. . . Speaking during the debate on the Prime Minister John Key’s opening statement to Parliament, Tolley said she was insulted by Green Party claims that she was out of touch.
She said said her role as an electorate MP included meetings with constituents who were among the poorest in the country.
“I’m actually insulted to be lectured about how out of touch I am with average New Zealand by a list MP who has no constituents, lives in a castle and comes to the House in $2000 designer jackets and tells me I’m out of touch,” Tolley said. . .
Asked about Tolley’s comments, Turei said racism was behind the attack.
“I’m shocked that the National Party would attack me and my home and my appearance. I think it is a racist attack,” she said.
“I think they seem to think it is all right for them to wear perfectly good suits for their professional job but that a Maori woman from a working-class background is not entitled to do the same. I think it is pure racism.” . .
She was being criticised for hypocrisy, her race had nothing to do with it.
Opposition MPs, and the left in general, like to think they are champions of the poor and the only ones who understand poverty.
What they don’t understand is that many on the right have been poor but they’ve done something about it.
Two excellent speeches in parliament this week provided very good examples of that.