Winston not at his best today; thrown from the House again

He’s flinching, blinking, cantankerous, and not at all effective.



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  • One_step_beyond

    Some days it’s just not worth gnawing through the leather straps, and poor old Winston was just having one of those days – you could see it right from the start, he wasn’t in the mood to play the game.

  • RoboRob

    I’m not a big Winston fan at all but I do respect his ‘political skills’. I think today’s grumpiness was more today with yesterday’s debacle.

    This speaker has to be one of the worst we have had. He is ridiculously inconsistent with his decisions and enforcement of the rules. His rulings also often contradict his earlier rulings.

    I can totally understand the oppositions frustration.

    • No, I think their frustration comes from their inability to convince mainstream NZ that they should be allowed to govern.

    • Second time around

      It was not a good question- an unannounced attack on the integrity or competence of a named public servant is inappropriate and cowardly. There is never any reason for a skilled debater to abuse the Speaker.

      • Isherman

        Yes, he might not have a lot of respect for the Speaker personally, but its beholden on him to have respect for the office at the very least, and he is consistent in his failure to meet that expectation.

  • cows4me

    Did Mr Ash get to audit old Winnie a some stage ?

    • kayaker

      I think he was involved in the Wine Box affair. Winnie has never got over that.

      • cows4me

        Yes you could feel the love.

  • Sally

    Ron Marks made a hash of the supplementary question that Peters handed over. He didn’t understand what Peters had written – never did anyone else.

    • Alan Beresford B’Stard

      Ron Mark would have to be one of the worse MPs in parliament. he’s a smarmy, smug know it all. He made a right chump of himself with that last question.

  • Woody

    I will be charitable. I think Winston seemed unwell.

    • Keeping Stock

      Brewers’ asthma, do you think?

  • taxpayer

    Just wanted a whisky and a cigarette, dis the speaker, get thrown out, problem solved.

  • Alan Beresford B’Stard

    Yes he was hopeless, rambling on about the winebox case from the 90’s. Who cares about that anymore. Then abusing the speaker, who quite rightly threw him out.
    Great theatre. Shame Carter didn’t throw out Megan Woods, who also seemed to be having a grumpy day.

    • stephen2d

      Megan Woods is probably the most useless person in that parliament and that takes an effort to get there.

      • Alan Beresford B’Stard

        You’re right, it’s a toss up between her and Ron Mark. Both complete wastes of space.

        • Ross

          It’s hard to believe she’s only 42……

      • zotaccore

        Agreed – but she has plenty of competition from her own benches. Frankly, for someone who has achieved a doctorate (in something) she has little logic in her thinking nor clarity, nor the ability to communicate anything really intelligible. Another goat in parliament.

  • andrewo

    Winston – past his ‘best by’ date

  • Left Right Out

    Winston not happy with someone not answering a question… well I never!

    I guess the one thing Winnie would know and recognise is someone not answering a question

  • Winnie hitting the sauce earlier and earlier these days huh?

  • Nige.

    The juiciness is at 6:00.

    There some sort of envy between the two cousins.

  • Souvlaki

    Most of us who enjoy a drink would recognise what was “wrong” with Peters….simply he was the worse for wear from ethanol.

  • Fuglybud

    One breathalyzer would stop this crap.

    • zotaccore

      They’ve probably made it illegal to do that. Either way, he’s an embarrassment. He expects people to respect his view when in cases like this he shows absolute disrespect for others. I don’t care whether he is kingmaker or not next election, he has no integrity – it’s about time this goat left politics.

  • anniem

    Winston is an embarrassment and Ron Mark is a nincompoop