National is not handling losing power very well.
The latest evidence is a male National MP calling Jacinda Ardern “a stupid young girl” and refusing to own up to it.
In Parliament last week, while the Prime Minister was speaking, a National Party MP hurled a “very sexist remark” across the Chamber.
He – and yes, Newshub can confirm the remark was made by a man – called Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern a “stupid little girl.”
As soon as the comment was made, Speaker Trevor Mallard stopped proceedings in the House, calling for the person who made the “very sexist remark” to apologise.
A week later, the culprit still hasn’t owned up to the remark. If they ever do, they will have to stand in Parliament, withdraw the remark and apologise.
They will also have to face the public shame of having called the Prime Minister a “stupid little girl” in the year 2018.
At the time the comment was made, Mr Mallard said the remark wasn’t made by Leader of the Opposition Simon Bridges; “It was someone behind.”
Behind Mr Bridges sits Matt Doocey, Jonathan Young, Gerry Brownlee and Nick Smith.
Other men in close proximity are Simon O’Connor, David Bennett, Jami-Lee Ross, Chris Finlayson, David Carter and Paul Goldsmith.
Here is the video:
Simon Bridges described the incident as being part of Parliament’s “cut and thrust”.
He is wrong. It is a sign that within National’s ranks sexism and misogyny are alive and well.