Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Sore losers still sore

Hot on the heels of the hilarious stupidity nailed by Andrew Geddis in his post "Simon Bridges thinks that Simon Bridges is eroding parliamentary democracy" comes this piece from Tracy Watkins, which happens to mention what National plan to do about this supposedly terrible threat to democracy that they created when they thought they'd benefit from it but are now eager to pin on Labour now it turns out Labour will benefit from it. 

Here's Watkins' description of the plan: 

But National is promising to frustrate Labour's legislative programme unless it backs down over limiting [select committee] numbers. 
It will do so by filibustering on Government business before the House. 

Awesome plan, guys!  Voters love seeing politicians pointlessly wasting everybody's time over matters of obscure parliamentary procedure!  And surely Labour wouldn't be so dastardly as to adopt John Key's tactic of just pushing everything through under urgency to prevent the opposition slowing their legislative programme.  I mean, they wouldn't do something like that, would they?  That would totally fuck the plan! 

13 comments:

Gerald said...

They had representation on the review.
https://www.parliament.nz/resource/en-NZ/SCR_74675/70c7a3972ff528fea2a062cc9aad17b6507200c3

The Veteran said...

All pretty redundant now Milt given the toxic trio f****d up on the nomination of the Speaker and had to do a deal with National in return for their support and gave them what they wanted in pulling back from their proposal to limit he numbers on Select Cttees.

Johno said...

How humiliating, can't even get through their opening day without a clusterfeck, can't count and can't make sure their MP's turn up when required.

Adolf Fiinkensein said...

You know Milt, it feels really great being a sore loser. Much better than being a dumbarsed winner.

Jeeez mate - the poor bastards can't even count heads.

Johno said...

And even then, they still had to fall for National's bluff, hook, line and sinker.
Watching Jacinda trying to say they knew they had the numbers was hilarious. Who did she think she'd fool with that? Only the Labour Party is that gullible.

Anonymous said...

...almost as amusing as chompers getting the arse card from Turnbull at the weekend. While he was smiling at the assembled press you see him thinking "..this has got to be a piss take...right??"

Welcome to the dawn of the new political age....the idiocene

Judge Holden said...

Yep, they’re still blubbing all right. This will last for years. That’s the thing about retarded Tories, they get stuck between denial and anger and never quite get to acceptance.

Shelldrake said...

Labour simply did not have the votes of the unworn members. They assumed that all was in order. Also what are a couple of unworn members doing playing on the international stage?

Alan said...

Folks you have a 'mickey mouse' coalition government that will fall apart sooner than later.
An early election will take place within 18 Months. Winston will no longer be in parliament due to failing health. The demise of Winston first will follow that, his legacy will be a shambles.

Psycho Milt said...

I was travelling yesterday so missed all that. Reading about this morning, it seems like Hipkins was foolish enough to take Bill English at his word and didn't have a backup plan for the highly likely event that English's word was worth nothing. Hipkins' failure doesn't surprise me, because I can't for the life of me see what Labour's leadership apparently sees in Chris Hipkins - he seems an unpleasant and not particular competent politican.

On the plus side, National have shown their hand nice early, so the government will know what to expect from them now. Hopefully they won't follow Obama's tactic against the Republicans of trying to continue playing nice. If I was Ardern, first thing I'd do was reciprocate yesterday's weaselry: tell National she's changed her mind about the select committee deal and ask them if they think they have the numbers to push it through. That would be pretty funny...

gravedodger said...

"That's nice"', a minister of education who can't a do sums, leading a house of straw, who just happend to have attempted to ignore convention and nominated "The Duck" to stand against Carter in his election as speaker previously, lost badly then lied about it along with his newbie leader who also lied after declaring in the first debate she could "do" politics without lying, produced a cluster funk and it is Simons fault.

Judge Holden said...

I’m not sure what that sentence (yes it’s one sentence) means, Gravetodger. Having a Minister of Finance who can’t do sums was fine for the Nats, however.

Gerald said...

Yah have to hand it to him Judge.
Usually its multi paragraphs when a simple sentence will do.
Now it's a sentence which would normally be broken down to a few paragraphs.