Audrey Young has an unusually robust column on Labour’s petty politicking in parliament.
The committee often known as the “powerful” privileges committee has an unusually full agenda owing to some blatant breaches of parliamentary standards by the Labour Party.
Labour leader Andrew Little has led a mini-revolt against the established protocol of showing respect to the Speaker, or at least not demonstrating disrespect.
The problem with the leader instigating such a revolt is that it leaves no place for the party’s wiser heads to go.
Little has dragged Chris Hipkins, chief whip, and Grant Robertson, shadow leader of the House, into the fray with him.
They must back up Little publicly or leave the leader out on a limb. There is really no choice. Instinctively they back him.
With all three on the case of the Speaker, it leaves Labour looking petty, always arguing the toss, not concentrating on the issues that matter, blaming the referee.
They may have convinced themselves their attacks on the Speaker define them as fighters to the core, but they often come across as bullies.
And they seem oblivious or unmoved by the extent to which they have lowered standards.