Yesterday was possibly the first time ever when the Government side moved to allow the opposition leader more time to speak in Parliament than he originally had.
The context was the general debate, which is an hour of open debate where MPs get to talk about whatever they want.
For the leader of the opposition it is a chance to criticise the Government and lay out what the opposition will do if they get into Government. What their vision is, and what they would do differently to the incumbents.
So Simon took the opportunity. But it was pretty awful. All that I can remember of it is him shouting “slushies” and laughing wildly.
Peters, cad that he is, asked for Bridges to be given a further five minutes. After some discussion about should someone else seek leave for him or should he seek leave Bridges sought the leave and it was granted.
Every Labour, Green and NZ First MP agreed to allow him more time to speak. I have never seen anything like it.
Bridges spent his time abusing others. I would question his ability to have effective control of a local board or community board, let alone the country.
Here is the video.
And here is the transcript.
And here is the victor.