A house of representatives

There are so many losers from the premature end, albeit self-inflicted, to two parliamentary careers this week.

Chief of those are the families of the transgressors.

Some media have gone to them which might be of interest to some of the public but it is not in the public interest.

Other MPs are also among the losers, tarred with the same dirty brush which led to the resignations.

That isn’t fair.

Partisan as I am, I respect most, and admire many Members of Parliament regardless of which party they represent. They are in politics for the right reason, to make the country a better place for everyone. They work hard for their constituents in their electorates, on their areas of responsibility and in parliament.

It is almost always unfair to judge all members of any group by the few who let them down and it is certainly unfair to judge all MPs by the actions of two made public this week.

Parliament is a house of representatives and it is almost certainly like the rest of the country – there are a few spectacular players, a mercifully few who for a variety of reasons improve any place by leaving, and the rest are spread between the extremes.

5 Responses to A house of representatives

  1. adamsmith1922 says:

    Reblogged this on The Inquiring Mind.


  2. karitane1 says:

    The underlying lesson for the National Party is not to select candidates either/or/ all; who studied political science, have been parliamentary staffers, no private sector experience. Parliament is a cesspool of ambition and egos appalling behavior- staffers included -that refuses to govern itself..
    Parliament has done nothing to to implement the recommendations of the independent review of bullying and harassment in the NZ parliamentary workplace by Debbie Francis.

    HP your spin on this is perfect for Parliament to do nothing

    We should be demanding reform


  3. Andrei says:

    If you think Judith Collins going to the dirt file and finding some mud to sling at a Labour MP in order to embarrass Jacinda Ardern, who certainly knew about this affair because everybody in f**king Wellington did is going to win votes you are sadly deluded.

    All of this just reinforces my belief that MPs are repulsive self absorbed indiciduals and unfit for decent human company.

    We are faced with a contest between exceptinally two silly women trying to get one over each other, all reported by gleefully a gaggle of other silly women

    Perhaps giving women the vote was a major mistake- we have ended up with our politics becoming a ghastly reality show


  4. homepaddock says:

    Karitane1 – I wouldn’t;’t go quite as far as you re political science & parliamentary staffers but do think that life experience is a very important prerequisite for MPs.

    Andrei – Judith was asked a question and gave an honest answer. That both leaders, and many in the media, are women is irrelevant but like you I despair over the reality show and lack of serious reporting on issues and policy.


  5. Gravedodger says:

    That was a gr8 right cross and Ardernearly got a smack on an already bloody nose.
    Totally screwed by Collins and forced to make sacking a minister and senior MP the only recourse. As a one time snooker player that was well done using the Black

    ps I have just read Ms Collins (nb not Mrs as so often used in an ignorant media as JC is actually Mrs David Wong-Tung) book No Punches Pulled. Her back story offers a trump for most of Sir John Key’s aces.
    Very informative and reveals a formidable operator.


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