Has the mysterious Karen Fuchs been outed unwittingly by Winston Raymond Peters? Check out this very interesting exchange from the House.
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: Because the member decided to descend to that level, I will tell the House what is not being honest and transparent-anywhere in the world, in fact. At a recent parliamentary function, an MP pretended that a woman friend was his new girlfriend, introduced her to the press gallery as such, and also introduced that same person in a Koru lounge as such, when he knew, demonstrably and palpably, that that information was not correct.
Hon Members: Who’s your girlfriend, Rodney!
Rodney Hide: Madam Speaker-[Interruption] Point of order, Madam Speaker.
Madam SPEAKER: Point of order, Rodney Hide.
Rodney Hide: It was not you, Madam Speaker!
Madam SPEAKER: That comment was uncalled for; everyone knows I have taste and style.
Rodney Hide: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I know that, Madam Speaker, and I know that my style is not yours.
Madam SPEAKER: What is your point of order, please? Then Gerry Brownlee, point of order.
Gerry Brownlee: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. Entertaining as that commentary from Mr Peters might have been-it almost rivalled the Alice in Wonderland story-he has no ministerial responsibility for that sort of thing. So could we get an answer from him, and could he address the question that was asked?
Madam SPEAKER: No. Please be seated. I have valiantly tried to define ministerial responsibility, but the questions were technically within the context of the Pacific region, so they were, in fact, answered.
Hon Dr Nick Smith: So that’s the answer-to say that?
Madam SPEAKER: No, do not be ridiculous.
Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS: I raise a point of order, Madam Speaker. I am, after all, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and I have just explained a very foreign affair that is going on right under the nose of the press gallery-
Madam SPEAKER: That is not sensible. Look, we are coming close to bringing this House into disrepute, so would members please calm down.
Rodney Hide: Point of order-
Madam SPEAKER: If it is not a point of order, the member will have a very short stay in this House.
Rodney Hide: I think I might sit down at this juncture, Madam Speaker.
Madam SPEAKER: Right!
So Winston even knows about the lovely Karen!!. And here was me thinking that Rodney had successfully managed to keep this all quiet.