David Parker moves fully into staring at goats strategy

Is David Parkers in the back of this goat?

David Parker is making excellent use of written questions to Ministers.

Parker is picking at another dirty politics scab that the public so love to hear about that the National poll numbers go up every time they do it. So let’s pick away.

7428 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
Is the National Library restricting access or censoring its collection, if so why is this?

7421 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
Does the National Library believe there is a difference between traditional media like newspapers and digital media including blog posts?

7419 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
Has the National Library received any complaints asserting that the National Library is not permitted to collect or allow unrestricted access to materials relating to Cathy Odgers or Cactus Kate, and if so what sections in the relevant legislation is the complainant alleging apply?  
7417 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
Has he been advised by the National Library why the following message is being displayed in response to attempts to access Cactus Kate blog posts in material held by the National Library; “Access is not permitted. Permission is required to access this item within the Alexander Turnbull Library’s Katherine Mansfield Reading Room. Please contact a librarian”?

7409 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
Is he aware that internet links to Cactus Kate blog posts on the National Library website are now no longer working, if so why have these posts been removed?

7408 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
Is he aware of any attempts to censor or restrict access to any materials held by the National Library in respect of Cathy Odgers or Cactus Kate, if so, what was the response of the National Library to any such attempt?

7328 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
Has the National Library placed any restriction on access to the blogs, emails, or other material it holds or held relating to Cathy Odgers or Cactus Kate, and if so what are those restrictions?

7327 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
Has the National Library removed from its collection any material that it earlier held in respect of Cathy Odgers or Cactus Kate, if so what?

7326 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
If the National Library has restricted access or censored it’s collection, what legislative basis does it have for those actions?

7325 (2015). Hon David Parker to the Minister of Internal Affairs
Has the National Library received any complaint or representation from, or on behalf of Cathy Odgers, in respect of material collected or held by the National Library concerning Cathy Odgers or Cactus Kate including blogs, emails, websites, or other materials?

So, David Parker has seen fit to act on behalf of various left bloggers and start asking written questions of ministers about a blog that is more than two years defunct and owned and operated on an offshore platform by someone who isn’t even a New Zealand resident and has not been resident for more than a decade.

Why?

What does this achieve for the Labour party, other than prove that David Parker like Kevin Hague is a panty-sniffing creepy stalker type doing the bidding of left wing bloggers?

The only thing I can think of where Parker is heading is an allegation that the blog was hidden from the Chisholm Inquiry.  In which case this is a waste of ten questions and hours of time. The same department (Internal Affairs) not only managed the Inquiry but is responsible for National Archives!  Cactus Kate provided all the details to the Inquiry in any instance as well as going to the effort of printing out hundreds of pages of relevant old blog posts. If Parker is concerned about his silly little ongoing Police Complaint then likewise.

Is Andrew Little even in charge of his party any more as senior MPs waste parliament’s time and resources on silly questions that will advance none of Labour’s own interests?

Ten questions about Cactus Kate and her old blog. She isn’t even a resident here in New Zealand. One would have to ask if the National Library archives all mentions of New Zealand offshore blogs, and/or archives all ex-pat Kiwis with blog sites? What does this cost the taxpayer?  We pity the poor person assigned to do this task.

Perhaps the Taxpayers Union could look into this apparent waste of money.

Quite what a senior Labour MP, lawyer and former Attorney General asking a Minister about a defunct blog will achieve is beyond me.

David Parker obviously thinks there is something to this otherwise he wouldn’t be wasting time on silly staring-at-goats questions.

Yet again Labour shows that it is unfit to govern when they focus on silly stuff like this.

It is “Dirty Politics” when bloggers consort with the National party, but it appears it is ok when Labour does it. This has to be being done on behalf of a left wing blogger, because I can’t imagine why David Parker would want to delve into such an area of yawn-inducing boredom with no demonstrable gain to Labour. In fact there is zero upside and plenty of downside.  As he is about to find out.

 

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