Winston Peters got slung out of the house today for his utter petulance. Tracy Watkins writes:
Parliament’s tribute to three dead Kiwi soldiers has been married by acrimony which led to NZ First leader Winston Peters being ejected after parliament’s Speaker accused MPs of behaving like spoilt brats.
Speaker Lockwood Smith ordered Mr Peters out after a series of exchanges following a tribute to three kiwi soldiers killed in Afghanistan on Sunday.
Dr Smith said Parliament had just paid tribute to the soldiers who had lost their lives.
“And we carry on like spoilt brats.”
After Mr Peters left, Dr Smith said he had received “numerous complaints” in recent days from people concerned about the behaviour of MPs in the house.
The exchange occurred during normal parliamentary business and question time after MPs delivered speeches honouring the dead soldiers. Mr Peters was disputing the way Prime Minister John Key had answered a question.
Now he is “explaining” in a press release, attacking Tracy Watkins and even spells her name incorrectly.
New Zealand First says Fairfax reporter Tracey Watkins latest diatribe on events in Parliament today is a disgraceful piece of journalism.
Rt Hon Winston Peters says tributes to three dead soldiers occurred in Parliament but business had then moved on to Question Time.
“To suggest what happened in Question Time reflects on their memory is totally irresponsible but not untypical of this reporter.
As regular readers will know, explaining is losing and it looks like Winston peters will be joining Trevor Mallard at the dementia ward.