This has flown under the radar for most, but deep on Parliament's Order Paper today sits this Notice of Motion, which Winston Peters will doubtless seek leave to have debated.
This is obviously Peters' way of getting back at Lockwood Smith for ejecting Peters from the House on Tuesday afternoon. Although Peters is well within his rights to move any motion he wants, this is simply an extension of the petulance and disrespect he showed as he left the House in disgrace, for the third time in less than a year.
By general acclaim, Lockwood Smith is one of the best Speakers for many years. We would go as far as to say that he is the best we have seen in the years that we have had an active interest in politics, dating back to the 1970's.
And Lockwood Smith could most certainly not be accused of partisanship; he has bent over backwards to get Ministers to answer questions, which at times has pout him at odds with his National Party fellow MP's. His Speakership has been a vast improvement on that of Margaret Wilson, his predecessor.
Many years ago, Winston Peters played rugby to a reasonably competitive level. He should remember from his footie days that the referee is the sole judge of fact and of law. Lockwood Smith is Parliament's referee, and even if he makes a mistake, the players should just get on with the game and not abuse him as Peters did on Tuesday. Seeking redress by way of a no-confidence motion makes Peters look even more petty, spiteful and petulant than we already thought that he was. It is time that he retired.