Let’s chalk this one up as another wimpy Labour surrender to the forces of political correctness, if not feminism.
According to the NZ Herald, Phil Twyford has apologised on Twitter after Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett bailed him up as sexist for making a cat claw gesture at her in Parliament.
Alf must have had his head down in his heavy portfolio of paper work at the time, because he missed Twyford making the gesture to indicate Bennett was catty after some howz-yer-father about answers to his questions about housing.
Whatever happened during the exchange, it somehow finished up on Twitter.
The twittering Twyford – challenged about his cat claw gesture – was initially unrepentant, tweeting in response to one questioner that it was “entirely appropriate.”
“Entirely appropriate, to someone who wears so much leopard print, and is quick to show her claws.”
“Alright @paulabennettmp I plead guilty in the court of twitter. Sorry for the claws.”
Apologising because he had been nagged by a gaggle of mindless Twitterers, Tweeters, Twits, or whatever?
This makes him a tosser. Or reaffirms him as one.
It also shows he lacks resolve and probably shows he has no balls, too.
He might have had the wit to recall that Bennett has made a claw gesture and meowed in Parliament.
In 2012 Ms Bennett was wearing a leopard-skin pattern jacket and Labour MP Jacinda Ardern asked her if something was “all smoke, mirrors and camouflage.” Ms Bennett responded by clawing the air and miaowing, and making an observation on Westie fashion.
On another occasion, she drew criticism for saying to Ms Ardern to “zip it sweetie.”
Paula doesn’t profess to be purrfect, of course.
But she certainly succeeded in demonstrating that Phil Twyford has been neutered and will pose no threat to the tom cats with all their bits in place when they are out on the tiles tonight.