Gerry Brownlee versus Andrew Geddis

Andrew Geddis took a swipe or two at Nuk Korako’s the lost luggage bill (Airport Authorities (Publicising Lost Property Sales) Amendment Bill.

Geddis called it the Worst. Members. Bill. Ever.

He went on to call it abysmal in C’est pire qu’un crime, c’est une faute and…

Nuc Korako’s #noluggageleftbehind bill not only doesn’t do what he says it is meant to do, but it appears that it will do nothing at all. 

Bronwlee responded via NBR – it’s behind their paywall but they gave us a peek on Twitter:
Brownlee slams ‘arrogant’ academic for criticising lost luggage bill ($)


So Geddis responded back with mea culpa, mea culpa, mea máxima culpa

Gerry Brownlee has made me see the error of my ways. Two plus two equals five, and Nuk Korako’s #noluggageleftbehind bill is a sterling contribution to the very fabric of New Zealand’s democracy.

He does quite a bit of recounting, then concludes:

And so, to the people of New Zealand – but more importantly, to the institution of Parliament and the very concept of democracy itself – I apologise. I have seen the error of my ways. I shall no longer make the arrogant assumption that the statutory requirement that my University “accept a role as critic and conscience of society” requires me to speak out if I see foolish or wrongheaded lawmaking. Instead, I will do my duty to democracy and assume that whatever MPs (at least, government MPs) do is completely fine and not to be questioned in any way, shape or form.

So, having noted my error and repented of it, future blog posts will consist entirely of paeans to how well the Government is managing the rebuild of Christchurch and stern injunctions to readers to simply let Parliament get on with whatever it wants because it knows best.

There’s been more in NBR…

“Professor fights back, chides Gerry Brownlee” (paywalled) by NBR’s Jason Walls – Excerpt:

…and on Twitter but it seems much ado about an abysmal bill that will do nothing at all. Like the vast majority of Members’ Bills.

It seems to have become another ‘Government tries to shut up academics by attacking them’ sort of stoush.

“Prof Geddis says it’s worrying Mr Brownlee regards academic criticism on the substance of a law as somehow an attack on democracy.”

Brownlee’s view of democracy is people should just “shut up and let Parliament do what it wants – I don’t agree with him on that”

Over nothing of importance, apparently.

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  1. Blazer

     /  16th August 2016

    ‘Barger’…Brownlee…talking about …arrogance….oh the irony of….Team ..Key(strokers)!

  2. Zedd

     /  16th August 2016

    the longer this Govt. remains in power.. the more they just demonstrate what words like: SMUG, ARROGANT, SELF-SERVING & totally SELF ABSORBED really mean.. actually believing their opinion is the only valid one & everyone else is just NOT even worth listening to OR taking seriously !! 😦 😦 😦

  3. yawnnnnnnnnnnn………

    • Zedd

       /  16th August 2016

      you againnnnn……………. 😀

      • Jeeves

         /  17th August 2016

        Same old same old- we are either lefties, greenies, arty-farty types, hysterical lesbians, Towel heads… or at the end of the day, when the truth hurts… we are just boring.

  4. Jeeves

     /  17th August 2016

    Given this governments capacity for ignoring expert advice – be it from Law Commission, Treasury, Senior government scientists etc, etc – in preference for “well, what we believe, at the end of the day, the average Kiwi thinks” – or – “well , there’s a range of opinions on that matter…”
    then it comes as no surprise, that a collection of people who think they have higher standards, better ethics, more success; and are just more RIGHT than the rest of us, can come out with Trumpistic utterances such as this deplorable ad hominem attack on an academic who consistently serves to inform those of us (including politicians) who want to be informed, about the beauty of the Law, Parliament, and our Democratic system.

    Professor Geddis is RIGHT.

    Another little peephole into the unscrupulous, incompetent, arrogant and downright disgusting boys club which claims to ‘govern’ this country.


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