Gerry Brownlee has just been appointed perhaps his important job yet — keeping the wise-cracking Prime Minister out of trouble.
John Key was thrown out of Parliament last week after talking over Speaker David Carter, who had stood up.
“I was actually thinking I was being so amusing and so engrossed in my own answer, I didn’t see the Speaker,” Mr Key told Paul Henry this morning. “It wasn’t deliberate.”
I know, I know. It’s a bit early. But it’s worth watching it again. Apparently a PM hasn’t been thrown from the chamber for so long, if you don’t watch it, you may not be alive for the next time. Like Haley’s Comet.
Last week, Key was forced to defend an approach by his personal lawyer Ken Whitney, who was revealed to have lobbied the Government over changes to tax laws.
The week earlier, he had to bat away questions over a Niue resort contract won by National Party donors, but a misfire on the issue also left Little exposed.
He was forced to defend the sting, while trying to deflect threatened legal action for drawing links where there were none. Read more »
He’s flinching, blinking, cantankerous, and not at all effective.
I really don’t know many who don’t share my utter contempt for Turei.
Takes a bit of watching, but Key is on the same page as Whaleoil readers – protecting law abiding citizens instead of Aussie criminals who happen to lack an Aussie passport and don’t even want to come here. Why Labour and the Greens are dying in a ditch over a few dozen scumbags is beyond me. The voting public are clearly on the side of law and order, not of child molesters and rapists, or their enablers.
Bit of an asymmetric war here. Who do you think was in the right?
In a first for New Zealand, the Green Party is giving the public a unique chance to be more involved in Parliament’s question time by having their own question on climate change asked of the Government.
“Parliament is meant to be the People’s House but question time is normally just for MPs,” said Green Party co-leader Dr Russel Norman. “The problem is that we have run out of ideas”.
“In the age of social media there’s no excuse why the public shouldn’t be more involved in asking questions of those in power who are making decisions which will affect us all.
“And let’s face it, the Green Party has been marginalised and not taken seriously by half of our own voters, not to mention Labour, National and just about everyone else. Frankly, it’s time for the public to put up or shut up.”
“From today until 5pm Monday 27th, the public can submit a question they want to ask the Government on Facebook and Twitter. Read more »
This happens for Question 11 at question time yesterday.
And there he goes… raising the problem of sexual violence in Northland.
Questions to Ministers
- MARK MITCHELL to the Minister of Finance: What measures did Budget 2014 include to support children and families, as part of the Government’s wider programme to build a more productive and competitive economy?
- Hon DAVID PARKER to the Minister of Finance: Does he agree with the Productivity Commission regarding consumer prices that “when judged against average expenditure, the price level in New Zealand appears relatively high”?
- Dr RUSSEL NORMAN to the Minister for Climate Change Issues: Is he confident that ordinary New Zealanders are being treated fairly under the emissions trading scheme?
- SIMON O’CONNOR to the Minister of Transport: What announcements did the Government make in Budget 2014 regarding investment in Auckland transport infrastructure?
- PHIL TWYFORD to the Minister of Housing: How many homes have been built in the Special Housing Areas as a result of the Auckland Housing Accord, and now have people living in them? Read more »