in 15 mins..
as always i’ll look for any gems of humour or humanity in what is usually a somewhat tiresome exercise..leavened by the odd touch of humour..
clark is pontificating about the cricket tour..(so why didn’t she stop it..?…wanting her cake and eating it as well..?)
(the speaker whiles away her time while clark drones on by studying her map of the seating arrangments in the chamber..heh..)(brash and co quietly smoulder..)..
(is this what roosevelt called the ‘bully pulpit’ of government..?)..5/10
brownlees’ turn to pontificate..blah..blah..blah..moral high horses all around..2/10
peters’ turn..he calls on the ghost of muldoon….other mps look nervously around the chamber..5/10 (for the muldoon reference)
hide..called mugabe a ‘tyront’..newmans’ eyes flicked/twitched at this glitch.. (i am having difficulty getting past former actite g-mans'(blogger) description of newman as ‘ the cockroach of the act party-she will outlive everyone else’..heh..heh..)..4/10
donalds’ turn…i was about to sneer/piss-take..but he is attaining a certain gravitas with his well-chosen words…8/10..(shit he surprised me!).
peter dunhill(aka smokey the camel..cough cough..) is now waffling on..
he wants the tour not to go ahead..5/10
anderton..(with him i have difficulty getting past the image/memory of him bullying helen clark to get married…let him try it now eh..?)
(he could certainly bore for new zealand..)…..3/10.
turia..(she has a somewhat alarming new haircut…think that funny tv ad where the guy gets that stoopid mini-mohawk thing..)
a very short speech..(for that fact alone she gets brownie points)..5/10..
peters has just nailed an act mp(franks)..saying..”you will be in this house for another six days..it’s a bit late to start pontificating.”..pow..slam-dunk..
dunne on pharmac…(s’cuse while i snooze..)
dunne has good question on ‘what about the bird flu..?”…the answer was not reassuring…
dunne still on preperation for any bird flu outbreak..(good work)
peters on ‘culture of extravagance’ at tvnz..(yawn)
mahary responds..(double yawn..)
frank trys to wind up a scandal about a tv star charged with a violent sexual crime who has name suppression till his current show ends..cor..!..what’s that all about..? (during the question kedgley leans over to coddington and asks “who’s he talking about?”..coddington shakes her head indicating she dosen’t know or won’t say..)
cullen is nailing brash on his eagerness to go to iraq…
cullen is just creaming national over iraq…
donald trys to have a go at clark over cricket tour..
english is trying to have a go at mallard..re singalong courses..and twilight golf..
mallard is on the back foot over this one…but bounces back..
mahary on drop in people on unemployment benefit…..a 19 year low..
(he nails it..)
(one mildly fascinating part of watching questiontime is catching glimpses of the ‘invisibles’..the backbenchers you have never seen before..’who.t.f. is that..? )
muriel newman..(known as ‘cocky’) indulges in a bit of benificiary bashing..
(to a collective yawn..)
peters is nailing swain over the a b and c files(?)(immigration)..
(surprise!..swain slam-dunks peters)
(one of the unknowns is speaking..who t.f. was that..?)
nick smith is doing a good job of highlighting extravagances in the leaky homes resolution service…(themed parties)
carter promises to look into the party allegations..
kedgley on healthy food in schools..
o’conner defends the indefensible..
(another invisible one pops up to ask a patsy of o’conner..)
kedgley is doing a good job on this one..
o’conner is smarmy over this one..and looking bad..kedgley is doing a good job..
hide trys to have a go at cullen..fails…
key to cullen on tax monies…
cullen nails key..again and again..
performers of the day were cullen..donald..and kedgley..