No doubt someone will accuse me of suffering from Key Derangement Syndrome. But something he said today is rather odd. He was asked about his being thrown out of Parliament yesterday and chatted about a previous occasion. From Stuff:
Funnily enough Helen Clark got thrown out. One time she got thrown out, I got thrown out after her, because Margaret Wilson threw her out. And then I think Margaret Wilson thought ‘ooh I’ve thrown the boss out, I better even things out’.
“So she just threw me out, I hadn’t done anything that day. I think I just breathed and I got my marching orders.”
The only problem is that Hansard never forgets. On June 21, 2005 Hansard records this particular event during question 3:
Madam SPEAKER: Would the member please sit down; I have not finished. Those rules, I am afraid, do apply to everyone. So I am sorry I will have to ask the Prime Minister to leave.
Rt Hon Helen Clark withdrew from the Chamber.
Then during question 10 this event is recorded:
Madam SPEAKER: I am afraid the Standing Orders do have to be applied equally, so, I guess, they will be applied equally. I ask the member to please withdraw.
Dr Don Brash withdrew from the Chamber.
There is no sign of John Key being excluded that day. This is the only time I can find when Helen Clark was excluded.
And there is another odd occurrence. Key initially claimed it was the first time he has been thrown out.
Confirmation from Key's office that today was the first time he has ever been booted out of the House either as PM or as an MP.
— Jo Moir (@jo_moir) May 11, 2016
But Hansard records four occasions.
I know this is a bit picky but shouldn’t the Prime Minister be on top of the detail?