Maggie in top form

Maggie Barry is in top form. Not only is she sledging hard the Clown of Campbells Bay but also the members of the nasty party who spat at her:

New National MP and former garden show host Maggie Barry says she may plant some lemon trees around Parliament for her fellow new North Harbour-based MP Andrew Williams.

After trouncing the field in the safe National seat of North Shore, she took a shot at Mr Williams, the NZ First candidate, noting that he will enter Parliament off the list despite gaining a paltry 828 votes in the electorate.

“I thought it was interesting for him to say on radio this morning that he would represent the North Shore when he didn’t get on either local boards nor the [Super City] mayoralty … and only got 828 votes this time.”

The broadcaster also said she might “plant some lemon trees and shrubbery” around the Beehive, a tongue-in-cheek reference to claims Mr Williams, when North Shore mayor, urinated on a tree outside the council offices.

Ms Barry’s easy victory followed a campaign with some nasty moments, including a woman spitting at her in a Devonport supermarket.
“I think there were a few people who had a sense-of-humour bypass … but being in the media made me accustomed to brickbats, not just bouquets. It comes with the territory.”

I heard that NZ First were going to make the Clown of Campbells Bay their spokesman for irrigation.

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