That strange groaning noise you’ve been hearing is the New Zealand political animal rising from its annual slumber – stretching its limbs out like a fat-tailed dwarf lemur emerging from hibernation.
“I don’t have the details on that”
I didn’t expect you to ask me that.
“Could you repeat the question?”
I have no idea how to answer that question.
People without pointy-headed highfalutin concerns about esoteric things like human rights or political ethics.
“A raft of measures”
An unknown number of undefined things.
People whose calls I have to take.
“Repurpose / reapportion / consult widely / rationalise / find efficiencies” etc
“I’m not completely ruling it out”
We’ll probably end up doing that.
“Some people have just got a little bit carried away here”
Some people are on to us.