The Professors passion for "The Science of Deceit" started here...

Employed by the Ministry (in a covert capacity) to help introduce the law ending dishonest politics, you can see his hand all over the posts of past.

Current political circumstances have forced him to reveal himself and as we speak, MPs are signing up to re-introduce The Elected Representatives (Prohibition of Deception) Bill for debate with over 80,000 voters supporting them.

Posts before Jan '08 are purely for the record (with hindsight they make fascinating reading). Posts after May 13th mark the Professor's return.

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

...And God bless New Zealand

A tenuous connection we'll grant you, but this video (and a bunch of Aussie barstaff last night) reminded us that things are more straightforward down under. The Misrepresentation of the Peoples Act was originally inspired by an Australasian statute (the southern state of Australia to be precise). Simple and to the point, it makes it a criminal offence punishable by fine to lie, mislead or mis-represent in a general election campaign.

No doubt the Minister for Broadcasting and Education, Steve Mahary's behaviour in New Zealand's Parliament will serve as an inspiration to our own honourable elected representatives. You can hear it here (beautifully picked up by the mics), or watch the inevitable piss-take video...


  1. I reckon it's just that in NZ they've got better microphones than us.

  2. Absolutely, the tales of punch-ups and bitch fights in parliament are great. Would much rather watch that than the mock-up theatrics that they show on parliament tv. Thats just another lie!

  3. For some reason I can't watch the clip :(. I had a look at the Australian law though and was wondering how much of a difference it has made to the conduct of their politicians?

  4. I think the footage of Gobshite Brown picking his nose nicely illustrates that we're just as down to earth as down under.

  5. Au contraire... Brown was picking his nose in a decidedly covert manner.

  6. percy its a youtube vid so should be able to watch it. check your cookies / firewall....