Today in Parliament Richard Prosser asked to make a personal statement. This was blocked by Hone Harawira. He later issued an explanatory press release:
Harawira: Richard Prosser personal statement
Wednesday, 13 February 2013, 2:55 pm
Press Release: Mana Party
Today I opposed a request from Richard Prosser to make a personal statement to the house. I did so because if he has an apology to make for his offensive remarks to the Muslim community, then he can make his way to the nearest mosque and ask forgiveness there.
I do not accept that he should be able to make such remarks and then simply wash away his venom via an unchallenged explanation in the house.
MANA leader and MP for Tai Tokerau
This is a remarkably hypocritical statement from Harawira, he hasn’t excelled in washing away venom of his own.
And Prosser’s comments reflected on the whole of Parliament, especialy as reported internationally. Prosser owes many people a proper apology, including all MPs, and it would seem appropriate to do this in the House.
This looks like attention seeking grandstanding by Harawira.