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:
Labour’s Moana Mackey apologised for referring to Hekia Parata as “Lady Parata” and “her royal highness”. National’s Paul Quinn was pulled up for calling Labour’s backbench “monkeys”.
I’d rather be called Lady Parata than a monkey I have to say – well if I was a female Parata that is!
For saying of Energy Minister Gerry Brownlee, “the notion of him and energy is a mathematical impossibility”.
For claiming another “fiddled the books” in ACC and Housing; for wishing the Speaker would use a 90-day eviction order on Trevor Mallard.
For North Shore Mayor Andrew Williams’ “madness”, for calling Trevor Mallard “the angry one”.
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?Tags: Andrew Williams, Gerry Brownlee, Hekia Parata, John Key, Lockwood Smith, Metiria Turei, Moana Mackey, Parliament, Paul Quinn, Peter Dunne, Phil Goff, Phil Heatley, Rodney Hide, Shane Jones, Trevor Mallard