Three more parliamentary sitting weeks lie ahead before we all go our separate ways for a while and forget the problems of the world. But judging by the last two weeks, Labour have decided to make a lot of noise on the way out. So much so, Andrew Little is facing suspension from parliament.
Richard Harman reports
Labour Leader Andrew Little and the party’s Chief Whip Chris Hipkins face suspension from Parliament after they both criticised the actions of Speaker David Carter saying he was politically biased.
Both MPs have been referred to the Privileges Committee for breaching privilege by committing contempt of Parliament.
Whilst theoretically, the Committee has the power to recommend that they be imprisoned by Parliament’s Sargent at Arms (which would mean incarcerating them in Parliament Buildings) suspension is a more likely punishment.
It could be for a day , a week or even longer.
Significantly on three separate occasions when MPs have criticised the Speaker over the past 40 years, suspension has been the punishment.
The relatively fascinating thing is that this appears to be part of the larger plan. By undermining the speaker and going for National’s jugular with repeated staged walkouts, the left appear to be heading for… Read more »