See, I said it in the title above, and you still read on for more. You're not offended, are you. We all say it sometime, or we do if we're human -- and that's the biggest shock here really, that Smarmy Maharey has actually got some balls. That he's a human and not just a recycled glove puppet. Who knew?! Little Steve Maharey throws a genuine "Fuck you" across the Parliamentary chamber and we're all in hysterics, really, because anything genuine in that place is as rare as finding an honest man in politics.
So the faux outrage across the blogosphere at a rare and genuine piece of invective just leaves me cold, I'm afraid. So Little Steve Mahary said "Fuck you" in Parliament. So fucking what. More honesty like that -- in fact any honesty at all -- would make that place a much better one.
That he said it in response to questions about him abusing his position as Minister of Broadcasting by pressuring a Radio New Zealand host to retract a comment, now that is much more interesting. But I'll wager not one person exhibiting faux outrage at a very human gesture would be willing to back a sale of Radio New Zealand, so that no minister will be able to apply in future the pressure on the State Broadcaster that Little Steve tried to exert in order to have a broadcaster's comment withdrawn.
Any takers on that? No? Or are we just going down the same road as John Key's similarly faux outrage at the anti-smacking Bill, which he followed up if you recall by refusing to confirm that he'd repeal the damn thing if he ever came near the levers of power.
At least when Little Steve says "Fuck you" he means it. What has John Key ever said that he would stand behind?
NB: If you want to see the raw feed of this rare moment of Parliamentary honesty, tune in here, and flick through all the garbage to about 49 minutes in. Try not to stifle a yawn.
UPDATE: Vigesimal Pundit has an easier link to Little Steve blowing off steam, and Whale Oil has the whole remixed dance version thing going on.