Saturday, June 20, 2009

Clueless

Also up for Second Reading was former MP Matt Robson’s Liquor Advertising Bill that would have restricted liquor advertising on television to between 10pm and midnight (currently 8:30pm to midnight). The Bill’s new sponsor, Brendan Burns, acknowledged that the Bill was not the whole answer to the problem, but that: “It confronts what can be done immediately to reduce the harm of alcohol advertising.” Yet, despite National MPs accepting that excessive drinking by young people is a serious problem, National’s Nikki Kaye tried to argued that: “We need to consider the whole problem” as a reason to oppose this step. Despite it being a conscience vote, all National MPs voted nay.


Frogblog reveals that the Fundy Post's MP - Ms Patsy Kaye - doing what what she does best: nothing. Ms Kaye's solution to any problem is to consider the whole of it. Roughly translated, this means that Ms Kaye knows nothing about the subject, lacks the intellect or the energy to find out about it, and only spoke because she wanted to be on television.

Herewith follows Ms Kaye's Parliamentary career to date:

Truancy - Survey

5. NIKKI KAYE (National—Auckland Central) to the Minister of Education: What reports has she received on whether an attendance, absence, and truancy in New Zealand schools survey was held in 2008?

Hon ANNE TOLLEY (Minister of Education) : Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah. Blah.

Nikki Kaye: What reports has she received about whether the previous Government knew about the cancellation of the survey last year?

Hon ANNE TOLLEY: Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah - Blah.

Schools - Property Projects

3. NIKKI KAYE (National—Auckland Central) to the Minister of Education: What steps has the Government taken to fast track school property projects?

Hon ANNE TOLLEY (Minister of Education) : Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah, Blah.

Nikki Kaye: Does today’s announcement deliver on the promises made when the fast tracking of school building projects was announced in February?

Hon ANNE TOLLEY: Of course it fucken does. I wouldn't have told you to ask the question if it didn't, would I? [I may have transcribed this incorrectly - Ed]

And that's it, so far. Ms Kaye is there to fill a seat on the backbenches and do what she is told to do. That she will do until she is thrown out at the next General Election. Then she will have MP on her CV and fill a variety of roles (or possibly rolls) which her Tory chums give her.

Wake me if anything changes.

8 comments:

Keri h said...

O Paul - has life made you cynical too?

entabu = a mismatch between French & Melanesians

Anonymous said...

I know nothing about Nicki Kaye. Being a central Aucklander and with Kaye now in Parliament for 6 months, you might be right about her. What about Sam Whats-his-name who is currently doing have a job at Auckland City Council and half a job in Parliament. Anything amazing coming out of that arrangement?

Regarding Anne Tolley however, this is the most coherent quotations I have seen attributed to her so far. You do have that Minister nicely summed up Paul.

Here's an article today that says she wants National Standards but does not want League Tables. As night follows day ....

Anonymous said...

The article on League Tables

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/2518832/Teachers-balk-at-league-table-approach-to-schools

Tim Ellis said...

Ms Kaye is there to fill a seat on the backbenches and do what she is told to do. That she will do until she is thrown out at the next General Election.

Goodness me, Paul, anybody would think you have sour grapes that your much loved Judith Tizard got unseated by Nikki Kaye, the first time Kaye ran for Parliament.

Ms Kaye is my local MP as well. I've seen her out and about and active in the electorate far more in the last six months than I saw of Ms Tizard in the twelve years that she held the seat.

I realise that Labour is still quite gutted that Kaye wrestled the seat from Labour for the first time ever, but this kind of petty swiping won't win it back.

Uroskin said...

I have to agree with Tim Ellis's sentiment that Ms Kaye has been out and about among the serfs (evenm here in Waiheke) more than Ms Tizard has been. Which doesn't mean I'd ever voter for her. Phil Twyfiord is slowly positioning himself as the alternative (Labour) candidate for Auckland Central, he hosted a well attended Auckland Council meeting on Waiheke a few weeks ago. You might as well use him too as an electorate MP.

Anonymous said...

A talent for being about, and for winning an Electorate, does not relate to political competence or sound thinking.

Judith Tizard was a person of honesty, principles and values. That is a minimum requirement. I wish she could have offered much more than that.

Paul R said...

Being a resident, I had assumed that Kaye was the Member for Waiheke, she seems to spend a hell of a lot of time there...

And in her defence, being a backbencher is what first term MPs with little talent or experience do. To paraphrase the military historian Sharpe, the job of new MPs is to survive long enough to become old MPs

Anonymous said...

At Waiheke she can meet up with National Party king maker Michelle Boag - just ask Don Brash!