Peters posturing again
One of the worst behaved MPs is moving a vote of confidence in one of the best speakers in years.
NZ First leader Winston Peters is putting up a motion of no confidence in parliament’s Speaker Lockwood Smith.
He is retaliating against being ordered out of the debating chamber on Tuesday when he tried to raise a point of order – a question about procedure.
Dr Smith refused to hear his point of order because he had called Prime Minister John Key to speak and there was a row over who had precedence.
Peters was out of parliament last term when the Speaker make his mark.
He has required higher standards of behaviour from MPs and better answers from Ministers and done more than any other speaker in at least a couple of decades to improve the reputation of parliament.
Unlike some speakers in recent memory, has been non-partisan about it.
This motion doesn’t stand a chance. It is nothing more than posturing by a publicity-seeker.