Last week during the submissions to the Civil Union bill people were grouped up so that they got five minute slots each to present their submission. That’s just not long enough. But get this: Marilyn Waring, who was also doing a personal submission, got 40 minutes and the opportunity to present a power point presentation to the committee in support of the bill.
So when sites like Gaynz.com state that submissions opposing the bill were not "quality submissions" perhaps that’s one of the reasons why: If you support the government line, if you are well known, well, you get more time to do a quality submission. I call it favouritism. So do most other people.
George Hawkins, the MP who answers questions during Question Time like a "possum in the headlights", still has his job. For now. That`s got to be bad for Labour. But I can't help wondering where the standards are here: Ruth Dyson (temporarily) loses her warrants for drink driving, Lianne Dalziel (and this will be temporary too) loses hers for lying - yet Maharey keeps his when lying. Helen Clark stays where she is for signing a painting she didn’t paint and Harry Duynhoven stays where he is for not being a NZ citizen. And you know what happened to prospective United Future MP Kelly Chal.
Hawkins stays where he is for being incompetent - ie not doing his job. Yet Miss Clark has said Hawkins has "handled his portfolios well" and is a "loyal minister".
Where's the consistency in that? Oh, that’s right, loyalty is seen as a greater virtue than competence, telling the truth or obeying driving rules. But Hawkins will lose his portfolios at the end of the year, and be given light duties. Maybe he could go back to being minister for Ethnic Affairs, or Helen could create a new portfolio - Minister for Watching Grass Grow. After all, National did have an unofficial Minister of Silly Walks, namely David Caygill.
I'm outta here for a few days - will be going to a place where blogging is not an option. Back early next week.