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A fitting response to National MP’s recent personal attacks on Metiria Turei

The issue; from National Party Ministers who have taken to personal attacks on Green Party co-leader, Metiria Turei;


PM says ministers not bullying Turei



When National ministers indulge in such petty, vindictive, and patently childish behaviour, what they are really telling the country is that they don’t give a rat’s arse about increasing child poverty in New Zealand; about high unemployment; and that young New Zealanders have been locked out of the housing market because of this government’s hopeless policies.

In effect, we’re paying National Party wannabee-leader, Judith Collins, and Anne Tolley, $268,500 per year, plus generous allowances and perks plus a gold-plated superannuation scheme (that few other New Zealanders are entitled to) – to make snarky school-girl/boy comments about a person’s clothing.

Facebook user, Maria Sherwood, made this absolutely brilliant suggestion,

“If I was Metiria, to make a point, I would wear sackcloth and ashes when Parliament resumes the week after next. She will be asked to leave, as it is not dress becoming an MP, but her point will be made. Come on Metiria, stand up and show those hard-faced cows what’s what.”

That would send a powerful message to National MPs who have seemingly lost touch with New Zealanders and the many different problems they face in the daily course of their lives.





Radio NZ: PM says ministers not bullying Turei

Parliament: Ministerial Salaries payable under section 16 of Civil List Act 1979

Other blogs

The Daily Blog: Metiria and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Maui Street: Anne Tolley: an agent of colourblind racism?

Local Bodies: National Attacks the Jacket Not the Message

Polity:  National hypocrisy about hypocrisy

Porcupine Farm: The Farther Reaches of Victimhood







election 2014

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen



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  1. Priss
    1 February 2014 at 5:42 pm

    At least we know that sexism is not a solely male prerogative. It’s even worse when women do it to each other.

    We were chatting about this in our staff cafetaria and the general concensus was that we pay Tolley and Collins to sort out this country’s problems and not indulge in this kind of immature behaviour. Some who voted National last time won’t be giving Key their vote this time around.

    The Nats will have to pull up their socks if they expect to be voted back in again..

  2. Deb Kean
    2 February 2014 at 3:52 pm

    That’s hopeful, Priss!

  3. Z
    3 February 2014 at 10:30 am

    Spiteful Anne Tolley said that she objected to being told she was out of touch by someone who lived in a castle – by that she means the simple two bedroom home surrounded by what looks like vege plots much as you would see in many NZer’s backyards.

    Both Tolley and Collins failed to recognise the other jacket Turei wears…it’s called mana.

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