There was an interesting comment left yesterday at David 'Happy Feet' Farrar's place. DPF had blogged:
Danya Levy at Stuff reports:
Labour’s MP Trevor Mallard says he’ll be driving an unmarked car to avoid having papers served on him, as he and fellow MP Andrew Little laugh off defamation proceedings against them by ACC Minister Judith Collins.If they were really laughing about it, they’d be keen to have their day in court. The poor duo in fact seem very anxious not to end up in court before the election having to detail the proof for their claims.
Trevor is already reporting to unmarked cars. Will he go further and start wearing a disguise? Will he refuse to turn up to electorate clinics, in an attempt to delay his day in court? His constituents may not be too happy with an MP that might shirk his duties so he can remain in hiding.
Mallard said he hadn’t defamed Collins and he had a good understanding of defamation law.This is what you call a partial truth. Someone should ask how often has he had to settle out of court or do an apology? I think he had to do three just to Rosemary Bradford.
He has faced several legal threats but has only been sued for defamation once, by former NZ First MP Tuku Morgan.
Prime Minister John Key said the Labour MPs ”could run but can’t hide”.
Trevor Mallard jumped in and DFP's readers that he drives around the electorate in an unmarked car because he doesn't want to scare his constituents. Here's the comment:
So we can't help but wonder; why should Hutt South constituents be frightened of Trevor Mallard? And if he's so bullish about the defamation suit from Judith Collins, and so welcoming of his day in court, why is Mr Mallard going to such lengths to avoid being served with legal papers? It's hardly a good example to his constituents now, is it?