Tuesday, 20 March 2007

In praise of Judith Tizard

As Winston Peters' career demonstrates, headlines are the oxygen of politics -- and this morning Judith Tizard has a headline, and a front page no less. She'll be happy. Given all the castigation she regularly receives for being a Minister who Does Very Little, this would be something for her to celebrate: it's a headline for doing something, specifically swinging the handbag at airlines for overbooking passengers.

No, you're right, it's not a big issue. But you know, for all the criticism she receives for doing very little, and for all that this is hardly a pressing issue for which she's got the headline, can I just suggest that parliament would be a better place if there were more MPs like Judith who did very little? Given that there are so damn many there who want to do so damn much, and so damned intrusively, I'd like to offer Judith as a model of the sort of MP I prefer. In a word, lazy.


  1. So as a Liberterian, what is your take
    on airplanes over-booking seats, and what should the government do about it?

  2. The government should do nothing. It is a contractual issue between the airline and passengers.


  3. Yay Judith.

    She'll dine off the story that she did something for years.

    Look for another decade of hibernation.

  4. "Look for another decade of hibernation."

    If only the other 119 could take a lesson from her. :-)


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