Thursday, May 25, 2006


This morning's Dominion-Post has a story by Colin Espiner titled Hide sidesteps flak on absence from job. It's a nice example of how material can be transmitted from blogs to traditional media - though alas without any mention of the former. And its a curious absence, given that said "flak" has come exclusively from the blogosphere; apart from the odd snide comment or bad pun when Rodney asks a question, MPs haven't commented on his absences. And the reason for that is that they can't; Standing Order 400 (n) declares that

reflecting on the character or conduct of the House or of a member in the member's capacity as a member of the House

may be a contempt of Parliament. While it is unlikely to be enforced on the media (though Parliament does jealously guard its "right" to do so), it certainly would be if an MP were to point out Rodney's systematic absences in the House and ask how well he is serving his constituents. Which means that if we want our MPs to do even the minimum of their job and turn up for work, we have to apply the pressure ourselves.


Goodness me, now Susan Wood is running the story on Close Up - I wonder if they will acknowledge the blogsphere?

Posted by Sanctuary : 5/25/2006 06:57:00 PM

Damn, I didn't see it. Did Rodney front up?

Posted by Idiot/Savant : 5/26/2006 12:28:00 AM

Yes, a very thin Rodney showed up. The piece was really just another shameful piece of Woman's Day journalism promoting a TVNZ reality game show.

Why would have I expected anything else from TVNZ?

Posted by Sanctuary : 5/26/2006 08:24:00 AM