Parliament in lockdown

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, May 17th, 2010 - 20 comments
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Nope, it isn’t the budget. It appears that there is a bomb scare. At the beehive there is an evacuation. It appears that people in the rest of the parliamentary complex are not allowed to leave, and no-one is allowed to enter.

Pretty freaky how easy it is to shut down the a core of government. It will probably be someone with a forgotten parcel…

The Beehive has been evacuated after a suspicious package was found on the fifth floor.

Among Cabinet Ministers on the fifth floor are Paula Bennett, Steven Joyce and Anne Tolley.

Ummmm but assuming it is legit, it is interesting to speculate on who the target is.

Update: 1030: all over now.

20 comments on “Parliament in lockdown”

  1. r0b 1

    Likely a false alarm or a hoax of course.

    Ummmm but assuming it is legit, it is interesting to speculate on who the target is.

    If real, it’s a nutcase out to create whatever damage they could – the ultimate “target” is the Beehive as a symbol, and the government generally. It was in David Carter’s office, but I don’t know that it’s useful to speculate about named individuals.

  2. “legit” is an interesting way of describing it … I’m not sure there’s anything less legit than terrorism!

    • lprent 2.1

      Of course I was asking if the possible ‘bomb’ was in fact a weapon rather than someones lunch.

      There is quite a difference between innocent (or idiotic) mistake, and an intent to cause harm. I seem to remember intent as being a cornerstone feature of most of criminal justice

      • Tigger 2.1.1

        GE – I guess it depends on your definition of who is a ‘terrorist’ and who isn’t.

    • felix 2.2

      I find it difficult to believe that anyone would ever give Graeme money to interpret meaning from language.

  3. jcuknz 3

    I thought the ‘legit’ refered to the package being a bomb rather than somebody’s washing left in the wrong place.

  4. Good neocon mantra: Never waste a crisis and I have no doubt that it will be used to push through the new police and surveillance laws that TVNZ1 actually discussed out in the open on primetime TV.

    • Lew 5.1

      You think someone left a package of leaky homes in Parliament buildings?

      That would be impressive.


      • Bright Red 5.1.1

        it does sound like it’s going to be a dodgy package. Probably a fizzer too

      • lprent 5.1.2

        Having gone through the joys of nearly going bankrupt repairing my leaky apartment block, I can testify that it’d drive anyone to the brink and nearly over it.

        Especially annoying in that the building errors in our case were quite stupidly small, should have been picked up at several phases by the council, and required us to damn near rebuild the entire outer shell of the building and bathrooms. I’d done pretty thorough diligence on the apartment and the building when I brought, but there are some things that you have to inspect onsite while they’re being done.

        Needless to say the settlement was within a month or two of going to trial – after we’d spent years paying everything to get the building fixed before it got too much worse. The standard insurance company approach to minimising their costs appears to be to see how many people they can drive to suicide.

        All of this because some pig-ignorant National MP’s in the 1990’s thought that deregulating the building industry would save the country some money. Then having some idiotic councils stuffed with ex-national MPs being stupid enough to think that it absolved them of their responsibilities. it is curious how the pattern of leaky buildings geographically is so different, and dominated in Auckland with C&R influence coinciding with the worse outbreaks. I guess C&R is the developers party…

        That is why we’re stuck with these horrendous bills.

        National MP’s = short-term thinkers who can see past immediate advantages. They never change in their persistent stupidity.

        • vto

          Is there a case of deja vu about to erupt with the fishing industry being asked to come up with proposals along the same sort of lines? You know – self-regulation and the like.


  5. Bright Red 6

    hmmm. The package had cluster flies in it. David Carter is Minister for Argiculture. Big outbreak of cluster flies in rural areas this year. This year the worst affected areas are the Wairarapa, Manawatu and Horowhenua.

  6. Steven Joyce on the same floor as Tolley and Bennet, guess they need someone to remind them to breathe and to force their mouths shut when the jouros come wandering?

  7. Steven Joyce on the same floor as Tolley and Bennet? Guess they need someone to remind them to breathe and to force their mouths shut when the journos jump on the phone?

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