I invite you all to view these YouTube videos:
The above videos should be viewed in the order I have them above, because they are three parts of the same thing. They show the New Zealand Parliament, where Trevor Mallard and Darren Hughes find it appropriate to attack several members of Parliament, past and present, from both the Government and their own party. Having just seen the US Congress Debate, it showed even more clearly that New Zealand is unable to have a civilised Parliament. America is often the butt of jokes regarding them being ‘civilised’ but I will definitely no longer say that.
I sent an email to Trevor Mallard, Darren Hughes, Lockwood Smith, Gerry Brownlee, Steven Joyce, Anne Tolley, and the Massey University Contact Centre. These people, just so you know, are either the attacked or the attackers.
Misters Mallard, Hughes and Smith,
Please note, Misters Joyce, Brownlee, Cullen, Miss Tolley, and representative from Massey University, this email is being sent to you also so that you can see that I feel what you have been subjected to is utterly disgraceful.
Within that fiasco, you managed to attack Steven Joyce, Gerry Brownlee, Michael Cullen, and Anne Tolley. Furthermore, you attacked Massey University, which was entirely unfounded. On the same day, we had the United States Congress debating the Healthcare Reform Bill, which would have been justifiably heated. If personal attacks had come into it, though they would not be allowed to continue with their comments, it could be understood. However, your was entirely unjustified, unnecessary, and entirely uncouth. The United States is often the butt of jokes, with their perceived lack of civilisation, but I will make sure never to say that again, after seeing the comparison between the US Congress yesterday, and the New Zealand Parliament today, because it would be somewhat hypocritical, considering the uncivilised nature of New Zealand’s Parliament.
As for Mr Smith, as Speaker of the House, you had the opportunity to stop this outrageous event. There were several opportunities that were given to you, by Mr. Brownlee and other members. You had an obligation to stop this, and you failed in that obligation.
As Members of Parliament, the three of you have left your parties, Parliament, and New Zealand as a whole, in disrepute. As a person who would consider entering politics, having had experience in debating and Model United Nations, I am disgusted to be a New Zealander today. While behaviour like this occurs in New Zealand’s Parliament, I would never enter politics in New Zealand.
What do you think? Should New Zealanders find this acceptable? Is this acceptable behaviour within Parliament? Was my email just wrong? Leave a comment and let me know.