Oh my God, NZ First just did a drive by shooting of one of their own MPs and it was brutal.
I have been incredibly critical of the Minister’s response to Orange Tamariki uplifts, but Tracey Martin deserved far better than what Winston Peters did to her over the u-turn on abortion.
Holding back tears, Tracey Martin unleashed her terrible disappointment on legislation she personally believed in during the Parliamentary first reading and it is heartbreaking…
She says she was ready to make a personal speech about why she supported the bill, but the context of this week’s news means she can’t.
Martin was the lead negotiator with Andrew Little on this bill from NZ First as the women’s spokeswoman for the party. She told the media on Tuesday morning that the party would not be seeking a referendum on the issue. But later that morning at a caucus meeting NZ First resolved to attempt to introduce a referendum at committee of the whole house.
…Jesus wept that’s cold and cruel. NZ Firsts current and sudden attempt to play to social conservatives was enough to throw their most talented MP under Shane Jones provincial values bus was it?
I don’t think i have eve been as disappointed in Winston Peters in my entire life.
How disrespectful to an MP with the mana of Tracey Martin to pull this kind of stunt on her.
What disgraceful behaviour, especially on a day when the best the House has to offer citizens was on display. Listening to such graceful, dignified and passionate debates supporting abortion change in Parliament today moved me emotionally as a human being and filled me with a deep gratitude towards our democratic process.
Watching NZ First play petty politics on that stage was beneath everyones worth.
94 votes to 23 first reading of Abortion Law Reform!
Let’s get this needlessly painful wound removed from our present