Just Dreadful – A lesson in how to win in Parliament

 

Despite all my warnings to the contrary, and because of a shabby little back room deal the man who never wanted to be Speaker is. The results so far are dreadful and I suggest it won’t improve.

For a start there is the dead cat/bird/penguin stole cum boa he wears…A more ridiculous adornment for a member of the landed gentry to wear I am yet to see.

Then there is his performance.

Take this video from yesterday:

Hekia Parata’s arrogance is palpable, and Carter’s lack of authority shows.

Yesterday commenters on Whaleoil suggested this was a fine performance by Carter because he was giving Labour a good shellacking…and it was about time we had a biased Speaker. I strongly disagree with that sentiment. We deserve the very best as our Speaker not some time serving, biased, fundraiser, List MP who never wanted the job anyway.

Lockwood Smith, though pompous, was at least consistent and after a legacy of poor Speakers from Jonathan Hunt to Margaret Wilson was a breath of fresh air.

David Carter is woefully ill-equipped for the role of Speaker and the Labour party knows it.

In one series of questions from Chris Hipkins you can see the demoralising effect of an inept Speaker attempting to protect an inept minister whose answers are filled with hubris.

Check out the body language, watch the video again. The Labour people perk up, National start looking down.

That is how you start to crack the facade of confidence in the house…as soon as you get your opposing team to start hiding, ducking and looking away you are winning. Expect Labour to continue to attack Hekia Parata and to cause problems for David Carter.

The only problem Labour has now is translating wins in parliament into wins in public, and there they have a dreadful problem, their leader is an expert in stumbles, fumbles and mumbles.

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7 Comments

  1. Pete George says:

    It’s a tough job – and someone new to the job will find it hard dealing with seasoned pushers of boundaries and avoiders of questions.

    How was Lockwood when he first started in the job? I doubt he would have earned instant respect.

    Carter looks easily flustered. Time will tel whether he grows into the job or keeps blustering his way through it.

  2. Gazzmaniac says:

    He is terrible, and so is Hekia.
    Key should get rid of both.

  3. Cam Slater says:

    Carter has all the gravitas of a hesitant teacher trying to control a class of 6th form bullies and losing.

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  5. Dotcom says:

    Totally disagree. Carter did it admirably.

    The problem comes down to what this entire issue has always been about. “Moots” for discussion and debate and comment, are not promises. Sadly, they don’t fit the normal modern usage of the word “proposals” as well, which National keep referring to them as. “Proposal” in its more modern meaning, connotes a higher degree of intent, than “moot” does. National are talking about what I interpret as “moots”. Labour though are interpreting these moots as promises. Cross purposes.

  6. 4077th says:

    That was a disgraceful display by Carter. I am embarrassed to have him as the figurehead of our parliament. What a desperate waste of our taxpayer dollars on an obviously inarticulate oaf.

  7. Michael says:

    Too right!

 
 
 

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