An alert reader sent us this video of Wayne Mapp swaying, slurring and rambling his way through Question Time.
Lockwood Smith had to interrupt him several times before he became completely incoherent. Was he drunk? It’s hard to explain his behaviour otherwise.
PS. What’s up with National ministers copying Key by wearing the silver fern lapel badge all the time? They say the patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel. It reminds me of the Republicans and, then, Democrats wearing flag lapel badges after 9/11. It also reminds me that Obama broke that practice and was praised for his courage.
lprent: 2340 – No Right Turn has this post to say on the matter
Earlier today, I posted a post alleging that Dr Wayne Mapp, Minister of Science and Innovation, was drunk in the House at Question Time on Wednesday. I have since been contacted by a member of the Press Gallery who was present in the House at the time, who says
I’d say I know Dr Mapp reasonably well and can tell when he’s had a few. In this case I’m 100 percent positive that he was absolutely sober.What I saw was someone, who doesn’t have a great reputation as a public speaker, trying to ham up an answer and not do it very well.
This person is obviously in a better position to judge things than I am from a video, and I see no reason to doubt them. So, my post was incorrect, and I apologise unreservedly to Dr Mapp for the error and for any slur on his character.
Quite frankly, who knows? But I’d generally trust I/S’s judgement. However I don’t appreciate Inventory2 being snide and repetitive about us not immediately following his judgement about what we should do here and when we should be onsite.