Muldoon Alert No 2

October 12th, 2007 at 6:45 am by David Farrar

Tracy Watkins blogs on Winston Peters this week:

 Peters unfairly got it into his head that his troubles started when Espiner did a story about the emails; an accusation which somewhat skirted around the point that it was National which released the emails in the first place.

He then proffered as evidence of his TV One theory the fact that there were no parliamentary questions set down for him today on the troop saga – another omission for which he appeared to personally blame Espiner.

Now, while most journalists would give their right arm for a shot at writing up the day’s list of parliamentary questions, the arcane rules of Parliament insist that these remain the preserve of the opposition.

Peters then insisted that Espiner either start behaving responsibly or stay home.

It’s never been entirely clear whether those same arcane rules allow MPs to toss journalists out of the parliamentary precinct on a whim. But if anyone was inclined to run a test case, it would be Peters.

I suspect the difference between Muldoon and Peters is that Muldoon just wanted to ban some journalists, while Winston would happily ban them all if he could :-)

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7 Responses to “Muldoon Alert No 2”

  1. Inventory2 (10,161 comments) says:

    Peters would ban all journalists most of the time, except in the run-up to an election, at which time they would again be admitted to the inner sanctum, and treated like loong-lost friends!

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  2. GPT1 (2,101 comments) says:

    Indeed, how dare any one question his Winston-ness.

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  3. dad4justice (7,898 comments) says:

    Muldoon and the Tom Scott clashes were fun to watch . Why don’t legs on belly journalists attack like that these days ? I mean just imagine me interviewing the Prime Minister .

    POLICE ARREST THAT MAN NOW !!!!

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  4. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,811 comments) says:

    Dad, you made my day. Yes I can imagine you interviewing Her Clarkness.

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  5. burt (7,948 comments) says:

    I can’t imagine anybody interviewing Clark. Imagine the 17 hours of rehersals to make sure you don’t ask any “real” questions that would make her walk out calling you a creep !

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  6. Reg (544 comments) says:

    DPF Could you please show more respect for the dead.
    Yesterday you compared Dear ol’ Piggy with Helen Clark
    Today you liken him by inference with her poodle.
    I respectfully suggest you apologise to the Friends and Family of the late Sir Robert and consider the legal possibility of having to defend a Post-Humous defamation case.

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  7. Lee C (4,516 comments) says:

    Aprt from Fran O’Sullivan they are all castrato sopranos

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