And more to the point, that no one at all in government does?
Indeed. I didn't blog it but I asked the PM's office yesterday. The first they knew of the transcript error was when a Kiwi journalist from the Gallery rang them. None of Murray McCully's people had informed them.
I know I am at maybe 110% of what I can fully absorb on Twitter. I know I miss stuff and I certainly missed Russell's first RT of Selwyn.
Re invoking a person's name, there are a lot of people called Alec Ross on twitter. I am still surprised he found my mention of his name (not his Twitter handle.)
I don't see how any reasonable person could say Key's diction was at issue here
No, not to a New Zild ear. But what if the transcription was being done back in the States by a person who has to contend with hearing English spoken in its many glorious forms from around the world? I would have thought the State Dept would have run the draft transcript passed someone familiar with NZ English.
Thanks for posting this. For completeness, a link to the original transcript at the US State Dept.
This geek was curious to know what would happen if, on the first vote, two options were lowest-equal. For example 38 - 38 - 43 with two abstentions.
I understand that while not referred to in the video of Brownlee, there is agreement as to how to proceed if that happens.
That's because it can't be answered without knowing the Constitutional Review's answer on the Maori seats.
But in turn that becomes complicated because the terms of reference of that Review don't require a report until Sept 2013. That is far too late in the cycle for any changes for the 2014 election.
The Minister's office did suggest that I could ask questions of the Review panel about how the several processes interface, via the panel's secretariat.
The Commission has kicked for touch on the electorate MP/list MP ratio, saying that given current settings it is not going to be a problem before 2026. Back to you, Parliament, they said in effect.
[Background: keeping a minimum of 16 South Island electorates over time increases the number of North Island seats as populations changes, increasing the total electorate seats and reducing the number of list seats available.]
I am filled with hope, as yet unrequited, that Act On Campus will bring their MP to his senses.
the lobbying from all sides was going on almost literally until the last moment
Indeed, it happens in NZ too. On the day of the final vote on Civil Unions, the emails (for and against) were coming in at over 500/hour.
That was the day there was a big rainbow rally on the front lawn of Parliament: the music ended at 1.50pm, the final track being We're Going To The Chapel (And We're Going To Get Married).
Why is John Banks still officially on the "undecided" list?
He isn't, "officially". The marriageequality site is privately run, and my feeling is that it is 80%-85% accurate.