Given that the Electoral Commissions proposals would reduce the overall proportionality of Parliament, I'm not exactly unhappy about this. And if Labour had seperated their desire to kneecap national's coalition partners from the straight democratic argument in favour of a lower threshold, their bill might have succeeded.
Or at least not be funded without somebody, somewhere making some money out of it.
Welcome to modern corporatist government: where the private sector lobbies for the creation of statutory monopolies where they can insert themselves and leech rent. The existence of which then provides them with the funds to lobby politicians to perpetuate their rent-seeking.
And then I read Matthew Hooton's tweet from earlier "I understand that MediaWorks CEO Mark Weldon thinks @CampbellLiveNZ & @JohnJCampbell are too anti-government. " and get all depressed again.
There's No Such Thing as too anti-government for a journalist. Its their job to hold power to account, and Campbell does it regardless of whether that government is red or blue. That's one of the reasons I bother to watch it.
Serious question: who here regularly watches Campbell Live? And by that, I mean the full episode, live to air. Not occasionally watching a video someone has shared on Facebook.
Its about the only thing I still watch on broadcast TV (and even then, I kill it if it heads into fluff territory). Once its gone, I might as well simply dispense with the broadcast receiver entirely.
That’s because one person’s pest is another’s recreational resource, stuffed trophy or even their prime income.
Or family. Just to make it clear what's on the line here.
If characters from The Wire start talking like they're in Famous Five books – "Gosh darnit, what the freaking heck is that freak doing here?" – they have become different characters.
I'll say. I mean, this just doesn't seem right:
Freak freak freakity freak.
Mmmm... freak. Freak freak freak.
Freak it. Aw, the freak.
Oh freak. Oh freak.
Freakity freak freak freak freak. Freaker.
Aw freak. Freak.
Freak freak freak freak.
(With apologies to Bunk and McNulty)
There is one MP placed to write to the Speaker: ACT’s David Seymour. Would he be of a mind to put pen to paper?
If Steven Joyce tells him to.
Apparently the SOP is being withdrawn. Huzzah!
Also, if the former MP is prevented from foreign travel by virtue of their enforced residence in one of Her Majesties Prisons, do they get to roll up the free flights for their eventual release? I think this should be clarified in the light of recent events?
They lose it on conviction.
After all, "we" (Parliament on the people's behalf) passed the GCSB Bill, didn't we? & the Search & Surveillance Bill (after a struggle) and we all got the opportunity to comment through the Select Committee process.
Though in the case of the most recent anti-terror legislation, the one they rammed through under urgency immediately after the election so the SIS could get a funding increase, our submissions weren't even read.