We blogged yesterday about Hone Harawira's threat to defy Parliament when sworn in yesterday.
This morning we're pleased to report that Harawira didn't make good on his threat. He delivered a brief mihi on his way down to the floor of the House, but once he went to the Clerk of the House to be sworn in, his behaviour was impeccable.
And sheesh, we're even going to praise him! When, as leader of the Mana Party he congratuated Lockwood Smith on his reappointment as Speaker, Harawira mentioned that he would like to sit down with the Speaker and discuss possible changes to the wording of the oath. That is, in our ever-humble opinion, the proper way to achieve constitutional change; by negotitation, rather than by displays of petulance such as Harawira exhibited when sworn in after the Te Tai Tokerau by-election.
So well done Hone; yesterday wasn't about you; it was about the kaupapa and integrity of the institution of Parliament. You have enhanced both your mana and your Mana (Party) by recognising that.