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Friday, November 18, 2005

Freudian Slip?

Was it a freudian slip on the part of Fran O'Sullivan or another very clever smack in the ear for the Mother in Law Minister?

Mr Goff's call came in the wake of renewed scrutiny of Mr Peter's Apec performance in Parliament, where National MPs asked Acting Foreign Minister Michael Cullen to explain a raft of Goff comments reported in the Herald.

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Posted by Adolf Fiinkensein | 11/18/2005 10:09:00 am


Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Cullen is the "Acting Foreign Minister". When a minister is away, someone can either answer questions on behalf of the minister, or an acting minister can be appointed for the duration. Probably in order to save potential embarassment if McCully backs them into a corner, they chose an acting minister instead of an "on behalf of minister" (so that Winston would not be bound by what was said in Parliament).

11/18/2005 10:32:00 am  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well yes I may have it wrong but how can we have two foreign ministers simultaneously? Does this mean every time the FM goes overseas there is an Acting FM? Which one do you believe when they tell different stories? Which one actually makes ministerial decisions? Do we have an Acting FM when WP is overseas at the Green Parrot?

11/18/2005 11:07:00 am  
Blogger Antarctic Lemur said...

Hmmm. Poor Cullen eh. I bet you he resorts to taking the piss out of Winston if he's forced to answer too questions for him in the future.

11/18/2005 11:14:00 am  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

The Acting Foreign Minister answers questions at Question Time, and presumably looks after any MFAT issues that arise while the Foreign Minister is out of the country. The Foreign Minister can't be held responsible for what the Acting Foreign Minister says, and vice versa. To give a parallel, this is like when the PM is off around the world we have an acting PM, who assumes the duties of the PM in their absence. One is real, one undertakes their domestic duties and assumes the ministerial role for the duration of question time.

11/18/2005 01:08:00 pm  
Blogger Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Ah well then. I'll have to take it all back. I should have known Fran O'Sullivan would not have got it wrong, even intentionally.

11/18/2005 01:20:00 pm  
Blogger Ashley Clarkson said...

Yes, it is a shame isn't it. I know McCully was sincerely hoping to be able to nail Cullen and Winston over this (especially if they say contradictory things), but the acting FM role stuffs that up. Oh well, plenty more chances once Winston gets back to skewer him.

11/18/2005 02:16:00 pm  

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