No Minister

Every PM’s nightmare question time

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The one where you dismiss a question with snideness – especially because you think the MP questioning you is a young twit who can be swatted away – only for your answer to bite you in the backside, powered by that MP’s knowledge.

Such happened the other day in the Dutch Parliament when a newly elected MP, Gideon van Meijeren, asked the PM, Mark Rutte, a relatively simple question: what did he think of a book called Covid-19: The Great Reset, written by one Klaus Schwab, Chairman and Founder of the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Apparently the book’s basic thrust is that democracy is fairly useless, what’s needed is a planet run by a highly educated technocracy, and that we’re already seeing this in practice with the Covid-19 pandemic, thus making it the ideal opportunity to start it working in practice.

The PM chose the standard approach in response, which was to snark about conspiracy theories while saying that he knew nothing of the book.

Unfortunately for him, young Mr van Meijeren was ready for this. He had a letter written to Mr Schwab, congratulating him on its, “hopeful analysis for a better future”. The letter being from Mr Rutte.

Now that is truly Speaking Truth To Power, especially since Rutte, like every other Western leader, has gloried in using the pandemic to seize and wield ever more power in the name of Public Health.

You can watch the link on Rumble here. Pay particular attention to the reactions of the young lady behind van Meijeren as he dices up the PM. It’ll make your day.

(Grrr – it seems some people can’t see the Rumble link so… here’s the frigging YouTube link to the same video. YouTube are definitely NOT speaking Truth To Power nowadays but instead acting as State enforcers with their censorship. Assholes.)

Written by Tom Hunter

January 18, 2022 at 8:48 am

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  1. A further extraordinary aspect of this is Rutte’s response which is “Politics as usual”. He doesn’t even blanche at the gotcha.


    January 18, 2022 at 9:29 am

  2. Brilliant Gotcha.

    The Veteran

    January 18, 2022 at 10:03 am

    • I was surprised that he was allowed to say that the PM had “lied” in his first answer, and then able to ask of the PM, “so he wasn’t lying to me just now but was lying to Mr Schwab?”. Pretty sure that wouldn’t fly in our Parliament under any Speaker.

      Tom Hunter

      January 18, 2022 at 10:06 am

  3. Yes, but the Dutch parliament doesn’t have the nice Mr Mallard as their Speaker. Clearly its within their rules for a spade to be called a spade.

    The Veteran

    January 18, 2022 at 10:21 am

  4. Next question Vet, how is it that calling a fellow MP in New Zealand a Liar is verboten, even when the evidence is overwhelming.
    What a crock of excrement that misleading the house is held to be so serious when misleading the voters, many of whom pay for the entire circus is addressed by the Privileges Committee that currently is toothless offering zero redress to those voters.

    My fellow contributor Tom H has a post on the US Supreme Court striking down the mandate efforts of the senile old man fronting for the Cabal, would never happen here as our court is so thoroughly compromised and the last frontier of judicial probity, The Privy Council in UK was removed by Ardernearly’s mentor H Clark leaving “provincial” NZ as just that.


    January 18, 2022 at 11:02 am

  5. The video is waaaaay better than your description Tom. Brilliant gotcha.

    The Dutch PM supporting “neo-communism ‘. Just gold.


    January 18, 2022 at 11:31 am

    • Well sure. Critics are not supposed to supply plot spoilers, and even a transcript would not show how delicious this is.

      Tom Hunter

      January 18, 2022 at 2:42 pm

  6. GD … in our Parliament Speaker’s rules forbid you from calling another Member a liar (remembering always that Members are Honorable Members … cough). . Observed in the breach … gotten round by saying the Member is guilty of a ‘terminological inexactitude … coined by Winston Churchill in 1906 and allowed.

    The Veteran

    January 18, 2022 at 12:07 pm

  7. Best question time I have seen is the House of Commons- Prime Ministers Questions where it is open slather on the PM of the day each Wednesday subject to the Speakers choice of Questioner..

    Probably would not work here at present for two reasons:
    1. Mallards bias – he would only take `patsy’ questions.
    2 Arderns inability to provide any sort of depth or detail in her answers.


    January 18, 2022 at 12:09 pm

  8. Wow, saw this pop up on twitter but didn’t play the video until you posted it here.

    Have been thinking about the WEF/neo-Communist theory. At first they seemed mutually exclusive – had to be one or the other. But now, I’m thinking it could be both. I mean, why not? Never go full commie, then you have to share everything. But just short of communism, at the top socialist end, you can grab everything and control everyone. People in the club get to be on top. And the most feverent support seems to come from the Left using extreme wokeness in their bizarre arguments.

    Lucia Maria

    January 18, 2022 at 2:22 pm

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