Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | News Flashes | Scoop Features | Scoop Video | Strange & Bizarre | Search


The House: Inebriated With Rhetoric

The ability of crime as an issue to produce more heat than light from politicians was highlighted in the House this evening as the House completed the committee stages of the home invasion legislation.

Government MPs and other supporters of the Bill continued to goad Opposition MPs that they were soft on criminals and wrapped themselves in the mantle as protectors of the home as a sanctuary.

Opposition MPs attacked the Bill as a political fabrication that created anomalies in the law.

The majority of the debate saw rhetoric rule and occasionally tempers flared.

One MP took great exception to the Justice Minister, Tony Ryall, saying a previous speaker had become "inebriated with rhetoric". The MP took an angry point of order saying that the Minister was implying someone was drunk.

The mild-mannered chair of the House in committee, Geoff Braybrooke, said the member was overreacting and that the Minister's use of the word 'inebriation' was being taken out of context, as that word had a number of meanings.

This enraged the offended member even more and a somewhat bemused Mr Braybrooke had to turn to the dictionary to calm the MP who kept shouting "outrageous".

When the House finally calmed down, it went into further disorder when Gilbert Myles commented in his opening sentence that maybe some MPs should be taking Prozac. That was the end of his contribution as Mr Braybrooke took offence at that and ended his speech.

The debate was also notable for Frank Grover making his first contribution as a Christian Heritage MP and said he and his new party would support the legislation as though it was less than perfect, it was better than nothing.

The rest of the debate continued with the Opposition accusing the Government of electioneering and creating arbitrary laws to that ends. Government MPs and supporters continued the refrain that criminals who attacked people in their homes should be severely punished and, of course, Labour and the Alliance are soft on crime.

As this is written MPs are completing the final parts of the committee stages with the Government winning the votes.

© Scoop Media

Top Scoops Headlines


Werewolf: Living With Rio’s Olympic Ruins

Mariana Cavalcanti Critics of the Olympic project can point a discernible pattern in the delivery of Olympics-related urban interventions: the belated but rushed inaugurations of faulty and/or unfinished infrastructures... More>>

Live Blog On Now: Open Source//Open Society Conference

The second annual Open Source Open Society Conference is a 2 day event taking place on 22-23 August 2016 at Michael Fowler Centre in Wellington… Scoop is hosting a live blog summarising the key points of this exciting conference. More>>



Gordon Campbell: On The Politicising Of The War On Drugs In Sport

It hasn’t been much fun at all to see how “war on drugs in sport” has become a proxy version of the Cold War, fixated on Russia. This weekend’s banning of the Russian long jumper Darya Klishina took that fixation to fresh extremes. More>>


Binoy Kampmark: Kevin Rudd’s Failed UN Secretary General Bid

Few sights are sadder in international diplomacy than seeing an aging figure desperate for honours. In a desperate effort to net them, he scurries around, cultivating, prodding, wishing to be noted. Finally, such an honour is netted, in all likelihood just to shut that overly keen individual up. More>>

Open Source / Open Society: The Scoop Foundation - An Open Model For NZ Media

Access to accurate, relevant and timely information is a crucial aspect of an open and transparent society. However, in our digital society information is in a state of flux with every aspect of its creation, delivery and consumption undergoing profound redefinition... More>>

Keeping Out The Vote: Gordon Campbell On The US Elections

I’ll focus here on just two ways that dis-enfranchisement is currently occurring in the US: (a) by the rigging of the boundary lines for voter districts and (b) by demanding elaborate photo IDs before people are allowed to cast their vote. More>>

Ramzy Baroud: Being Black Palestinian - Solidarity As A Welcome Pathology

It should come as no surprise that the loudest international solidarity that accompanied the continued spate of the killing of Black Americans comes from Palestine; that books have already been written and published by Palestinians about the plight of their Black brethren. In fact, that solidarity is mutual. More>>


Get More From Scoop

Top Scoops
Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news