I'm with DPF - there is only one word to describe Margaret Wilson's leadership in the House this afternoon, and that is disgraceful. Not only was it blatantly partisan, but it seemed to have no other purpose that to save Winston Peters's reputation, not to mention his backside.
The allegations made by Hide were as serious as could be made against a Member of Parliament - that Peters received money to hush up allegations of corruption in the scampi industry. And yet Peters was allowed to dominate the exchanges with points of order that were rebutted by Rodney Hide and Gerry Brownlee. And yet time and time again Wilson ruled in favour of Peters, frustrating Hide to the point where he was thrown out of the House.
I will post the full transcript as soon as it appears on the Parliament website, so readers can make their own judgment. But here's mine. For many months I have maintained that Margaret Wilson is the second-worst Speaker in my memory; second only to the late Dr Gerry Wall. After today, Margaret Wilson is second to no-one.
UPDATE: In a very rare move, 3News has the footage of this afternoon's extraordinary events BEFORE the news bulletin
UPDATE #2: It's too long to post on its own, but here's the link to the transcript of Question 5 this afternoon. Read it, and judge for yourself.