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Judith Collins, Peter Dunne, & Backbenches




Just got home from being down at Backbenches Pub, for the filming of Backbenches. It was a good evening. A good natured crowd.  We even gave up a couple of our spare chairs for a National MP and one of his staffers’ children.

Low points of the night…

  • The anti-flouridation fanatics behind us. One of whom was asked his point of view, and he gave it whilst the rest of the crowd listened with relative attentiveness.

When pro-flouridation views were offered by others, the anti-flouro crowd erupted into hyena-like yelling, cat-calls,  and interjection, until Damien told them to knock it off. As he pointed out to them, their man was given the courtesy of being heard without abuse thrown at him.

Advice to anti-flouro activists: a bit of civilised respect cuts both ways. You will not change public opinion by yelling your opponents down.

Bad form.

  • Judith Collins.  Collins turned up with her retinue of staff, and others. She was standing less than a metre from our table.

As the subject for the three MPs in front of the cameras got around to Peter Dunne, I looked at Collins. Was that smirking that I saw on her face as the question was asked who felt sorry for Dunne?

Yep, I’m fairly sure it was smirking.

One may disagree with Peter Dunne’s vioting history during this government – and god knows I sure as hell do – but it takes a sadistic charachter to take pleasure in someone’s very public fall from grace.

Not that I’m saying that Collins is sadistic…

But I’m fairly sure of one thing.

She was smirking.

Bad form again.

Backbenches: tonight, Prime TV, 10.30pm



= fs –

  1. Deborah Kean
    13 June 2013 at 5:07 pm

    I watched Back Benches last night! I didn’t get to see you, but I did see the anti-fluoro nuts, and Judith Collins. What a nasty woman! It was edited in such a way that we didn’t hear the cat-calls and hooning from the anti-fluoro people, but I am not surprised!

  2. Tim
    15 June 2013 at 2:32 am

    I can’t watch it these days since its become commercialised. It’s shorter due to the longer and more regular breaks – during which ads scream at you, and its more ‘segmental’, continuity is lost, and since its not live&direct – as Deb K above points out, there is the opportunity for editing. In other words the whole nature of the programme has been lost.
    Still …. that’s part what the demise of PSB means.
    Instead I’ll have to attend one of the recordings some time.

  1. 14 June 2013 at 5:57 am

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