Parliament opened for the year yesterday with John Key setting a disappointingly acrimonious tone that was continued by David Shearer, Winston Peters, and even Metiria Turei joined in with her insult despite criticising poor parliamentary behaviour in her speech.
The Prime Minister is being a prime munter.
Unfortunately it’s the childish crap that the media are more likely to report on, rewarding the obvious attention seeking.
NZ Herald: Insults fly as battle lines set
Rachel Smalley on Firstline: “Parliament is off to an acrimonious start this year”.
Not helping is what comes across as an arrogant approach by National to installing a new speaker. Whether they are deliberately aggravating opposition parties on this or not it is being handled very poorly.
John Key deserves a blast for this. He led the vitriol in parliament, and accepted acrimony as just “what you get”.
PM says he is expecting an acrimonious start to the political year, and the gloves are already off.
Key said he also expected it be a more acrimonious political year, saying: “That’s what happens the nearer you get to the finishing line.”
In fact Key appears to be actively involved in stoking the discord. It’s a bad look for parliament, and a very poor example is being set by the Prime Minister.
We shouldn’t accept parliament being a childish shitfight. Our Government and our MPs are supposed to be leaders, not bleeding idiots. He and MPs are supposed to be leading the country, not leading the sandpit.
If parliament continues this year in the tone set by Key it will be a petty showcase for what should be the prime institution of the country. Many many people outside politics are turned off and disgusted by the worst of politics and the worst of parliament.
After four years at the top it’s time John Key grew up in the house and lifted his game and his gravitas to something in keeping with his position as Prime Minister.
The New Zealand public should not have to tolerate a poor show put on by selfish attention seeking.
Key seems to like playing the prime munter role, but too much of it is unbecoming of the country’s Prime Minister.