Tuesday, May 28, 2019


Not much I need to say.   Others have done the hard yards on this.   Go to Kiwiblog here to read what the alleged parliamentary rapist has to say along with the comments by Hugh Rennie QC, one of New Zealand's top lawyers. 

Then read what Kate Hawkesby thinks about Mallards handling of the matter here.

So the question ... is Speaker Mallard in real trouble?


Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Mr Mallard needs time out from a job which is beyond him. A long, long time.

Anonymous said...

It think it was rather dumb of the PM to defend Mallard, as he is not covered by parliamentary privilege, and the 'issue' had already been dealt with by the police.
I don't see this ending well.


Paulus said...

If it was National MP Labour would be screaming for his/her resignation or a least to be stood down pending an independent enquiry.

The Veteran said...

Oddball ... not sure you're correct in saying the matter had been dealt with by the police. My understanding it was Parliamentary Services that had cleared the man from any wrongdoing.

But I do agree it was dumb for Ardern to defend Mallard although given that he has so often run 'interference' for her I guess she felt an obligation to reciprocate. Were the man to take action against Mallard her support for him could backfire. You say Mallard was not covered by privilege. Are you sure of that? I thought the Speaker exercised absolute authority over parliament and all its precincts.

Noel said...

Yeah when he made his announcement I thought I had read somewhere that one of the criticisms was the reluctance of Parliamentary Services to use the Police.

I expected the usual "I can't comment because it may go before the courts."

Then I thought perhaps it was Exclusive cognisance that gave him immunity but the comment wasn't made in the house.

Anonymous said...

Mallard is running a massive distraction campaign for the COL, he should stand down and let the deputy speaker take over forth with.

The Veteran said...

Updated ... I am advised that as Mallard made the comments outside the debating chamber he is not covered by parliamentary privilege even though he, as Speaker, exercises absolute control over the entire parliamentary precinct.

Noel said...

, Mallard said: "We're talking about serious sexual assault. Well that, for me, that's rape"

Either an apology or defamation trial.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...


I would not accept an apology without a substantial cash settlement - on the face of it a sum of $500k would not be excessive. Only a third the value of an average house in Auckland.

Psycho Milt said...

So the question ... is Speaker Mallard in real trouble?

I can't picture him losing sleep over the deep philosophical insights of respected right-wing intellectual Kate Hawkesby, somehow.

The allegations of Mr "Those were just three wildly misinterpreted gestures of affection!" might be more of an issue, but only if:

1. The incidents he refers to are the same ones Mallard was referring to, and

2. His version of events is truthful.

Depends how much faith you place in the assertions of Barry Soper, I guess. For my part, that's "None."

RosscoWlg said...

Miltie you always sums things up so well, don't know why you bothered to write so much..

This would have covered it for you "Mallards just a dumbc**t"

Or because he's on your team: "Mallards a brain surgeon, nothing to see here"

The Veteran said...

Milt ... so on planet Labour apologist Mallard is as pure as the driven snow with nothing to see here, move on, and the views of Hugh Rennie QC disregarded as bunkum.

But I suspect I'm being too harsh as I do detect some embarrassment in your defense of someone who is probably regretting at leisure his outburst ... and may regret it more.

Psycho Milt said...

Mallard hardly needs me to defend him. Just pointing out that all this fact-free speculation isn't particularly damaging to him.

Tom Hunter said...

I can't picture him losing sleep...

You're probably right, Milt. I doubt Mallard has ever lost sleep over anything he's ever done.

That is of course the mark of a supremely virtuous and righteous man.

Johno said...

Mallard is and always has been Labour's biggest bully. For him to be behind an inquiry into bullying is a joke and it's no surprise the inquiry has turned into a farce.

Mallard is and has always been Labour's most partisan MP and has a naked hatred of the opposing team. For him to be Speaker is a joke and the concept of the opposition holding the government in Parliament has become a farce with Mallard running protection for his Princess.