Speaker Smith?

November 12th, 2008 at 7:39 am by David Farrar

Colin Espiner speculates that will be made .

Lockie is a former host of W3, so I guess that will be good training :-)

Colin also predicts portfolios:

  • Welfare: Paula Bennett
  • Corrections/Police: Judith Collins
  • Justice: Simon Power
  • Education: Anne Tolley
  • Health: Tony Ryall
  • Trade: Tim Groser
  • Foreign: Murray McCully
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20 Responses to “Speaker Smith?”

  1. metcalph (1,359 comments) says:

    A blooper reel for W3 or It’s Academic contains the following exchange:

    SMITH: What eight letter word means any living thing?

    GIRLY SWOT: Orgasm?

    SMITH: Correct.

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  2. goodgod (1,363 comments) says:

    Smith: Starter for ten…Will the ETS be in place by Christmas…?

    …Hide, Epsom…

    Hide: Over my dead body!

    Smith: Correct!

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  3. Sushi Goblin (419 comments) says:

    Worth? Has gravitas, more of a parliamentarian than a politician. Maybe a little too dignified and not “take charge enough”, but seems reasonably liked by most others.
    Lockwood? Great work over the Thai Tiler saga undone by recent comments, but a dignified person otherwise. Intellectual powers would be an asset here.
    John Carter? Long service, but probably not enough of a parliamentarian, more of a local MP. Probably not legally smart enough.
    Roger Douglas? An outside choice, but would make scant choice of his policy background. May be rusty on standing orders given he is 18 years out of parliament.
    Wayne Mapp? He would probably rather be a cabinet minister, but maybe one day he would be a good speaker. Has the gravitas.
    Georgina Te Heu Heu? Outside chance. May not be strong enough a personality, but well liked around parliament.

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  4. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,810 comments) says:

    Who is going to be the Minister for Broadcasting?

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  5. david (2,531 comments) says:

    OECD, more to the point, will JK keep all the ministries and portfolios that his predecessor established.

    Minister for the America’s Cup
    Minister for the World Cup
    Minister for Racing
    Minister for Auckland Affairs

    could go on …..

    and on

    and get into the “PC” miistries that do nothing to make NZ a better place.

    Wimmens affairs
    Family
    etc
    etc

    Might not he take an axe to some of these but boost numbers (ie as deputy ministers, associate ministers and whatever else they are called) in the more important areas tio give some newbies experience without the capacity to cock up.

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  6. Murray (8,838 comments) says:

    Lockwood once got to congratulate a now Australian journo on the confinement and authoritative manner in which he answered a question… incorrectly.

    I look forward to him using similar lines on the former govermnet during a seies of please explain questions.

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  7. s.russell (1,559 comments) says:

    While I can understand the logic of using the position of Speaker to dispose of a potentially embarrassing minister, I would lament that the position is regarded as so unimportant. Why not ask “Who is the best person to to be Speaker?” and then appoint them instead.

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  8. dime (9,368 comments) says:

    cause maybe the best person for the job would be best as a cabinet minister..

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  9. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Why not ask “Who is the best person to to be Speaker?” and then appoint them instead.

    I agree with dime, I think. Someone who’d make the best speaker might at the same time make a good cabinet minister – wouldn’t want to lose them to such a position.

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  10. Madeleine (230 comments) says:

    David do you think Anne Tolley will handle tertiary education too or do we expect that to go elsewhere? If elsewhere to whom? Paul?

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  11. Tim Ellis (253 comments) says:

    I think it is a shame Dunne has turned it down. Dunne won’t be in Parliament next time; his revenue portfolio is hardly overly challenging, and he has long campaigned on improving parliamentary standards. This could have been a great swan-song for him. He’s pompous enough and pedantic enough to have made a real fist of the job.

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  12. stephen (4,063 comments) says:

    Damn good points Tim, but it’s all about HIM. Who the hell knows, maybe he’ll get absorbed into National, THEN he could take it next time.

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  13. freethinker (680 comments) says:

    Dunnee would be an excellent deputy assistant to the assistant deputy minister for arseholes – his nose is already brown.

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  14. Graeme Edgeler (3,262 comments) says:

    Why not ask “Who is the best person to to be Speaker?” and then appoint them instead.

    Well … that might result in Speaker Cullen :-)

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  15. dime (9,368 comments) says:

    did anyone else laugh ta loud the other night at tv3 news?

    they were showing what MP’s were making before and after the election.. dunne unchanged on 195k + expenses. Ya just know that man is in it for the cash

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  16. democracymum (660 comments) says:

    If ever there was an example of mass media beat up it was the hysteria over Lockwood Smith’s comments during the campaign.

    1. He was repeating to a reporter, what had been told to him by the employers
    2. The next day a Maori contractor completely confirmed the accuracy of Lockwood Smith’s comments
    3. Barry Soaphead said on NewstalkZB that Lockwood should have offset the “small asian hands comments” with something positive about the Polynesians.

    Well Barry, IF YOU LISTENED TO THE ENTIRE AUDIO CLIP THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT LOCKWOOD DID SAY – BUT DON”T EVER LET THE FACTS GET IN THE WAY OF A GOOD STORY! (especially one that favoured the Labour Party)

    Lockwood said, that while Asians smaller hands made them more suited to the finer work on the vines themselves, the strength of the Polynesians was a real asset on the vineyards for all the heavy work. All the employers were asking for, was to open up the vineyard workers scheme to a broader range of races, to enable the different types of work to be done more efficiently.

    I think Lockwood would be a fair and effective speaker, and I think that he would be a pleasant and polite alternative to the shrieking ineffectiveness that was Margaret Wilson.

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  17. dave strings (608 comments) says:

    I rather think Michael Cullen would make an excellent Speaker, even with a National Parliament. He’s certainly the expert on House Matters, I think even the new Clerk of the House has been heard to say that. And, couldn’t you just see him giving it to Labour during questions? “Will the Right Honorable Helen Clark please ask a specific question or sit down and let the house get on with its business!” Priceless :-)

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  18. sam269 (39 comments) says:

    I too think Michael Cullen would make a great speaker, he would probably need to stop making fun of every one quite so much though.

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  19. side show bob (3,660 comments) says:

    Before Smith gets the job can we hear him say “the minister has addressed the question”, this must be said with conviction. Plus, is he fit enough to jump up every two minutes and look very pissed off?

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  20. Tauhei Notts (1,602 comments) says:

    I also believe that Cullen would be a marvellous speaker.
    Imagine him in Question Time when some ill informed cabinet minister fails to answer a question, as we have heard for the past nine years.
    “That answer would have been acceptable in the period 1999 – 2008 but it is not now. Answer the question or get out.”
    A speaker with that kind of cheek would make question time worth watching on channel 94, rather than the dreadful vague stuff we have had for nine long years.
    I never ever thought there would be a place for Cullen in public life as I believe that he did more good for National than any advertising agency ever could. Without Cullen much fewer New Zealanders would know the meaning of the word “supercilious”.

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