Final Back Benches for 2011, Merry Xmas Mr Chapman

This is a very brief overview of what was a very busy night.
MP’s on the panel were David Parker (L), Chester Burrows(N) and Jan Logie, our new Green MP on her first Back Benches.

In the audience were many more MP’s, so the guys had a quick chat with David Shearer, Grant Robertson, and Mojo Mathers (first deaf MP, interviewed well by Damian, who expounded on her MSc in Ecology and Environment, which is going to be equally important to her as her Disability issues portfolio).

The show is here at TVNZ7.
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I edited this today to add the links, but I can’t be arsed describing all the wierd and wonderful things that happened during the show, so just click through and watch it, already. Chester Borrows gets an honourable mention for behaving like a complete arse. No prizes for identifying how many people I know got a chance to state an opinion during the vox pops, but I was assiduously avoiding Damian by hiding near the kitchen for most of the show.
And now here’s pix from last night:

Jan Logie with YG admirers

Jan Logie with YG admirers

New MP's Mojo Mathers and Holly Walker

New MP's Mojo Mathers and Holly Walker

Wallace and Damian, didn't they do well?

Wallace and Damian, didn't they do well?

Oh, dem pesky polls – giz us enough votes for Mojo!

After a couple of polls that have been poor for the Greens, the latest Roy Morgan Poll puts the Greens at 8%.

Now, 8% means 10 or 11 seats in Parliament, depending on the overhang and the wasted votes that might go to NZ First – who are looking increasingly like electoral dog food and according to the Roy Morgan Poll are polling at 2.5%, and that before the worst of the revelations about their electoral finance declarations.

So that 8% would get all the current Green MPs elected, plus Kevin Hague, Catherine Delahunty, Kennedy Graham, David Clendon, and (possibly) one of the youngest Green candidates, Gareth Hughes.

This would give a real boost to the Greens in the composition of the next Government, because, unless the Maori Party were to support National, as a result of a deal over the Foreshore and Seabed Act, the figures indicate the Greens are crucial to the formation of the next Government.

Take a look:

Now, on the basis of this poll, and that the National Party are unlikely to agree to repeal of the Foreshore and Seabed Act (which the Greens opposed through its passage, and still vehemently argue for its repeal), there is a great opportunity for the Greens.

A few dead rats might have to be swallowed by either of the two best polling parties to form a Government.

But the Greens can do better! Let’s look to get at least 11%. That figure would really set the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons at Parliament, because it would elect Mojo Mathers as New Zealand’s first profoundly deaf Member of Parliament. Mojo has impeccable credentials on both environmental and social issues.

Her election would require Parliament to give some real consideration to enabling people with impairments. And that can be only a good thing!