Tau Henare gets politician of the week, and frankly I can’t see anyone topping this effort.
National MP Tau Henare is refusing to apologise for calling a teenage select committee submitter “a liar”.
James Sleep, 18, convener of the the Council of Trade Unions youth sector, gave evidence to the transport and industrial relations committee on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill last month.
He said the list MP used “bullyboy tactics” by interrupting his submission and accusing him of lying about his evidence in “a bit of a tirade”.
“I was telling the story about how a worker had been sacked under the 90-day trial … We have several cases … and in my written submission I had talked about another story and he just went off his head really.
“He interrupted and said: ‘You are just a liar, you are bullshitting.’ I went on and he stopped [me] again: ‘You’re just lying, you are misleading us.”‘
Given that it was James Sleep, Tau Henare is probably 100% accurate. James has a habit of throwing himself in the way of harm and lying to a select committee is no different.
But Tau really gets the award for these comments, especially the last one about Caropotamus.
Mr Henare said he would not apologise. “Why would I apologise for a little turkey who got found out lying? He was reading out a submission and I was following it and in two parts … it was a completely different story.
“He’ll get over it and if he doesn’t, well, then, too bad … He’ll learn from his experience.”
He added: “Conway and his henchmen weren’t even there, so how could they complain?”
Labour MP Carol Beaumont, who sits on the committee, said she was concerned about how Mr Sleep was treated.
“Leaping into accusing somebody of lying and in quite an aggressive manner, I don’t think is appropriate.”
Mr Henare responded: “Quite frankly, who cares what Carol Beaumont says.”
Robust politicians should be rewarded not made to apologise to whining union kids. For that reason Tau Henare gets the Whaleoil Politician of the Week.