Wednesday, October 24, 2007
A Parliamentary punch up outside in the lobby...
In the red corner, Sports Minister, Trevor Mallard; in the blue corner National Party back bencher, Tau Henare:
Two New Zealand MP's punch it out in the lobby, while their colleagues discuss the affairs of the nation.
Parliamentary television showed two MP's leaving the House, and a few minutes later one returned pointing at his face,and continued deep in conversation with an opposition party leader.
The other, a Government Minister, returned even later, gathered his papers and left.
The parliamentary scrap started through typical bad mouthing between members - this time comments about the Minister's failed marriage. He childishly stepped the opposition member outside, where he punched him three times, and was himself grabbed about his throat by Tau Henare. There have been claims that Henare actually grabbed Mallard by the tie first. But that doesn't excuse the crude behaviour of parliamentarians.
He later appeared on television news and apologised for his immature and disgusting behaviour, more common on the streets outside hotel bars in the early hours of the morning.
With a Government Cabinet reshuffle due in a matter of only days, he may well have done his future some significant harm. PM Helen Clark doesn't suffer fools gladly.
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