Until yesterday there had been only three pronouncements from The Beehive since Election Day, October 17.
One of those had been jointly made by Winston Peters as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ron Mark as Minister of Defence, presumably a last-gasp announcement before they are despatched to the political wilderness at least for three years. It regarded a third P-3 deployment of a Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion (P-3) maritime patrol aircraft to support the implementation of United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions imposing sanctions against North Korea.
What flowed yesterday – compared with what had dribbled out during an ominously quiet post-election fortnight – was something of a flood. Two ministerial press statements (as distinct from party ones) in one day.
The Point of Order Beehive Monitor was caught by surprise. Continue reading “Yes to snuffing but no to puffing: topping ourselves (voluntarily) is approved but going to pot (legally) is vetoed”