The Herald reports:
United Future leader Peter Dunne has given up on his annual list of worst-behaved MPs, saying Speaker Lockwood Smith’s reign has ushered in a new era of dignity and propriety.
To be fair, I think the absence of Winston helps also. But the House has been a far less toxic place this year.
Mr Dunne did honour Labour’s Trevor Mallard with a lifetime achievement award in bad behaviour “for services to melodrama, fisticuffs, and generally aberrant behaviour”.
When Lockwood orders him to apologise, you can actually see the supressed rage in his eyes!!
The Herald does find a few insults though:
I’d rather be called Lady Parata than a monkey I have to say – well if I was a female Parata that is!
For claiming another “fiddled the books” in ACC and Housing; for wishing the Speaker would use a 90-day eviction order on Trevor Mallard.
Isn’t truth a defence?
For claiming Green MP Metiria Turei thought Phil Goff was “racist”. She had said his speech was “the worst kind of politics”.
So worse than racism?