Speaker’s Diary

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April 12, 2013 by Doug Coutts

Legislative Chamber

Tuesday: Question Time again. How it seems to come around so often beats me. Must check rules to see if I can do anything. Today’s lot of questions looked promising though – most were from our side. Unsure why they’re called Patsy’s. She’s been gone for a while.

Wednesday: More Question Time. Tried to get through them as quickly as possible but stymied by points of order and supplementaries. Must check rules to see if I can do anything. Seem to have made noose for my own albatross over three repeat rule though. Will see if I can get away with two repeats before moving on, hopefully to dinner.

Thursday: Made embarrassing discovery. Apparently ‘satisfactory’ as in “The minister has given a satisfactory answer” doesn’t mean ‘short’. Must check rules to see if I can get that definition put in otherwise we’ll be here all day.

Friday: Another embarrassing discovery. Apparently ‘impartial” as in “The Speaker should be impartial” doesn’t mean ‘letting Gerry run the place’. Real definition doesn’t make much sense, not if we want to get things done on time, or before. Must check rules to see if I can get Trevor Mallard permanently banned.

Saturday: Had a drink with Maurice. Nope. Had a drink with Tau. He’s not interested anymore. Had a drink with Patsy, but she’s not keen either. Embarrassing discovery – it’s apparently Pansy. And it was Melissa I was having a drink with.

Tuesday: Minor victory during Question Time – got through complete sentence. One up on Keysie! Must check rules to see if there’s a job-share option.

 

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