Bridges kicked out of House again after row with Speaker

Speaker Trevor Mallard took issue with what he said were attempts to shout down Government...
Speaker Trevor Mallard took issue with what he said were attempts to shout down Government ministers Carmel Sepuloni and Megan Woods. Photo: NZ Herald
National MPs have again clashed with Speaker Trevor Mallard – unhappy with, what they say was, his accusation of “sexist behaviour” from National MPs.

The row in the House was heated and led to Mallard kicking senior National MP Simon Bridges out of the House.

It’s the second time this month Mallard has given the former National leader the boot.

Simon Bridges. Photo: Getty Images
Simon Bridges. Photo: Getty Images
During question time this afternoon, Mallard took issue with, what he said was, many attempts to shout down Government ministers Carmel Sepuloni and Megan Woods while they were answering questions.

“I don’t want to reflect on some of the reasoning behind that but it doesn’t look good.”

National’s shadow leader of the House Chris Bishop challenged Mallard on, what Bishop said was, Mallard accusing National’s front bench of “some sexist behaviour”.

He added that yesterday, Peeni Henare had made a “reow, reow” cat sound before a female National MP got up to speak in the House – Government MPs have defended Henare by saying the comments were during a debate about the Lion King.

But Bishop said this had gone “completely unpunished” by Mallard and questioned the “standards” in the House.

To that, Mallard said he did not hear the “animal noise” at the time – but he dug his heels in with, what Bishop implied was, an implication of sexism within National’s front bench.

“I just make the point, that there has been one thing that has been in common with the people who have been shouted down,” he said; the implication being they have all been women.

Bridges took issue with that comment and challenged Mallard with a point of order, saying the Speaker had been making “personal remarks” about National MPs for some weeks now.

“It’s simply not right and I ask you as a senior member of this Parliament to stop doing it.”

Mallard proceeded to kick Bridges out of the House.






Anyone who watches Parliament on tele can see the truth of these exchanges.
It is as plain as the nose on your face that dear old Simon, God bless his heart, and a small group of opposition MPs are deliberately baiting Mallard. And Mallard being the, in my opinion, obnoxious personality that he is is responding with glee. The MP's who are punished have got what they were desiring all along which is a platform to stand on and bleat to the press about the unfairness of it all in the hope of generating some public support.
I guess it's easier, though I suspect less productive, than actually making constructive criticisms of Govt policy and presenting viable alternatives. crusher needs to take her bovver boys under her wing and tell them that they need to work to rebuilding their party, not continue tearing it apart.

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