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John Key was on form in the house today, first up his Sledge of the Day against David Cunliffe:
I posted a short clip from Trevor Mallard’s latest SMOG yesterday.
Here’s another one.
The look on the kid’s face when Trevor explains he has been in Parliament for longer than his interviewer has been alive is priceless.
Oh, and after all these years, Trevor now thinks Parliament is boring.
Cactus Kate has been reading New Idea…if that doesn’t just knock you down with a feather then consider the revelation of Socialist Cindy that being a mother in incompatible with being an MP. I wonder of she checked with the Tainui Princess over that remark?
The most damaging part of the piece for Ardern with the target audience are the comments about babies and being an MP. How New Zealand women are meant to analyse this without an eye roll, I do not know. This is where a minder should have stepped in and said “no” and canned the story. Ardern in a senior leadership role will only make her work-life balance worse.
Currently single, Jacinda hopes to be a mother one day.
“I’m probably just not in a very good job for it right now,” she says.
Right now? She is a front bencher. So how does that reconcile in 2014? There are many reasons for being single and not having children by that age and beyond. Using your job or career as an excuse in this day and age is facepalm stuff.
At least be honest about it and there is absolutely no shame in saying it – the problem is not your job it is like the rest of us you haven’t found a bloke good enough for you who likes you the same way back.
There are a couple of reasons that Cactus is probably too chicken to say as to why someone is 32 and alone. She mentions DPF who is 44 and alone…bit at least David is honest even if he used altogether too many words when just one would have sufficed…selfish. It is either that or the other reason is the obvious one…they are both dud roots.
Whatever the reasons, I think Cactus may well be right…by 2014 Socialist Cindy will be 34, and still without a bloke or baby in sight. She has stated that she thinks the job is incompatible with children so will she chuck it them or risk waiting another 3 years and getting close to 40 and the risk associated with that.
Seems to me to be a perfect opportunity for iPredict to issue some long term stocks.
The Greens have had a total shocker in question time this week. They have tried to be clever, using the “Planet Key” scenario, but have just come across as space cadets.
Planet Key is a failure of a meme that may appeal to all the Green’s fellow space cadets, but it just allows John Key to deflect attention away from the questions they are asking. They should have stuck with a very simple line of questioning, working as a team with Labour, and trying to pin the PM on the very simple proposition of whether he thought John Banks lied.
The model for forensic, sensible questions that work is Lockwood Smith on the Taito Phillip Field corruption scandal. Lockwood nailed three ministers, and he was always calm, respectful and sensible. It is very hard to avoid responding to a man who questions reasonably and consistently, and gives you absolutely no chance to get away from the questions.
Maybe the Space Cadets in the Green Party will get schooled up by Whale Oil Politician of the Year for 2011, Russel Norman, because he is way too professional to allow this kind of silliness to continue. Especially when the PM has been able to bat away the stupid meme and not answer the original questions anyway.
John Banks smacks up Clayton Cosgrove amongst others:
Melissa Lee calls out Phil Twyford and Clayton Cosgrove for their baldness by Melissa Lee.
She actually made a good speech, she takes a piss out of sideshows and bus tours and Cunliffe and Labour Party not having signage on their boxes in parliament.
Trevor Mallard trotted down to the house today to ask Question 7. He had prepped his pals in the gallery…we know this because he kept looking up as he delivered his lines.
He asked 4 questions which when he wrote them he must have thought they were a slam dunk. Unfortunately he forgot that when you ask a question the person you are asking the question of gets to answer.
His little ambush ended up scoring massive own goals leaving the score 4-nil to John Banks and one roasted Duck sitting on the bench:
After a three week sitting MPs have a three week break coinciding with bad weather and school holidays.
Many MPs work diligently through these recesses, doing the hard yards in their electorates for most of the holidays. Those who are wise take a bit of time off as they can’t be working all the time.
The problem for me as a tax payer is those MPs who “spend some time with the family” for the full three weeks, doing fuck all in their constituency or for their party while waxing fat off the tax-payer.
All readers should ask their local MP if they are going on an extended holiday or if they will be working during recess, and ask them how many other holidays they have taken already this year. Many seem to think that school holiday recesses are always time off with the family, not a time to get on top of the issues in their electorate and doing the work for the party that put them there.
List MPs of course have no constituents and so tend to slope off un-noticed by anyone, including their party.