3 weeks to go

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…

…what exactly?   An error made under pressure perhaps?

As far as the voters are concerned, the government is on the right side of the Christmas Island debate.  However, with the left’s clear links into the Media Party, the reporting is once again reflecting what the left wants to happen, not what the voters actually think.

The only saving grace is that apart from their sycophants, Labour and the Greens have absolutely zero support from middle New Zealand.  Their credibility was already shot, backed by the repeated polls putting National in the 45-51% support range, with Labour languishing and Angry Andy continuing to bleed support – even from his own side.   There are 30% of voters that want Labour to be the government, but only 8% want Little to be Prime Minister.

It is against this backdrop that all this manufactured drama will make a lot of noise, but it will essentially – once again – come to nothing.


– Richard Harman, Politik

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