Photo credit - stuff.co.nz
And Stuff say, in their advertisement of the Q&A session:
"ask what you want of the Prime Minister this coming Tuesday."
So here's what I want to know:
- Why did you sanction the abandonment of one proposed policy that the voting public of New Zealand have rejected (changes to teacher ratios), when you have refuse, to date, to abandon an equally unpopular policy (asset sales), and do you accept that most people who voted for National did so in spite of the proposed asset sales, rather than because of them?
- What examples can you show us of higher standards of transparency and accountability from your government, and how do you reconcile your promises from 2008 with the actions of John Banks and his contempt for electoral law, and Paula Bennett with her musings on eugenics?
- Is there anything of an ethical or moral nature that is contentious or controversial, like the Springbok tour of 1981, decriminalisation of cannabis or gay marriage, that you would go on the record as supporting or opposing unequivocally?
- Will New Zealand be a richer or poorer country once you finish your time as Prime Minister?
- To which charities do you donate "a significant proportion" of your Prime Ministerial salary?
- Is the brighter future you promised to New Zealanders to be found in Australia or Hawaii?
I can't go onto the live chat, for employer/internet related reasons, but I'm intending to email my questions in. I encourage anyone who reads this to put their own questions up. Not too many, though, because we need John in the House on Tuesday at 2pm to answer questions.
Others have commented and I have to ask too, who thought it was a good idea to publish a picture like this? It's bloody awful, and the cut-down version Stuff have it on their website makes it clear that the press honeymoon is well over.
Exploding Budgies - The Grotesque Singers, 1985