PQT: Cullen at his best

Call me a party hack, but I thought Cullen was at his majestic best in Parliament’s Question Time today, swatting off the vast majority of questions from the other side. (Both Clark and Key were absent.)

The problem the Nats seem to have is that they get ahead of themselves, just like their supporters in the blogosphere. Time after time Bill English referred to “facts” that quite simply are not facts.

You could see Cullen’s frustration as he had to explain repeatedly that Clark did not learn in February that “Owen Glenn made a donation to NZ First”, as English put it (and the Herald, “Updated 2:27PM Helen Clark this morning said Owen Glenn told her in February that he gave $100,000 to NZ First.”) Here’s what Clark is reported to have said on this aspect:

“Mr Glenn on [the occasion of the opening of the Business School in February] said to me pretty much what he said to the Privileges Committee.”

and…

“He (Mr Glenn) stated his view then that he had contributed money — whether it was to New Zealand First or to some other fund that’s lost in the mists of time. But as I say at every time that this issue has arisen, I have rung Mr Peters and asked for his word.” (NB: Clearly, there should be a comma after the word “fund” in this transcription.)

And Peters denied knowing anything about it. As Cullen pointed out over and again “nothing has changed” in that respect.

Cullen also made the crucial point that the Nats have prejudged the outcome of the Privileges Committee hearings — one of them called it a “facade” — and in doing so were undermining due process. This even despite the fact that (for the first time) there is an opposition MP chairing the committee.

The Nats only started to get traction when they began asking, at the very end of the supplementary questions, why Clark hadn’t revealed what she knew before. But it was too little, too late.

Tip to Bill English. Don’t try to build an argument on dodgy foundations. Doesn’t work.

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2 Responses to “PQT: Cullen at his best”

  1. Inventory2 Says:

    And why was the PM not there today? A meeting with the Governor General maybe?

  2. macdoctor01 Says:

    Call me a party hack

    OK, you’re a party hack. đŸ™‚

    but I thought Cullen was at his majestic best in Parliament’s Question Time today,

    I would not use the word “best” here, JP…

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