Peter Dunne has produced his annual list of the worst behaving MPs. This is based just on getting ejected from the House or forced to withdraw and apologise. It doesn’t cover things like giving the fingers repeatedly to other MPs as Ron Mark did.
Nick Smith tops the list with five expulsions and six apologies for 21 points. Nats also come in 2nd and 3rd with Tau Henare on 14 points and Gerry Brownlee on 12. Gerry shows great cunning having had to do 12 withdrawals but not been expelled once. He knows just how far he can push the Speaker!
The next ones are Winston Peters (11), Trevor Mallard 9), Dover Samuels (9), Bill English (9) and David Bennett (9).
Peters of course has been absent a lot and Mallard doesn’t get points for muck-raking unless it resulted in a warning in the House.
Most improved is Rodney Hide who won it in 2005 and doesn’t feature this year.