In the wildly twisty turny inverted think of Rodney Hide it is both possible to say all violence is wrong and that smacking isn’t violence so that’s OK.
Mr. Hide’s October media release states:
“violence in any circumstance is unacceptable”
In May Mr. Hide stated that:
“I think the issue of the smacking of childrenÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬”not abuse, not violence, but smackingÃƒ¢Ã¢â€š¬”should be one of conscience for individual MPs”.
Perhaps if Mr Mallard had been more vernacular and said he’d given Mr. Henare a smack all would be well?