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Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Question Time II

I watched the first forty minutes of question time yesterday.

Further to the “tits on a bull” episode, I am intrigued that such language apparently does not rate as “unparliamentary.”

Even the mildest insinuation that an MP might not be more virtuous than Mother Theresa is met with time wasting points of order and repetitious po-faced requests from the Speaker to withdraw and apologise. The House and its pettifogging rules of debate are long overdue for a good shake up and a dose of reality.

Margaret Wilson needs to get one of those endless cassette tapes which repeats over and over “The Minister has addressed the question.” When Ministers are allowed to evade answering even the simplest direct question then our Parliament is brought into disrepute and our confidence in our country's governance is eroded. I thought this aspect of Hunt’s term was disgraceful and Wilson appears to be no better.

Tamihere would have made an excellent speaker.

UPDATE by AL @ 8:52AM: The insult Adolf is referring to was uttered during Q6, and is reproduced below:
[Gerry Brownlee:] Will she indicate to the House whether she thinks it would be difficult, regardless of any apology Mr Tamihere might like to make, for him to sit in a Cabinet with Mr Maharey, whom he described as “smarmy” but with “no substance”, or with Mr Carter, whom he described as a “tosser”?

[Rt Hon Helen Clark:] For a member of the Labour caucus to be in Cabinet, he or she must have the confidence of colleagues because they elect the person to that position. If that were the case in the National Party, there is no way Mr Brownlee would be in because one of his colleagues described him as: “Useless as tits on a bull”.

That is no way for a Prime Minister to talk.

Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 4/06/2005 08:08:00 AM


Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Wow shes losing her marbles.

4/06/2005 09:01:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Yes. It's Dominatrix who needs stress leave, ten years of it.

4/06/2005 09:25:00 AM  
Blogger Aaron Bhatnagar said...

A PM who uses that sort of language is clearly a PM that is rattled.

4/06/2005 09:45:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Excellent.... Parliament is sitting today, yet I don't see any new PQ's on the Clerks website.


4/06/2005 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous PaulL said...

Guys, you are getting too excited about this. She was quoting, it was reasonable. Despite disliking her policies, I actually think that particular quote was a very clever way to handle the question.

4/06/2005 10:31:00 AM  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

PaulL, shes meant to be our PM. PM's with a grip do not descend to quoting a gutter comment describing the deputy leader of the opposition as a way of drawing a parallel to a member of your own party.

She didn't have to respond at all that way, but clearly she feels threatened enough to use such language.

4/06/2005 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Churchill might have said something like "....unlike the National Party where incompetent Ministers have only to fool one person." But, of course, she aint Churchill, she only thinks she is.

4/06/2005 12:03:00 PM  

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