Gman lays out the case for contempt

Gman has succintly laid out the case for Parliament finding David "Tennisball" Benson-Pope guilty of Contempt of House.

Firstly though he educates the buly-boy minister on the definition of prima facie which it seems that everyone except labour MP’s Margaret Wilson and the minister himself are aware of.

Just in case he hasn’t been advised of that here is the definition from the Oxford Dictionary of Law.

“A case that has been supported by sufficient evidence for it to be taken as proved in the absence of adequate evidence to the contrary”.

Oh and a little hint davey don’t call cops bozo’s they might just revisit your little outstanding prima facie case of assault.

Anyway back to the charge from GMan.

  1. Benson-Pope was on Parliaments grounds. [Evidence here]
  2. Benson Pope knew that he had a question for oral answer in Parliament. Ministers are not just politely requested to answer questions if they are in the parliamentary precincts, they are required to be there and to answer the question.
  3. Mr Benson Pope admits that this dinner was not prearranged, but was held on the spur of the moment.
  4. Foolishly, he subsequently seems to have not only admitted that he was on Parliament grounds, but seems to be positively gloating about it. [Evidence:
    "It (lunch) was a real neat experience, much better than being in the debating chamber," Mr Benson-Pope told Radio Dunedin.]

Thus GMan asserts by these actions Minister Benson-Pope has breached Standing Order 399 and in particular Standing Order 400 para (a), (r) and (s). I would also add (q).

Now if the Parliament can just stand up to Speaker Wilson we miught just get somewhere.


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