We'll post the Hansard shortly, but one point stands out - Mr Speaker suggesting that Trevor Mallard needs to do something about his anger problem. Doubtless Tau Henare has a strong opinion on that as well!
Lockwood Smith has been patient to a fault with Mallard, and has bent over backwards not to single him out extra disciplinary treatment, despite Mallard's constant provocation. We commend him for standing up to the bully this afternoon, and note that Mallard is lucky not to have been "named" for his parting shot to Mr Speaker along the lines of "That is the worst decision you have ever made". In our considered opinion, Trevor Mallard got every ounce of what he deserved this afternoon.
UPDATE: Trevor Mallard doesn't do remorse! Check out his latest blog post. We will copy and paste it, as we reckon the link will suddenly die when he realises what a fool he is making of himself. But it will stay here on Keeping Stock for posterity. We hope that Lockwood Smith hauls him over the coals tomorrow. Have a read of this:
Posted by Trevor Mallard on June 23rd, 2009
John Key tried to tell the House today that it was not in the public interest for him to reveal whether or not he had information not now in the public arena when he lost confidence in Richard Worth. Not what information, not the source but whether there was such information.
Revealing the fact that such information exists, or does not exist will assist the public in making a judgement as to whether Worth has been dealt with fairly or harshly and key has an obligation to reveal the specific information unless there is some security intelligence, defence or commercially sensitive reason for not doing so.
Political sensitivity is not a reason one can invoke the public interest.
I told Key I didn’t believe him, told him his nose was growing. He lied to the House and quoted me as calling him a liar. Speaker Smith required me to withdraw and apologise for saying something I did not say. To do so would have been to admit saying it. Smith did not allow me to say that I had not made the comments and tossed me out in probably the most blatantly biased decision of the year.