Parliament’s Chief Nanny has been in full flight this week, trying to slap down questions from Jan Logie and Andrew Little about trial processes for sexual abuse cases. You can watch her here and here, or read the transcripts here and here.
Jan Logie’s question focused on the Law Commission’s 2011-12 report on alternative Trial and Pre-Trial Processes. Andrew Little wanted to know if she would implement changes to the law of evidence in sexual offence cases proposed by the Law Commission earlier this year in a different report.
Nanny was very strict. Everyone else had got it wrong, and needed to be corrected. When Nanny got it wrong herself, as she did when answering Andrew Little, she backed off quickly. When he challenged “so you don’t want to change anything”, she found the mild heckling “abusive”, which certainly does raise the bar, at least for herself.