I certainly think the personal abuse we saw last week in Parliament was bad, and indeed all sides have taken steps to prevent a repeat.
But now I think one is getting too precious if, like the Dom Post, you put in the same category nicknames such as “”Prime Moneywaster”and “Waste-Master General” as examples of “derogatory terms … providing further proof that this year’s election will be a nasty fight.”
I’m sorry but there is a world of difference between suggesting someone is bonkers, or has been an alcoholic, and labelling someone a “money waster” due to spending scandals. The former are personal comments, the latter comments on performance.
And the obvious humour in referring to Maharey’s team as the “Smarmy Army” is again light years removed from being “nasty”.
If one wanted examples of “nasty” well calling Dr Brash “a cross between Mr Magoo and Dr Strangelove” would be much closer to the mark. Personally I don’t have a problem with that either, as if Don becomes PM, makes it all the more enjoyable.No tag for this post.