Two pussies in parliament


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Labour MP Phil Twyford has apologised on Twitter after Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett bailed him up as sexist for making a cat claw gesture at her in Parliament.

Mr Twyford made the gesture indicating Ms Bennett was catty after Ms Bennett said he appeared to be struggling to understand her answers to his questions about housing.

Ms Bennett immediately reacted, saying she hoped it was on tape “because that was really nice towards the women in the House.”

She added sarcastically “I’m sure you’d do that to a man, wouldn’t you?”

The exchange then moved to Twitter, Mr Twyford was initially unrepentant, tweeting in response to one questioner that it was “entirely appropriate.”

“Entirely appropriate, to someone who wears so much leopard print, and is quick to show her claws.”

However, after several tweets criticised him Mr Twyford issued an apology: “Alright @paulabennettmp I plead guilty in the court of twitter. Sorry for the claws.”

Ms Bennett said in reply to a tweet about it that another Opposition MP had called out ‘meow.”

Harden up, both of you.


This is parliament, not a kindy playground.   If you want to go around dressing like a pussy, then own it, and don’t fake some sort of distress on behalf of all women.

And Phil, if you accuse someone of being a pussy, then don’t withdraw and apologise.  Hand in your man card for giving in to a bunch of hypocrites.


– NZ Herald

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