Think before you ask

September 20th, 2013 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Tracy Watkins reports:

NZ First MP ended up the butt of his own joke during Parliament’s question time today after accusing Conservation Minister Nick Smith of being caught “with his pants down”.

A phrase Mr Williams of all people should never use!

The question nearly bought the House down after it revived allegations that Williams pulled down his trousers and urinated on a tree outside the North Shore council offices while he was serving as its mayor in 2010.

Smith was being questioned about claims he meddled in the submission process for a dam project in Hawke’s Bay.

After the laughter subsided Williams repeated his question, but rephrased it to ask Smith about being caught in ” a difficult situation”.

I think it was Mr Williams who ended up in the difficult situation.

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14 Responses to “Think before you ask”

  1. kowtow (6,733 comments) says:

    “The question nearly bought the house down”

    When journalists can’t spell or know the difference between to bring and to buy ,it shows how utterly shit they are. And the sub editors too.

    There is an R in brought. That error is common in speech but has now crossed the barrier to the written word too.

    Not good enough.

    So while Williams is an embarrasment so is Watkins.

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  2. Rich Prick (1,324 comments) says:

    kowtow, you should know that near enough is good enough in that trade.

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  3. hj (5,708 comments) says:

    “The question nearly bought the house down”
    So Minister Anonymous Sprawl was able to deflect an awkward question?
    ………………..
    2 points Smith (2/10).

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  4. tvb (3,947 comments) says:

    It must annoy Ministers that draft submissions prepared by junior staff somehow find themselves in the public domain. When I worked in a Government Department draft papers were destroyed as the represent thought bubbles not policy.

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  5. BeaB (1,959 comments) says:

    kowtow
    You have fallen victim to Muphry’s Law – while criticising another’s spelling you erred yourself with the spelling of embarrassment (which you spelt with one ‘s’).

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  6. kowtow (6,733 comments) says:

    BeaB

    You have fallen victim to dipsticks’ syndrome.

    I’m not a fucking journalist.

    This is their trade.

    Not mine.

    And BeaB try tell me you were taking the Mickey with how you spelt “Murphy”. ……..there is a town in Donegal called Muff ,but people from there aren’t called Muffrys . Muff ,what a name!

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  7. BeaB (1,959 comments) says:

    And now you have fallen into another Muphry’s Law trap. Always awaiting the unwary – and tetchy.

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  8. duggledog (1,119 comments) says:

    It’s Murphy’s Law not Muphry’s. Please ladies & gentlemen, focus!

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  9. cha (3,541 comments) says:

    It’s Murphy’s Law not Muphry’s. Please ladies & gentlemen, focus!

    Muphry’s law, not to be confused with Murphy’s law, strikes again!.

    “If you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written.”

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  10. kowtow (6,733 comments) says:

    Muphry’s Law,well well you live and learn

    Never heard of it.

    Must be a journalist thing………smug wankers.

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  11. cha (3,541 comments) says:

    The law states that:

    (a) if you write anything criticizing editing or proofreading, there will be a fault of some kind in what you have written;
    (b) if an author thanks you in a book for your editing or proofreading, there will be mistakes in the book;
    (c) the stronger the sentiment expressed in (a) and (b), the greater the fault;
    (d) any book devoted to editing or style will be internally inconsistent.[9]
    It goes on to say:

    Muphry’s Law also dictates that, if a mistake is as plain as the nose on your face, everyone can see it but you. Your readers will always notice errors in a title, in headings, in the first paragraph of anything, and in the top lines of a new page. These are the very places where authors, editors and proofreaders are most likely to make mistakes.[7]
    Muphry’s law may be interpreted to be in accordance to a previous quote from Ambrose Bierce:

    In neither taste nor precision is any man’s practice a court of last appeal, for writers all, both great and small, are habitual sinners against the light; and their accuser is cheerfully aware that his own work will supply (as in making this book it has supplied) many “awful examples”. (“Write it Right: A Little Blacklist of Literary Faults” 1909)[10]

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muphry's_law

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  12. BeaB (1,959 comments) says:

    Thanks cha but while it lasted it was fun seeing kowtow and duggledog prove the rule.

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  13. kowtow (6,733 comments) says:

    It’s hardly a fucking rule.

    And my original contention stands ; a journo who doesn’t know the difference between those 2 verbs is morethan a misspelling.

    It’s shameful shite for a journalist.

    meanwhile enjoy your smug humour.

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  14. Black with a Vengeance (1,552 comments) says:

    oh hurr hurr…Ms Watkins

    meanwhile Nick gets to play dumb and lie through his teeth.

    Hey look over there, It’s a giant Moa…hah made you look!

    grow the fuck up eh!

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