Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Brownlee Does Something Extremely Intelligent

Adolf happened to watch part of Question Time today. There was a priceless moment when Gerry Brownlee simply ignored a question from Metiria Turei. The house went wild.

Eventually, Lockwood Smith slapped the greenies and Labour dunces down and sent them back to reflect on the wisdom of actually reading Speakers' rulings.

Go watch it at the Herald website.

To use her own words, it was 'pure gold.'

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Pathetic

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

I think I would have preferred a robust explanation of the mineral wealth we have in New Zealand and the opportunities they present to the country, the jobs exploiting them could bring in these times of great economic hardship.
Or maybe even a turning of the tables by recalling how the speaker treated question time during the Helengrad years.

PM of NZ said...

I see Parker said that QT was rendered effective.

I suspect quite the opposite was what he meant to say.

Redbaiter said...

Well done Gerry. These people are morons and during their time in parliament have yet to demonstrate that they are there in NZ's interests. Their true allegiance is to shadowy left wing international groups who merely use environmental issues as a step to exercising greater political influence.

They aere charlatans and fakes. They do not care for the environment and they do not care for NZ. They care only for political power.

Ryan said...

I guess he couldn't face getting up and giving the same rubbish answers he gives to every question.

Doesn't show much regard for the political process.

Anonymous said...

That is how every question from the Greens should be responded to.

frog said...

Yes, it was very intelligent of Gerry to sit down and shut up when he was caught out mis-representing the World Bank's report. New Zealand does have an abundance of natural wealth. It's just not in the Schedule 4 protected estate!

What an idiot!

Tommy Smyth said...

She looks, she shoots, she scores... damn - own goal!
a bulge in the wrong onion bag.

Mike Collins said...

As stupid as the question may be I think this sets a dangerous precedent. Brownlee could have mocked her in response and that's how he should have handled it.

Sure standing orders might allow ministers to do what he did. They should however be changed. Question time would become a complete waste of time otherwise. As much as I would like to think otherwise, at some stage Labour will be in government again. I would hate for them not to be able to be held to account.

Redbaiter said...

"Brownlee could have mocked her in response and that's how he should have handled it."


What is the difference between mocking and silence? Surely if the question is answered at all it should be answered sincerely?

Psycho Milt said...

I have to admit, in relative terms this was an intelligent move by Brownlee. He usually makes such a fool of himself at Question Time that he's actually less of a liability for the govt if he just remains silent. Not so intelligent for Key, though - it's a dead giveaway that his Cabinet is stacked with dead wood.

Simon said...

It wasn’t a question it was some Lenin Marxist diatribe.

Doesn’t matter Psy milt if the cabinet if full of dead wood if the opposition is all dead wood.

Anonymous said...

Listened to the so called "question". There wasn't one.
Just a lecture.

Anonymous said...

New Zealand does have an abundance of natural wealth. It's just not in the Schedule 4 protected estate!

And who gives a fuck if it is?


the way things are going - with the Carbon levies on air travel in the EU NZ's tourism economy is DEAD

And there's not a thing we can do about it.
But digging shit up and shipping it to China - that we can do, even if we have to pay UN Carbon taxes to Russia it will be worth it, much less than for airlines, and China desperately wants our coal!

WAKE UP said...

Anonymous: "That is how every question from the Greens should be responded to."

No no NO - once the process is abused, getting to the truth is even harder. If the question and/or questioner is fatuous, so be it -that in itself is a truth that needs to become evident, with appropriate action (such as not being re-elected) to take place later.

The democratic Westminster parliamentary system (the worst - except for all the others, according to Churchill :) is a gift that we have already nearly abused into oblivion, but ther is none better, and qwe mess with it at our peril. Brownlee should have played the ball as required; Turei would actually have been the loser, by looking increasingly doggedly stupid. Also, she would have been seen as the one abusing the system (which she was). Effectively, Browlee caved (which seems to be the raison d'etre of the Key government).

Mike Collins said...

Exactly WAKE UP.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Predictable responses from all the Actoids. Subtlety does not seem to be your long suite.

Brownlee was sending a strong message to all with eyes to see that (a) he actually DOES know the standing orders pretty well and (b) he is not going to put up with a string of clearly vexatious time wasting questions. The Speaker's response was precise and correct.

Sooner or later, Madame greenfly will realise that she needs to ask direct and pertinent questions. The only question which remains is how long it will take for this to seep through her thick skull.

All this talk about undermining democracy and due process is a nonsensical over-reaction. The matter is self correcting. If Mr Brownlee or any other minister tries that on more than once in a blue moon then he will indeed suffer some public odium.

What was hilarious was the sight of all the sanctimonious squawkers from the other side who over nine years, themselves rendered Question Time a futile waste of time and money.

WAKE UP said...

"What was hilarious was the sight of all the sanctimonious squawkers from the other side who over nine years, themselves rendered Question Time a futile waste of time and money."

Damn right Adolf :) and what's even funnier is that they're deluding themsleves that we've forgotten.

WAKE UP said...

ps: "Madame Greenfly"...

good one :)

Psycho Milt said...

What was hilarious was the sight of all the sanctimonious squawkers from the other side who over nine years, themselves rendered Question Time a futile waste of time and money.

Well, it's certainly hilarious that with the Nats' Cabinet Ministers apparently determined to continue that tradition of rendering Question Time a futile waste of time and money, you've switched from complaining about to cheerleading the process. Should Question Time involve answering questions or should it not?

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

Well PM et al, the lads at Trans Tasman are on to it, even if you are still five hundred metres behind.

"An exasperated Speaker Lockwood
Smith told an increasingly unruly
House on Wednesday “if you want
a better question time, ask better
questions.”