it looks like it’s going to be a sorta benson-pope kinda day..eh..?
benson pope trys to make his statement to the house….is blocked..
judith collins is the first attack dog…..
benson-pope says he still believes he did nothing against school rules…..(general incredulity..)
peters weighs in at national for blocking benson-pope from making his statement to the house..(and he does have a point..)
benson-pope apologises for any offence caused to students at the time….
collins is failing as attack dog…..
brownlee calls for benson-pope to make a ministerial statement to the house…which can’t be blocked…
cullen weighs in supporting benson-pope not having to make his statement..as national already blocked that opportunity….
brian donnelly on racist anti-asian policies targeting students with asian names…
mahary says ‘it’s just random..”
brash to pm…(his turn..(.on confidence in ministers)
clarks recalls brash unable to recollect a conversation with the exclusive brethren just weeks after it happened..
well..it’s brash vs clark….and about five-zip so far…
pita sharples asks how can she have confidence in her minister…
peters jumps to the defence of b.p. ….alleging trial by media..
fitzsimons weighs in with question re oil consumption….
locke on public transport…
bradford on origins labelling….(is sneered at by clark..!..)
clark then follows up with assurances we will be followin the progress sweden makes in it’s drive for total elimination of oil from their economy…
cullen then decimates both brash and key over the kiwi-saver scheme…
english has another go at benson-pope….this time via mahary…
(this is the last question on this topic…and national have failed/blown it..eh..?..)
and why on earth didn’t national let benson-pope make his statement..?…which they could then have dismantled….(they really blew it there..eh..?..)
phil english on possible kickbacks/corruption in the awarding of contracts by schools….
(this one has legs..and mahary says it has gone to the police..)
key tries to have a go at cullern over state spending/cost cutting….
hodgson gets asked patsys over preperations for bird flu…
power has agoat o’connor over prisoners watching restricted movies….(yawn…!..)
o’connor says they won’t be seeing any more…it’ll be bambi..(oh..hang on..that’s a deer snuff movie..eh..?..)
question from chester burrows..(who..?..)
williamson on state highways…(another yawner..)
the maori party ask a ‘green’ question on peak oil..
and that’s about it..save for peters noting the absence of rodney hide means they finished questiontime before 3pm..and this is a clear example how much time he wastes in the house…
(a questiontimr notable for national failing to gain any traction whatsoever over benson-pope made all the worse by their blunder in stopping him making a statement to the house at the beginning of proceedings….once again..confirmation that they don’t have a bloody clue..eh..?..)