So much for gravitas and respect for the institution of Parliament. Labour is clearly trying to score political points with this announcement; how else could you explain these tweets?
The mere thought of Trevor Mallard presiding over Parliament is bizarre. He is second only to Winston Peters as the most-ejected MP. Mr Mallard would make the choice of Tau Henare look like an inspired decision.
Fortunately, Mr Mallard will be defeated. But whoever has advised David Shearer to proceed down this path has ensured that the Labour Party can rightly be accused of turning the election of the new Speaker into a joke. Is it any wonder that politicians are so poorly regarded by the public?
UPDATE: Congratulations to David Carter on his election as Speaker of the House. He'll be hoping that Trevor Mallard is not a bad loser!