Just Dreadful – A lesson in how to win in Parliament

I have written an opinion piece at Truth about the debacle that is currently unfolding in parliament under the Speakership of David Carter. It goes some way to answers the calls by some commenters here yesterday for Carter to be even more biased than he is currently exhibiting and offers a contrarian view of what is unfolding.

Lockwood Smith, though pompous, was at least consistent and after a legacy of poor Speakers from Jonathan Hunt to Margaret Wilson was a breath of fresh air.

David Carter is woefully ill-equipped for the role of Speaker and the Labour party knows it.

In one series of questions from Chris Hipkins you can see the demoralising effect of an inept Speaker attempting to protect an inept minister whose answers are filled with hubris.

Check out the body language, watch the video again. The Labour people perk up, National start looking down.

That is how you start to crack the facade of confidence in the house…as soon as you get your opposing team to start hiding, ducking and looking away you are winning. Expect Labour to continue to attack Hekia Parata and to cause problems for David Carter.

Carter is dreadful, he is letting Labour win in parliament, not through his bias, rather than through his ineptness.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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