Look Chippy, all I’m saying is that you can’t count and Grant here can’t count, and Jacinda over there doesn’t seem like she can count so you either trust us that you don’t have the numbers or you go get Paddles the Cat to do your counting. Either way, you can’t count.
The only shock about National’s stalling tactics is that people are shocked…
National burying Parliament in ‘spam’ – Hipkins
National’s being accused of spamming Parliament, its MPs lodging more than 6000 parliamentary questions in the last month.
Nearly 6300 questions have been submitted, with the majority asking what events or meetings a minister had attended on a particular date.
In contrast, Newsroom says only 964 were submitted by the Labour-led Opposition in the month following the 2014 election.
Labour Leader of the House Chris Hipkins says the Opposition’s got its priorities wrong.
“What we’ve seen from the National Party in the last few weeks is the parliamentary equivalent of spam mail, and as a result I don’t think they’re going to get much useful information out of it,” he told Newshub.
…wake up Chippy, this is the new bloody reality!
This is a Party that had no problems whatsoever looking down the lens and lying straight to the people of NZ about an $11.7billion dollar fiscal hole that never existed. This is a Party who had no problems allowing suicide to skyrocket, to allow incarcerations to skyrocket, to allow homelessness to skyrocket, home affordability, student debt, poverty and mental health setbacks to intensify all in order to keep a property bubble afloat and tax cuts for the rich.
That they are now using Opposition to stymie and strangle any change should surprise no one.
National will use the gains they have on Select Committees to stop and slow down the entire legislative agenda of the new Government.
National will call on massive public engagement from their voters and their financial backers to slow down the Select Committee process and scream about democracy being under attack if they aren’t allowed to have every Farmer and rich property owner in front of the Select Committee to complain about any new law.
The mainstream media will of course pick up this new narrative of National being Democracy’s white knight and rather than highlighting their hypocrisy will unquestioningly spread this view of National.
Winning against National is one thing, governing over them while the mainstream media is totally hostile towards you is another and at this stage it doesn’t seem the Labour Party, Greens or NZ First have the behind the scenes think tank who can game play these scenarios out well enough to not get tripped up.
I don’t think anyone inside the new Government yet understands how National will turn the Select Committees and the actual process of process against the new Government.
They better start appreciating it, and soon!