Childish Government plays musical chairs instead of debating
Associate Justice Spokesperson
28 October 2012
Childish Government plays musical chairs
instead of debating
National's childish refusal to debate alcohol reform created a pantomime version of musical chairs on Q&A, when they should have discussed the important issues, says Labour’s Associate Justice spokesperson Lianne Dalziel.
“I was stunned to learn that the Prime Minister’s office had stepped in to prevent Chester Borrows from debating me on Q&A this morning. Apparently we weren’t allowed to be seen on screen together and he had to be interviewed after me.
“This created an extraordinary chair swap, while the
camera was on Paul Holmes. I had to stand up and disappear
quickly while Chester snuck in and took my place. It looked
comical on TV and it was even more ridiculous off
“It was like playing musical chairs as a child. Certainly National is behaving in a childish fashion.
“Even veteran broadcaster Paul Holmes appeared to have seen nothing like it.
participating in public debate is a fundamental role of
Parliamentarians in a democracy.
“Chester Borrows and the Prime Minister’s office should welcome debate on alcohol reform aimed at reducing the terrible toll it is exacting on our health system and criminal justice system, let alone families and communities.
Minister fails all New Zealanders when he fails to
understand this essential principle.”