Lockwood Smith managing of Question Time. B. Lockwood has made a commendable effort to get ministers to answer questions and cut down on some of the other bollocks that ruins Question Time. National MPs clearly expect that after years of complaining of ministers skirting questions it’s now their turn to do it, and Lockwood has had the courage to attempt to raise the standards even at the cost to his own party. So far, he hasn’t really succeeded in getting ministers to provide straight forward answers (Collins and Wilkinson are particularly bad) but the intent is there, I wonder if it will wear off in time. He is assisted by not having constant screaming from the opposition benches to deal with as Wilson did (indeed he has had to ask National MPs to stop yelling over the top of their own speakers several times). Points deducted for the change to the speaker’s procession,which is clearly a case of the egomaniac in the man shining through.
Gerry Brownlee trying to claim credit for Transpower ‘upgrading’ it’s transmission network as part of the Government’s reaction to the recession. C The Government does not direct Transpower how to spend its money and the head of Transpower has said the money is to be spent on crucial repairs, not ‘upgrades. Points for good politics though, in the sense that good politics is getting your bollocks repeated by unquestioning journos.
Labour for good criticisms of National’s response to the recession but letting their lines appear contradictory C Commentators are saying ‘Labour is trying to have it both ways: both claiming credit for National’s programmes and saying they’re not big enough’. Labour needs to make things crystal clear – yes, it’s good National is seeing the light and adopting Labour’s ideas but the economic situation has deteriorated since those ideas were proposed – they are now necessary but insufficient and more is needed.
Every journo who has uncritically accepted the ‘rolling maul’ or ‘drip-feed response’ line on the Government’s actions regarding the recession. D- No other country is doing ‘rolling mauls’ or whatever, they’re doing what they can as soon as they can because that’s the logical response, there’s no logic in waiting until things are worse – when things are worse the responses won’t be more powerful and they may be too late. National’s ‘rolling maul’ is just an excuse for not knowing what the hell to do. Didn’t mark too hard because one can’t expect journos to question underlying assumptions or understand economics too much, or even listen to what their own outlets’ business commentators are saying.
Pita Sharples for sitting there like a sucker while Kate Wilkinson revealed in Question Time that she had not bothered to respond to his submission as Minister of Maori Affairs on the minimum wage, despite the consultation provisions of their parties’ confidence and supply agreement. F Can you feel your mana being enhanced Pita?