Wednesday, March 16, 2005

What they want to hide

There's a perfect example of the benefits of independent cameras in the debating chamber in today's Question Time:

Rodney Hide: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I wonder whether I could seek the leave of the House to have the bell rung in order to wake up the Minister of Education, David Benson-Pope, for question time.

TV3 showed some footage of the snoozing Minister. Needless to day, we would not have seen it - and therefore not have had the opportunity to punish him for it at the ballot box - if Parliament was filmed the way our MPs want it to be.