As is typical of all MPs instead of addressing the issue they change the rules to suit themselves:
MPs have moved to further restrict what can be shown and heard on Parliament’s television channel, including “ambient sound” and close-up shots of what MPs are doing when that is “unrelated to proceedings”.
The new rules, recommended in a report by Parliament’s standing orders committee, chaired by Speaker Lockwood Smith, include a number of minor technical changes.
But taken together they may have limited some coverage shots during the incident last week when a man tried to jump from the public gallery into the House.
Coverage of that incident included a mid-range shot of Prime Minister John Key looking aghast and general shots of MPs jumping to their feet.
Microphones also picked up Labour deputy leader Annette King telling colleagues underneath the man to “move” and then shouting “scumbag” across the chamber at Mr Key after he suggested the incident was Labour’s fault and made what appeared to be a throat-slitting gesture.
The new rules state: “Shots unrelated to proceedings of the House are not permitted, that is, interruptions from the gallery and business occurring outside the House,” and add that “no close-up shots are permitted of members’ actions and interactions that are unrelated to proceedings”.
What a bunch of pompous wankers. They don’t wantÂ scrutinyÂ of their poor behaviour so instead of moderating their behaviour they change the rules to prevent anyone from seeing it.
We need more scrutiny of parliament not less, this is a retrograde step and another black mark against Lockwood Smith who looks more interested in protectingÂ parliamentariansÂ than the the public he is meant to serve.