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#1 BLURB

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Posted 20 May 2015 - 09:10 PM

Did Ron Mark just say that?
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Last updated 17:44, May 20 2015
 
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Ron Mark has been caught on camera swearing to a loud opposition during question time.
 
MP Ron Mark uttered a barely audible swear word in the House, but viewers watching Parliament TV's sign language interpreter were left in no doubt about what was said.  
 
The NZ First MP is known for having a mouth that can out-run his brain at times, and it appears he momentarily forgot the cameras were pointed his way when he decided to tell the jeering Government benches to "shut the f*** up". 
 
Anyone who could lip read could easily catch what Mark muttered, but for those left wondering they need only watch the interpreter making a guest appearance as part of Sign Language Awareness Week.
 
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MP Ron Mark swore during Question Time in Parliament - and the sign interpreter (top right corner) translated.
 
Flipping the bird might technically mean "get stuffed" according to New Zealand's only deaf MP Mojo Mathers, but it can also be used to express disgust at the fact others are speaking.
 
During Question Five in Wednesday's Question Time, things got a bit heated when Labour finance spokesman Grant Robertson asked Finance Minister Bill English about the likelihood of a surplus at Thursday's budget. 
 
It's the rare occasion where the Minister can (at least) openly dodge a question in the house, telling Robertson he'd have to "wait one more sleep to find out". 
 
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Ron Mark gives the finger to Tau Henare in Parliament during a previous appearance.
 
After three supplementary questions - all inviting similar answers - the opposition took issue raising a point of order. 
 
The behaviour of the House then descended into an angry round of bureaucratic speak, which Mark took upon himself to fix. 
 
The faux pas went unnoticed by Speaker David Carter at the time, but tweets - many hashtagged #STFU - brought it to attention.
 
Mark voluntarily apologised at the end of Question Time. Talking to media later, he said he did not know it was audible.
 
Mark said he was "totally frustrated" and he thought most New Zealanders could understand how "robust" things could get on occasion.  
 
"You know, the first thing was I realised I shouldn't have said what I said and so I withdrew and apologised, but I guess it was just born out of total frustration."
 
After six years out of Parliament, Mark said he had returned to find the House operating in a different way to when he was last an MP.
 
"The smugness that is apparent on the face of some of the Ministers and the arrogance and the smirking when the Speaker rules against an Opposition member - some of those questions are put and put and put, and you try to raise a point of order and it becomes very, very frustrating, and even when you're raising the point of order someone chips in over the top when they know they're meant to be silent."
 
He added: "People out on the street probably don't pay a hell of a lot of interest to Question Time anyway, but when they do see questions asked, they expect answers to be given," he said.
 
"And what's unfolding right now is very, very frustrating, that's all I can say."
 
While it might be a statement some would love to deliver to their local MP, it is unlikely to fit within "parliamentary language".
 
An MP hasn't been able to call a fellow member a "silly old moo" since 1977, so a certain four-letter word is most definitely considered "unparliamentary". 
 
It's not the first time Mark has got into trouble. He was famously caught on camera flipping the bird to National MP Tau Henare across a crowded debating chamber.
 
Nor is Mark the only MP to indulge into name-calling - a parliamentary tradition that goes way back.
 
In 2007, former Labour MP Steve Maharey came under fire for saying 'f*** you' to now Health Minister Jonathan Coleman in the House. He apologised shortly afterwards.
 
Rob Muldoon was famous for his put-downs, his most enduring being the description of Bill Rowling as a "shiver looking for a spine to run down".
 
Hansard is scattered with contributions from former Labour Finance Minister Michael Cullen.
 
He labelled Don McKinnon a "born to rule p***k"; and National leader John Key a "scumbag" and "rich p***k".
 
Cullen's description of National MP Murray McCully was notably cutting - "he looked like someone left out in the rain overnight".
 
 - Stuff
 

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Posted 20 May 2015 - 09:29 PM

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MP Ron Mark swore during Question Time in Parliament - and the sign interpreter (top right corner) translated.

 

 

I nominate the lady (Sign Interpreter) in the picture, who-ever she is, for the "Sign Interpreter of the year" Award!
 
No one can beat that, that's genuine, she is a true Kiwi!

 

And she appears to be smiling at the same time  :) 
 
You go girl!

 

 

Make sure you share this post with your twitter followers around New Zealand and the World. Let's get her that Award. She really deserves it!

 

Cheers


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Posted 20 May 2015 - 10:39 PM

And good on Mr Ron Mark for being up front with his frustrations!
 
I am one of those who is stuck in my home most days so ever since I had to invest in Freeview in order to watch television I flick over to watch Parliament TV.
 
Most times it a total waste of time.
 
What a bunch of twats they are at time!
 
Mr Ron Marks said in the above story
 
"The smugness that is apparent on the face of some of the Ministers and the arrogance and the smirking when the Speaker rules against an Opposition member - some of those questions are put and put and put, and you try to raise a point of order and it becomes very, very frustrating, and even when you're raising the point of order someone chips in over the top when they know they're meant to be silent."
 
He added: "People out on the street probably don't pay a hell of a lot of interest to Question Time anyway, but when they do see questions asked, they expect answers to be given," he said.
 
Exactly!
 
I for one want that, when a question is asked, an answer is given.
 
 
I agree with you admin, that Sign Interpreter also made my day change from a crap one into a happy one after witnessing her Sign Interpret Ron Marks naughty words. LOL
 
Who-ever you are Girl, you're the best. Thank you so much!

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Posted 21 May 2015 - 09:01 AM

Good on both of them!

 

Marks was as much frustrated as what me and I'm guessing many other viewers were yesterday.

 

I wonder if that same lady will be there today?

 

It would be very disappointing if she was asked not to bother showing up today wouldn't it?

 

2015 Budget day today, trills for noddy I say!


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