Union and Head Office together out vote the LEC and floor at the selection meeting.


      August 16, 2022 at 4:06 pm

  3. If the Labour Caucus throw Sharma out are they bullying him all over again?

    Surely the kind and caring St J should make him a personal project and resolve the issues he has faced with adjusted to being lobby fodder….



    August 16, 2022 at 4:14 pm

  4. Lets all hope no one “Smothers him with kindness” as he still has value as entertainment if nothing else?


    August 16, 2022 at 5:45 pm

    • Seems a very astute man who is more than a few moves ahead of his (former) Labour Caucus colleagues and particularly the leadership.

      I wonder what he thinks of 3Waters and Co Governance.


      August 16, 2022 at 6:29 pm

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