Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Zombie Member's Day

Today, barring urgency, is a Member's Day. And it looks like we're having the same Member's Day we did two weeks ago, with the committee stage of Heather Roy's Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill returning like one of the walking dead. It won't get far this week though - there's a couple of local bills ahead of it on the Order Paper, which means plenty of opportunity for Labour to filibuster. Which in turn means another zombie member's day next time round.

With three bills in their later stages lined up after Roy's, there's no chance of a first-reading debate any time soon, and no chance of a ballot. The Member's Business part of the Order paper is logjammed, probably until the election.