Hone Harawira has been found guilty of failing to comply with police instructions during a protest over state housing last year.
There are similarities between his actions at the protest and those of Green MP Russel Norman in his infamous give me back my flag scuffle in his one-man protest against then Chinese Vice-President Xi Jinping at the entrance of parliament.
The actions of both men showed they were guilty of not making the transition from protester to MP.
MPs have rights, privileges, means and ways to make their points not available to other citizens.
Norman abused his privilege as an MP in making his protest where he made it.
Harawira apparently forgot he was an MP with the responsibility to uphold the law, or simply didn’t care, in taking his protest to the extent of failing to comply with police instructions.
Both were guilty of making a fuss rather than making a difference as those who make the successful transition from protester to MP can and do.