Questions to a new MP

September 26th, 2010 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Have a look at the questions asked by the ODT of new ACT MP :

  • Any convictions you would like to declare now?
  • Any misbehaviour, non-criminal, that might come back to bite you?
  • Any family members involved in criminal behaviour?
  • Could you ever contemplate supporting Heather Roy?
  • According to a radio report, you have a pecuniary interest in a licensed massage parlour.

I wonder if the will ask Labour’s new candidate, David Clark, not only whether he has any convictions, but whether he has any family members involved in criminal behaviour, whether he has ever had any non-criminal misbehaviour, could he ever contemplate supporting David Cunliffe and then holding them as a landlord accountable for what a tenant’s profession is.

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37 Responses to “Questions to a new MP”

  1. Miss Red (13 comments) says:

    She doesn’t seem to know a lot about her own life does she?

    I wonder if David Clark’s memory is any better…?

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  2. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “I wonder if the ODT will ask Labour’s new candidate,”

    Hahah- thanks for the laff. Labour propagandists posing as journalists attack their own? Only when they’re embarrassed into it, or it would blow they’re cover not to.

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  3. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “If your mother keeps making your bed every morning you’ll keep leaving it.”

    I’d guess Mark Price (Otago Times so called journalist) would be one of those who leaves his bed for his mum.

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  4. YesWeDid (1,051 comments) says:

    The questions seem relevant given the circumstances she entered parliament.

    Only getting 1.8% of the vote in her electorate and ending up in parliament is doing MMP no favours.

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  5. Gwilly (158 comments) says:

    Nice to see an MP who has actually worked in the real world. Lawyer, 12. Directorships, sounds like she is high calibre, and I like her sense of humour.

    Compare that to the light weight candidates Labour keeps on throwing up, not to mention corrupt, the contrast couldn’t be greater.

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  6. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    Correction- ” blow their cover not to”

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  7. Nick Kearney (1,259 comments) says:

    Considering we’re borrowing ~$240 million per week, every week for the next few years, and further considering GDP last quarter was .2 of 1%, these questions to Hilary are extremely irrelevant.

    It is very, very discouraging to see this type of questioning. Small-minded pettiness at its extreme. No wonder this country cannot attract excellent MPs. These type of questions will make it even harder.

    CAVEAT: Qn 4 is probably worth asking.

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  8. theodoresteel (91 comments) says:

    “according to a report, students you are responsible for at Selwyn College…… [insert pretty much anything from the Critic “Bounding Off the Halls” Column].”

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  9. burt (8,324 comments) says:

    YesWeDid

    Only getting 1.8% of the vote in her electorate and ending up in parliament is doing MMP no favours.

    Any proportional representation system has this effect, is it FPP you long for ?

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  10. burt (8,324 comments) says:

    She should have just held up a big “NO” sign. Apparently Labour still want to associate with people who do that.

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  11. thomasbeagle (77 comments) says:

    Well, in the media’s defence, she is a member of the *ACT* party. Not asking any of them about their previous criminal and weird behaviour would just be shirking their responsibilities.

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  12. backster (2,185 comments) says:

    No doubt the Dom Post will be putting the same questions to the Labour Man contesting the Mana by-election especially since unlike Calvert he is a union sponsored carpetbagger.

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  13. tvb (4,519 comments) says:

    These are all legitimate qns. It will be a test of her political skill on how she handles then. So far she is doing just fine. She looks to me to be a very capable person. So let the press be hard on her, bring it on. I am sure she can handle it well and her political stocks will rise.

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  14. Chris Diack (748 comments) says:

    Weird yeah like Chris Carter hopping out a window rather than face the media in the corridor.

    Of course Mr Goff’s assertion was that Carter’s behaviour is a recent development (Goff implied some sort of mental problem) it might also be evidence of the sort of person Labour has been recently putting into Parliament.

    A weeee bit like Philip Field. Maybe he was always that way.

    Of course Goff hoist himself when implying mental problems with Carter. Causes big procedural fairness problems.

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  15. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Of course Goff hoist himself when implying mental problems with Carter. Causes big procedural fairness problems.”

    We should applaud leftists on the infrequent occasions they speak the truth, even when they do so unwittingly.

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  16. BlairM (2,365 comments) says:

    No, the questions are fair enough. We expect Labour MPs to be scum, so what is the point of asking? I’m glad that the media hold the Right accountable, because we are better than them, and we should stay that way.

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  17. grumpyoldhori (2,362 comments) says:

    I wonder if she believes a fellow lawyer should be done for perjury ?
    Or should lawyers be above being charged with that minor crime ?

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  18. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    As long as these questions get asked of all candidates, then there can be no complaint only joy at the Fourth Estate actually being seen to scrutineer.

    Unfortunately the Pinkos are firmly embedded in positions of Media Influence. No where being more Obvious that the Brown Blair Corporation.

    There could well be a name change soon to Millipede Stalinist Media. The ligtweight fucker will do a fabulous job keeping ZaNuLabour out of power. Here that creepy slant eyed little oick, Cunliffe lied like a flatfish about GST. You would imagine that the whole tax was channeled straight into the National Party Coffers. What a beautiful human being for National. Cunliffe, is actually even more unelectable than Goff. Hope he does well with Little the Puppet Master whose ultimate Boss with her hand up his Arse resides in the Big Apple with her Gay Mates. Wonder if the No 1 Flatmate has ever visited? Wonder if he can travel to the US at all?

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  19. Viking2 (11,579 comments) says:

    Not without Winston as his guardian.

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  20. Chuck Bird (4,929 comments) says:

    Wonder if he can travel to the US at all?

    It would be very interesting to know if he has been there since she got the job in New York.

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  21. Nick Kearney (1,259 comments) says:

    So Blair, you think the question “any misbehaviour, non-criminal, that might come back to bite you” is a fair question?

    I think it’s bordering on insane.

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

    I would tell the commie swine, the press, where they can stick their poxy little rag. I’m afraid I would be a totally useless politician, not to great on the PR bit.

    Chuck I believe the individual in question has been over, probably a conjugal visit, shudder shudder.

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  23. DJP6-25 (1,389 comments) says:

    No, they’ll just ask patsy questions. Watch the news stands in a few weeks. He should be in the Women’s Weekly soon.

    cheers

    David Prosser

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  24. MCos (12 comments) says:

    This lady has some hard acts to follow. I expect the media are wondering if sh has the flaws required to keep ACT relevant.

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  25. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    I see on radablurt they are happy with the Clark bloke .. looks good in a suit. I’m sure he and Silent T could share clothing tips .. the thing is that he seems to have “earned” his pay from the public tit or from religious donations.
    why don’t Labour try and get people in their MP team that have experienced the real world?
    Correct me if I am wrong, but to this day, Dame Helen hasn’t received a cent in pay from the private sector .. it’s all been from the taxpayers of NZ and now the world and that could be the case for a few of them

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  26. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    Here is a much more efficient way to get this done. Everytime we want to know a bit more about a new MP, we build it into the oath of office :)

    One more “Have you ever thrown anything at a child you have been teaching?”

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  27. MCos (12 comments) says:

    Mr Jaba – the ACT chap who’s just got the flick. He was from the real world wasn’t he?

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  28. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    Jaba, I would like to correct you depending on your definition of “pay”. I understand Clark owns many rental properties and strictly speaking that is taking money from the private sector.

    Also to be fair Cunliffe has experience in the real world, which is why no-one else in the Labour Party likes him.

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  29. reid (16,638 comments) says:

    “Also to be fair Cunliffe has experience in the real world, which is why no-one else in the Labour Party likes him.”

    Are you sure that’s the reason?

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  30. Chuck Bird (4,929 comments) says:

    “Also to be fair Cunliffe has experience in the real world, which is why no-one else in the Labour Party likes him.”

    And how well has he done?

    Would he have spent his own money to buy Kiwirail?

    Has he borrowed money himself to invest in world share markets like he wants the government to do with ours?

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  31. jaba (2,146 comments) says:

    MCos .. a major difference between the left and right is that the left defend the inexcusable and the right doesn’t. Garrett did a bizarre act 26 years or so ago and for good reason, hid it (he was not convicted .. unlike Dyson, mallard and Field). Garrett resigned but mallard and Dyson are still on the front bench and Field would be BUT he is in jail.

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  32. MCos (12 comments) says:

    My point was that being from the ‘real’ world doesn’t guarantee he wasn’t going to be a pillock.

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  33. Poliwatch (335 comments) says:

    Chuck Bird – I was just making the clarification. Like MCos said it does mean that he wasn’t going to a pillick. Had to laugh at his interview on either The Nation or Q&A this morning. He was obviously trying to defend a GST policy he does not agree with.

    But I will also add you have altered the debate. Many people work in the private sector but do not risk their own money. Are you saying that that then is not better than working only in the public sector. Did JK risk his own cash when he was working at Meryll Lynch (or where-ever it was)?

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  34. Pete George (23,688 comments) says:

    Only getting 1.8% of the vote in her electorate and ending up in parliament is doing MMP no favours.

    What surprised me most about the interview was how “relaxed” she seemed about not having a show of poling well in her electorate so no need to put much effort in to it. Sounds like she may have deserved her 1.8%

    Dealing with some of the other stuff up front has done her a favour, she has had an easy chance to get things out in the open.

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  35. Doug (410 comments) says:

    Poliwatch: Did JK risk his own cash when he was working at Meryll Lynch.
    Of course he risked his cash if he was inept at his job he would not have the cash he has now.

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  36. ross (1,437 comments) says:

    She sounds like a ditz. She can’t remember if she has any convictions. Maybe she has done a lot of drugs in her younger years.

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  37. Russell Brown (405 comments) says:

    So Blair, you think the question “any misbehaviour, non-criminal, that might come back to bite you” is a fair question?

    I think it’s bordering on insane.

    In the circumstances, I think it’s an inevitable question. Don’t blame the journalist, blame David Garrett.

    I do find the position of moral offence being assumed by people in this thread a little ironic, given the industrial quantities of spite and bile being spilled along with it.

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