New Zealand MP identifies Finland as a military threat

by Toby Manhire / 05 April, 2012
NZ First’s Richard Prosser has opposed the repeal of an antiquated law by citing a possible “hostile threat” from Helsinki.

Richard Prosser, a recent graduate from the Gerry Brownlee college of comedy, has been doing a new routine to a captive audience of tens in the nation's highest democratic assembly.

I post the clip above with some trepidation, and a steely straight face - which actually isn't terribly difficult - given the requirement that “coverage of proceedings must not be used in any medium for … satire, ridicule or denigration” (more here).

Meanwhile here’s some context about the debate and vote on the repeal of the 1915 Military Manoeuvres Act, cribbed from a NZ Herald article of last night:

Questions were raised about the best use of parliament's time today as MPs debated whether to repeal a WWI law that has not been used in 30 years.

The Military Manoeuvres Act was enacted in 1915 to deal with mobilisation for World War I, and enabled the Governor-General to declare any land available for a period specified for military manoeuvres.

National MP Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi launched a member's bill in 2010 to get rid of the outdated law, and tonight the Military Manoeuvres Act Repeal Bill passed its final reading, 111 votes to eight ...

New Zealand First MP Richard Prosser used the opportunity to make fun of comments previously made about Finland by Cabinet Minister Gerry Brownlee, informing the House that his party was unable to support the bill due to the impending military threat posed by Finland.

"Thanks - or perhaps it should be no thanks - to recent comments made by the Leader of the House, it is possible that Finland may now harbour hostile intentions towards this country," Mr Prosser said.

Via @GraemeEdgeler
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