Just Dreadful – A lesson in how to win in Parliament
Despite all my warnings to the contrary, and because of a shabby little back room deal the man who never wanted to be Speaker is. The results so far are dreadful and I suggest it won’t improve.
For a start there is the dead cat/bird/penguin stole cum boa he wears…A more ridiculous adornment for a member of the landed gentry to wear I am yet to see.
Then there is his performance.
Take this video from yesterday:
Hekia Parata’s arrogance is palpable, and Carter’s lack of authority shows.
Yesterday commenters on Whaleoil suggested this was a fine performance by Carter because he was giving Labour a good shellacking…and it was about time we had a biased Speaker. I strongly disagree with that sentiment. We deserve the very best as our Speaker not some time serving, biased, fundraiser, List MP who never wanted the job anyway.
Lockwood Smith, though pompous, was at least consistent and after a legacy of poor Speakers from Jonathan Hunt to Margaret Wilson was a breath of fresh air.
David Carter is woefully ill-equipped for the role of Speaker and the Labour party knows it.
In one series of questions from Chris Hipkins you can see the demoralising effect of an inept Speaker attempting to protect an inept minister whose answers are filled with hubris.
Check out the body language, watch the video again. The Labour people perk up, National start looking down.
That is how you start to crack the facade of confidence in the house…as soon as you get your opposing team to start hiding, ducking and looking away you are winning. Expect Labour to continue to attack Hekia Parata and to cause problems for David Carter.
The only problem Labour has now is translating wins in parliament into wins in public, and there they have a dreadful problem, their leader is an expert in stumbles, fumbles and mumbles.