Carter takes leave of his senses, constituents - and lastly parliament
No one does flouncing quite like Chris Carter.
A self-inflicted crisis of delusional egotism, vanity and spite brought about by excessive holidaying on the taxpayer's dollar can only be remedied by... more holidays on the taxpayer?
The time between Phil Goff's mild demotion of Carter and this latest incident was spent on holiday abroad. Now he's given himself a two month extended holiday away from parliament as stress leave. No doubt he will not be spending a second more than he has to faffing around with the proles in their track pants and ugg boots in his Te Atatu constituency - he will be off on holiday again - this time most likely to New York to try to get a job out of Helen at the UN. Something to keep him in the international jet-set manner to which he and his partner have become accustomed. The voters will be feeling the same way about him too: just don't come back - and under the rules it appears he doesn't have to come back either.
Ex-President Mike [Williams - not Smith] trying to spin the "sickness" line today for Labour:
His career imploding under the weight of his own ambition and then burning with the fuel of his own ineptitude into ashes is not a nervous breakdown or a physical illness - it is exactly what it is: a 'gay boy luxury trougher' having a drama queen tanty. [Brian Neeson, Ross Meurant and so on with the Nats and other non-'gay boy luxury trougher' MPs have also had their own fits of pique, their drama queen tanties, their disloyalty exposed, their hopeless over-ambition and entitlement laid bare - like Shane Jones - but none have done their chips quite like this.]
As far as political suicides go this has been a meal and a show - with the prospect of multiple encores yet to come.
But Labour aren't enjoying the public spectacle and Goff's leadership will look weak if it isn't resolved quickly and in his favour. Two months of holidays for Carter buys some cooling off time, but dragging it out and potentially watering Goff's demand for expulsion down to anything less is not going to be worth it.
John A Lee was kicked out for calling Mickey Savage mad; what Carter has done is just as bad: he went on TV and said "the message is: we can't win." He's just a useless oaf and the Party has every right to expel him.