Labour is the nasty party, Ctd

Yesterday in the General Debate Labour’s Clayton Cosgrove really showed the nasty underbelly of the nasty party:

Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE (Labour): I am very glad that the National Party are talking about their so-called glorious, Nuremberg-like rally that happened at the weekend, because the Prime Minister came out of that, triumphant in his own mind that the National Party faithful, of course all of whom—

Hon Gerry Brownlee: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. That was a completely unacceptable reference that was made by that member. He should be made to withdraw and apologise for it. You cannot use words that relate to that particular regime in this House in other contexts, and it should not be used in the context of this debate when it is reference to another party as well.

Mr SPEAKER: I think—

Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE: I withdraw and apologise if any offence was given, but I would just say this for the record: I think the member has got it completely wrong, but I withdraw and apologise.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! Had the member referred to something to do with a Nazi-style conference, that would have been out of order. I am loath to keep all the time ruling words out of order. I appreciate the member’s preparedness to withdraw it, but I think we have just got to be careful to not be ruling words out endless over the years.

Hon Gerry Brownlee: It is not the words; it is the reference he made.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! The member should not be interjecting, although I understand the depth of feeling around some of these issues. The reference is made through words. I thank the member for withdrawing his comment, and let it lie at that. I appreciate that. I thank the member.

Hon CLAYTON COSGROVE: With no link to that, I think the member has gone troppo, but we will not go there.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! That is not helpful.

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